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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:



Type of governor

Roles and Responsibilities

Mr Simon Coombs


Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor


Appointed 30/11/2013

Extended Term of 2 yrs


Term of office 6 years (Total)


(Extension of term of office  to 30/11/2021 - approved by the Bishop on 01/03/2019)

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.



Subject areas - Maths and ICT

Mrs Ali Smith

Parent Governor


Appointed 13/10/2015


Term of office 4 years

(awaiting roles and responsibilities)




Subject areas - Art, design and technology

Mrs Georgina Nicol


Foundation Governor


Appointed 16/12/2016


Term of office 4 years

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee


I’ve been a foundation governor at St John’s since October 2016.  I have a son in Year 3, and a daughter in Little Acorns.  As a parent, I am passionate about helping St John’s continue to improve and develop. I’m also a member of the school PTA, and am really proud to be part of the school community.


Subject areas - Literacy and PSHE


Mrs Elizabeth Todd



Foundation Governor


Extension of Appointment to 11/03/2019


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 responsibilities at St John's I take a great interest in music and drama and endeavour to attend most performances. I come in regularly to listen to the children read.


Subject areas - Literacy and RE



Fr Paul Rea



Foundation Governor


Appointed 01/09/15


Term of office 4 years

I am  parish priest of the local Catholic church of St James, which has a special relationship with St John’s, and a stake in supporting the school as a growing family of love, faith and learning in the community.


Subject areas - The spiritual and pastoral life of the school

Mr William Kelly


Vice Chair of Governors & Foundation Governor





Term of office 4 Years



(awaiting roles and responsibilities)




Subject areas - Humanities

Mrs Claire Webber




Staff Governor


Appointed 01/09/2016


Term of office 4 years

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. 

Mrs Caroline James



Appointed 01/02/2017


Term of office continuous

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 Interim Headteacher in February 2017 and permanent Headteacher in December 2018. I am relishing the role of leading the school forward and raising aspirations and outcomes for the children at St John's.

Mrs Camilla Lawson


Foundation Governor




Term of office 4 years

I have been a Foundation Governor since September 2018. I have two children at St John’s; a daughter in Year 4 and a son in Big Acorns.

St John’s has been a part of my family for a long time; I attended the school along with my siblings in the 80’s; as did my wider family in the 60’s & 70’s & 90’s.

I am proud to be part of the St John’s community where I can help ensure a secure, safe and happy place for the children to learn and develop.


Subject areas - SEND

Miss Lucy Butt



Foundation Governor




Term of office 4 years

"I expressed interest in becoming a Foundation Governor in July 2018 as I felt passionately that a Catholic education should uphold the directives of the diocese, responding to the Catholic community as a whole, and was formally appointed in September 2018.   

My two children are members of the St John's School family and we are integral members of St James' Church family.  I'm proud to be a part of the combined loving and nurturing parish and school communities where all children grow and learn in God's love through deep rooted gospel values. 

Beside my duties at St John's, I'm a Sports Therapist and Personal Trainer with a love of rugby and powerlifting. My work's main focus is to empower women to build confidence and wellbeing in their everyday life through physical activity and social interaction; something that I feel is a transferable skill to our Catholic community as a whole."


Subject areas - Safeguarding

Mrs Kendall Heard





Clerk to Governors


Appointed 01/01/2019

I have worked at St Johns' School for over 2 years, firstly as as a PA to the Headteacher, and now in my role as School Administrator and Clerk to Governor's.  

Miss Jodie Leach

Staff Governor


Appointed 05/03/2019

Term of office 4 years


I began teaching at St John's in September 2017. I am currently the Year 6 teacher; the English leader and one of the two staff governors. 

St John's is a great place to work and the staff and children provide such a welcoming environment. I am looking forward to helping to raise the attainment and widening the opportunities available for the young people here.


Subject areas - Literacy

Mr Shaun Duerden





Parent Governor


Appointed 16/10/2017


Resigned October 2018

(no information provided)

Clerk to governors -  Mrs Kendall Heard. Email 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.



Meeting register 01.09.17-06.11.17

November 2018 - 2019 Attendance register of Governors for LGB


November 2018 onwards

Attendance at Governing Body meetings St John’s Catholic Primary School


26.11.18 –

Governors in attendance:

Ali Smith, Lucy Butt, Camilla Lawson, Caroline James, Simon Coombs, Georgina Nicol, William Kelly, Elizabeth Todd, Jodie Leach

Governors Absent:

Father Paul Rea, Claire Webber


21.01.19 –

Governors in attendance:

Lucy Butt, Camilla Lawson, Caroline James, Simon Coombs, Georgina Nicol, William Kelly, Elizabeth Todd, Jodie Leach, Father Paul

Governors Absent:

Father Paul Rea, Ali Smith