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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.

Plymouth CAST Board Structure

Plymouth CAST Board Meeting Attendance - Provided by CAST

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

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

Mr William Kelly

 

Vice Chair of Governors & Foundation Governor

 

Appointed

05/05/2017

 

Term of office 4 Years

 

 

(awaiting roles and responsibilities)

 

 

 

Subject areas - Humanities

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 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

 

 

Mrs Caroline James

  

Headteacher

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.

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

Mrs Camilla Lawson

 

Foundation Governor

 

Appointed 

07/09/2018

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

 

Appointed 

07/09/2018

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

Donna Ayre

Clerk to Governors

 

Appointed 01/09/2019

 

(no information provided)
Canon Kristian Paver Foundation Governor

 

Appointed 01/09/2019

 

Term of office 4 years

(no information provided)
Peter Williams

Parent Governor

 

Appointed 01/09/2019

 

Term of office 4 years

(no information provided)
Previous Governors    

Mr Shaun Duerden

 

Parent Governor

 

Appointed 07/02/2017

 

Resigned

19/10/2018

(no information provided)

Mrs Teresa Walsh

Foundation Governor

 

Appointed 10/01/2017

 

Resigned 

24/07/2018

(no information provided)  

Mrs Kendall Heard

Clerk to Governors

 

Appointed 01/01/2019

 

Term end 19/04/2019

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.  

Fr Paul Rea

      

Foundation Governor

 

Appointed 01/09/15

 

Term of office 4 years

 

Term end 19/05/2019

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

Mrs Georgina Nicol

                

Foundation Governor

 

Appointed 16/12/2016

 

Term end 31/07/2019

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 Claire Webber

 

Staff Governor

 

Appointed 01/09/2016

 

Resigned 01/09/2019

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. 

 

If you have any questions or require any further information, please Email  clerk@stjohnstiverton.co.uk

or contact the school office on (01884) 253630


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

Governors Absent:

Father Paul Rea, Ali Smith

 

04.03.19 - 

Governors in attendance:

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

Governors Absent:

None

 

07.05.19

Governors in attendance:

pending information

Governors Absent:

pending information

 

15.07.19

Governors in attendance:

pending information

Governors Absent:

pending information

 

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