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Our Governors

What do governors do?

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.

The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and assistant headteacher's. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body. 

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The Full Governing Body meets at least five times a year.

Key Documents

  • Constitution & Standing Orders
  • Meeting Dates
  • Governor Attendance Record
  • Register of Governors’ Interests
  • Minutes of FGB Meetings

Jenny Farnham - Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 05.09.17 - 05.09.24

Safer Recruitment Governor

Data Scrutiny & GDPR


 - Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor

Term of Office:

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Simon Barnicoat - Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 15.03.18 - 14.03.23

Health & Safety Governor

My wife, Jacinta and I have 4 children, Fae and Francesca who are at St Michael’s  in years 3 and 1 respectively, Freddie who is just over a year old and Florence who lives on in our hearts as we sadly lost her at 3 weeks old in 2016. Together we have grown stronger as a family unit try to have a lot of fun in the present, whilst also working hard for the future.

I work in the Access and Security industry and have done since October 2000. I know, I don’t look old enough! The company I work for are very consultative and community focused and I like that the school are too. It is vital that community links are established and relationships built.

When we first moved to Cardea and looked at schools, we instantly loved the ethos that St Michael’s had and maintains to this day. We bring our children up with the same qualities and values and it is extremely important to me that they are a main priority for the school.

As a Foundation Governor I am keen to see the school achieve its’ vision and to continue to deliver great quality – both in general education and in its’ Christian ethos.

Rebecca Smith - Headteacher


Term of Office: 05.09.18 -

Alison Guscott - Parent Governor

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 26.09.18 - 25.09.22

Financial Efficiency Governor

Why I became a Governor:

I became a Governor because I wanted to contribute to my local community by supporting the school in providing the best possible education and a nurturing environment. I am interested in education and enjoy learning new skills and engaging with people. Since becoming a governor in November 2018, I have had a glimpse into what a massive amount of work it takes to run a school. We have a very dedicated & hard working team at Saint Michaels, and it is a pleasure working with them. It has been a steep learning curve but I am enjoying being a small part of this team.


Role & Responsibilities:

I am a Parent Governor responsible for finance. I have 2 children who attend the school.

My link subjects are English & music.



In my spare time I enjoy creative writing, playing piano, drums & guitar, reading, cycling, outdoor activities & being in nature (but only when the weather is nice!) I particularly love horse riding, but don’t get to go very often.

One of my favourite things is laughing. I also love pyjamas. I probably own more pyjamas than day clothes!



I have lived in Peterborough for about 16 years and I currently work part time in accountancy. I also volunteer at the school once a week, reading with children in year 1, which I love doing.

Brenda Kamalametore - Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor

Term of Office: TBA

Heidi Longfoot - Staff Governor

Staff Governor

Term of Office: 01/06/2019 - 01/06/2024

My Name is Heidi Longfoot, I am a Teaching Assistant in Year 3 and also the Msa Lead at Lunchtime. I have been at St Michael's since the school first opened  and have seen the school grow and develop, 

I am married and have 2 teenage boys, love to go to the cinema and visit new cities. I also love to read .

I became a staff governor to help with improving the standards throughout the school .

Vacant - Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor

Term of Office: TBA

Child Protection & Safeguarding

Laura Franks - Clerk

Clerk to Governor

Term of Office: 05/09/2019 - 05/09/2024

Claire Bradford - Local Authority Governor

Local Authority Governor

Term of Office: 30.10.18 - 29.10.22

Peterborough born and bred. My son Ruben started reception this year and I also have a daughter Lily who is studying for her A-Levels. For the last 6 years I have worked in various supporting roles in the commercial finance industry and previous to this in social housing, which has given me an insight in to social economic issues affecting the Peterborough area and the families that live here. I’m looking forward to help tackle these issues and help St Michaels uphold the Christian ethos that it injects into the community so passionately.


Elli Harvey - Vice Chair of Governors

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 05.12.16 - 04.12.20


Kajsa Gemmell - Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor

Term of Office: TBA

SEND Governor

 Why I became a Governor: 

 My passion is education and for it to be engaging for all ages - to keep learning from each other, sharing our gifts and to nurture the leaders of the future. 

When asked what is the secret to a happy healthy life and attitude, most agree that it is from having a faith to lean on through thick and thin, alongside a thankful outlook - an attitude of gratitude. 

Being a Foundation Governor at St Michael’s is one way for me to directly express my gratitude to God for leading me on the path of faith and truth & to help support our local community to grow in thankfulness and service to each other. 


Role & Responsibilities:

Foundation Governor linked to SEND, Worship and RE. 

God shows no partiality and I hope to embrace and express this through my duties here. 



 I attend the school’s associated church, St Michael’s and All Angels, on Mace Road in Stanground, behind the Tesco metro. There we hold Holy Communion services on Sundays with additional activities for primary aged children. You can usually find me either helping with a craft for the very young at the back, or up at the front as an occasional preacher.  It’s a fairly informal style of worship where all are welcome so please do come and join us. 

In the past I’ve represented Cambridgeshire at target archery. It’s great fun to do and is a good way to get some fresh air and exercise in a social setting. Archery is also quietly meditative and a place to be still and know God. 

Every evening I prayerfully reflect back on the day to see where God was at work in my life and simply resting in God’s presence, knowing that each of us is loved fully by God, whatever course the day has taken. 



​ I grew up following Christ until I fell away from the faith during some difficult years. If only my learning had been at a deeper level I could have known the Lord as my refuge and to know that God would never forsake me if I only reached out.  After a number of years in the wilderness, looking for answers in all the wrong places, a bit like the experience of Moses and the Israelites in their forty year journey, one day I sought God with all my heart, mind and strength and there we were - reunited in eternity.  Of course God had been there all along. Just like in the poem Footprints in the Sand, I then saw clearly how Jesus had indeed carried me on that long and lonely journey when I hadn’t originally realised it. God had indeed protected me and saved me. 
I was baptised as an adult and confirmed by Bishop Steven at the awe-inspiring Ely cathedral. 

In recent years I’ve been a full time parent to our five children. Before this, I was a research scientist specialising in molecular biology.  Through my studies and work, I was able to live and work in many places both in the UK and Europe, which I can thoroughly recommend as a way to broaden horizons. Education - it matters 🙂