Who are the Governors?
The school’s governing body is constituted as below and has a strong, collaborative relationship with the schools leadership team.
Roles and Reponsilities
TBC - Chair of Governors
James Lovell - Vice Chair of Governors
Clerk of Governors - Vacant
Safeguarding Governor- Maureen Atkinson
James Lovell (Chair)
Finance & Premises Committee
Matt Stokes (Chair)
Peter Deason- Advisor
I have spent my entire career in the motor industry. Over the years I have held various roles, from front line sales and finance to more recently sales operations and marketing with a motor manufacturer. Having lived in the village since 2010, I became a foundation governor in July 2015. With three young children of my own, I wanted to help the school and all children that attend. I am now chair of the Finance and Premises Committee, to which I bring budgeting and strategy experience and work with the other committee members to get the best use out of the funds available.
I work for an education charity called Ark, with network responsibility for Key Stage 5 (aka Sixth Form) across twelve secondary schools. I have been a parent governor at St Michael's for four years and currently have three children going through the school. I became Vice-Chair of the Governing Body in autumn 2015 and am Chair of the Curriculum Committee, which focuses principally on teaching, learning and the assessment of pupils' progress.
Rev Stephen Johnson
Being a school governor is a very rewarding way of getting involved in our local school. I have been a governor at St Michael’s since 2009, with a brief spell as co-chair in 2014-15. I am also a governor at Cheapside Primary School which, together with my parish role, helps us keep the school outward looking.
Having previously worked in a variety of sectors, I have been teaching now, on and off, for the past fourteen years; as such, I have taught in both secondary and primary schools. I currently teach part-time at Cheapside Primary School. Both of my children have been through St Michael’s and are now at the local secondary school; I became a foundation governor in September 2015. I sit on the Curriculum Committee which focuses on teaching, learning and assessment in the school and since April 2017, I have led the Governor Visiting Team: a small group of governors who monitor the school’s strategic goals, and support and encourage the staff.
I have always lived locally and joined as a foundation governor in 2015 with a desire to help the local school and be an active part of the community. My career has predominantly been in the automotive industry working in sales and relationship management focusing on strategic development and working with customers to add value; I have also managed a customer service team and worked in business audit and assessment. I now work part-time for a wealth management company and support my husband who has a demanding job. I have two daughters at St Michael’s; for me being a parent is the most challenging and amazing role and is, without doubt, the most important. I sit on the Curriculum Committee focusing on teaching, learning and assessment in the school and have responsibility for admissions.
I graduated in Civil Engineering in 1966, and worked on the design and project management of major international infrastructure projects until I retired in 2011.
My wife and I have lived in Sunninghill for eighteen years, during which time I have become heavily involved in supporting the village. I was one of the core team that successfully stopped Tesco Express coming to the village, and this led to my being invited to stand both as a school governor and parish councilor. I became the Local Authority governor in June 2011, and until recently was chair of the Finance and Premises Committee ensuring that the funds are spent efficiently to maximize outcomes for the pupils and that the school is safe and kept in good order.
I am also proactive as a parish councilor and I was a PC representative on the steering group for the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan, which guides development within the parish.
I am a retired primary school head teacher with 35 years’ experience teaching in the Early Years to KS2 age range. I have taught in a number of locations in this country and abroad in faith and non-faith schools. My areas of particular interest in school include teaching & learning and assessment & monitoring. I have considerable child protection and safeguarding experience including safer recruitment training. I am a Foundation Governor and one of my roles is as a member of the Finance and Premises Committee where I support the school in delivering services to stakeholders within budget constraints.
I am a part time test administrator for the National Federation for Educational Research (NFER) and a member of the National Governors Association (NGA). This helps me to keep up to date with current educational initiatives and issues. I am currently Chairperson of the Local Area Board of a primary school in a multi-academy trust in another authority.