Governors

The Local Governing Body of St John’s CE Primary School plays a crucial role in the life and work of our school. It comprises volunteers from the local and wider community, St. John’s Church plus the Head teacher and one member of school staff. As of the most recent annual general meeting of governors in October 2018, the governing body of St. John’s CE Primary School was agreed as:

 

Governors

Type

Appointed/ Elected

Appointed/ Elected by

Finishes  AGM

Mr Phil Thomson

Headteacher

Position

n/a

n/a

Rev Chris Gregory

Foundation

Appointed

St. John’s Church PCC

2022

Mrs Nicola Macdonald

Foundation

Appointed

St. John’s Church PCC

2021

Mr Daniel Locker

Foundation

Appointed

St. John’s Church PCC

2019

Vacancy

Parent

Elected

Parents

 

Mrs Cath Ascroft

Parent

Elected

Parents

2021

Mrs Louise Westby

Parent

Elected

Parents

2019

Miss Rachel Halsall

Staff

Elected

Staff

2020

Mrs Lindsey Welch

Local Authority

Appointed

LEA

2022

Mrs Bina Shukla

Co-Opted

Appointed

Gov Body

2021

Mr Robert Corbett

Co-Opted

Appointed

Gov Body

2020

Vacancy

Co-Opted

Appointed

Gov Body

 

 

Governors undertake their roles and responsibilities through committees. There are six committees, they are:

• Full Governing Body, which normally meets 4 times a year

• Outcomes, which meets 4 times a year

• Resources, which meets 3 times a year

• Teaching and Learning, which meets twice per year

• Personal Development, Development, Behaviour and Welfare (including safeguarding) which meets 3 times per year

• Head teacher Appraisal and Pay & Performance, which both meet once per year

 

Governors are encouraged to play a full and active role in St. John’s wherever possible and all are given a copy of the Annual Planner listing all meetings for all committees. Also listed are specific governor monitoring tasks such as learning walks and opportunities for work scrutiny and whole school events such as carol concerts or leaver’s productions.

 

Each class has a named governor attached to their class who visits at least once per term to sample ‘life’ within the classroom.  This governor follows the class through their time at St. John’s and really gets to know the most important people in our school – the children!

Currently, our class governors are:

 

Class

Teacher

Lead Governor

Reception

Emma Thomas

Nicola Macdonald

Year 1

Charlotte Preston / Fiona Adam

Cath Ascroft

Year 2

Rachel Halsall

Louise Westby

Year 3

Linda Thompson

Bina Shukla

Year 4

Holly Tickle

Karen Corbett

Year 5

Gemma Lovelock

Robert Corbett

Year 6

Andrew Deacon / Nicky Brown

Lindsey Welch

 

In addition, we have ‘lead governors’ who undertake specific monitoring roles in such areas as: Maths, English, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Disability and Pupil Premium.

Currently, governors with specific responsibilities are:

 

Subject Based Governors

Subject

Lead Teacher

Lead Governor

Maths

Charlotte Preston

Bina Shukla

English

Rachel Halsall

Cath Ascroft

R.E.

Linda Thompson

Chris Gregory

 

Self-Evaluation Link Governors

These governors are each responsible for monitoring our school self-evaluation against each aspect of the current OFSTED and SIAMS inspection frameworks.

Aspect

Lead Teacher

Lead Governor

Leadership and Management

Phil Thomson

Robert Corbett

Outcomes

Linda Thompson

Lindsey Welch

Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Phil Thomson

Louise Westby

Personal Development, Behaviour and Wellbeing

Rachel Halsall

Nicola Macdonald

EYFS

Emma Thomas

Bina Shukla

SIAMS

 

Linda Thompson

Chris Gregory

Karen Corbett

 

Other Responsibility Based Governors

Area

Lead Staff

Lead Governor

SEND

Charlotte Preston

Nicola Macdonald

Health & Safety

Phil Thomson

Robert Corbett

Safeguarding

(E-safety)

Phil Thomson

(Gemma Lovelock)

Cath Ascroft

Headteacher Well-being

 

Phil Thomson

Bina Shukla

Robert Corbett

 

The main work of our Governing Body includes:

  • Acting as a critical friend to St. John’s CE Primary School and being accountable for its decisions.
  • Continuously developing the partnership with parents, carers and pupils and seeking their views to help the Governing Body, Senior Leadership Team and all staff in moving the school forward.
  • Establishing the strategic direction of the school by ensuring there is clarity of vision, values and objectives.
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with appropriate priorities and targets.
  • Ensuring accountability by appointing and performance managing the Head Teacher.
  • Monitoring the educational performance of the school and progress towards agreed targets.
  • Contributing to the school’s self-evaluation.
  • Overseeing financial performance by setting the budget, monitoring spending against the budget and ensuring money is spent well and value for money obtained.

 

St John’s CE Primary School Governing Body 2018/19

Headteacher: Mr Phil Thomson

Chair: Mr Robert Corbett

Vice-Chair: Mrs Bina Shukla

Clerk to the Governors: Mrs Karen Corbett