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 2020, 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

TBC

Mrs Nicola Macdonald

Foundation

Appointed

St. John's Church PCC

2021

Mrs Kath Frankland

Foundation

Appointed

St. John's Church PCC

2023

Ms Vicki Brown

Parent

Elected

Parents

2023

Mrs Cath Ascroft

Parent

Elected

Parents

2021

Mrs Louise Westby

Parent

Elected

Parents

2020

Miss Rachel Halsall

Staff

Elected

Staff

2024

Vacancy

Local Authority

Appointed

LEA

 

Mrs Bina Shukla

Co-Opted

Appointed

Gov Body

2021

Mr Robert Corbett

Co-Opted

Appointed

Gov Body

2021

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
  • Quality of Education, which meets 4 times a year
  • Resources and Staffing, which meets 3 times a year
  • Personal Development and Church School Distinctiveness which meets three times per year
  • Behaviour, Attitudes and 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  productions.

 

Who are our Governors?

Current Governing Body
Mr Robert Corbett (Chair of Governors) - Co-opted Governor - formerly a senior local government accountant and senior manager.  Robert was appointed by the Governing body to oversee the School's finances and governance arrangements.  Robert is a long standing governor to the school, who has supported the development of the school under the last four headteachers.

Ms Cath Ascroft (Vice Chair of Governors) - Parent Governor - an experienced journalist working locally.  Cath is a school class volunteer and is also active in the school providing a range of experiences.

Miss Vicki Brown - Parent Governor - an experienced teaching assistant at another Southport School, especially trained in supporting children with specific needs.

Rev'd Chris Gregory - Foundation (Church) Governor - was recently licensed as Assistant Priest to St John Church Crossens and the North Meols Team of ministry.  Rev'd Chris, together with Karen Corbett and Deputy Headteacher Linda Thompson are working closely together to develop the close relationship between School and Church.

Mrs Kath Frankland - Foundation (Church) Governor - was formerly an experienced teaching assistant at another Southport primary school.  Kath is also a school class volunteer helping with reading and pupil support.

Mrs Nicola Macdonald - Foundation (Church) Governor - is an experienced and qualified speech and language therapist who is regularly in the School providing support.

Miss Rachel Halsall - Staff Governor - the Class 6 teacher, Rachel was elected by the staff to represent them on the Governing Body.

Mrs Bina Shukla - Co-opted Governor - a certified public accountant in practice, Bina was appointed by the Governing body to provide financial and commercial experience to the management of the school.  Bina is also active in the school providing a range of experiences.

Mrs Karen Corbett - Clerk to the Governors - formerly a personal assistant to senior local government leadership and management.  Karen is a Reader at St John's Church and together with the Rev'd Chris and Linda Thompson (Deputy Headteacher) is developing the close relationship between School and Church.  Karen is also a school class volunteer helping with reading and pupil support.
 

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

TBC

Year 1

Charlotte Preston / Fiona Adam

Robert Corbett

Year 2

Helen Hudson

Nicola Macdonald

Year 3

Linda Thompson

Cath Ascroft

Year 4

Jenny Moss

Kath Frankland

Year 5

Gemma Lovelock

Bina Shukla

Year 6

Rachel Halsall

Karen Corbett

 

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

Gemma Lovelock & Nicola Brown

Bina Shukla

English

Rachel Halsall and Charlotte Preston

Cath Ascroft

R.E.

Emma Thomas

Chris Gregory

 

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 2020/2021

Headteacher: Mr Phil Thomson  
head.stjohnscrossens@schools.sefton.gov.uk 

Chair: Mr Robert Corbett
corbettr@stjohnsprimary.co.uk

Vice-Chair: Ms Cath Ascroft
ascroftc@stjohnsprimary.co.uk

Clerk to the Governors: Mrs Karen Corbett
corbettk@stjohnsprimary.co.uk