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.

The Local Governing Body members are:


Additional Role

David Lawes



Ex officio member of all committees

Personnel & Premises Committee

Gilbert Hannam Education Foundation Treasurer


Safeguarding and Outcomes

Alex Witney


Teacher Governor

Charles Fraser


Link Governor: Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Chris Sachrajda


Link Governor: Outcomes

David Ceiriog-Hughes

Winchester College

Link Governor: Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Dave Willis Revd

Vicar of Midhurst

Link Governor: Safeguarding

Gina Dutt


Parent Governor

MRC Parents

Link Governor: Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Kate O'Kelly Dr

Personnel and Premises Committee

Finance Committee


Liz Pickett Mrs

Support Staff Governor


Mark Mason


University of Chichester

Link Governor: Outcomes

Nick Mitchell


Link Governor: Leadership




Chair of Personnel & Premises Committee

Finance Committee

Link Governor: Leadership and  Health and Safety 

Chair of Gilbert Hannam Education Foundation Trustee

Timothy Hands Dr

Winchester College

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. 




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