St Michael’s, Church of England, VA, Primary and Nursery School

Governors

To see the current Instrument of Government click here.

We currently have one foundation  governor vacancy.  If you are interested in joining our governing board please speak to John Neenan oor more information.  To find out more about the role please talk to any of our governors or Fiona Tibbitt (clerk to governors). Follow this link for an overview of a school governor’s role.

Governing Body Minutes

Our Current Governing Body

Revd Canon Andrew Beane

Chair of Governors (Foundation governor)

Appointed: 01.01.2017

Resigned 30.07.2019 as moving to Exeter to become Archdeacon.

Our new chair of governors will be elected on Thursday 26th September.

Special responsibilities: Member of the Strategy and Curriculum committees

Business/Pecuniary Interest: Governor for the Aylsham Learning Federation and a trustee for the School House Trust

Current years attendance 91%

Personal Statement: I am vicar of Aylsham and District Team Ministry and a Bishop Appointed Foundation Governor. I have a passion for education, learning, creativity, community and for seeking ways how these can be brought together in our church schools.  I have served as a governor at nine different schools over the last 17 years.

Dr David Hibberd

Vice Chair of Governors (LA governor)

Appointed: 01.01.2017

Current term of office ends: 31.12.2020

Special responsibilities: Chair of the Finance and General Purposes committee and member of the Strategy committee

Business/Pecuniary Interest: School ICT technician

Current years attendance 100%

Mrs Eleanor Milligan

Foundation governor

Appointed: 01.01.2017

Current term of office ends: 31.12.2020

Special responsibilities: SEND, LAC and PP link governor 

Member of the Strategy and Curriculum committees

Business/Pecuniary Interest: Early Years lecturer at the UEA

Current years attendance 100%

Mrs Mary Evans

Foundation governor

Appointed: 22.01.2017

Current term of office ends: 11.01.2021

Special responsibilities: Safeguarding Governor  and SEN

Member of the Strategy and Curriculum committees

Business/Pecuniary Interest: Councillor for Aylsham Town Council

Current years attendance 100%

Personal statement: As a governor I welcome the opportunity to support the school in order to achieve and maintain a high standard of education for all the pupils at St Michael’s School.

Revd Jack Branford

Foundation governor

Appointed: 01.01.2017

Current term of office ends: 31.12.2020

Special responsibilities:Chair of the Curriculum committee and member of the strategy committee.

Business/Pecuniary Interest: None

Current years attendance 91%

Personal statement: Hi, I’m Rev’d Jack, I am Curate at Aylsham Parish Church and you will see me around school regularly leading Collective Worship.  Before moving to Aylsham I was studying Theology at Cambridge and prior to that I was a Youth and Children’s worker in Hertfordshire.  I am married with two young children.

Mr Chris Marriott

Foundation governor

Appointed: 01.01.2017

Current term of office ends: 31.12.2020

Special responsibilities: Health and Safety linked governor

Member of the Finance and General Purposes committee

Business/Pecuniary Interest: None

Current years attendance 100%

Personal statement: I became a governor to assist the development and education of the school.  I have a daughter who attends St Michael’s.

Mr Peter Martin

Parent governor

Appointed: 23.03.2018

Current term of office ends: 22.03.2022

Special responsibilities: Chair of the Strategy committee and member of the Finance and General Purposes committee

Business/Pecuniary Interest: None

Current years attendance 100%

Personal statement: I am a firm believer in opportunity and education for all and chose St Michael’s as the best school for our son as its aims matched our own. My ambition as governor is to ensure every child has the opportunity to reach these aims.

Mr Richard Hodder

Foundation governor

Appointed: 01.01.2017

Current term of office ends: 31.12.2020

Special responsibilities: Member of the Finance and General Purposes committee

Business/Pecuniary Interest: None

Current years attendance: Currently taking a 3 month break for personal reasons approved by Full Governing Board.

Mrs Olivia Corfield

Parent Governor

Appointed: 21.01.2019

Current term ends: 20.01.2023

Special responsibilities: Member of the Finance and General Purposes committee

Business/Pecuniary Interest: Business Manager and Staff Governor for Marsham and Hevingham Primary School

Mrs Julie Phillips

Staff governor

Appointed: 19.02.2018

Current term of office ends: 18.02.2022

Special responsibilities: Member of the Curriculum committee

Business/Pecuniary Interest: None

Current years attendance: 91%

Personal Statement: I joined St Michael’s School in 2004 and have always loved the warm family feel. I have enjoyed teaching in year groups right across the school. I am keen to be a governor at this exciting time as we progress as a primary school and look forward to continuing to contribute to the strategic development of the school.

Mr John Neenan

Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher

Appointed: 01.09.2018

Current term of office ends: ongoing

Special responsibilities: Member of all committees

Business/Pecuniary Interest: None

Current years attendance: 100%


Mrs Fiona Tibbitt

Clerk to governors (School Business Manager)

Appointed: 01.10.2012

Business/Pecuniary Interest: None

Current years attendance: 100%

From this team we annually elect a Chair of Governors (currently a Foundation Governor) and a Vice-Chair (currently an LA Governor).  In addition, we sometimes temporarily add to the team by electing an Associate Governor to enable us to benefit from their particular skills or knowledge or as part of their induction to the role of full Governor.

Business or pecuniary interest

David Hibberd is also our school ICT technician and this is noted in our meetings in case of  conflict of interest.

Andrew Beane is also a governor of the Aylsham Learning Federation and trustee for the School House Trust.

Mary Evans is a member of Aylsham Town Council.

There are no other business or pecuniary interests to note.

We are proud that our team is exceptionally dedicated and passionate about our school. In the recent  Ofsted inspection we were found to be “highly effective” and “have an excellent understanding of the school and how it operates.”  This is indicative of the support generally that St. Michael’s receives from parents, SMASH (school pta team) and the wider community in Aylsham. The governors organise into 3 committees in order to manage their work efficiently.  These committees are:

  • Finance and General Purposes, chaired by Dr David Hibberd
  • Curriculum, chaired by Revd Jack Branford
  • Strategy, chaired by Mr Peter Martin

Click here for our committee terms of reference.

The Governing Body at St. Michael’s School maintains strong links with all associated groups but especially the parents of the School and the local Church(s) and as a result any governor vacancies are quite quickly filled by new enthusiastic governors, passionate about our School.  However we are always keen to welcome new people onto the team and should you be interested in becoming a governor, please contact the Chair of Governors via the School Office (01263 732260).

Our thanks go to Revd Canon Andrew Beane who served as Foundation Governor from 01.09.2012 to 30.07.19. The final year Andrew was a fantastic Chair of Governors. Andrew has moved from Aylsham to Exeter to take up a new position however our new chair of governors will not be elected until our first Full Governing Body meeting on Thursday 26th September.

Many thanks to Emily Clarke, who was a parent governor from 06.06.17 until 26.11.18 and Mrs Kerry Joynes who has been a staff governor from 14.11.16 until 21.02.18 when she left to go on maternity leave and Mr Adrian Rudman who has been so helpful as a foundation governor from 09.03.15 to 21.02.18.