Governors

Letter from the Chair of Governors

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A warm welcome from the Governors of St John’s C of E Primary School.

As a governing body we are very proud of our children and the school community to which they are central. As a Christian school we are keen to support the head teacher and her staff not only in creating a centre of excellence in Christian learning but also in developing our children into young adults who enrich our society.

We are very grateful for the support of our current parents and are blessed by an active and energetic school association who work really hard to raise funds for the school and promote the sense of belonging that we hope all families feel.

As Governors we are aware of the pressure for primary school places in Croydon and also the importance of the role of our governing body as its own admissions authority.

We are very diligent in our annual review of our admissions policy, constantly looking to ensure it is as fair as possible to as many as possible. We are equally diligent and careful when applying the policy to applicants. If you are on this web site as a prospective parent then I am grateful that you have taken the time to look at our school and hope you will feel it worthwhile to list St John’s amongst your preferences.

The school has a close and valued link to St John’s Church Shirley and also works with other local clergy and churches which greatly enriches school life.

As a parent of three children who have recently gone through the school, I have been delighted with the progress they made at St John’s and the support they received in preparing them for senior school.

I feel privileged to be Chair of Governors at St John’s C of E Primary School and to lead such an experienced team of governors who work hard to share their various fields of expertise to guide the schools strategic direction.

J R Phillipson

Chair of Governors

National Leader of Governance

  • John Phillipson

    Chair of Governors, National Leader of Governance (NLG)

  • Julian Timm

    Vice Chair, PPG, Sports Premium

  • Tia Baker

    Ethos Chair

  • Sophie Barfield

  • Alice Bimpong

    Curriculum, Quality & Standards Chair

  • Reverend Lu Gale

    Ex Officio

  • Tim Holmes

    Premises Chair

  • Jo Iyashere

    Safeguarding, LAC, SEN

  • Rachel Knight

    Deputy Head Teacher

  • Martina Martin

    Headteacher

  • Emily Matheson

    Personnel Chair

  • Gary McAllister

    Parent Governor

  • Claire McKenzie

  • Richard Thorn

    Income, Branding, Marketing Lead

  • David Nicholls

    Treasurer

  • Liz Parry

    Clerk

John Phillipson

Chair of Governors, National Leader of Governance (NLG)

Hello What’s your name ?

John Phillipson

What do you do on the Governing Body ?

I Chair the Governing Body and I also help on the premises committee that looks after the school building

Why did you become a Governor at St John’s ?

Because my three children had such a happy time here and I wanted to help keep it a brilliant school.

Did you go to St John’s when you were a child  ?

No I went to a school nearby called Ashburton.

What is your favourite thing about our school ?

Seeing the children of the school turn into really nice and kind young people.

Is there anything you would change about our school ?

I would not like to see anything change which would stop st Johns being the special place it is but I do want the school to keep evolving as education changes and we need to ensure we are always the best we can be for the children we care for.

What do you do when you’re not helping our School ?

I travel more now and really enjoying seeing new cities and countries. I like to cycle and ski ( not at the same time) to keep fit. I also help other governing bodies to be outstanding. I love to sing as much as I can and also help with a number of homeless projects. When I’m not doing all that I occasionally turn up for work as a surveyor.

Julian Timm

Vice Chair, PPG, Sports Premium

Hello what’s your name?

Julian Timm

What do you do on the Governing Body?

My general role is to bring some of my experience as a teacher and a parent to our discussions about how St John’s operates. More specifically, I sit on the Curriculum and Standards Committee and we look at what is being taught, and how, and also consider how much progress is being made by pupils. As part of that role I oversee what is happening in PE and Numeracy.

Why did you become a Governor at St John’s?

When my children started at St John’s I realised that I didn’t really know much about what went on in primary schools. Being a governor gives me a great insight into how the school operates, and how my children learn, and hopefully gives me the chance to offer something back to this great school.

Did you go to St John’s when you were a child?

No – I grew up in a lovely little town called Stamford in Lincolnshire. My dad was Head of my school which may have made a difference to how I behaved.

What is your favourite thing about our school?

I love the fact that whenever I visit it always feels like a big family where everybody knows everybody else.

Is there anything you would change about our school?

Given what a big fan I am I couldn’t then start suggesting lots of changes. I love sport, so even though it’s something then school has really built up in the last few years, I suppose I would always say that I’d love more children out playing sport every day, but I also know how much else there is to fit in. I also wish there were better cycle routes in Croydon so that we could be a school where hardly anyone has to come in by car.

I should also update my role.

What do you do on the Governing Body?

My general role is to bring some of my experience as a teacher and a parent to our discussions about how St John’s operates. More specifically, I chair the Admissions Panel, and I also sit on the Curriculum and Standards Committee. In that group we look at what is being taught, and how, and also consider how much progress is being made by pupils.

Tia Baker

Ethos Chair

Hello. What is your name?

Tia Baker

 

What do you do on the Governing Body?

I chair the Ethos Committee.

 

Why did you become a Governor at St John’s?

I think St John’s is a truly special place and a first class school. It’s a privilege to work alongside and support the excellent staff team here. My children have benefited greatly from their time at St John’s and it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to give something back.  I also used to be a secondary school teacher so it’s interesting and challenging to be part of another side of school life.

 

Did you go to St John’s when you were a child?

No, but I did go to a small Church of England primary school, Christ Church Streatham.

 

What is your favourite thing about our school?

The sense of community here and that everyone is known as an individual and valued.

 

Is there anything you would change about our school?

Not really. However, being an “outstanding” school isn’t a static thing. We need to continue to push forward and explore new ways to enhance every pupils education and experience of school life.

 

What do you do when you’re not helping our school?

Over the years I’ve been involved in various areas of life at my church including youth/children’s work, leading worship and serving on the leadership team for 12 years. I’m currently looking at ways to make church more inclusive for our children and adults with additional needs.

I help with a project that gives English classes to women.

I also enjoy watching Marvel films, Doctor Who and enjoying family life, especially being mum to Tom and Rosie.

Sophie Barfield

Alice Bimpong

Curriculum, Quality & Standards Chair

6Hello What’s your name ?

Alice Bimpong

What do you do on the Governing Body ?

As the chair of the curriculum and standards committee, I work with the other governors and staff to review the teaching and learning provision and access for the children, with a special focus on science. I am also the governor lead for equality.

Why did you become a Governor at St John’s ?

I am proud to be working as governor at St John`s as it gives me the opportunity to contribute and give something back to the school community. I have 2 children that attended St John’s and they both have very fond memories of the care and learning that they experienced.

Did you go to St John’s when you were a child  ?

No.  I went to Eardley Primary School in Streatham

What is your favourite thing about our school ?

I enjoy seeing the children develop through the years – happy and thriving within this Christian school community.

Is there anything you would change about our school ?

That more children and their families can benefit from the excellent education and caring Christian Ethos that holds the whole school together.

What do you do when you’re not helping our School ?

I am a lecturer and an Environmental Health Practitioner who helps food businesses to comply with the law and maintain good standards. I am also a church leader/trustee with a special focus for children and young people. I also mentor and tutor others.

My favourite job is having fun with my children, watching movies and singing.

Thank you it’s been nice sharing my role with you.

Reverend Lu Gale

Ex Officio

Tim Holmes

Premises Chair

Hello What’s your name?

Tim Holmes

What do you do on the Governing Body ?

I am currently Chair of the Expansion and Premises committee that looks after the school building and which has focus on school expansion

Why did you become a Governor at St John’s ?

I look back on the very happy times I had as a pupil at St John’s and wanted to use the skills and experience I have gained over the years to help the school and community.

Did you go to St John’s when you were a child ?

Yes, a very long time ago. I was also baptised and confirmed at St John’s Church and was in the choir.

What is your favourite thing about our school ?

The fantastic atmosphere you experience the moment you walk through the door – there is such a tangible sense of community here.

Is there anything you would change about our school ?

As a new governor there is nothing that immediately springs to mind.  I just want to do what I can to help the school to continue to be a special place for both the children and those who work here.

What do you do when you’re not helping our School ?

I am the Head of the Strategic Engagement and Delivery Unit at the Department for International Trade. When I am not doing that I have a very energetic daughter who keeps me busy (when she is not sitting in the classroom at St John’s learning….).  I’m also a Deputy Church Warden at St Johns Church. Finally I like to visit SE Asia (Thailand in particular – where my wife comes from) but do not get the chance to go there as regularly as I used to.

Jo Iyashere

Safeguarding, LAC, SEN

Hello what’s your name?

Jo Iyashere

What do you do on the Governing Body?

I sit on the Curriculum and Standards committee. I also have two specialist roles as the Looked After Children (LAC) and Safeguarding Governor.

Why did you become a Governor at St John’s? 

When my son Theo started at St John’s I was thrilled to be asked whether I would like to become a Foundation Governor. I hope I can give something back to the school and the wider community

Did you go to St John’s when you were a child?

No I attended Spring Park School

What is your favourite thing about our school?

There are so many things I love about St John’s it is hard to pick a favourite!! I love the vibrant classrooms and displays in the corridor, how well behaved everyone is and the fact that St John’s cares about its wider community

Is there anything you would change about our school?

I would like more children to have the opportunity to attend St John’s 

What do you do when you’re not helping our School?

I am a social worker and help manage a Children and Young People team. I am also the Parish Safeguarding Officer for St John’s church but above all I am a mum to Theo and Grace

Rachel Knight

Deputy Head Teacher

Martina Martin

Headteacher

Emily Matheson

Personnel Chair

Hello. What is your name?

Emily Matheson

 

What do you do on the Governing Body?

I chair the Personnel Committee, which advises the Governing Body and supports school on short and long term staffing matters; such as recruitment & retention, pay, appraisals, GDPR (data protection), and numerous policies and procedures.  Each committee has annual objectives so I monitor progress throughout the year to make sure we deliver effectively and on time.  I also join other committee chairs on the Policy and Finance Committee.

I encourage and monitor governor training to ensure our governing body has the knowledge and skill-set to be effective.

 

Why did you become a Governor at St John’s?

I enjoyed being a governor at Woodside Primary School 30 years ago and when I retired from working I wanted to be a governor again so I could use my experience and skills to help a school.  I was pleased that St.John’s had an appropriate vacancy at that time and feel happy and privileged to be a part of this school community again.

The role has grown and improved a lot, with much more involvement and responsibility for governors.  It’s great to play a part of such a productive and supportive team in an outstanding school.  I recommend it.

 

Did you go to St John’s when you were a child?

Yes I did, over 50 years ago!  I have extremely fond memories of wearing the lovely uniform, which has hardly changed; we had hats & caps too back then.  I remember enjoying the summer productions, services in church, the egg & spoon race, learning how to knit and feeling very proud to sing in the choir.  I also remember learning the times tables by rote – not quite so fondly though!

 

What is your favourite thing about our school?

I love walking along the driveway, listening to children in the playground and seeing them learning in the classrooms, knowing I’ll be welcome – and I always leave feeling enthusiastic.

 

Is there anything you would change about our school?

Yes! A fairer realistic level of funding.

We constantly strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for the children and staff within our tight budget. The fabulous Reception outdoor area was a part of the new build; if we had any ‘spare cash’ I’d like to see innovative (= expensive!) play equipment and art in the playgrounds.

 

What do you do when you’re not helping our school?

As well as a lot of socialising, reading for pleasure and cinema & theatre trips, I’m very family-orientated and have grandchildren to enjoy.  Gardening is my new hobby, it’s a delight and very satisfying to nurture plants and watch them grow and change with the seasons; I even find weeding a joy!

Gary McAllister

Parent Governor

Claire McKenzie

Hello What’s your name ?

Clare Mackenzie

What do you do on the Governing Body ?

I help on the premises committee that looks after the school building

Why did you become a Governor at St John’s ?

Because my two children attended the school and I want to give something back to the school community.

Did you go to St John’s when you were a child  ?

No.

What is your favourite thing about our school ?

The special sense of community that exists.

Is there anything you would change about our school ?

I would like to help to ensure it stays a great place to educate children and prepare them for the next stage in their education.

What do you do when you’re not helping our School ?

I work as a School Business Manager at another primary school and in my spare time I am a Brownie leader and love singing in St John’s Church choir.

Richard Thorn

Income, Branding, Marketing Lead

Hello. What is your name?
Richard Thorn

What do you do on the Governing Body?
Being new, I’ve been appointed to the Personnel committee and I will also be heading up the Income Generation committee.

Why did you become a Governor at St John’s?
I knew this was a fantastic school and I wanted to be part of it’s future.

Did you go to St John’s when you were a child?
No I didn’t actually. I went to Selsdon Primary School as that was nearer to my childhood home.

What is your favourite thing about our school?
The atmosphere and positivity around the place. It’s infectious and it inspires everyone to do a great job.

Is there anything you would change about our school?
Nothing that I’ve noticed yet!!
I’m sure there will be things over the next few years which we will work on together to help keep St John’s being the great school it is today.

What do you do when you’re not helping our school?
I am a Digital Account Manager for a company called Pepsico; you’ll best know them for the company that makes Walkers Crisps!
I do also play a LOT of golf (badly!), spend a great deal of time at Selhurst Park following Crystal Palace and I do also try to squeeze in the organisation of numerous charity events throughout the year.

David Nicholls

Treasurer

Liz Parry

Clerk

Roles & Responsibilities

The Governing Body works in close co-operation the Head Teacher in taking general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards.
The statutory role of the Governing Body includes:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making
    sure its money is well spent.
  • Making sure the curriculum is balanced and broad based (as a Voluntary Aided school we take particular responsibility for the Religious Education)
  • Appointing the Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher and determining how other appointments will be made and staff are managed.

Governors have an important role in maintaining the distinctive Christian ethos of the school through developing and maintaining links with St John’s Church and other local churches.

As a Voluntary Aided school the Governing Body is also the Admissions Authority with responsibility for setting and implementing the admissions criteria.

The Governing Body normally meets four times a year as a whole group and in committees during the intervening times. The committees are responsible for the school premises, finance, admissions, personnel, curriculum and standards.

Parent Governor Elections 2018

Please find the personal statements from each candidate below

Lisa Brett

Ursula Chetty

Rhianne Elleston-Pascal

Andrea Marshall

Jennie Pearce

Governor Information

The Governing Body of St. John's C of E Primary School consists of 16 Governors including the following:

  • Two parent governors
  • Two Co-opted governors
  • One LA governor
  • One headteacher
  • One staff governor
  • Nine foundation governors (including two appointed by Southwark Diocesan Board of Education)

The Governing Body operates by holding a minimum of 4 full Governing Body meetings per year, and holding sub committee meetings once per term to cover the detailed business, under the key headings of Personnel, Curriculum & Standards, Premises, Policy & Finance, reporting back to the Full Governing Body.

There are currently no associate members serving on the Governing Body.

Register of Attendance

Name

Autumn term 2017

Spring term 2018

Summer term 2018

 

FGB

Sub committee

P&F

FGB

Sub committee

P&F

FGB

Sub committee

P&F

FGB

 

Phil Abbott

DNA

A, CQS

N/A

A

A, CQS

N/A

A

N/A

N/A

A

 

Tia Baker

Before term of office started

A

 

Sophie Barfield

A

A, CQS

N/A

A

A, CQS

N/A

A

N/A

N/A

A

 

Alice Bimpong

A

DNA, CQS

A

A

A, CQS

A

A

N/A

A

A

 

Lu Gale

DNA

 

N/A

DNA

 

N/A

DNA

 

N/A

A

 

Robert King

A

A, P

N/A

A

A, P

N/A

DNA

XP

N/A

Term of office ended

 

Rachel Knight

A

A, A

A

A

A, A, A

A

A

A

A

A

 

Tim Holmes

A

A, PE

A

DNA

A, PE

A

A

A, PE

A

A

 

Jo Iyashere

A

A, CQS

N/A

A

A, CQS

N/A

DNA

N/A

N/A

A

 

Clare Mackenzie

A

A, P

N/A

A

A, P

N/A

A

A, P

N/A

A

 

Martina Martin

A

A, A

A

A

A, A, A

A

A

A, A

A

A

 

Emily Matheson

DNA

DNA, P

A

A

A, P

A

DNA

A, P

A

A

 

Rona Macdonald

DNA

A, P

N/A

A

A, P

N/A

A

Term of office ended

 

Gary McAllister

DNA

DNA, PE

N/A

A

DNA, PE

N/A

A

A, PE

N/A

A

 

John Murphy

A

A, PE

A

A

A, PE

A

A

A, PE

DNA

A

 

John Phillipson

A

A, PE

A

A

DNA, PE

A

A

A, PE

A

A

 

Richard Thorn

Before term of office started

A

 

Julian Timm

A

A, CQS

N/A

A

A, CQS

N/A

A

N/A

N/A

A

 

CQS = Curriculum, Quality and Standards    P = Personnel      PE = Premises & Expansion         P&F = Policy and Finance                    FGB = Full Governing Body    

A = attended          DNA = did not attend

Role and Record of Pecuniary Interest

Name

Category of Governor

Appointed by

Committee

Role

Term of office

Declared Pecuniary interest

Phil Abbott

 

Parent

Parents

Premises

 

3.11.16 - 2.11.20

 

Tia Baker

Foundation

P.C.C.

Ethos

 

Chair of Ethos committee

27.06.18-

26.06.22

None declared

Sophie Barfield

 

Staff

Staff

C, Q & S

 

6.5.15 – 5.5.19

Assistant Headteacher St John's

Alice Bimpong

Foundation

SDBE

C, Q & S

P&F

Chair of C, Q, S

Equalities

05.05.18– 04.05.22

 None declared

Lu Gale

 

Ex officio

 

Ethos

 

Appointed on 28.9.16

Vicar of St John the Evangelist Church

Rachel Knight

Deputy Head (maternity leave)

Co-opted

Governing Body

All committees

 

18.3.15 – 19.10.18

Deputy Headteacher of St John's

Tim Holmes

Foundation

P.C.C.

Premises

P&F

Chair of Premises

05.05.18– 04.05.22

PCC member of St John the Evangelist Church

Jo Iyashere

LA

LA

Personnel

SEND, LAC, Safeguarding

27.11.18 -

26.11.22

None declared

Clare Mackenzie

 

Foundation

SDBE

Personnel

 

01.01.15-

31 .12. 18

 

Employed at Oak Lodge Primary School

Martina Martin

Head Teacher

 

All committees

 

 

Headteacher of St John's

Emily Matheson

Foundation

P.C.C.

Personnel

P&F

Chair of Personnel

13.9.16 - 12.9.20

None declared

Gary McAllister

 

Parent

Parents

Premises

GDPR

12.11. 15-

11.11. 19

 

John Phillipson

 

Foundation

P.C.C.

Premises

Chair of Governors

31.08.18

01.09.22

Vice Chair of Governing Body of Ark Oval Primary Academy, National Leader of Governance

Ali Silke

Deputy Head

Co-opted

Governing Body

All committees

 

19.10.18

17.3.19

Deputy Headteacher at St John's

Member of NAHT

Richard Thorn

Foundation

P.C.C.

Personnel

Branding, Marketing and Income lead

27.06.18-

26.06.22

None declared

Julian Timm

Foundation

P.C.C.

C,Q & S

P&F

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of Admissions Panel

Pupil Premium

Sports Funding

02.02.18

01. 02. 22

None declared

 

C, Q&S = Curriculum, Quality and Standards                         P&F = Policy and Finance                              FGB = Full Governing Body

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