The Governing Body consists of between 8 and 12 Governors with experience from a wide range of fields, including religion, education and finance. Their roles and responsibilities are set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the school and essentially consist of assuming responsibility for the land, the buildings and the business of the school, while delegating operational executive management to the Headmistress, who is directly accountable to the Governors.
The purpose of the Governing Body is to provide strategic direction and oversight of the functioning of the school, whose main aim is to provide an excellent education to the pupils. The Memorandum and Articles of Association of the school, states this aim in these words:
‘To carry on with an improved constitution the said School as a school for the education of girls and young children as day scholars and boarders … in accordance with the principles of the Church of England, and to provide a sound religious education, in accordance with said principles, for girls and young children.’
St Margaret's is part of the St Mary’s charitable trust and the Governors of the School are entrusted with the objects of the Charity as set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association. The school is in sound financial health, and the audited accounts are available from the Bursar on request and from the Charity Commission’s website.
For the academic year 2016/17 the Governing Body comprises:
In post since...
Mr Simon Knight (Chairman)
Finance and Land Management
Mr Michael Pipes
Mrs Christine Lough*
Mrs Vicky Wilson*
The Venerable Hedley Ringrose*
|Mr Jonathan Smith|
(Chairman of the Finance Committee)
|HR/Former Parent||December 2012|
Dr Simon Turton
|Professor Ann Fitz-Gerald||Higher Education and Global Security||October 2016|
|Dr Linda Ashton||Scientist||September 2016|
|Mr Martin Harris||Education||January 2017|
|Mrs Anne Ferguson OBE||Emeritus Governor||September 2015|
|Professor Julia Buckingham||Emeritus Governor||September 2016|
*St Margaret's Committee
This provides a good balance of experience and makes for an effective Governing Body, which is tasked to act corporately and objectively in all decision-making. The main Governing Body is supported by a smaller Sub-Committee responsible for finance, the F and GP Committee, and by a Risk Management Committee. Governors are kept abreast of developments in school in regular communications, reports and meetings with the Headmistress and members of the Senior Leadership Team. Governors may be contacted through the Bursar who is their Clerk.