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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

All governing bodies are legally constituted and have an Instrument of Government, which sets out their size and representation.  Our governing body is broadly representative of our main stakeholders: the community, the parents, the staff, the local authority, and the church.

 

The current governors are:

 

Name

Type of governor

Roles and Responsibilities

Mr Simon Coombs

   

Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor

 

Appointed 30/11/2013

 

Term of office 4 years

I have been a Governor at St John's for 25 years. During that time I have been Chair of Governors for 7 years and recently took on that role again. Both my children attended the School in the late 1980s/early 90s. St John's has always been a caring community and I am proud to be part of the team taking it forward.

 

Member of T&L Committee

Subject areas - Maths and P.E

Mrs Teresa Walsh

 

 

 Foundation Governor

 

Appointed 01/01/2017

 

Term of office 4 years

I have been a Governor at St John’s School since October 2012. I am a retired teacher who specialised in the teaching of children with specific learning difficulties including dyslexia.

I have been on the Teaching and Learning Committee since 2012 but this term transferred to Finance. Wanting to gain more experience and knowledge within this area.

I am the Governor responsible for the Foundation Stage, Music and SEND. I meet up with the relevant staff who have responsibilities within these subject areas on a regular basis and report back to the Governing body on my findings.

I regularly come into school to hear readers and to meet up with staff and children.

I also attend as many events organised as is possible.

 

 

Member of Resources Committee

Subject areas -  Music, SEND and EYFS

Mrs Georgina Nicol

                

Foundation Governor

Appointed 16/12/2016

Term of office 4 years

 

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee

 

Subject areas - Literacy and MFL

 

Mrs Ali Smith

 

Parent Governor

Appointed 13/10/2015

Term of office 4 years

 

Member of Resources Committee 

 

Subject areas - Art, design and technology,  G&T, PSHE and Safeguarding

Mrs Elizabeth Todd

 

 

Foundation Governor

 

Appointed 11/03/2015

Term of office 4 years

 

Though not a trained teacher I have, in the past taught English, French, German and some RE. Aside from my designated responibilites at St John's I take a great interest in music and drama and endevour to attend most performances. I come in regularly to listen to the children read.

 

 

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee

 

Subject areas - Literacy and RE

 

 

Fr Paul Rea

 

      

Foundation Governor

 Appointed 01/09/15

Term of office 4 years

 

Member of Resources Committee

 

Subject areas - The spiritual and pastoral life of the school

Mr Shaun Duerden

 

 

Parent Governor

Appointed 13/03/17

Term of office 4 Years

 

Member of Resources Committee

 

Subject areas - ICT and Science

 

 

 

Mr William Kelly Foundation Governor

Appointed

Term of office 4 Years

 

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee

 

Subject areas - Humanities

Mrs Claire Webber

 

 

 

Staff Governor

My name is Claire Webber and I am one of two Staff Governors.  

I have worked at St Johns' School for 13 years, firstly as as a Key Stage 1 teacher, and now in my role as Early Years and Year 1 Teacher, Early Years Leader and the Assistant Head Teacher.  

 

St John's holds a special place in my heart.  I choose to work at St John's because I feel we have an amazing school family,where staff, parents and governors all work together to provide first class education and care for our children's individual needs and this is at the heart of all that we do.  I feel honored to be a part of the St John's family. 

 

 

Appointed 01/09/2016

Term of office 4 years

 

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee

     

Mrs Caroline James

  

Headteacher

Appointed 01/02/2017

I started working at St John's in 2006 as a Newly Qualified Teacher teaching Year 5.  Since then I have held various roles including teaching year 6 for 8 years; leading Maths across the school having gained the Masters qualification of Primary Maths Specialist Teacher; being Assessment Co-Ordinator, Deputy Safeguarding Officer and Assistant Headteacher.  I was appointed Headteacher in February 2017 and I am relishing the role of leading the school forward and raising aspirations for the children at St John's.

Mrs Heidi Last

 

 

Clerk to Governors I joined St John's in 2001 working as an MTA and Assistant in the After School Club. From there I progressed to Teaching Assistant, which lead onto me completing the HLTA qualification. In 2003 I developed my role further by joing the school office team. This change in role lead to a complete change in direction for myself, and since then I have undertaken The Certificate in School Business Management, and am now employed as the School Business Manager for St John's.

Clerk to governors -  Mrs Heidi Last. Email sbm@stjohnstiverton.co.uk or contact the school office.

 


Parent and staff governors are elected onto the governing body; the foundation governors are appointed from outside the governing body and community governors are appointed by the governing body itself.  In addition the governing body may also appoint associate members to support its work.

If you are interested in joining our Governing Body please contact the Clerk for information on current vacancies.

 

 

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