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Governors

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The chair of governors is Mrs Louise Hills, who can be contacted via the school office at admin@st-michaels.essex.sch.uk.

The vice chair of governors is Mr Jamie Clements, who can be contacted via the school office at admin@stmichaels.essex.sck.uk. 

 At St Michael's Primary, we have the following meeting structure, which is reviewed annually:

  • Finance, Resources, Personnel and Premises FGB
  • Business Matters FGB
  • Pupil Related FGB

Full training is available to everyone who becomes a governor.

Minutes of governor meetings are available from the school office on request.

Annual Governance Statement

Our local governing board consists of a team of volunteers from both professional and parental backgrounds who have competence and expertise gained through experience and are able to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. As governors we provide balance of support and challenge to the school by holding the head teacher and senior leaders to account for improving the quality of teaching, learning and school performance. We achieve this through questioning, regular monitoring and analysis of data on children’s performance and progress. Governors hold the head teacher to account for the performance management of teachers.


Our Governing Board considers:-

Performance Management of the Headteacher
Standards, attainment and progress of all year groups
The School’s Improvement Plan and Termly Action/Impact Plan
Attendance and punctuality
Safeguarding
Staffing
Budget & Finance monitoring
Support for children with special educational needs
Pupil Premium allowance and its impact on pupils
Health & Safety for premises and stakeholders

Impact of Governing Body Meetings

The governors meet twice a term in Spring and Summer as a Full Governing Body (FGB) and three times in the Autumn to review and question the head teacher on the educational performance of the school and to ensure that the strategic direction agreed and planned is being maintained. This includes Resources (Finance/Premises and Personnel), which challenge and hold to account the school in relation to the allocated budget and to ensure value for money in all areas of finance. There is a Pay Committee and Head Teachers Performance Management panel both of which hold the Senior Leadership to account when measuring performance against school improvement. Educational performance and challenge is reviewed at the Pupil Related and Achievement meetings, by the FGB, which are held every term. School governance is reviewed by Ofsted under the Leadership and Management criteria. 

Attendance Record of Governors

Governors at St Michael’s are fully committed to their roles and responsibilities and fulfill their statutory duties as required.
Meetings are recorded by the professional services of a clerk and any non attendance by governors is noted in the minutes.

Training

To effectively fulfil its role, the Governing Body must ensure that all of its governors have the required skills and knowledge to support the achievment of the school's priority objectives.  All members of the Governing Body are encouraged to take part in training on a regular basis.  As parts of its key role, governors must take part in regular Safeguarding training in order to ensure that it is holding the school to account with regards to its Safeguarding duty. 

Monitorng Areas for 2023/2024

The governing body is looking forward to supporting the plans in place for the next academic year.  Each governor has a key responsibility and monitors this area on a termly basis.  Areas of responsibility and monitoring for this academic year are:

Governor  Area of Responsibility 
Louise Hills

Safeguarding

Health and Safety

Anti Bullying 

Jamie Clements 

Finance Monitoring and Filtering

Pupil Premium

Rebecca Grant 

Early Years

Oracy ( School Development Plan Focus)

Pupil Premium

Julie Powell

SEND

Wellbeing

Gift Elechi

Whistle Blowing 

 

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Governing body via the school office or the school’s website.

You can see a full list of governors below. 

Members of St Michael's Governing Body

Louise Hills
Chair of Governors
Co - opted Governor 

 

I have been on the board of governors at St Michael’s Primary School as a parent governor since May 2016. I have an interest in children’s education and well - being and believe that my experience from my working life can benefit the school.

As a Senior Paediatric Nurse I have a wealth of experience in looking after the needs of children physically, socially and psychologically. I have extensive knowledge of safeguarding children which can translate in to the education setting.

I am enjoying being part of the governing team at St Michael’s Primary School.
Term of office expires-
13/10/24
Gift Elechi
Co-opted Governor

I've been a school Governor since November 2018 and it's an honour to be part of the Governing board.

I'm currently working for the Surface Transport division of Transport for London as a Compliance Officer. I have a degree in Procurement, Logistics & Supply Chain Management. I also operate a logistic consulting company through Portland Merchant Group Ltd.

I hope to bring the skills and experience working for TFL and running my own business to every committee & FGB meetings.

Term of office expires-

18/9/27

Dr Adam Tilly

Co - opted Governor 

Information to follow

Term of office expires-13/12/27
Co - opted Governor 

Vacancy 

 

Julie Darcy-Powell

LA Governor

I am a newly appointed, experienced  LA governor and looking forward to working with the governing body and all the staff team, to bring as much support as I can to the whole school environment and all the changes that are taking place. Although I am now retired from my work within the health profession, specialising working with young children and adults , I enjoy my two daughters and 5 grandchildren, book clubs, and quilting. I have  a special interest in safeguarding, well being and SEND and looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with the governing body to promote a positive and safe  environment for all your children at St Michael's.

Term of office expires-

29/3/24

Rebecca  Grant 

Parent Governor 

I have become a Parent Governor to support the school in any way I can. I have a degree in Early Childhood Development and worked as a Primary School Teacher for nearly 10 years. When I had children myself, I set up a childminding business so that I could spend more time with them. I am passionate about children’s learning and development, with a commitment to always enhancing my skills and knowledge, and hope to bring my enthusiasm and experience to this new role.

Term of office expires-
12/12/26

Jamie Clements 

Parent Governor

 

 

Experiencing the positive impact that the school has had on our children, I would like to share my skills and experience with the school and I look forward to working alongside everybody.

I have worked within the Financial Services industry for 22 years, currently working within Business Analysis and Project Management functions for a Japanese Bank. 

Term of office expires- 17/04/27
Gail Morgan
Head Teacher
Staff Governor
I am proud to be the Head teacher of St Michael's where committed staff and volunteers work tirelessly together to ensure that children are at the heart of all we do. As a Governing Body we strive to provide the best possible education and social/emotional outcomes for all our pupils.  
Melanie Campbell
Deputy Head Teacher
Staff Governor
I have been on St. Michael's Board of Governors as an Associate Member since September.  Prior to this, I was a Staff Governor at another school for 3 years. In my capacity as both class teacher and Deputy Headteacher of St Michael's Primary School, I am hoping that my experience of pedagogy and the curriculum will add value to what is already a very strong, diverse and well-established governing body.
I am certainly looking forward to working with all of its members.
Term of office expires-
20/03/26
 
 Ryan Morris
Staff Observer

Having worked at St Michaels for 5 years in the capacity of a class teacher, I hope to bring my understanding of the curriculum, members of staff and children to each governor meeting. St Michael's truly is a wonderful place to work at and to learn in and I hope that being a member of the governing team will allow me to play a larger part in ensuring that the school continues to be as warm, welcoming and friendly for every child and adult as it was when I joined the school.


 

Governor Body Meeting Dates 

Date Committee
20th September 2023 Strategic Meeting 
7th November 2023 Pay 
13th November 2023 Resources
6th December 2023 Pupil Related
28th February 2024 Resources
11th March 2024 Budget
17th April 2024 Pupil Related
19th June 2024 Resources
10th July  Pupil Related