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Chair of Governors - Lisa Gibbs Murray lgibbsmurray@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

E-mail for comment or queries:governors@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

The role of School Governor

The role of a school governor?

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to our children’s education, and are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country playing an important role in raising school standards. 

The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing body.
What do governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and it is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, working with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of the governing body, representing different elements of the school community; staff, parents and the local community. Individual governors may have specific roles and responsibilities to fulfil but decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.  

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

If you are interested in joining the governing body at St Michael’s please contact Mrs O‘Shea or the Chair of Governors, Lisa Gibbs Murray

Governor Information 2018-19

Name of Governor Category of Governor Which Body appointed them Term of Office Membership of Committees Position of Responsibility
Start End
Catherine O'Shea Head Ex oficio 01/09/11 - Finance & Resources
Standards & Data
Pay Committee
Headteacher
Jo Shobbrook Staff Elected by staff 03/10/16 02/10/20 Finance & Resources
Standards & Data
Equalities Governor
Health & Safety
Lisa Gibbs-Murray Parent Elected by parents 01/07/16 30/06/20 Finance & Resources
Standards & Data
Chair of Governors
Safeguarding Lead
Chair of S & D Committee
Magnus Anderson Parent Elected by parents 20/10/17 19/10/21 Standards & Data Vice Chair of Governors
Alison Arthur Co-opted GB 23/02/17 22/02/21 Finance & Resources
Standards & Data 
EYFS Link
Lee Broderick Co-opted GB 14/09/17 13/09/21 Finance & Resources
Standards & Data
Chair of F & R Committee
Gaelle Sullivan Co-opted GB 22/02/18 21/02/21 Standards & Data SEN/Inclusion Link Governor
GDPR Data Link Governor  
Tracie White Local Authority LA Panel 24/04/18 23/04/22 Finance & Resources
Standards & Data
Local Authority Governor
Vacancy Co-opted GB        
Vacancy Co-opted GB        
Vacancy Co-opted GB        

Total no. of governors = 8/11

Register of Governor Interests 2018/19

Name Relevant Business Interests Any other Educational Interests / Governance Relationships with school staff, or other Governors
Catherine O’Shea Headteacher at the school None None
Lisa Gibbs-Murray None None One child attends school  
PTA Committee member
Jo Shobbrook Teacher at the school None Child attends the school
Alison Arthur None Co-opted Governor at Ashdown Primary School since 2013 PTA Committee member
Child attends the school
Magnus Anderson Teacher at Caterham School None Child attends the school
Lee Broderick None None PTA Committee member
Children attend school
Gaelle Sullivan Teacher at Caterham School None None
Tracie White      

Register of Governor Attendance at meetings 1st September 2017 – 31st August 2018

Governor Number of Meetings Attended (8) Full Governing Body (3) Finance & Resources Committee (3) Standards & Data Committee (2)
Catherine O’Shea 8 3 3 2
Lisa Gibbs-Murray 8 3 3 2
Jo Shobbrook 7 3 3 1
Alison Arthur 8 3 3 2
Magnus Anderson1 2/5 2/2 0 0
Gaelle Sullivan2 1/3 1/1 0 0
Tracie White3 2/2 1/1 1/1 0
Stephen Wright4 0/1 - -- -
Brian McAteer5 3/3 1/1 1/1 1/1

1Appointed October 2017   2Appointed February 2018   3Appointed April 2018   4Resigned September 2017    5Resigned November 2017

Governor Information 2017-18

Name of Governor

Category of Governor

Which Body appointed them

Term of Office

Membership of Committees

Position of Responsibility

Start

End

Catherine

O'Shea

Head

Ex oficio

01/09/11

-

SOC, Finance & Resources

Standards & Data

Pay Committee

Headteacher

Jo

Shobbrook

Staff

Elected by staff

03/10/16

02/10/20

Finance & Resources

Standards & Data

Equalities Governor

Health & Safety

SEN Link Governor

Lisa

Gibbs-Murray

Parent

Elected by parents

01/07/16

30/06/20

Finance & Resources

Standards & Data, SOC

Chair of Governors

Safeguarding Lead

Chair of Standards & Data Committee

Magnus

Anderson

Parent

Elected by parents

20/10/17

19/10/21

Standards & Data

Vice Chair of Governors

Alison

Arthur

Co-opted

GB

23/02/17

22/02/21

Finance & Resources

Standards & Data

EYFS Link

Lee

Broderick

Co-opted

 

14/09/17

13/09/21

Finance & Resources

Standards & Data, SOC

Chair of Finance and Resources Committee

Vacancy

 

LA

LA Panel

 

 

 

Local Authority Governor

Vacancy

 

Co-opted

GB

 

 

 

 

Vacancy

 

Co-opted

GB

 

 

 

 

Vacancy

 

Co-opted

GB

 

 

 

 

Vacancy

 

Co-opted

GB

 

 

 

 

Register of Governor Attendance at Meetings  1st September 2016 – 31st August 2017

Governor

Number of Meetings Attended

Strategic Organisation Committee (2)

Full

Governing Body (4)

Resources & Finance

Committee (2)

Catherine O’Shea

8/8

2/2

4/4

2/2

Roger Palphramand^

5/8

1/2

2/4

2/2

Hugh Court

4/8

1/2

2/4

1/2

Fiona Wiles

6/7

1/1

4/4

1/2

Paul Christian

2/6

N/A

1/4

1/2

Stephen Wright

3/6

N/A

2/4

1/2

Lisa Gibbs-Murray

5/6

N/A

4/4

1/2

Jo Shobbrook*

4/6

N/A

4/4

0/2

Brian McAteer**

4/6

1/1

2/3

1/2

Alison Arthur***

4/4

N/A

3/3

1/1

* Appointed October 2016

** Appointed January 2017

*** Appointed February 2017

^ = resigned May 2017

Register of Governor Interests 2017/18

Name

Relevant Business Interests

Any other Educational Interests / Governance

Relationships with school staff, or other Governors

Catherine O’Shea

None

None

None

Lisa Gibbs-Murray

None

None

One child attends school 

PTA Committee member

Jo Shobbrook

None

Teacher at school

Two children attend school

Alison Arthur

None

Co-opted Governor at Ashdown Primary School

PTA Committee member

Child attends the school

Magnus Anderson

None

None

Teacher at Caterham School

Child attends the school

Lee Broderick

None

none

PTA Committee member

Children attend school

*Brian McAteer

None

Co-opted Governor at Ashdown Primary

None

 *resigned November 2017

     Updated by the Clerk to Governors, December 2017

 
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