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 acadmisation 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
Our Governing Body
|Chair of Governors||Mrs Polly Harris|
|Vice Chair||Mrs Katy Robson-Malone|
|Headteacher||Mr Stuart Bevan|
|Foundation Governor||Rev. John Castle|
|Foundation Governor||Mrs Rachel Inwood|
|Foundation Governor||Mr Jon Donkin|
|Parent Governor||Mrs Eve Hurley|
|Parent Govenor||Miss Usha Kowlessur|
|Staff Governor||Mrs Kay Fawkes|
|Clerk||Miss 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.