Governing Body

Members of the Governing Body at St. Michael's are appointed to their postions by the Body that they represent ie. the parents, the PCC, the Local Authority and by the Rt Rev the Bishop of Middleton for the Diocesan Role, all for a term of office lasting 4 years.

Date of Appointment

01-09-14                    Mr. David Symonds: Chair of Governors, Foundation- PCC 

03-09-16                    Mrs. Lindsey Wilson-Willis: Foundation- PCC

01-09-13                    Mrs. Melanie Barratt: Headteacher ex-officio

01-09-15                    Mr. Ian Risby: Deputy Headteacher- Co-opted

01-09-14                    Mrs. Gillian James: Chair of Curriculum and Pupil Welfare Committee, Staff

vacant                         Local Authority

23-01-17                    Councillor Jane Howard: Foundation- PCC

01-09-15                    Mrs. Jane Gartside: Foundation- PCC

04-12-14                    Mrs. Michelle Evans: Foundation- PCC

 2017                         Mrs. Sam Taylor: Foundation-PCC

 2017                         Mrs. Andrea Sarginson:Diocesan-PCC

02-11-15                    Mrs. Sarah Marsh: Foundation- PCC

01-09-16                    Revd Stephen Nolan: Church ex-officio, Vice Chair, Chair of Staffing and Finance Committee

01-09-14                    Mrs. Fiona Daly: Chair of Buildings Committee, Parent

01-09-14                    Mrs. Joanne Rosler: Parent

01-09-17                    Mr John Knott : parent

The Structure and Responsibilities of the Governing Body

In a Voluntary Aided School like St. Michael's Bamford, a majority of the governing body is made up of Foundation Governors, who are appointed by the Church with a duty to include maintaining the Church of England character of the school in their overall governance. The Vicar or Priest in Charge of a parish is automatically a foundation governor.


The Voluntary Aided School Governing Body are the employers of the staff. Staffing is paid for from the delegated budget under very similar terms and conditions of service to all maintained schools.


Voluntary Aided Schools are their own admissions authority. Annually they must decide on their admission arrangements, and consult other admissions authorities and the Diocesan Director of Education when there are substantial changes. However, like all other authorities they are bound by the Admissions Guidance from the Department for Children Schools and Families, which is designed to produce fair and understandable admissions. Nevertheless, the Guidance permits Voluntary Aided schools to admit children on the grounds of the parents’ or the children’s’ practice of their faith and the details for this are decided by the Governing Body.

Committee Structure

In addition to termly meetings of the Full Governing Body, committee meeting are held, also termly, to look in greater detail at the various aspects of leading the school. These committees are:

  • Staffing and Finance
  • Curriculum and Pupil Welfare
  • Buildings

There are also committees for admissions, complaints, teacher pay awards and others that meet as needed during the school year. Policies reviewed and information considered in committee is then agreed by the full Governing Body.