St Michael's Church of England Primary School

Enabling every child to flourish in their potential as a child of God.


              Governors at St Michael's SchoolThe Governing body has a general responsibility for seeing that the school is run effectively, acting within the framework set by legislation. 

The governors are not expected to take detailed decisions about the day-to-day management of the school but to set the strategic direction of the school.  The role of the Governing body is described as that of ‘critical friend’, it is expected to work closely with the headteacher, giving general advice about the main aspects of school life but at the same time to challenge the school to ensure that the school continues to deliver high standards of learning.

The governors have specific responsibilities relating to setting targets for pupil attainment, ensuring that the curriculum is broadly based and balanced, appointing staff and reviewing their performance and pay.  In addition, the governors at St Michael’s have additional responsibilities because of its status at a voluntary aided church school – these include the admissions process, the school’s Christian ethos, religious education and development and maintenance of the school buildings.

Every Governing body has an Instrument of Government which sets out the way in which the Governing body is constituted.  A copy of our school’s Instrument can be seen by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Our school has a total of fourteen governors all of whom act in a voluntary capacity:

8 ‘Foundation’ governors The Incumbent (Vicar) of St Michael’s Church (ex-officio) The Revd Ifeanyi Chukuka

2 appointed by the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education Ray Wickes
Beryl Fielder (Chair)

5 appointed by the PCC of St Michael’s Church Sandra Jempson
Louisa Miller
Angela Farr
Tilie Bentil-Mensah
Peter Vennard
2 Staff governors Headteacher (ex-officio) Riana Gouws

1 Teacher Richard Studd

1 Co-opted Governor
Normally drawn from the staff
Currently vacant
2 Parent governors   Claire Bond
Ben Leslie
1 Local Authority Governor   Roger Lewis
Clerk to the Governors   Brenda Ayling

Parent governors must be parents of children in the school at the time of their appointment.  All governors, with the exception of ex-officio governors (i.e. the headteacher and the vicar) are appointed for a term of four years.

Full details of the governors, terms of office. committee membership, attendance in the last academic year and other interests can be found here (click to see pdf).

Click here to download a copy of the Instrument of Government (pdf)


Last Updated 09.17 By DH/SWD