Governors

  • John Phillipson

    Chair of Governors

  • Alice Bimpong

    Curriculum & Standards Chair (Co-opted)

  • Emily Matheson

    Personnel Chair (Foundation)

  • Claire McKenzie

    Foundation

  • Martina Martin

    Headteacher (All Comitees)

  • Sophie Barfield

    Governor (Staff)

  • Tim Holmes

    Chair of Premises

  • Jo Iyashere

    Safeguarding Governor (Foundation)

  • Julian Timm

    Foundation

  • Phil Abbott

    Parent Govenor

  • Mrs R Knight

    Deputy Head (Co-opted)

  • Gary McAllister

    Parent Governor

  • Reverend Lu Gale

    Foundation - Ex Office

  • Liz Parry

    Clerk

  • David Nicholls

    Treasurer

  • Tia Baker

    Governor

  • Richard Thorn

    Governor

John Phillipson

Chair of Governors

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 like to be able to share our lovely school with more children if we could find a way of doing that whilst keeping all that is special about our school.

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

I love going places with my children, I help at other schools, sing and occasionally turn up for work as a surveyor.

Thank you, its been nice to get to get to know you .

Alice Bimpong

Curriculum & Standards Chair (Co-opted)

Hello 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.

Emily Matheson

Personnel Chair (Foundation)

Claire McKenzie

Foundation

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.

Martina Martin

Headteacher (All Comitees)

Sophie Barfield

Governor (Staff)

Tim Holmes

Chair of Premises

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 Governor (Foundation)

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

Julian Timm

Foundation

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 sometimes wonder, though, if we couldn’t be a two form entry school, so that more families could benefit from what St John’s offers, without losing that family feeling.

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

I try and spend as much time as I can with my three children, but when I’m not doing that I teach History and :Politics at Trinity School, where I am also involved with rugby coaching. When I can, I like to go up mountains.

Phil Abbott

Parent Govenor

Hello What’s your name?

Phil Abbott

What do you do on the Governing Body?

I am a Parent-Governor and sit on the Marketing, Branding and Income Committee

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

My daughter Felicity joined the School in September and I am proud to support the School and its staff for all that they do to give our children such a fabulous start to their journey of discovery.

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

No, but I wish I had!

What is your favourite thing about our school?

The sense of community and the values of kindness and integrity the culture of the School engenders.

 

Is there anything you would change about our school?

What happens in Governor Meetings, stays in Governor Meetings!

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

I teach Economics and Business at a local school where I am also a Head of Year. I enjoy football, playing guitar, singing and writing songs – though I endeavour not to unleash them on the unsuspecting public!

Mrs R Knight

Deputy Head (Co-opted)

Gary McAllister

Parent Governor

Reverend Lu Gale

Foundation - Ex Office

Liz Parry

Clerk

David Nicholls

Treasurer

Tia Baker

Governor

Richard Thorn

Governor

Letter from the chair of governors

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

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:

  • managing the school budget
  • 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
  • drawing up an action plan after an inspection

 

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 Governors have special responsibility to fund a proportion of the cost of the maintenance of the school buildings.

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 communications. One of the governors is designated as a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Governor and another as a Safeguarding Governor.

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.

Governors’ Attendance Record at Full Governing Board Meetings 2016/2017

Governors' Attendance Record at Committee Meetings 2016/2017

St. John's C of E Primary School Governing Body Membership and Terms of Office

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There are currently no associate members serving on the Governing Body

Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for Governor's 2017-2018

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