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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.

There are currently vacancies on the Govenring Board for 1 Parent Govenor and 2 Foundation Govenrors. If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please contact Michelle McCann, Clerk to Governors, for more information via: michellemccann@stmarymags.brighton-hove.sch.uk 

St Mary Magdalen's School Governing Body

The Governing Body meet 6 times a year. The minutes of the FGB, along with Head Teachers Reports, are available from Chelle McCann, Clerk to Governors by emailing michellemccann@stmarymags.brighton-hove.sch.uk

Name Role Term of Office Appointed by Original appt date
Lauren Atallah  Local Authority Governor 12/06/2017 - 03/10/2025 Local Authority 01/09/2013
Derek Dray Foundation Governor 10/10/2016 - 09/10/2024 Diocese 04/12/1997
Margaret McHugh Foundation Governor
Chair of Governors
21/11/2015 - 20/11/2023 Diocese 21/11/2011
Christina Bamin Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 - 31/08/2023 Diocese 01/09/2019
Sarah Clayton Executive Headteacher  01/09/2022 Member by virtue of office 01/09/2022
Gemma Nunes Head of School 04/05/2021-03/05/2025 Elected by Staff  
(Vacancy x 2) Foundation Governor    Diocese  
(Vacancy x 1) Parent Governor   Elected by Parents  

Governor Roles in other schools:
Lauren Atallah is an Education and Management Consultant for Academies such as the United Learning Trust.

In the past 12 months we have also had the following members on our governing body:


Chair of Governors


Margaret McHugh

Foundation Governor


Derek Dray

Local Authority Governor


Lauren Atallah

Foundation Governor


Christina Bamin

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