St Michael’s has a competent and loyal staff, who are committed to go above and beyond to help the children to be the best they can be.
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:
Click here to download a copy of the Instrument of Government (pdf)
Click here to see full details of Governors, business interests, committee membership, roles and attendance at meetings in the last academic year.
Minutes from meetings of the Governing Body are a public record and can obtained from the Clerk or may be viewed in school - please ask the Business Manager. The minutes of the most recent meetings can be accessed below (please click on relevant date). Note that some minutes may be in draft and subject to amendment when presented for approval at the next Governors' meeting:
As a Church (aided) School, we have a responsibility for maintaining and improving our school buildings and we are helped with a grant from the Government for 90% of the costs. This means that we have to contribute 10% ourselves. We do this by asking all parents to contribute to the "Governors' Fund" each year. A leaflet about the Fund can be seen here.
Arrangements are in place for you to pay by monthly direct debit to make it far easier to ensure that payments don't get forgotten and spread the cost over the whole year – which works out at just £2.50 per month per child. You can of course still pay via ParentPay or by cash/cheque at the school office.
To set up a direct debit, please use this link to our payment partner, "GoCardless":
(click link or copy and paste into your browser) and complete the on-line form. It is very easy and straightforward. It would be a great help to the school/governors if you could also complete the slip from the leaflet and return it to school.
Cheques should be made payable to ‘St Michael’s Governors’ Fund’ and placed in clearly labelled envelopes with the payment slip / Gift aid declaration from the leaflet.