Welcome from the Chair of Governors

Welcome to the Governor’s area of our school website. 

I expect you have landed on this page because you want to know what we do, who we are and how to contact us. So here goes! 

As a full Governing Board, we meet three times per academic term. We focus on our core functions which are; ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school, holding the Head Teacher to account and overseeing the financial performance of the school. We also work closely with Oxford Diocese and the Local Educational Authority to ensure we fulfil all our legal requirements. Ultimately our objective is to drive relentless ambition for the outcomes of children – we want every child at St Michael’s to thrive. 

To achieve all this, we regularly receive information from the Head Teacher about progress being made towards targets set in the School Development Plan. We also each have a specified role or roles and linked responsibilities. As part of this we conduct monitoring visits, for example, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Governor works closely with the Head Teacher and teachers responsible for able pupils and Pupil Premium funding. Governors and staff work together to review policies, monitor attainment and progress, analyse spending and hear pupil voices.  

We also get to pop in to school for informal visits and special occasions so you may see us about. Please say hello, ask any questions and share your views of the school – just remember any operational issues should be directed to the school as we are not involved in the day-to-day running of the school.  

For any general enquiries regarding Governance at St Michael’s please email 

Best Wishes, 

Sam Leach, 

Chair of Governors.  

Current Governor Vacancies

We currently have vacancies for the following Governors:

  • 5 x PCC/Diocesan Governors – appointed by St Michael and St Mary Magdalene PCC – more information to follow, or contact Sam Leach ( or the Clerk to the Board of Governors (
  • 2 Parent Governor vacancies
  • 1 Staff Governor vacancy
  • 1 Local Authority Governor Vacancy. 

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.

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.