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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.

Plymouth CAST Board Meeting Attendance

http://www.plymouthcast.org.uk/web/board_of_directors/484924

Plymouth CAST Financial Information and Scheme of Delegation

http://www.plymouthcast.org.uk/web/trustee_reports__financial_statements/484984

To find out more about Plymouth CAST Governance - http://www.plymouthcast.org.uk/web/plymouth_cast_governance/277428

Governors

 

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

 

(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 27 years. During that time I have been Chair of Governors for 7 years and took on the role again in 2017.  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, ICT, Safeguarding and Health and Safety

Mr William Kelly

 

Vice Chair of Governors & Foundation Governor

 

Appointed 05/05/2017

 

Term of office 4 Years

Subject areas - RE and Catholic Life, Humanities and MFL

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.

 

Subject areas - Education

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 and EYFS

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 - Music, Science and PE

Canon Kristian Paver

Foundation Governor

 

Appointed 01/09/2019

 

Term of office 4 years

Parish Priest

 

Subject areas - RE

Peter Williams

Parent Governor

 

Appointed 01/09/2019

 

Term of office 4 years

Subject areas - Statutory Grants (Pupil Premium and Sports Premium), PSHE and SRE
Anna Zielinska

Parent Governor

 

Appointed 27/06/2020

 

Term of office 4 years

Subject areas - TBC
Jane Trott

Foundation Governor

 

Appointed 09/2020

 

Term of office 4 years

Subject areas - TBC

Donna Ayre

Clerk to Governors

 

Appointed 01/09/2019

 

 

 

Governor Information 2020-2021

Full Name

Governor Type

Appointing Body

Date of Current Appointment

End of Current Term

Meeting Attendance 2019-2020

Business Interests

Other Governorships

Simon Coombs

Chair -

Foundation

Diocese of Plymouth

01/03/2019

30/11/2021

6 out of 6 100%

Maths & ICT

-

William Kelly

Vice Chair - Foundation

Diocese of Plymouth

05/05/2017

05/05/2021

5 out of 6 83.3%

Humanities

Our Ladies, Barnstaple

Caroline James

Headteacher

 

LGB

01/02/2017

Continuous

6 out of 6 100%

Headteacher

-

Canon Kristian Paver

Parish Priest

 

Diocese of Plymouth

01/09/2019

01/09/2023

4 out of 5  80%

Parish Priest

-

Camilla Lawson

Foundation

 

Diocese of Plymouth

07/09/2018

07/09/2022

4 out of 6 66.66%

SEND and Music

-

Lucy Butt

Foundation

 

Diocese of Plymouth

07/09/2018

07/09/2022

3 out of 6  50%

Safeguarding

-

Jane Trott

Foundation

Diocese of Plymouth

09/2020

09/2024

N/A

TBC

 

-

Peter Williams

Parent

LGB

01/09/2019

01/09/2023

5 out of 5 100%

Statutory Grants

-

 

Anna Zielinska

Parent

 

LGB

27/06/2020

27/06/2024

2 out of 2 100%

TBC

-

Jodie Leach

Staff

 

LGB

05/03/2019

05/03/2023

5 out of 6 83.3%

Literacy

-

 

Governors who have left the LGB in the last 12 months

Full Name

Governor Type

Appointing Body

Date of Current Appointment

End of Term

Meeting Attendance 2019-2020

Business Interests

Other Governorships

Alison Smith

Parent

Diocese of Plymouth

13/10/2015

13/10/2019

2 out of 2 100%

Art, D&T

-

Claire Webber

Deputy Head – Staff

LGB

01/09/2016

31/10/2019

1 out of 1 100%

Deputy Headteacher

-

Elizabeth Todd

Foundation

Diocese of Plymouth

11/03/2019

17/07/2020

3 out of 6  50%

Literacy & RE

-

 

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.

The Role of the Governing Body


From 1st April 2014 all the Catholic Schools in the Plymouth Diocese became part of the Catholic Multi Academy Trust, known as ‘Plymouth CAST’.

 

Who are Governors?


School Governors are people from the school’s local community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They MUST be over eighteen years at the date of their appointment, but there is NO upper age limit. Each term of office lasts for four years.


Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country!
They have a very important part to play in raising school standards through three key roles which are –


1. Setting Strategic Direction 
This is for the short, medium and long term. It involves setting aims and objectives and setting policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. There needs to be clarity of vision, ethos and direction.


2. Ensuring Accountability 
Contributing to the school self-evaluation, understanding strengths and weaknesses, reporting to stakeholders i.e. young people, parents and staff


3. Monitoring and Evaluating School Performanc
Measuring and challenging progress and reviewing School Improvement Plans by holding the Headteacher and Leadership Team to account for improving the quality of teaching, achievement and behaviour and safety.

 

Why we are here

 

The Law says that:  The governing body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement (Section 21 of the Education Act 2002).

The governing body is accountable for the performance of the school and it fulfils this by setting the aims of the school and its priorities for improvement.  It agrees, monitors and evaluates the policies, targets and actions by which the school will move forward, including setting and monitoring the school budget.

The governing body’s role is strategic.  Governors are not expected to be involved in the detail of the day-to-day management of the school.  The Headteacher has responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and for implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.  Each of the governors has a responsibility for a specific aspect of school life and regularly meets with staff and visits classrooms, the staffroom and the dining hall.  Governors are at the heart of how a school operates and it is vital that we get things right.

The governing body works in partnership with the Headteacher and the senior leadership team.  Acting as ‘critical friends’, the governing body has a role to support and challenge the work of the school.

Governors must act corporately.  Individual governors do not have the power to act alone unless the corporate governing body has given them the authority to do so.  Individual governors have a broadly representative role but they are part of a team.  They are not delegates and do not have any kind of mandate from the body who elected or appointed them.

Queries and concerns about any aspect of school life should, in the first instance, be directed to the appropriate member of the school staff rather than to individual governors.  It is important that governors are not involved in issues, which may become formal complaints as this prevents governors from dealing with the matter impartially at a later stage.  Should you wish to pursue a matter further, having first attempted to resolve the issue with the relevant school staff, then please put your concern in writing to the chair of governors.


Our Governing Body

  • works as a team and is accountable for the performance of the school to parents, carers and the wider community.
  • ensures that all safeguarding requirements are met.
  • plans the school’s future direction and makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing requirements.
  • decides how best the school can develop and supports the pupils’ behaviour and spiritual, moral and social development.
  • makes sure that the school provides for all its pupils including those with special needs.

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

 

05.02.2018

Governors in Attendance:

Shaun Duerden, Teresa Walsh, Alison Smith, Karen Fullick, Caroline James, Father Paul, Simon Coombs, Georgina Nicol, William Kelly

Governors Absent:  Elizabeth Todd, Claire Webber

 

21.05.2018

Governors in Attendance:

Teresa Walsh, Alison Smith, Caroline James, Father Paul, Simon Coombs, Elizabeth Todd, Claire Webber

Governors Absent:  Shaun Duerden, Georgina Nicol, William Kelly

 

18.07.2018

Governors in Attendance:

Shaun Duerden, Alison Smith, Caroline James, Father Paul, Simon Coombs, Georgina Nicol, Elizabeth Todd, Claire Webber

Governors Absent:  Teresa Walsh, William Kelly

 

01.10.2018

Governors in Attendance:

Alison Smith, Caroline James, Father Paul, Simon Coombs, Georgina Nicol, Claire Webber, Lucy Butt, Camilla Lawson

Governors Absent:  William Kelly, Elizabeth Todd

 

26.11.2018

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

 

21.01.2019

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

 

04.03.2019

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
 

15.07.2019

Governors in attendance:

Alison Smith, Lucy Butt, Camilla Lawson, Caroline James, Simon Coombs, Georgina Nicol, Elizabeth Todd, Claire Webber, Jodie Leach

Governors Absent:  William Kelly

 

07.10.2019

Governors in Attendance:

Simon Coombs, William Kelly, Caroline James, Elizabeth Todd, Camilla Lawson, Lucy Butt, Alison Smith, Peter Williams

Governors Absent:  Canon Kristian Paver

 

25.11.2019

Governors in Attendance:

Simon Coombs, William Kelly, Caroline James, Camilla Lawson, Peter Williams, Jodie Leach, Canon Kristian Paver

Governors Absent:  Lucy Butt, Elizabeth Todd

 

20.01.2020

Governors in Attendance:

Simon Coombs, William Kelly, Caroline James, Camilla Lawson, Elizabeth Todd, Lucy Butt, Peter Williams, Jodie Leach, Canon Kristian Paver

Governors Absent:  None

 

23.03.2020

Meeting cancelled due to the Global Pandemic of Coronavirus

 

11.05.2020

Governors in Attendance:

Simon Coombs, William Kelly, Caroline James, Anna Zielinska, Peter Williams, Jodie Leach, Canon Kristian Paver

Governors Absent:  Lucy Butt, Camilla Lawson, Elizabeth Todd

 

15.07.2020

Governors in Attendance:

Simon Coombs, William Kelly, Caroline James, Anna Zielinska, Peter Williams, Canon Kristian Paver

Governors Absent:  Lucy Butt, Camilla Lawson, Jodie Leach, Elizabeth Todd

 

15.09.2020

Governors in Attendance:

Simon Coombs, William Kelly, Canon Kristian Paver, Camilla Lawson, Lucy Butt, Jane Trott, Peter Williams

Extra:  Neil Maslen of Plymouth CAST

Governors Absent:  Caroline James, Anna Zielinska, Jodie Leach

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