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What do school governors do?

The governing body’s function is both to support and challenge the school to provide the best possible education for all its pupils.  This is carried out in many ways including working closely with the Head teacher and staff both in formal governors meetings and informal discussions; evaluating the schools progress through results data scrutiny, and observing the school in action by joining assemblies and other school celebrations.  The governing body is also required to ensure that the school complies with its legal obligations.  All of the governors are unpaid volunteers who give up their free time and bring a wide range of skills to help make this school a wonderful nurturing environment to be in.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please contact the Clerk to Governors for more information: katiecassiano@stmarymags.brighton-hove.sch.uk 

St Mary Magdalen's School Governing Body

Name Role Term of office Appointed by Original appt date
Lauren Atallah Local Authority Governor 01/09/2013 - 31/08/2017 Local Authority 01/09/2013
Helen Connolly Foundation Governor 20/11/2014 - 19/11/2018 Diocese 20/11/2014
Simeon Dann Foundation Governor 03/03/2014 - 02/03/2018 Diocese 03/03/2014
Derek Dray Foundation Governor 10/10/2016 - 09/10/2020 Diocese 04/12/1997
Kate Fryer Foundation Governor 15/02/2016 - 14/02/2020 Diocese 13/10/2014
Katherine Hoare-Exley Foundation Governor 03/03/2016 - 02/03/2020 Diocese 29/02/2012
Margaret McHugh Foundation Governor 21/11/2015 - 20/11/2019 Diocese 21/11/2011
Caterina Spampanato Staff Governor 30/11/2016 - 29/11/2020 Elected by Staff 30/11/2016
Tim Watson Parent Governor 15/02/2016 - 14/02/2020 Elected by Parents 15/02/2016
Andie Wilson Head Teacher 03/01/2017 Member by virtue of office 03/01/2017
(Vacancy) Foundation Governor   Diocese
(Vacancy) Parent Governor   Elected by Parents

Governor Roles in other schools - Simeon Dann is a teacher of Religion and Philosophy at Worth School. Lauren Atallah is an Education and Management Consultant for Academies such as the United Learning Trust.

In the past 24 months we have also had the following members on our governing body: 

Name Role Term of office Appointed by Original appt date
Kiki Charles Parent Governor 29/02/2016 - 26/04/2017 Elected by parents 29/02/2016
Hanna Podsiadly Staff Governor 10/10/2013 - 22-07/2016 Elected by Staff 10/10/2013
Wai-Fan Clarke Foundation Governor

05/03/2012 - 04/03/2016

Claire Gorton Foundation Governor 08/09/2014 - 10/02/2016 Diocese 08/09/2014

Annual Governor Reports

Please click on the link below to download the document. 

Governors Report 2015/2016

Governors Report 2014/2015

Governors Report 2013/2014

Governors Report 2012/2013

Chair of Governors - Kate Fryer and Margaret McHugh

Head Teacher - Mrs Andie Wilson

Parent Governors - Tim Watson

Foundation Governors - Simeon Dann, Katherine Hoare-Exley, Helen Connolly and Derek Dray

Staff Governor - Caterina Spampanato

Clerk to the Governors - Katie Cassiano

Local Authority Governor - Lauren Atallah

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