The 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)||Currently vacant
|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
|2 Staff governors||Headteacher (ex-officio)||Riana Gouws|
1 Co-opted Governor
|Normally drawn from the staff
||Tom Franklin (teacher)
|2 Parent governors||Claire Bond
|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)