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How is the Governing Body Organised at St John’s?

Full Governing Body

Chair: Miss Sally Smith/ Vice Chair: Dr Andrew Holt

The full Governing Body meet three times per year and consider the big issues facing the school.  According to the school’s decision planner, new initiatives and big decisions must be ratified at full Governing Body meetings.

Finance & General Purpose (F&GP)

Chair: Rev Paul Savage

To monitor the school budget and discuss matters pertaining to school finance. 

Pupils & Personnel, Strategic Development  (PPSD)

Chair: Mrs Barbara Worrall

To determine the strategic direction of the school, including the School Improvement Plan (SIP), to analyse progress and attainment of pupils, report on staffing issues and matters of policy development

The sub committees meet on a termly basis and often carry out work which is then presented to the full Governing Body meetings. 

What Work do Governors Do at St John’s?

Our school governors actively support and challenge the school’s leadership team, so as to ensure the continuing development and improvement of the school.  Much of the work of the Governing Body goes unseen, but governors play a key role in helping the school provide the best education for its pupils. Governors are responsible for:

  • Promoting high standards of educational achievement
  • Setting challenging targets
  • Overseeing the school budget and the school’s financial performance
  • Analysing pupils’ results and their progress
  • Monitoring performance management of teachers and Headteacher appraisal
  • Health & Safety inspections
  • Policy development

As well as attending meetings, St John’s governors each monitor aspects of the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the curriculum in order to provide strategic direction and to hold the school to account.  Monitoring activities carried out by the governing body typically include observing children at work, meeting with teachers and subject leaders and scrutinising work in the children’s books.

We believe that our governors should be regular visitors to the school and be recognisable to the children.  Records of governor visits are kept and we hold a ‘Governor Day’ each year, during which all governors attend a special assembly, tour the school and share lunch with the children.

Meet the Governing Body

Name

Delegation

Date Term of Office Began

Date Term of Office Ends

Committee Membership

Additional Information/ Responsibilities

Sally Smith

Local Authority Governor

04.02.23

03.02.27

F&GP

PPSD

 

Chair of Governors

HT appraisal

English

Andrew Holt

Co-opted Governor

25.09.21

24.09.25

 

PPSD

 

Vice-chair of Governors 

HT appraisal QA

Maths

Barbara Worrall

Co-opted Governor

01.04.23

31.03.27

PPSD

 

Chair of PPSD Committee

Safeguarding

Disability & Equality

Behaviour & Attendance

HT appraisal

Music

Nicola Pursglove

Co-opted Governor

26.09.22

25.09.27

F&GP

 

Deputy Headteacher

Steve Marvin

Foundation Governor

03.02.21

02.02.25

F&GP

 

Health & Safety 

GDPR

Computing

Design and Technology (DT)

Paul Savage

Foundation Governor

19.01.23

n/a

F&GP

PPSD

 

Incumbent minister

Chair of F&GP Committee

RE/ Collective worship/ Christian distinctiveness

Anne Adams

Foundation Governor

01.02.24

31.01.28

t.b.c.

Science

Helen Gent

Parent Governor

15.09.22

14.09.26

F&GP

PPSD

 

EYFS

PE

Fay Taylor

Parent Governor

15.09.22

14.09.26

F&GP

PPSD

 

Training Co-ordinator 

PSHE 

SEND

Sarah Terry

Parent Governor

22.02.24

21.02.28

t.b.c.

History

Geography

MFL (French)

Matthew Downes

Staff Governor (Headteacher)

01.09.10

n/a

F&GP

 

Headteacher

Mr Downes is married to Ruth Downes (Class 4 teacher/SENCO). He does not manage her appraisals. 

Vacancy

Staff Governor

-

-

-

Non-teaching staff 

 

 

All members of the Governing Body sign the Register of Business Interests each academic year.

These records are kept in the school office.

No pecuniary interests were declared in 2023/24

No pecuniary interests were declared in 2022/23

No pecuniary interests were declared in 2021/22

No pecuniary interests were declared in 2020/21

 

Governor Attendance

Click here to view governor attendance 2023/24 

Click here to view governor attendance 2022/23

Governor Day: Monday 26th February 2024

Our school governors spent a morning in school being introduced to the children and seeing them at work.  They even stayed for lunch and enjoyed eating all together.  This was designed to support the governors in their monitoring roles and also to raise their profile in school amongst the children.

The day began with a special assembly, where the governors had a 'mock' meeting in front of the the children in order to demonstrate their work.  This was illustrated by making sure that the headteacher made wise decisions about keeping the children safe, happy, learning and spending the budget appropriately.  For example, they all had to intervene when Mr Downes suggested buying a new car with the school funds and employing Captain Hook as a new teacher...

You can view the assembly slides here.