School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.

Governors work with senior leaders in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement. Duties include setting the school’s vision, aims & objectives, approving the school budget and appointing the Headteacher.

Governors must both support and challenge the Headteacher, so need to gain an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions. They do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders. They also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of their role. Governors work as a team and make collective decisions.

Why Does the School Have a Governing Body?

The school has a Governing Body to ensure that it has the capacity to improve and raise overall standards.

Ofsted considers the governing body to be part of the leadership and management of the school. However governors do not manage the school. That is the job of the headteacher and management team. Governors are there to be “a critical friend” to the headteacher and the school.

The Governors achieve this by:

  • Receiving information about the school’s performance and comparing it with past performance, national averages and ‘similar schools’
  • Contributing to the school self-evaluation process
  • Establishing where the school’s strengths and weaknesses are
  • Deciding the priorities for improvement
  • Discussing and approving the school’s targets and timescales
  • Ensuring that the school has a School Improvement Plan (SIP) that sets out all the actions to be taken
  • Monitoring that implementation of the SIP, largely by receiving reports from the head teacher
  • Evaluating progress and achievements

Powers and Duties of the Governing Body

Standards – securing high standards of educational achievement

Targets – setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement at Key Stage 2

Curriculum – ensuring breadth and balance, and delivery of the National Curriculum (including Foundation Stage and RE)

Reporting results – reporting on assessments and examination results

Policies – deciding how, in broad strategic terms, the school should be run

Performance management – carrying out the performance management process for the head teacher

Finance – determining how to spend the budget allocated to the school

Staffing – deciding on number of staff, the pay policy and making decisions on staff pay

Appointments – appointing the head and deputy head teacher and other staff

Special Educational Needs – ensuring the governing body’s responsibilities are carried out

Discipline – agreeing procedures for staff conduct and discipline

Inspection – agreeing and monitoring the school’s Self-Evaluation Form

Our Governors

The Governing Body of St Michael’s RC Primary School consists of; two Co-Chairs, Vice Chair, the Headteacher,  seven foundation governors , two parent governors, one staff governor and one associate governor.

Co Chairs

  • Mr D Coleman (Foundation)
  • Ms J Drummond

Vice Chair

  • Mr McGoldrick


  • Mrs K Sexton

Foundation Governors

  • Father Baker
  • Mr M Bialek
  • Mr D Edwin
  • Mr B Grimes
  • Ms G Manchard-Green

LA Governor

  • (Vacancy)

Staff Governor

  • Mrs N Collins

Parent Governors

  • Ms J Drummond
  • Mr D Allen

Clerk to Governors

  • Mrs S  Phillipson


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Terms of Office

Governor Type


Term From

Term To

Declaration of Interest

Local Authority Governor





Foundation Governor

Fr Christopher Baker

31 Aug 2018

31 Aug 2022


Foundation Governor

Mr Maciej Bialek

4th Sept 2019

3rd Sept 2023


Foundation Governor

Mr Daral Edwin

07 Mar 2018

06 Mar 2022


Foundation Governor

Mr Barry Grimes

4th Sept 2019

3rd Sept 2023


Foundation Governor

Mrs Guylene Manchaud-Green

12 Sep 2018

11 Sep 2022


Foundation Governor

Mr Mike McGoldrick

31 Aug 2018

31 Aug 2022


Foundation Governor

Mrs Kathy Sexton

1st Jan 2015



Parent Governor

Miss Jo Drummond

13 Jul 2017

13 Jul 2021


Parent Governor

Mr Danny Allen

3rd April 2018

2nd April 2023


Associate Member

Mrs Nicola Collins

01 Mar 2017

01 Mar 2021


Associate Member

Mrs Kim Cleall-Harding

19 Dec 2016

18 Dec 2020

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