Welcome from the Chair of Governors

A warm welcome to the Governor’s area of our school website.

In our school, we strive to work in partnership for the ultimate benefit of our children and community. Our aim is to ensure our children, staff, parents and carers feel supported throughout their time with us and that every child is able to achieve their full potential.

Our school prides itself on children learning in a happy, caring and creative environment. We are a small school, however we take every opportunity to learn from others and share best practice.

Our role as Governors is to ensure that school objectives are met and that we have plans in place for a sustainable future. We provide support to the Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and entire staff team both strategically and operationally to ensure that resources are available to meet the aspirational needs of all children. We oversee the schools’ financial position and support with HR as required (such as recruitment). We work closely within the Local Education Authority Framework and the Guidelines available from the National Association of Governors. As a Church School we are also accountable to the Parochial Church Council at St Michaels. Our structure is myself as Chair, with strong, effective support from Vice Chairs – Chris Fellows & Richard Sedding and a wider Governor team from a wealth of backgrounds with transferable skills.

We meet once per term as a Full Governing Body, and once per term through three sub-committees (Church School & Community; Curriculum & Effectiveness and Finance & HR). We are ably supported by a part-time Clerk to the Governing Body. We also have responsibility for specific areas around statutory and developmental requirements as well as ‘buddy’ links to individual classes. Every decision made is focussed around the best learning outcomes for every child. We are very fortunate to be part of a strong community and are well supported by parents & carers working towards our shared objectives.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor at our school, either now or in the future please do not hesitate to contact me for an informal discussion. I can be contacted via email or through the school office,

Many of us are also on site at various times during the week and at specific events and can be identified by our Governor lanyards – if you would like to discuss any aspect of our work, then please do chat to us. Your views are very welcome.

Best wishes

Julie Skinner

Chair of Governors

Current Governor Vacancies

We currently have vacancies for the following Governors:

  • 2 x PCC/Diocesan Governors – appointed by St Michael and St Mary Magdalene PCC – more information to follow, or contact Julie Skinner or Marion Gunning.
  • 2 x Co-opted Governors – discretionary appointments by the Governing Body where there are skill gaps. 

In addition general governor information is available through the Bracknell Forest Council website via

Meet Some of the Governors

My name is Sam Leach and I have been a governor at St Michael’s for a just a year. I have three young children, two who already attend St Michael’s and my youngest goes to School House. 

I am an Assistant Head Teacher at a Surrey school for children with Severe Learning Difficulties. I have found it fascinating learning how a mainstream compares and differs to a special school – of course there are many similarities such as striving to ensure all children and young people reach their full potential.


Hi, I’m Richard. 

As Vice chair, I help to set the strategic direction for the school, I have recruited a new Head teacher and class teachers, and am now chair of the Head teacher appraisal process. 

IT lead governor, and acted as consultant liaising with the broadband supplier to achieve best outcomes for the school. 


Hi, I’m Catherine and I’m a Parent Governor at St. Michael’s. I’ve got two boys in the school, one in Year 3 and one in Year 5 and I love our little school.  

By day I’m a Chartered Accountant and work in the finance team for Tesco Mobile, so it may not surprise you to hear that I am the Chair of the Finance and HR Committee within the Governing Board. I love numbers, sad but true! 

I am thrilled to be a part of the team in supporting the staff and children in reaching their potential. Please get in touch with myself or any of the governors if you have any questions at all.