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Welcome from the Chair of Governors

Welcome to the Minster School. The governors are immensely proud of the staff (teaching and support) and students, who continue to produce work and results of the highest calibre. Many of you will know that we currently have the highest rating that OFSTED can give, outstanding. Please support the school in any way you can to ensure we maintain our high standards in the future.

On 1 December 2018, The Minster School became an academy within the Minster Trust for Education (MITRE), a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which includes another secondary school and several primary/infant schools within our geographical area. The transition to an academy has changed the way we are funded and we receive our budget through MITRE and are supported by them in all our work. The Minster School was founded in 956AD making it one of the oldest school’s in England!  We are proud of this heritage and our Christian foundation. We welcome pupils from a wide range of backgrounds to a school dedicated to our core values of wisdom, optimism, resilience, kindness and service. Our school motto is, “Succeeding together”. Our local Governing Body comprises representatives of the Diocese, the Bishop, Cathedral Chapter, Nottinghamshire County plus the parents and staff of the school.

We were a National Teaching School under a former government initiative, with over 70 Schools joining our Teaching School Alliance. This transformed into the Minster Learning Alliance, in September 2021. We are also the East Midlands East Maths Hub and lead CPD for Nottinghamshire Music Hub. These networks enable our staff to assist other schools to improve their performance. It also helps us to learn from their ideas how further to improve our school.

Governors act as ‘critical friends’ to the school and we seek to ensure that the high targets set are achieved. Governors offer their time voluntarily to work with the headteacher, staff and pupils of the school. We do this by regular meetings with key staff and department heads, each governor having responsibility for an area of development within the school improvement plan. As Governors we are responsible for ensuring financial probity and we regularly monitor spending, ensuring that value for money is obtained.

All governors give their time freely and details of who we are can be seen on the website. If there are issues that need to be addressed, I would ask that you contact key staff at the school in the first instance.  Our complaints policy is detailed on our website and explains how I can be contacted through school if you are unable to resolve any issues. I am very grateful for the time given by all governors, because without such support the school would not be able to maintain the high standards for which it is renowned.

If you need to contact me directly then please write to me at school in an envelope marked for the Chair of Governors, 'private and confidential'.

David Shannon


Our Governors

Current Governors

  • Mrs Michele Atkinson - Local Authority - Term of Office - 17/11/20 - 16/11/24

  • Mr Robert Beckett - Foundation - Term of Office 01/09/22 - 31/08/26

  • Mr Ben Chaloner - Staff - Headteacher (Ex-Officio) - Term of Office - 01/11/20 

  • Reverend Canon Dr Richard Frith - Foundation (Ex-Officio) - Term of Office Commenced - 14/10/19 

  • Mrs Hayley Gault - Staff - Term of Office 21/03/21 - 20/03/25

  • Mr Peter Gibbins - Foundation - Term of Office - 01/09/2022 - 31/08/2026

  • Reverend James Halstead - Foundation - Term of Office - 18/01/21 - 17/01/25

  • Mrs Ellis May - Parent - Term of Office 10/11/2022 - 09/11/2026

  • Reverend Sarah Patten - Foundation - Term of Office - 16/12/21 - 15/12/25

  • Mrs Charley Pierpoint - Parent - Term of Office - 28/11/18 - 27/11/22

  • Mr Paul Provost - Foundation (Council of St Johns College) - Term of Office - 18/06/19 - 17/06/23

  • Mr David Shannon - Chair, Foundation (Chapter) - Term of Office 05/11/21 - 04/11/25
  • Mrs Fi Thompson - Parent - Term of Office - 28/11/22 - 27/11/26

  • Mr Andy Wall - Staff Co-opted - Term of Office 17/11/20 - 16/11/24

  • Mr Roger Wood - Staff Co-opted - Term of Office 15/11/20 - 14/11/24

  • Mrs Vicky Wicks - Parent - Term of Office 23/03/2021 - 22/03/25

Governors' Meetings

Meetings 2021 – 2022

Full Governing Body

Autumn Term – Tuesday, 22 November 2022 at 6.30pm

Spring Term - Tuesday, 14 March 2023 at 6.30pm

Summer Term - Tuesday, 27 June 2023 at 6.30pm


The Minster School Governing Body has determined that it will operate through the following committees:

  • Finance General Purposes and Personnel (FGP&P) 
  • Strategic Development and Pupils (SD&P) 
  • Discipline Committee (DC) - when required
  • Pay Committee (PC) - when required

Committee Meetings

Autumn Term – SD&P. Tuesday 27 September 2022 at 4.45pm / FGP&P, Tuesday 11 October 2022 at 4.30pm

Spring Term - SD&P, Tuesday 24 January 2023 at 4.45pm / FGP&P, Tuesday 21 February 2023 at 4.30pm

Summer Term - SD&P, Tuesday 9 May 2023 at 4.45pm / FGP&P, Tuesday 16 May 2023 at 4.30pm

Committee Members

Strategic Development and Pupils' Committee: Reverend J Halstead (Chair), Mr B Chaloner (Ex-officio),                    Mrs H Gault, Reverend Canon Dr R Frith (Ex-officio), Mr P Provost, Mrs C Pierpoint, Mrs M Atkinson, Mr A Wall,           Mrs F Thompson; Mrs E May; Mrs V Wicks

Finance, General Purposes and Personnel Committee: Mr R Beckett (Chair), Mr B Chaloner (Ex-officio), Mr R Wood, Reverend Canon Dr R Frith (Ex officio), Reverend S Patten, Mr P Gibbins, Mrs F Thompson 

Discipline Committee: The Committee will be made up of three Governors from the Governing Body except The Minster School staff governors

Admissions Panel: Mrs M Atkinson, Mr D Shannon, Reverend James Halstead

Appeals Committee: All Governors except Minster staff governors

Pay Committee: Mr D Shannon, Mr R Beckett 

Complaints: Mr D Shannon (Chair of Governors)

Declarations of Interest 

Register of declarations of interest: pecuniary/business

Last updated: December 2022

All parties have declared interests, including where they have none. All interests that exist have been recorded on the register.

Name Name of Business Institution or Charity Nature of Business Institution or Charity Nature of Interest Relationship to Staff/Students Date Interest Began
Mr A Wall MITRE Trust Multi-Academy Trust Employee Spouse 17/11/2020
Reverend        J Halstead Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham Church of England Diocese Governance None 01/09/2019
Mrs H Gault MITRE Trust Multi-Academy Trust Employee Sibling 01/09/2020
Mrs S Patten The Minster Cathedral Cathedral Choir Student Parent 16/12/2021


Senior leaders who contribute

Name Name/nature of pecuniary/business interest declared Type of business
Ms C Blick No external business/pecuniary interest declared NA


Members who resigned/end of term during previous 12 months

Name Date of Appointment Date of Resignation
Mrs E Turner  29/11/2006 26/07/2022
Mr A Wright 03/12/2002 31/08/2022
Professor J Hardman 28/11/2018 27/11/2022

Meeting Attendance 

 Attendance at Strategic Development and Pupils Committee meetings


Academic Year 2022-2023

No. Attended/No. in Year

Academic Year 2021-2022

No. Attended/No. in Year

Mr B Chaloner 2/3 3/3
Mr A Wright 2/3 3/3
Rev. R Frith 1/3 2/3
Mr A Wall 1/3 3/3
Mrs M Atkinson 2/3 3/3
Reverend J Halstead 2/3 3/3
Mrs H Gault 2/3 3/3
Mr P Provost 0/3 3/3
Mr D Shannon 2/3 3/3
Mrs C Pierpoint 0/3 1/3
Mrs F Thompson 1/2 (started 28/11/22) NA


Attendance at Finance, General Purposes and Personnel Committee meetings


Academic Year 2022-2023

No. in Year

Academic Year 2021-2022

No. Attended/No. in Year

Mr B Chaloner 2/3 2/3
Mr R Beckett 1/3 3/3
Mr A Wright NA (retired 31/08/2022) 3/3
Rev. R Frith  1/3 2/3
Mr R Wood 1/3 2/3
Mrs E Turner NA (retired 26/07/22) 3/3
Professor J Hardman 1/1 (end of term 27/11/22) 2/3

Mrs V Wicks

0/3 2/3
Reverend S Patten  2/3 1/2 (started16/12/2021)
Mr P Gibbins 1/3 NA
Mrs F Thompson 1/2 (started 28/11/22) NA



 Attendance at Full Board meetings


Academic Year 2022-2023

No. in Year

Academic Year 2021-2022

No. Attended/No. in Year

Mr B Chaloner 3/4 3/3
Mr A Wright NA (retired 31/08/22) 3/3
Rev. R Frith 2/4 3/3
Mr A Wall 3/4


Mrs M Atkinson 2/4 2/3
Reverend J Halstead 2/4 3/3
Mrs H Gault 3/4 2/3
Mr D Shannon 3/4 2/3
Mrs C Pierpoint 1/4 2/3
Mr P Provost 0/4 3/3
Mr R Beckett 2/4 3/3
Mr R Wood  3/4 2/3
Mrs E Turner NA (retired 26/07/22) 3/3
Professor J Hardman 0/1 (end of term 27/11/22) 1/3

Mrs V Wicks

3/4 2/3
Reverend S Patten  3/4 2/2 (term from 16/12/2021)
Mr P Gibbins 3/4 (term from 01/09/22) NA
Mrs F Thompson 2/3 (term from 28/11/22) NA
Mrs E May 2/3 (term from 10/11/22) NA