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College Governors

Chair of Governors

Mrs Marjorie Bannister

C/O Mrs Samantha Dossetter, Clerk of Governors
St Michael’s College, Llewellyn Street, Bermondsey, London, SE16 4UN

The Role of Governors

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.
Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing board.

What do Governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. In some schools the site is owned by the governing board.
It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.
The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

How committed are Governors to ‘their own development, as Governors, in order to improve their performance’?

Governors have undertaken the NGA Skills Audit in order to identify gaps in knowledge and expertise, and regularly attend training sessions or have in-house training delivered.

How effectively do Governors evaluate the use of Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium (in addition to existing duties around pupil premium)?

The Curriculum Committee robustly discuss PP and Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch up Data in-depth and this is reported on a regular basis to the Full Governing Body. Governors are aware of the PP and the Year 7 literacy and numeracy spend and its impact.

Our Governors and Committees

College Governors 2023-24


The committee memberships and other functions detailed below were agreed at the Full Governing Body meeting on 26 September 2022.  Updates will be agreed over the academic year by the FGB as appropriate.

St Michael’s Committee Membership 2023-24

The standing committees would be formed of three governors who would be determined at the time.

Appeal Hearings

For any appeal hearings three governors would be selected to form a panel.  Any areas pertaining to the Headteacher would be referred in the first instance to Marjorie Bannister.

Delegation of Functions

The following functions were delegated to the Resources Committee:

  • Staff appointments and dismissals
  • The school financial scheme of delegation

It was agreed that the function of operating procedures be delegated to the most appropriate committee.

Link Governor Roles

Diversity and Inclusion – Hannah Awonuga

Catholic Life – Catherine Bryan

Safeguarding – Janice Babb

SEND – Bassey Bassey

Parent Focus Group – Marcin Jagodzinski

CES Code of Conduct 2023-24

St Michael’s Committee Membership 2022-23

St Michael’s Register of Business Interests 2023-24

Finance and Resources Committee Terms of Reference 2023-2024

St Michael’s Welfare Committee Terms of Reference 2023-24

Curriculum Committee Terms of Reference 2023-2024

Audit and Risk Committee Terms of Reference 2023-24

Governors Reports and Funding Agreement

Governors Report and Financial Statement – Year ended – 31st August 2022

Governors Report and Financial Statement – Year ended – 31st August 2021

Funding Agreement Part 1 of 3
Funding Agreement Part 2 of 3
Funding Agreement Part 3 of 3
Memorandum of Association
Articles of Association
Register of Members
Register of Persons with Significant Control

Attendance Figures

Governor Committee Attendance Figures 2019-20

Governor Committee Attendance Figures 2020-21

Governor Committee Attendance Figures 2021-2022

Governor Committee Attendance Figures 2022-23

Governor Committee Attendance Figures 2023-24