St Michael'sChurch of England Primary School

Sandhurst, Berkshire

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Local Governing Body


The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.


All boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent (link to DfE Financial Benchmarking).


Following academisation in November 2023, the governing body has places for 10 governors, who are appointed or elected as follows:

  • 6 foundation governors appointed by the Diocese of Oxford. This number also includes the rector of St. Michael`s Church, Sandhurst.

  • 2 elected parent governors

  • 1 elected staff governor

  • Headteacher


Our Governing Body

Chair of Governors       Mrs Polly Harris
Vice ChairMrs Katy Robson-Malone
HeadteacherMr Stuart Bevan
Foundation Governor      Rev. John Castle
Foundation GovernorMrs Rachel Inwood
Parent GovernorMrs Eve Hurley
Parent GovenorMiss Usha Kowlessur
Staff GovernorMrs Kay Fawkes
ClerkMiss Laura Beresford


The Chair of Governors (Mrs Polly Harris) can be contacted by e-mail at:  


Local Governing Board Diversity Data


As a school we recognise that a diversity of thought, voices and perspectives is essential to good governance and the effective running of any organisation. We regularly collect diversity information from our governors and, depending on current data, can use this to:


  • target recruitment to address gaps in experience and diversity

  • develop and adapt board practices to ensure full participation

  • prioritise training and awareness-raising in identified areas

  • address potential ‘blind spots’ through seeking wider advice and perspectives on current and upcoming opportunities, challenges and risks


However, we are unable to publish this information as it would mean that individual members of our governing body are identifiable.