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Governors

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

To contact the clerk to Governors: clerk@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

General e-mail for comments or queries: :governors@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

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

Register of Governor Interests 2022/23

Name

Relevant Business Interests

Any other Educational Interests / Governance

Relationships with school staff, or other Governors

Catherine O’Shea

Headteacher at the school

None

Husband Raymond Thornton performed role of locum clerk at meeting 29 Sept

Lisa Gibbs-Murray

None

Trustee at Hartfield Playschool in East Sussex

One child attends St Michael's
PTA Committee member

David Pinard

Teacher at the school

None

None

Alison Arthur

None

Independent community partner for Usborne books.

 

Co-opted governor; Ashdown Primary School in East Sussex

None

Alex Baptie

None

Head of Infant School, Ashdown Primary School in East Sussex

None

Nancy McHugh

None

Database administrator, Mayfield School in East Sussex

None 

Heather Furminger

None

None 

 

Hannah Briggs

None

None

Two children attend St Michael’s

PTA committee member

Register of Governor Attendance at meetings 1st September 2021 – 31st August 2022

Governor

30/09/21

18/11/21

26/01/22

17/03/22

27/04/22

23/06/22

Catherine O’Shea

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Lisa Gibbs-Murray

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes 

Jo Shobbrook

no

yes

no

yes

yes

yes

Alison Arthur

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Nancy McHugh

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Debbie Arnett

yes

no

Term ended

n/a

n/a

n/a

Peter Clayton

yes

yes

Term ended

n/a

n/a

n/a

Alex Baptie

n/a

Term began
yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Heather Furminger

n/a

n/a

Term began 
yes

yes

yes

yes

Liz Harding

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Term began 
no

yes

Hannah Briggs

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Term began 
yes

yes

 

Governor Information 2022-23

Name of Governor

Category of Governor

Which Body appointed them

Term of Office

Focus area

Position of Responsibility

Start

End

Catherine

O'Shea

Head

Ex officio

01/09/11

-

 

Headteacher

David

Pinard

Staff

Elected by staff

14/09/22

13/09/26

 

 

Lisa

Gibbs-Murray

Co-opted

Governing Board (GB)

20/07/2020

01/07/24

  • Data
  • Training
  • Information governance
  • Health and Safety

Chair Of Governors

Heather

Furminger

Co-opted

GB

27/11/2021

26/11/2025

  • Safeguarding
  • Outdoor play and learning
  • SEND

 

Alison

Arthur

Co-opted

GB

23/02/21

22/02/25

  • Equality and Diversity

 

Hannah 

Briggs

Parent Governor

GB

24/04/22

23/04/26

  • Finance
  • pupil premium
  • sport premium

 

Nancy

McHugh

Co-opted

GB

21/03/2019

20/03/2023

  • Mental health and emotional well-being
  • Early Career Teacher

Vice Chair

Alex

Baptie

Co-opted

GB

30/09/2021

29/09/2025

  • EYFS and continuous provision in KS1

 

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