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The Governing Body

The Governing Body plays a key role in helping to oversee the strategic direction of the school, working in partnership with the Headteacher and her senior leadership team to ensure the delivery of a high standard of education for all pupils in its care. Whilst the Headteacher and senior leadership team are responsible for the day to day running of the school, the Governing Body’s duty is to support and challenge the school in three main areas:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils​

  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.​

At St John’s School we have an active and enthusiastic Governing Body made up from interested people either appointed or elected to their positions.

What do we do?

The Body consists of foundation governors, appointed by the church, who have a special responsibility to safeguard and develop the Christian ethos of the school; parent governors, elected by parents; a staff governor elected by staff and a governor elected by the local authority. The Headteacher is also a member of the Governing Body and is its main advisor. The Deputy Headteacher sits as an Associate member.


The full Governing Body meets five times a year. In addition there are four sub-committees which meet at least termly to examine specific areas. These are Resources, Teaching and Learning, Admissions and Pay and Personnel  Their work is reported to the full Governing Body meetings.  All meetings are minuted, and minutes are kept at the school office and can be viewed at any time.

Governors' Business/Financial Interests

Governors are required to declare relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions and any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff.  A copy is also held in the school office.

Meet our Governors

Chris Gurney

Parent Governor

My name is Chris Gurney, and I am the parent of two children attending St John’s.

Eugenia Shaw

Foundation Governor

Jonathan Shave

Local Authority Governor

I have lived in Kingston since 2014. I am a former St Johns parent, an active member of the local community

Lindiwe Maseko

Foundation Governor/Vicar

Michael J. Wraight

Foundation Governor

I was opted on as a Foundation Governor in 2020 through my role as a member of the PCC at St Johns Church

Vanessa Hamilton

Local Authority Governor

My role is to bring an awareness and understanding of the local authority priorities and policies.

Emma Lloyd Williams

Clerk to the Governors

I have been part of the St Johns school Community since my daughter joined the school’s nursery in

James Gay

Parent Governor

I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2019. I am a qualified solicitor and I currently practice law at the National Education Union

Linda Sellers

Foundation Governor

I was interested in taking on the role of governor after being involved in the St Johns Church community for many years

Lynn Charlton

Chair of Governors

I have lived in Kingston since 1967, when I came here originally to train as a teacher.

Ms Quartey-Papafio

Teacher Governor

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