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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:

These roles include:

  • A Director of Secondary Schools 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, health and safety and buildings.  Safeguarding is reported at all LGB and committee meetings.  These meetings are minuted.

    Both the Finance Committee and Personnel and Premises Committee meet at least once a term.  The Finance Committee focuses on school finance and best value.  And the Personnel and Premises Committee focuses on student and staff behaviour and welfare, health and safety, vulnerable groups including Pupil Premium and SEN, and buildings.  These meetings are minuted. 

    Link Governors report on The Quality of Education, Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development and Evaluating Sixth Form provision. The expertise of governors enables 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

    Click here to read the strategy for local governance



The Local Governing Body members are:


Additional Role

David Lawes



Safeguarding & Welfare.

Finance Committee

P&P Committee

GHEF Treasurer


Pupil Premium

Quality of Education


Alex Witney


Teacher Governor

Catherine Staples


P&P Committee, Link Gov for Sixth Form, Careers and SEND

John Cullerne


Winchester College

Link Governor: 

The Quality of Education

Lisa Shadbolt


Support Staff Governor


Mark Mason


University of Chichester


James Hodgins


Link Governor: 

Sixth Form 

Robert Turley


Community Governor

Vice-Chair of LGB

Chair of FC

Finance Committee and P&P Committee

Link Governor: 

Leadership and Management


Community Governor and Finance

Karen Rollings


Parent Governor

P&P Committee

Link Gov for H&S

Timothy Hands


Winchester College

Ginny Barrett


Community Governor

Alexa Dugan


GHEF Governor

Please find attached the Attendance and Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for the academic year 2023-2024 at Full Governing Body Meetings by clicking on the link. 




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