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Welcome to the Governors' section.

By law, a Local Authority School must have a Governing Body.  The law also states what a Governing Body must do and the rules it must abide.  School governance regulations and the Department for Education governance handbook identifies three core functions for the Governing Body:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent


St Michael’s Governing Body consists of 14 Governors which include:

  • 3 Parent governors – elected by parents
  • 1 Local Authority governor – nominated by LA, appointed by Governing Body
  • 1 Staff governor – elected by school staff
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 3 Foundation governors – appointed by the Diocese
  • 5 Co-opted governors – appointed by the Governing Body


Governors meet as a full Governing Body six times a year and are supported by the work of two sub-committees:

  • The Finance, Personnel, Premises Committee which meet to focus on staffing, finance, premises and facilities
  • The Curriculum Committee which meet to focus on progress and attainment, strategic targets and priorities for school development, data analysis and performance management


Governors may also serve on panels of governors to:

  • Appoint the headteacher and other senior leaders
  • Appraise the headteacher
  • Set the headteacher’s pay and agree the pay recommendations for other staff
  • Hear the second stage of staff grievances and disciplinary matters
  • Hear appeals about pupil exclusions
  • Complaints