School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.

Governors work with senior leaders in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement. Duties include setting the school’s vision, aims & objectives, approving the school budget and appointing the Headteacher.

Governors must both support and challenge the Headteacher, so need to gain an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions. They do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders. They also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of their role. Governors work as a team and make collective decisions.

Why Does the School Have a Governing Body?

The school has a Governing Body to ensure that it has the capacity to improve and raise overall standards.

Ofsted considers the governing body to be part of the leadership and management of the school. However governors do not manage the school. That is the job of the headteacher and management team. Governors are there to be “a critical friend” to the headteacher and the school.

The Governors achieve this by:

  • Receiving information about the school’s performance and comparing it with past performance, national averages and ‘similar schools’
  • Contributing to the school self-evaluation process
  • Establishing where the school’s strengths and weaknesses are
  • Deciding the priorities for improvement
  • Discussing and approving the school’s targets and timescales
  • Ensuring that the school has a School Improvement Plan (SIP) that sets out all the actions to be taken
  • Monitoring that implementation of the SIP, largely by receiving reports from the head teacher
  • Evaluating progress and achievements

Powers and Duties of the Governing Body

Standards – securing high standards of educational achievement

Targets – setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement at Key Stage 2

Curriculum – ensuring breadth and balance, and delivery of the National Curriculum (including Foundation Stage and RE)

Reporting results – reporting on assessments and examination results

Policies – deciding how, in broad strategic terms, the school should be run

Performance management – carrying out the performance management process for the head teacher

Finance – determining how to spend the budget allocated to the school

Staffing – deciding on number of staff, the pay policy and making decisions on staff pay

Appointments – appointing the head and deputy head teacher and other staff

Special Educational Needs – ensuring the governing body’s responsibilities are carried out

Discipline – agreeing procedures for staff conduct and discipline

Inspection – agreeing and monitoring the school’s Self-Evaluation Form

Our Governors

The Governing Body of St Michael’s RC Primary School consists of; Chair, Vice Chair, the headteacher and 6 foundation governors

Chair (Foundation) Mrs Greatorex

Vice Chair: – (Foundation): Ms J Drummond

Headteacher:  Mrs Sexton

Foundation Governors:

  • Father Baker
  • Ms E Challis
  • Mr Edwin
  • Mr McGoldrick
  • Mrs Sharma
  • Ms G Manchard-Green

Parent Governor: Mr Drummond

LA Governor: Vacancy

Clerk to Governors:  Mrs J French


Please feel free to view our attendance report.

Attendance Report

Terms of Office


Governor Type

Term From

Term To

Declaration Of Interest

Fr Christopher Baker

Foundation governor

1 Oct 2014

31 Aug 2018


Ron Byrnes

Foundation governor

8 Sep 2015

7 Sep 2019


Kim Cleall-Harding

Associate Member

19 Dec 2016

18 Dec 2020

School Business Manager

Mrs Nicci Collins



31 Dec 1973


mrs Wendy Greatorex

Foundation governor

16 Feb 2016

15 Feb 2020


Margaret McDowall

Foundation governor

1 Sep 2014

31 Aug 2018


Mike McGoldrick

Foundation governor

1 Sep 2014

31 Aug 2018


Kathleen McKay

Foundation governor

24 Feb 2014

22 Feb 2018


Kathy Sexton


1 Jan 2015





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