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

Full Governing Body

Chair: Mr Richard Bassford / Vice Chair: Miss Sally Smith

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: Mrs Gemma Ellis

To monitor the school budget and discuss matters pertaining to school finance. Chair of F&GP: Mrs Gemma Ellis

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

Mr Richard Bassford

Foundation Governor

06.12.21

05.12.25

F&GP

 

PPSD

Chair of Governors

Mr Steve Marvin

Foundation Governor

03.02.21

02.02.25

F&GP

PPSD

Health & Safety, GDPR

Rev Paul Savage

Foundation Governor

 19.01.23

n/a 

 F&GP

PPSD

Incumbent minister

Miss Sally Smith

Local Authority Governor

04.02.23

03.02.27

F&GP

PPSD

Vice-Chair of Governors

Mrs Gemma Ellis

Parent Governor

01.02.20

31.01.24

F&GP

Chair of F&GP committee; Training co-ordinator

Mrs Helen Gent

Parent Governor

15.09.22

14.09.26

F&GP

PPSD

 

Mrs Fay Taylor

Parent Governor

 15.09.22

 14.09.26

F&GP

PPSD

 

Mrs Barbara Worrall

Co-opted Governor

01.04.23

31.03.27

F&GP

PPSD

Chair of PPSD committee

Disability & Equality

Behaviour

Attendance

Safeguarding

Mrs Nicola Pursglove

Co-opted Governor

 26.09.22

 25.09.26

F&GP

PPSD

Deputy HT

Dr Andrew Holt

Co-opted Governor

 25.09.21

 24.09.25

 PPSD

 EYFS

Computing

Miss Rachel Smith

Staff Governor

 26.09.22

 25.09.26

 F&GP

PPSD

Non-teaching staff

 

Mr Matthew Downes

Staff Governor (HT)

01.09.10

n/a

F&GP

PPSD

Headteacher

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

 

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 2022/23

No pecuniary interests were declared in 2021/22

No pecuniary interests were declared in 2020/21

 

Governor Attendance

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