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Meet the Governors

The governing body is responsible for both the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body carries out its role by setting the vision for the school and then ensuring that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its vision. It does this by building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance. The governing body of our school is made up of parent governors, staff governors, Local Authority (LA) governors and Foundation governors. The term of office for a governor at St John's is four years.

Our governing body expects governors to

  • attend, approximately, 7 meetings of the full governing body per acedemic year
  • be on either curriculum or premises committee and attend the meetings which are usually six per acedemic year
  • visit the school formally for monitoring purposes as needed
  • visit the school informally as invited

How you can become a School Governor
Sometimes there are vacancies for parent Governors at St Johns. This vacancy will be announced on the school newsletter. If more than one parent applies then a ballot will be held.  If you consider applying, the Head teacher and other Governors will be pleased to tell you more about the work they do for the school.
Parents may have skills that they could offer to other Governing Bodies if they wish, and again the Head teacher would be able to put you in touch with relevant people.

Curriculum & Standards - Gerry Gibbs (Chair), Charlotte Walker and Pam Griffith

The Governors of St Johns School:


Charlotte Walker (Co-opted Governor) October 2015

Joint Chair of Governors

(Governor at St Marks School)
I enjoy governance and consider it a privilege to work as a team to support the school. My aim is to make sure the school stays a place where every child can enjoy their education and that each child will be able to fulfil their potential. I am now a governor at two schools and I hope that both schools will benefit from the experience gained in the other.

Gerry Gibbs  (Associate Governor) February 2015
Having worked as a teacher for many years at St John's I am passionate about children developing their love of learning. Since my retirement, I feel privileged to work as part of the Governing body to ensure all children get the best education possible. 

Sandy Sandeep Kaur Atwal (Staff Governor) February 2015
A great man (my granddad) once told me that education once acquired is yours for keeps, it is this motto which inspired me to enter the teaching profession. As a Teacher Governor I am particularly passionate about ensuring our littlest people have the best head start to their lifelong Learning Journey at St John’s Primary and Nursery School.


Jenny-Marie Court (Parent Governor) October 2015

I wanted to be a Governor to help make sure the school can be the best of it's capabilities and to watch the school grow with my child as she progresses. 

Pam Griffith (Co-opted Governor) October 2015

Joint Chair of Governors

Having spent my career in education, I welcome this opportunity to give something back. I passionately believe that children should have the best learning opportunities possible.

Lauren O'Connor (Associate Governor) February 2015
I became a Governor at St John's because I wanted to learn more about the governance of the school and how we can make the school the best it can be.

To contact our Chairs of Governors please send letters to the school, clearly addressed to them.