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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 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 2020/21

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 Trustee at Pre school Two children attend St Micahel's
PTA Committee member
Jo Shobbrook Teacher at the school None None
Alison Arthur None

Independent community partner for Usborne books.

Co-opted governor; Ashdown Primary School

None
Alex Baptie None Head of Infant School, Ashdown Primary School None
Nancy McHugh None None None 
Peter Clayton None None   
Debbie Arnett None Early years manager, Hartfield Play School One child attends school

Register of Governor Attendance at meetings 1st September 220 – 31st August 2021

Governor

08/10/20

19/11/20

28/01/21

18/03/21

28/04/21

10/06/21

Catherine O’Shea

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Lisa Gibbs-Murray yes yes yes yes yes yes 
Jo Shobbrook yes  yes yes yes yes yes
Alison Arthur yes yes yes yes yes no
Lee Broderick yes yes yes yes yes term ended
Nicki Loach yes yes yes yes yes yes
Nancy McHugh yes yes yes yes no yes
Debbie Arnett yes no yes yes yes yes
Peter Clayton n/a n/a n/a

Term began 

yes

yes

yes

Governor Information 2020-21

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 oficio

01/09/11

-

  Headteacher

Jo

Shobbrook

Staff

Elected by staff

03/10/2020

04/10/2024

Equalities Governor

Health & Safety

 

Lisa

Gibbs-Murray

Co-opted

Governing Board (GB)

20/06/2020

29/06/25

Safeguarding & Health and Safety lead

Chair Of Governors

Peter

Clayton

Parent

Elected by parents

19/03/21

19/03/24

 

 

Alison

Arthur

Co-opted

GB

23/02/17

22/02/21

EYFS Link

 

Lee

Broderick

Co-opted

GB

14/09/17

13/09/21

Finanace pupil premium. sport premium and COVID grant

 

Nancy

McHugh

Co-pted

LA Panel

21/03/2019

21/03/2024

SEND,

mental health and emotional well being, Equality and Diversity Link Governor

Vice Chair

Nicki 

Loach

LA

GB

 

21/11/22

HR and training

 

Debbie 

Arnett

Parent Governor

Elected by parents

08/11/2019

07/11/23

EYFS

 

Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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