The School Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for the decision making that affects the school. There are currently twelve governors including Mrs Paisley. The full Governing Body meets twice a term and the committees each meet once a term. There are four committees which deal with certain aspects of the school.

The Headteacher and Chair of Governors are members of all committees. Each committee has a Chair who is marked below in bold.

The Chair of Governors is Mr Steve Withers who can be contacted via the school.

Please note that our Governing Body has recently admitted new members who have yet to be assigned to their committees.


Buildings and Grounds

Committee members : Ann Byers, Bruce Richards, Kirstie Somerville, Steve Withers

Curriculum and Pastoral

Committee Members: Claire Armstrong, Alison Bedford, Steve Carter, Brendan McArdle


Committee Members: Ann Byers, Bruce Richards, Kirstie Somerville


Committee Members: Alison Bedford, Shiona Bickley, Steve Carter, Brendan McArdle

For more detailed information about the structure and remit of the Governing Body and the terms of reference for each committee, please click here.

Business Interests

At the start of every academic year the governors are asked to declare any business interests or financial interests. In September 2017 no interests were declared. In addition, at the start of every meeting, Governors are asked to declare any interests in agenda items for that particular meeting. If any are declared, these are minuted.

Attendance at Meetings

The table below shows the attendance at meetings from September 2016 to date.

Attendance details will be added as each set of minutes is approved. This may mean a delay as minutes are approved the term after they are written.


Ref Meeting Date Apologies Accepted Notes
37 Full Governors 04/10/2016 Rev Carter Yes  
S19 Staffing 11/10/2016 None    
F19 Finance 18/10/2016 None    
C19 Curriculum & Pastoral 01/11/2016 None    
B19 Buildings & Grounds 08/11/2016 Mr Richards Yes  
38 Full Governors 06/12/2016 Mr B McArdle Yes  
39 Full Governors 10/01/2017 Miss Atkinson Yes  
S20 Staffing 24/01/2017 None    
C20 Curriculum & Pastoral 7/02/2017 Miss Atkinson Yes  
B20 Buildings & Grounds 28/02/2017 Miss Byers Yes  
F20 Finance 14/3/2017 None Yes  
40 Full Governors 4/04/2017

Rev, Carter, Mr Scales, Mr Withers

Yes (all)  
F21 Finance 2/05/2017 None    
41 Full Governors 16/05/2017

Mrs Bedford, Mr McArdle and Mr Richards (all work commitments) Mr Withers - holiday

Yes (all)  
S21 Staffing 6/06/2017 Mrs Bedford  (work commitments) Yes  
42 Full Governors 4/07/2017

Paul Walker

Rev Carter



43 Full Governors 26/09/2017 None    
S22 Staffing 10/10/2017 Mr S Withers - vacation Yes  
C22 Curriculum & Pastoral 17/10/2017 Mr B McArdle - clashes with work meeting Yes  
F22 Finance 31/10/2017 Mrs Somerville - illness Yes  
B22 Buildings & Grounds 14/11/2017      
44 Full Governors 12/12/2017      
S23 Staffing 30/01/2018      
C23 Curriculum & Pastoral 6/02/2018      
B23 Buildings & Grounds 27/02/2018      
  Full Governors



    Special meeting ratifying HT appt
45 Full Governors 24/4/2018      
S24 Staffing 15/05/2018      





































































There are two meetings of the Full Governing Body per term.

The most recent approved minutes of the Full Governing Body can be found here.

Please note that there was not a meeting of the Full Governing Body in December 2017. It was cancelled.


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 Paisley.

Governing Body Structure:

Head teacher:

Mrs J Paisley

Local Authority Governor, appointed by the Local Authority:

Mr B McArdle

appointed by the Governing Body 22 March 2016, term ends 21 March 2020

*Mr McArdle was an Associate Member between September 2015 and 21 March 2016.

Foundation Governors, appointed by the Diocese of Carlisle:

Miss A Byers

appointed by the Diocese 10 November 2015, term ends 9 November 2019

Rev S Carter (ex officio)

Mrs V Drouet

appointed by the Diocese 14 December 2017, term ends 13 December 2021

Co-opted Governors, appointed by the school's Governing Body:

Mrs Shiona Bickley

appointed by the Governing Body 4 April 2017, term ends 3 April 2021

Mrs K Somerville

appointed by the Governing Body 1 September 2015, term ends 31 August 2019

Mr S Withers

appointed by the Governing Body 1 September 2015, term ends 31 August 2019


Parent Governors, elected through a ballot of parents:

Mrs A Bedford

appointed by the Governing Body 7 December 2013, term ends 6 December 2017

re-appointed by the Governing Body, 19 January 2018, term ends 18 January 2021

Mr B Richards

appointed by the Governing Body 7 December 2013, term ends 6 December 2017

re-appointed by the Governing Body, 19 January 2018, term ends 18 January 2021

Ms R Hogarth

appointed by the Governing Body, 19 January 2018, term ends 18 January 2021

Staffing Governor, elected by school staff:

Miss C Armstrong

elected by the school staff and appointed by the Governing Body 12 December 2017, term ends 11 December 2021

Associate Members, appointed by the school's Governing Body:

Mr I Newton

Mr Newton attends Buildings and Grounds meetings. He is the site manager of the school.

Clerk to the Governors:

Mrs C McDonald (who attends the Finance Committee meetings)



School Council

Above: Last term's school councillors (new ones still to be elected!)

At St Michael’s we have a School Council. Each class votes for two representatives to join the council each term. It is the job of the councillors to work together on projects, represent the ideas and opinions of their class and feedback to the classmates about what has been discussed in council meetings. We meet at least once every half term.

The School Council has previously organised events such as a non-uniform day and cake sale to support Comic Relief, a sponsored “walking marathon” to support fire-fighters, non-uniform day for Children in Need. In March 2016 the School Council won a major young enterprise competition called “Bright Stars”. You can find further information about this here. The money raised through the project enabled us to make a donation to our chosen charity, Eden Valley Hospice, and also enabled us to buy some playground equipment. The Tuck Shop, which was set up as part of this project, is still running and is a very popular part of life at St Michael’s.

We are currently in the process of electing this year's Council and will update this page shortly.


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