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 Linda Robinson, who can be contacted via the school office at admin@st-michaels.essex.sch.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

Full training is available to everyone who becomes a governor.

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

Governor Meetings 2021/2022

 

Governance Statement

Governance Structure

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:-
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


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.

The Work that we do as a Governing Body

The focus for the governing body in 2021/2022 is:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils
Monitoring the financial management and performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
Supporting all the children’s learning outcomes and whole school engagement.

 

Policies

Governors review all relevant policies on a programmed basis to ensure that all guidance is current and up to date. Special attention is paid to ensure that the school complies with the Department of Education’s mandatory policy list and the Local Authorities recommended list and this is also reflected on the school’s website.

 

School Improvement Plan (SIP)

Senior leaders share the School Improvement Plan with governors so we are able to identify and monitor progress made towards the key area objectives. The current SIP is based on priorities identified from data and Ofsted priorities. The SIP is reviewed and monitored termly and discussed at governor’s meetings.
The Pupil Related and Achievement meetings are held once a term to review all aspects of Pupil Related Matters including what is the intent of the curriculum, how it is implemented and what impact has it had on all the children’s learning, wellbeing and engagement outcomes. To support the school’s strategic plan governors, carry out half termly monitoring via Microsoft Teams to meet COVID restirctions. These are rigorous in their questioning and include specific key areas from the school improvement plan and their impact on day to day learning. A report is made on the findings and included in the minutes of Termly full governing body meetings. Governors monitoring days are a very effective way of challenging and holding to account many aspects of the schools strategic plan and targets and measuring the impact that these have on school improvement.The Head Teacher and Chair of Governors meet regularly for updates and to review any matters that arise outside the regular meetings. This supports communication between the school and the governors and is recorded and reported to the board for their consideration.

Future Plans

The governing body is looking forward to supporting the plans in place for the next academic year. Some of which are listed below;
Ensuring the wellbeing and mental health of pupils and staff is prioritised and looked after through various implemented strategies both in the classroom environment and with the use of outside tools.
Reduction of absent children and the support of these families to raise the attendance of pupils in vulnerable groups.
To ensure progress is in line with National expectations in Reading, Writing & Maths
To ensure an engaging relevant curriculum that supports children’s personal development
To promote a positive behaviour and attitude

 

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

Linda Robinson

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

I have been on the board of governors within the primary sector for the last six years and Chair of Governors at two schools, one of which is within a Primary Multi Academy Trust. I was appointed a National Leader of Governance (NLG) in February 2016 to coach, mentor and support governing boards throughout Essex to achieve effective and collaborative governance.

I bring to governance the skills, knowledge and experience that I have gained in business, including coaching, mentoring and working in partnerships that effective leadership requires. I also currently work within other educational settings to enhance communication, social and employability skills for those seeking employment and those returning to work after a career break. This and my experience within governance demonstrate that I remain fully committed to supporting school governance at all levels.

Term of office expires-
12/10/21
Josephine Clarke

Information to follow

 

 

Martin Nelson

Co-opted Governor

Since leaving school I have pursued a career in Environmental Health and currently have responsibility for the enforcement of food and safety legislation within the Colchester borough. My responsibilities have included the management of budgets and personnel and I am actively engaged in site inspections and the delivery of training courses. I feel these skills have equipped me to act in the role of school governor which I commenced at the beginning of 2014. I am enjoying working with the committed team at St Michael's Term of office expires-
19/09/22

Julie Darcy-Powell

Co-opted 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

Laura Felton
Vice Chair

As a parent of a child attending the school I am honoured to be elected as Vice Chair. 

Out of the school environment I run my own graphic design business and have done for the past 10 years. I believe the skills needed to running my own company, liaising with clients, book keeping, administration along with the creative elements, will help me to become a great, hard working governor. I am also interested in making the governing team a more approachable body and would like to be a bridge between the parents and the school to enable a better, complete and unified team moving forward. Please feel free to come and chat to me at any time. 

Term of office expires-
12/12/22
Louise Hills
Parent Governor
I have been on the board of governors at St Michael’s primary 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
Paul Robbins
Governor

I was born into a military family and have lived in Colchester for most of my life moving here at the age of four. I attended primary school in Malaya and completed my secondary education in Jamaica and, therefore, I understand the challenges associated with military life and education. I was a former senior manager for British Telecom (BT) beginning as a telecommunications engineer and progressing on promotion to a senior executive in management and leadership training. To prepare me for promotion BT asked me to lecture on telecommunications at Colchester Institute. On taking early retirement from BT as the Planning Manager for Northern Home Counties I joined Chelmsford City College as a lecturer for management, human resources and teaching. At critical times I acted as the Curriculum Team Leader for each. As a competitive swimming coach I have always enjoyed working with young children and helping them develop.  I am a former Senior Coach Tutor at Swim England and am currently Head Coach of Witham Dolphins Swimming Club in Essex.

Term of office expires-

16/3/25

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-
20/03/22
Gift Elechi
Co-opted Governor
 

I am a director of a company called Portland Merchandise Group. 

More Information to follow.

Term of office expires-

18/9/23

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 Governor Disclosure and Business Interests May 21.pdfDownload
 parent governor nomination form.pdfDownload
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