St. Michael's CE School

Working Together For The Good Of All

“St. Michael’s Church of England School, established upon Christian foundations and living out the Christian faith, is committed to providing every child with an excellent education.”

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors currently comprises of 17 members:

  • 9 Foundation (includes 7 elected by St Michael’s PCC / 2 appointed by the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education)

  • 1 appointed by the Local Education Authority

  • 2 elected by parents

  • 1 staff Governor

  • 2 co-opted Governor

  • The Headteacher and the Vicar of St Michael’s Church (ex-officio) are also Governors.

Please see the Governor links below for a full list of the Board of Governors and their profile. In the first instance, all Governors should be contacted via the school office.

The Chairs of the Board of Governors

The Co-Chairs of the Board of Governors are Mr David Walton and John Whitehouse.

Mr Walton is also the Safeguarding and main Looked After Children (LAC) / Internationally Adopted Previously Looked After Children (IAPLAC) Link Governor

The Co-Chairs can be contacted via the School Office.

Governor Leads

The following Governors have designated roles to support and advise the development of the Board of Governors. They are as follows:

  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead and Looked After Children /International Post Looked After Governor Lead at St. Michael’s CE School is Mr David Walton

  • The Designated Inclusion Governor Lead (SEND) at St. Michael’s CE School is Mr Richard Holmes.

  • The Designated Security, Health & Safety Governor Lead at St. Michael’s CE School is Mrs Afshan Shah.

Strategic Role

  • The Board of Governors has an important strategic role in our school.

  • They support us in setting Our Vision, and Ethos and help us decide on our strategic direction.

  • The Board of Governors also hold the school to account with regards to pupil and staff performance, as part of this we hold a Working Party to look at the school’s Phonics, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 results in the Data Analysis document. This is held in November.

  • Lastly, the Board of Governors oversee the financial performance of the school; they make sure our money is well spent!


"Governing bodies and proprietors have a strategic leadership responsibility for their school’s or college’s safeguarding arrangements and must ensure that they comply with their duties under legislation. They must have regard to this guidance, ensuring policies, procedures and training in their schools or colleges are effective and comply with the law at all times."

The Board of Governors at St. Michael's is fully compliant with child protection and safeguarding and ensures, through challenging the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Safeguarding Team, that safeguarding and child protection are at the "forefront and underpin all relevant aspects of process and policy development" within the school.

The Board of Governors, through the monitoring by the Designated Safeguarding Governor Lead (Chair: Sarah Marshall), ensures that all of the procedures, policies and systems "operate with the best interests of the child at their heart". (KCSiE: Point 82).

The Board of Governors receive regular monthly reports from the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Safeguarding Team about the safeguarding procedures and processes which includes up to date information relating to this area.

Furthermore, the Board of Governors have completed the annual online safeguarding training from an online external consultancy and subscribe to the weekly safeguarding updates.

Please refer to the Board of Governors Safeguarding tab