What is a Governing Body?
The government requires that each school has a management team made up of the various stakeholders that the school serves, parents, local authority, staff, community and diocese. This is the Governing Body and governors are elected or appointed to work in partnership with the headteacher to raise standards of achievement in the school. The main functions of a governing body are to provide a strategic view, to act as a critical friend and to ensure accountability.
How do our Governors work?
Full Governing Body meetings are held four times each year. There are three Governors’ committees which each meet once a term and report to the Full Governing Body:
Finance and Resources (FR): looks at buildings, the School’s budget, staffing resources, health and safety etc.
Learning and Teaching (LT): focuses on the children’s progress and attainment in learning (including those with special educational needs), the quality of teaching and the curriculum.
School Community and Communications (SCC): The FGB has decided to undertake responsibility for the areas which were formerly within the remit of the School Community and Communications Committee (SCC) including admissions to the School, safeguarding, the behaviour, attendance and safety of the children, staffing matters, the School’s website, relationships with other local schools, St Michael’s Church, Guildford Diocese and other organisations in the community. From September 2017 the SCC Committee no longer exists.
Governors also have a monitoring role and will visit school and may talk to different members of staff, visit classrooms, talk to children and look at their work in order to gauge how well things are going. They may also attend school events such as assemblies and fund raising and be involved in staff recruitment.
To be able to carry out their roles effectively Governors undertake regular training, either as a whole group or individually.
Where non-attendance at meetings is recorded below, apologies and reasons for absence have been accepted by those governors present and all the meetings have been quorate.
Who are our Governors?
We have a friendly and supportive governing body that takes its responsibilities seriously and enjoys being actively involved in the life of the school.
Patricia Ann Hand (Pat), appointed by St Michael’s Parochial Church Council (PCC). Chair of Governors: sits on Learning and Teaching, School Community and Communications, and Finance and Resources Committies; Responsible Governor for Traning. Meeting attendance attendance 2016/17: Full Governing Body – 7/7; Learning and Teaching – 3/3; Finance and Resources – 5/5; School Community and Communications – 3/3
Register of interests: none relevant. 4 year term ends: November 2020.
I became a Governor in November 2012 and was recruited through the website School Governors One Stop Shop. I moved to Dorking when our children were small and am now a grandparent with a keen interest in education. I have professional qualifications in education and management, and extensive experience of learning and development in a range of organisations.
Mrs Paula Bliss Executive Headteacher – Ex-officio Governor
Malcolm Ernest Raby, appointed by the Diocese of Guildford. Ex-officio Governor since June 2013,
Chair of School Community and Communications Committee,
Meeting attendance 2016/17: Full Governing Body – 5/7; School Community and Communications – 3/3.
Register of interests: (non-stipendary) Priest-in-charge of St Michael’s, Chair of Parochial Church Council (PCC).
I have recently become Parish Priest in Mickleham (June 2013) and am delighted to be part of the Governing Body of this Church of England school. I look forward to playing my part in the life of the school and deepening links between church and school.
Patrick Francis Benjamin Tatham (Ben), Local Authority Governor (nominated by Surrey County Council and appointed by the Governing Body). Sits on Finance and Resources Committee; Lead Governor for Premises, Health and Safety
Meeting attendance 2016/17: Full Governing Body – 6/7; Finance and Resources – 5/5.
Register of interests: Trustee of Mickleham Village Hall Charity. 4 year term ends: September 2020. I have been a Local Authority appointed Governor for many years. I was Chairman of Governors from 2002 to 2013 and I am now the Lead Governor on buildings and maintenance.
John Martin Banfield, appointed by the Diocese of Guildford. Chair of Finance and Resources Committee
Meeting attendance 2016/17: Full Governing Body – 5/7; Finance and Resources – 5/5.
Register of interests: Chairman of Governors of Box Hill School, Mickleham, involved with Mickleham Almshouses Charity, Mickleham Village Shop Ltd, Mickleham Village Hall Charity and Henry Smith Charity. 4 year term ends: August 2018.
I have been a Foundation governor since 2002, live in Mickleham and chair the Finance Committee. I worked over 30 years for Mobil Corporation latterly as Chairman Mobil Oil Co. Ltd and Vice President Mobil Europe. After retirement from Mobil I was appointed Deputy Chairman Surrey and Borders NHS Trust from 2002 to 2011. Since 2009 I have also been Chairman of the Board of Box Hill School.
Tour Fereydoun Ala, appointed by St Michael’s Parochial Church Council (PCC). Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee
Meeting attendance 2016/17: Full Governing Body – 6/7; Learning and Teaching – 3/3.
Register of interests: none relevant. 4 year term ends: September 2019. I am a Foundation Governor at St. Michael’s, chair the Curriculum Committee and I live in Westhumble. Both my daughters started their school life at St.Michael’s.
Melanie Kearley, Parent Governor, Vice-Chair of Governors; Sits on Learning and Teaching Committee; Lead Governor for Child Protection/Safeguarding and English.
Meeting attendance 2016/17: Full Governing Body – 3/7; Learning and Teaching – 2/3.
Register of interests: Parent of pupil at the School. 4 year term ends: December 2018. I was appointed as a parent governor at the end of 2014 when my daughter was in Year 2. I am a member of the Learning and Teaching committee and have recently taken on responsibility for Safeguarding. As part of my role on the L and T committee, I regularly liaise with the Literacy lead within the school too. Our daughter very much enjoyed her first three years of schooling at St Michael’s and we, as parents, loved watching her confidence and ability grow, year on year. We are very excited about our son joining Reception in July and look forward to watching him develop and grow too. I hope that my experience as a primary school teacher will help me to share good ideas and practise with the Governing Body, which in turn, will help us to make informed judgements that will benefit all the children at St Michael’s.
Karina Ellen Thomas, appointed by St Michael’s Parochial Church Council (PCC). Sits on Learning and Teaching Committee; Lead Governor for Special Educational Needs, Looked After Children and Pupil Premium.
Meeting attendance 2016/17: Full Governing Body – 5/7; Learning and Teaching – 3/3.
Register of interests: Parent of pupil at the School. 4 year term ends: November 2020.
I am a Foundation Governor at St Michael’s and part of the Learning and Teaching Committee. I am the Governor responsible for the Early Years Faculty and SEN. I live in Mickleham with my husband Richard and our three children. Our daughter enjoyed a wonderful start to school life at St. Michael’s and our son currently attends the school.
Linda Joan Packman. Meeting attendance 2016/17: Full Governing Body – 6/7; School Community and Communications – 3/3. It is a privilege to work as part of the team of Governors at St Michael’s which I joined in January 2016. I have lived in the area for many years but only moved locally two years ago. I have nothing to declare with regard to the Register of Interests.
Initially my appointment was with a Finance and Resource responsibility and then in May as a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee with a special interest in promoting the Early Years. My experience in schools, spanning a long career and my continuing interest in all things educational enables me to use that to benefit others and to encourage future success by visiting the school to liase with staff.
Now retired at home in Westhumble I serve on the Resident’s Maintenance committee and volunteer at Polesden Lacey each week.
Marisa Serafina Piggott, Staff Governor. Sits on School Community and Communications and Learning and Teaching Committees; (Jointly) responsible for Admissions to the School.
Meeting attendance 2016/17: Full Governing Body – 7/7; Learning and Teaching – 3/3; School Community and Communications – 3/3.
Register of interests: Member of Support Staff. 4 year term ends: September 2019. I have worked at St Michael’s since 2001 as School Secretary. I am part of the Health and Safety Committee.
Micheline Smith, Parent Governor. I am a recent addition to the governors (parent governor 2017) and I am also part of the ‘Friends’. I live in Betchworth with my husband Cilliers and two gorgeous girls. One of whom is currently attending St Michael’s and the baby will most certainly join in 2021! I have such a passion for the school and am very proud to call myself a St Michael’s Mum. I joined the governors as I love the idea of being part of the continued growth of the school.
Jeremy Michael Smith resigned as Headteacher in August 2017. Meeting attendance 2015/16: Full Governing Body – 6/7; Learning and Teaching – 3/3; Finance and Resources – 3/3; School Community and Communications – 3/3
Tracey Jane Meredith Bass resigned as Parent Governor December 2017.
Meeting attendance 2016/17: Full Governing Body – 6/7; School Community and Communications – 3/3.
Duncan Campbell Irvine resigned as Foundation Governor December 2017. Meeting attendance 2016/17: Full Governing Body – 4/7.
Sue Tanton resigned as Clerk to the Governors December 2017.
Becoming a Parent Governor
A vacancy for a parent governor will become available when a term of office expires after four years or if a parent governor resigns. At this point the school will write to parents and carers explaining the role and the skills ideally required, and asking for nominations. If there are more nominations than posts, then an election is held. Candidates are asked to write a short supporting statement and parents and carers are able to vote for the candidate they prefer.
Governors' Effectiveness Statement
Governing Body Minutes