The School Governing Body
The Governing Body is responsible for the decision making that affects the school. There are currently twelve governors including the Headteacher, Mrs Smith. The full Governing Body meets once a term (twice in the Summer Term) and the committees each meet once a term. There are three committees which deal with certain aspects of the school.
The Headteacher and Chairs of Governors are members of all committees. Each committee has its own Chair and the Chair for each committee is marked in bold below.
The Joint Chairs of Governors are Mrs Kirstie Somerville and Mrs Rachel Hogarth, both of whom can be contacted via the school at:
St. Michael's C.E. Primary School
Telephone: 01228 711544
Buildings and Grounds
Committee Members: Billy Mallinson, Bruce Richards, Kirstie Somerville, Brendan McArdle, Sarah Caulfield, Tara Telford, Ian Newton (Associate Member)
Curriculum and Pastoral
Committee Members: Brendan McArdle, Rachel Hogarth, Peter Brookes, Sarah Miller, Louise Porter, Emma Davenport, Tara Telford, Gill Mawson (Associate Member)
Finance and Staffing
Committee Members: Sarah Caulfield, Kirstie Somerville, Bruce Richards, Rachel Hogarth, Billy Mallinson, Emma Davenport
At the start of every academic year the governors are asked to declare any business or financial interests . In September 2022, two governors declared business interests. In addition, at the start of every meeting, Governors are asked to declare any interests in the agenda items for that particular meeting. If any are declared, they are minuted.
Attendance at Meetings
The table below show attendance at meetings from January 2021 to date. Most of these have been held via Zoom because of the pandemic.
|58||Full Governors||19/01/2021||BMc||Yes||via Zoom|
|B&G 31||Buildings and Grounds||02/02/2021||None||via Zoom|
|F&S 31||Finance and Staffing||02/03/2021||None||via Zoom|
|C&P 31||Curriculum and Pastoral||16/03/2021||BP||Yes||via Zoom|
|59||Full Governors||27/04/2021||AB||Yes||via Zoom|
|B&G 32||Buildings and Grounds||11/05/2021||None||via Zoom|
|F&S 32||Finance and Staffing||11/05/2021||None||*|
|C&P 32||Curriculum and Pastoral||08/06/2021||BP, RH, BMc, VD||Yes||via Zoom|
|60||Full Governors||06/07/2021||None||via Zoom|
|EGM||Extra Governors Meeting||07/09/2021||None||Meeting to discuss 3 urgent issues|
|61||Full Governors||12/10/2021||None||via Zoom|
|B&G 33||Buildings and Grounds||19/10/2021||BR, BMc||Yes||via Zoom|
|C&P 33||Curriculum and Pastoral||23/11/2021||BP||Yes||via Zoom|
|F&S 33||Finance and Staffing||30/11/2021||ABy||Yes||via Zoom|
|62||Full Governors Meeting||25/01/2022||BMc, RH||Yes||via Zoom|
|B&G 34||Buildings and Grounds||22/02/2022||None||via Zoom|
|C&P 34||Curriculum and Pastoral||30/03/2022||TT, BP||Yes||via Zoom|
|F&S 34||Finance and Staffing||30/03/2022||None||via Zoom|
|63||Full Governors Meeting||04/05/2022||TT, SC||Yes||via Zoom|
|F&S 35||Finance and Staffing||25/05/2022||SC||Yes||via Zoom|
|B&G 35||Buildings and Grounds||14/06/2022||BMc, TT||Yes||Face to face|
|C&P 35||Curriculum and Pastoral||29/06/2022||None||via Zoom|
|64||Full Governors Meeting||13/07/2022||BMc, ED||Yes||Face to face|
|65||Full Governors Meeting||05/10/2022||ED||Yes||Face to face|
|B&G 36||Buildings and Grounds||11/10/2022||TT||Yes||Face to face|
|C&P 36||Curriculum and Pastoral||02/11/2022||TT||Yes||via Zoom|
|F&S 36||Finance and Staffing||10/01/2023||RH, BR||Yes||via Zoom|
|66||Full Governors Meeting||18/01/2023||TT||Yes||Face to face|
|B&G 37||Buildings and Grounds||24/01/2023||BMc, TT||Yes||Face to face|
|F&S 37||Finance and Staffing||01/03/2023||None||via Zoom|
|C&P 37||Curriculum and Pastoral||08/03/2023||BMc, PB||Yes||via Zoom|
|B&G 38||Building and Grounds||16/05/2023||BR||Yes||Face to face|
|67||Full Governors Meeting||16/05/2023||ED, PB, LP, BP||Yes||Face to face|
* Meeting declared quorate as 3 governors in attendance
There are four meetings of the Full Governing Body per year. The most recent approved minutes can be requested from the office.
The Governing Body is responsible for keeping the school's policies up to date. There are a great number of these concerning teaching and learning, safeguarding and staffing as well as the physical aspects of the school and its finances. Those most pertinent to parents have been identified and can be found by clicking here. If you have any concerns that are not covered by these policies, please get in touch with Mrs Smith.
Governing Body Structure
Mrs Lorna Smith
Local Authority Governor, appointed by the Local Authority
Mr Brendan McArdle, term of office 2 March 2021 - 1 March 2025
Foundation Governors, appointed by the Diocese of Carlisle
Rev. Ben Phillips, term of office started 4 December 2019 (ex officio)
Mr Bruce Richards, term of office 17 January 2022 - 16 January 2026
Mr Peter Brookes, term of office 17 January 2022 - 16 January 2026
Co-opted Governors, appointed by the Governing Body
Mrs Kirstie Somerville, term of office 1 September 2019 - 31 August 2023
Mrs Sarah Caulfield, term of office 19 January 2021 - 18 January 2025
Mr Billy Mallinson, term of office 27 April 2021 - 26 April 2025
Mrs Rachel Hogarth, term of office 19 January 2022 - 18 January 2026
Mrs Emma Davenport, term of office 19 January 2022 - 18 January 2026
Mrs Tara Telford, term of office 19 January 2022 - 18 January 2026
* these governors were elected without ballot as there were three vacancies and three parents put their names forward.
Staffing Governor, elected by school staff
Mrs Sarah Miller, term of office 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2025
Due to her temporary absence, Mrs Louise Porter has been elected to the position of Staff Governor until Mrs Miller's return.
Associate Members, appointed by Governing Body
Mr Ian Newton
Mr Newton attends Buildings and Grounds meetings. As an associate member he does not have voting rights. He is the school's Site Manager.
Miss Gill Mawson
Miss Mawson attends Full Governor, and Ciruculum and Pastoral meetings. As an associate member she does not have voting rights. She is the school's Acting Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Clerk to the Governors
Miss Helena Jonsson (who also attends all Committee meetings)