Welcome from the Chair of Governors
Welcome to the Governors’ area of our school website. Here you can find out more about the Governing Body, who we are and what we do, as well as how to get in touch.
Governance is about overseeing the success of the school, agreeing priorities and monitoring progress towards them. It is not about the day-to day running or management of the school; we leave that to our Headteacher and leadership team. As Governors we must keep our distance from the day-to-day operations so that we can see the ‘big picture’.
Our work includes attending regular meetings of the full governing body during which we receive updates from the headteacher on progress being make towards targets in the School Development Plan, review the impact of policies, analyse data on attainment and progress and monitor spending. A crucial part of our work is to listen to our staff, pupils and parents which we do through annual surveys. As well as being privileged to attend special occasions at school, we also undertake visits to help us gain first hand experience of the impact of our strategic decisions and to get a feel for the dynamics of the school.
The Governing Body is made up of representatives from the Local Authority, the Diocese (Foundation Governors), the headteacher, staff and parents. Governors work as a team, sharing a collective responsibility for the school’s long-term success. Whilst we all have different skills and experience, and may differ in our personal opinions, we are united in our commitment to St Michael’s. Our focus is always on making objective decisions that are in the best interests of the school and our vision underpins all that we do. As Governors our ambition is to ensure that St Michael’s will provide the best possible outcomes and opportunities for all its pupils. To achieve this we must work in partnership with the headteacher, staff and parents.
Chair of Governors
Meet Some of the Governors
Toby Long is a Co-opted Governor at St Michaels’. He works for the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education as a School Link Adviser, supporting over 50 Church schools mainly in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. Prior to this role, Toby was a Headteacher in three primary schools, including a period as Executive Head. He has experience of leadership and governance in Church schools and maintained primary schools for over fifteen years. Toby has served as staff, Headteacher, foundation and associate governor during this time. Toby is married to a Headteacher and they have three children. He is churchwarden within the South Chilterns Benefice.
Anne Andrews is a PCC governor at St Michael’s. She works as RE adviser to the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education, supporting and training teachers across the 282 church schools. She is advisor to three SACREs (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education), including Bracknell Forest. Before starting this role, she was on the teaching staff at St Michael’s, with responsibility for RE and Primary Language Learning. Her first teaching roles were in secondary schools, where her speciality was French and German. She has two adult children, both of whom attended St Michael’s and she is an active member of a local Church of England congregation.