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Governance at Midhurst Rother College is formed at two levels and provides an excellent level of quality assurance, challenge and support.  As an academy within United Learning, there is a central board of directors who oversees the performance of all academies within the chain.  Beneath the board and reporting to it are senior central staff who provide support, challenge and scrutiny to ensure Midhurst Rother College continues to aspire to provide an effective education.  These roles include:

A Director of Secondary Schools who visits at least once per half term.  Time is spent scrutinising performance data, self-evaluation, improvement planning, systems and structures, finance and safeguarding, leading to challenge and support where required.  At least one visit per term includes a more in depth study of the school including learning walks, student work scrutiny, interviews with a range of staff and students, and documentation scrutiny.  For these visits the Director is accompanied by an Ofsted trained inspector, the Deputy Director of secondary schools and usually a Principal from another United Learning school.  For all visits a formal report is produced with actions which the school formally responds to in its improvement plan.

A Business Partner who visits the school at least once per half term, focusing on finance, ensuring best value and sustainability, and providing challenge and support where required.

The school also has a Local Governing Body (LGB) whose governors represent a mix of experienced stakeholders.  The role of the LGB is to provide challenge, support and advice to the school’s leadership team on all school matters and also to advise the Director of Secondary Schools as required.  The work of the LGB is extensive and includes:

At least termly Governance meetings that focus on school self-evaluation, improvement planning, student and staff performance, finance, safeguarding, health and safety and buildings.  These meetings are minuted.

At least termly committee meetings:  The Academic and Pastoral Committee focuses on student performance, leadership, and teaching and learning.  A Personnel and Premises Committee focuses on student and staff behaviour and welfare, health and safety, vulnerable groups including Pupil Premium and SEN, and buildings.  The Finance Committee focuses on school finance and best value.  These meetings are minuted.

Formal themed visits by individual governors focusing on the effectiveness of leadership, quality of teaching, behaviour and welfare, student performance, pupil premium, SEN, finance and health and safety.  The expertise of governors enable the effective (where applicable to the theme) scrutiny of documentation, interviews with staff and students, learning walks and student work scrutiny.  A formal report is written by the visiting governor(s) which summarises findings and includes recommendations where appropriate, which are acted upon by the school’s senior leadership team.  These reports form part of the rigorous support and challenge that ensure governors know the school well.

Frequent meetings between the Chair of Governors and the Principal to discuss various strategies and current effective practice and issues.

Click here to access the Governance Scheme of Delegation which outlines the roles and responsibilities of Governance within United Learning



Additional Role

Richard Carter



Ex officio member of all committees

David Lawes


Chair Finance Committee

P&P Committee

Rewards and Discipline Committee

GHEF Treasurer


Safeguarding/ AEN

Pupil Premium

CIP Aim 4 – Outstanding personal development, behaviour and welfare

Alex Witney


Teacher Governor

Charles Fraser


Chair Rewards and Discipline Committee

Link Governor: Behaviour

Charles Lawton


Rewards and Discipline Committee

Chris Sachrajda


Academic and Pastoral Care Committee

Link Governor: Outcomes

David Ceiriog-Hughes

Winchester College

A&PC Committee

Link Governor: Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Dave Willis Revd

Vicar of Midhurst

Faith Room

Link Governor: Safeguarding

Gina Dutt


Parent Governor

MRC Parents

Link Governor: Personal Development

Janet Duncton Mrs


P&P Committee

Finance Committee

Liz Pickett Mrs

Support Staff Governor

Mark Mason


University of Chichester
Academic &Pastoral Care Committee.

Link Governor: Outcomes

Nick Mitchell


Chair of GHEF

Rewards and Discipline Committee

Link Governor: Leadership




Chair of P&P Committee

Finance Committee

Link Governor: Leadership

Health and Safety Link Governor


Timothy Hands Dr

Winchester College

Chair of A&PC Committee

Tony Griffin


Rewards and Discipline Committee

P&P Committee

Finance Committee

GHEF Trustee

Link Governor: Behaviour

Please find attached the Attendance and Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for the academic year 2016-17 at Full Governing Body Meetings by clicking on the link. 


Midhurst Rother College is a part of United Learning

Midhurst Rother College is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in Appendix 4 to the United Learning LGB Members Handbook, which can be seen on the United Learning website.

Annual Financial Statement

Please find attached the Attendance and Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for the academic year 2015-16 at Full Governing Body Meetings by clicking on the link.

To view the Annual Financial Statement click here

The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
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