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Meet Our Governors

 

The Governing Body at St Johns is formed from many different areas of the community. It is made up of Foundation Governors, an Ex-officio Governor, Parent Governors, a Governor nominated by the Local Education Authority, Staff Governors and the Headteacher.  All governors are elected for a four year term of office.

Governors play a very valuable and important role in the support of our school. They meet regularly together and work closely with the Headteacher and the school staff.  The responsibility for the actions and decisions of the governing body lies with the whole governing body not with individual members.  Individual governors are appointed or elected by specified bodies or groups, as listed below, but they are not delegates and are free to vote according to their own wishes.

Foundation governors are appointed by the church to ensure that the religious character of the school is preserved and developed.  Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school.  They don't have to stand down if their child leaves the school before the end of their term of office, though they may choose to do so.  Parents, including carers, of pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election as parent governors whenever such a vacancy arises. Both teaching and support staff paid to work at the school are eligible to stand for election as a staff governor.  The headteacher is a staff governor by virtue of the office; The Headteacher may choose not to be a governor but will retain the right to attend all governor meetings.

 

 

GOVERNOR

CATEGORY OF GOVERNOR

APPOINTED BY

DATES OF APPOINTMENT

EXPIRY OF TERM OF OFFICE

Mrs Caroline Gulliver (Chair)

Foundation Governor

Parochial Church Council

11/11/08

11/11/12

10/11/12

09/11/17

Mrs Rebecca London (Vice Chair)

Foundation Governor

Oxford Diocese

17/3/16

16/3/20

Rev. Canon Anthony Bundock

Ex-officio

By virtue of position

01/01/15

31/12/18

Mr Michael Drewett

Foundation Governor

Parochial Church Council

06/03/15

05/03/19

Mrs Ann Eden

Foundation Governor

Parochial Church Council

11/11/08

11/11/12

11/11/16

10/11/12

10/11/16

16/11/17

Mrs Gillian Grimsey

Headteacher

By virtue of office

1/9/11

N/A

Mrs Alison Marshall

Staff Governor

Staff

09/09/15

08/09/19

Mr Angus Sangster

Parent Governor

Parents

26/01/15

25/01/19

Mrs Elena Smith

Parent Governor

Parents

26/01/15

25/01/19

Mr Michael Piercy Local Education Authority Board of Governors 14/11/16 12/11/20

Mrs Anne Wilkinson

Co-opted Governor - Support Staff

Board of Governors

27/04/15

26/04/19

Mrs Ruth Wingrove

Foundation Governor

Oxford Diocese

05/03/13

05/03/17

04/03/17

03/03/21

Mr Martin Scoble

Foundation Governor

Parochial Church Council

21/03/2017

19/03/21

 

 

The clerk to the Board of Governors is Mrs S Penkethman, and Mrs J Rodbourne acts as observer at all full meetings of the board of governors


Mr Michael Piercy was appointed to the board of governors by the Local Education Authority on 11th November 2016 for a period of four years. Mr Martin Scoble was appointed as a Foundation Governor on 21 March 2017 for a period of four years. 

 

None of the governors have any business or pecuniary interests which relate to their duties as a governor nor do they act as a governor at any other educational establishment.


Agendas and minutes of all governor meetings are available for inspection in the school office.

 

The table below sets out the number of Full Governing Body and committee meetings attended by each Governor during the academic year 2016/17 with the number of such meetings they were eligible to attend in brackets.

 

● denotes that the Governor is not a member of that committee

 

 

Governor

FGB

Curriculum

Admissions

Pay& Personnel

Finance

Buildings and Health & Safety

Mrs Caroline Gulliver

3 (3)

1 (1)

3 (3)

3 (3)

Mrs Rebecca London

3 (3)

2 (4)

1 (1)

3 (3)

3 (3)

Rev. Canon Tony Bundock

2 (3)

Mr Michael Drewett

3 (3)

1 (1)

2 (3)

3 (3)

Mrs Ann Eden

1 (3)

4 (4)

3 (3)

Mrs Gillian Grimsey

3 (3)

4 (4)

1 (1)

3 (3)

3 (3)

3 (3)

Mrs Alison Marshall

3 (3)

4 (4)

Mr Mike Piercy 0 (2)
  •  
  •  
  •  
1 (1) 1 (2)

Mr Angus Sangster

2 (3)

3 (3)

Mr Martin Scoble 1(1)

1 (1)

  •  
  •  
  •  
0 (1)

Mrs Elena Smith

2 (3)

3 (3)

2 (3)

Mr Roger Wilkes 

0 (4)

0 (1)

Mrs Anne Wilkinson

3 (3)

4 (4)

1 (3)

Mrs Ruth Wingrove

2 (3)

4 (4)

 

 

 

 
 

 
 

School leadership and Management responsibilities

 
 

Headteacher

 

The Headteacher is accountable to the Governing body and is responsible for the:-

 

  • Day to day running of the school. 
  • Implementation of School policies. 
  •  Implementation of the school curriculum.

 

Governing body

 

The Governing body has three main responsibilities:-

 

Strategic

The governing body sets out the aims and overall objectives of the school, looking at how it should best develop.  This is achieved through the agreement of the annual school improvement plan which sets out the school’s priorities for the year, school policies and various targets. These are monitored and reviewed on a regular basis against the stated aims and objectives.

 

Critical Friend

The governing body works with the Headteacher so that a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing the school is used in setting the schools aims and objectives.  The governing body shall sensitively question and challenge in a positive manner, and it is the governing bodies intent that these challenges will be accepted as a positive input into school management.  The governing body sets out to achieve a trusting and mutually respectful relationship between the governing body and the school leadership team.

 

Accountability

The school has many stakeholders – the primary ones being the pupils. The governing body shall adopt a professional attitude and ensure that its’ competence and efforts are used collectively to deliver benefit to the schools pupils and other stakeholders

 

The governing body is accountable and answerable to the pupils’ parents/carers, and the wider community. The governing body has numerous statutory responsibilities including being responsible for the conduct of the school.

 

There are various school policies and processes that support the specific responsibilities of the governing body within St John’s.  The governing body sets the school’s policies and targets, and regularly monitors and evaluates how the school meets its objectives and targets.


Committees
To enable to governing body to fulfil its responsibilities a number of committees have been established that cover all aspects of school governance.  The committee structure ensures that the Full Governing Body (FGB) is made aware of the main issues from each area of the school and is informed in order to make key decisions and policy revisions as a whole when required. 

The current committees are:

Curriculum Committee

Ruth Wingrove (Chair), Ann Eden, Rebecca London, Mrs Marshall, Mrs Wilkinson.
The Curriculum Committee meets twice a term and looks at the data available on the progress of pupils and raises challenges as appropriate.  The committee ensures that the needs of all pupils and different inclusion groups are being addressed.  The utilisation of the schools pupil premium allocation is reviewed by the Curriculum Committee to ensure that it supports any pupil or groups of pupils that are considered to have the most need.   The committee also considers completed and planned staff training, and the use of ICT and other resources.  A main focus of the committee is the planned actions for further improvement during the next term and beyond.  On an annual basis, the committee also reviews and updates, where necessary, any of the school policies which are of a curriculum nature. 

 

Admissions Committee

Caroline Gulliver (Chair), Mike Drewett, Rebecca London.
The Admissions Committee sets the schools admission policy for each academic year and ensures that it is adhered to.  Any admission appeals are also addressed by members of the Admissions Committee.



Pay and Personnel Committee

Elena Smith (Chair), Mike Drewett, Caroline Gulliver, Rebecca London, Anne Wilkinson
The P&P Committee meets termly and its main purpose is to provide guidance and support to the Headteacher in all matters relating to pay and personnel including reviewing and updating policies and procedures related to staff.  Although policies are written by the Bucks HR team the P&P Committee works with the Headteacher on their practical application and questions how they are being used. The P&P Committee discusses with the Headteacher staffing matters such as staff mix, recruitment, performance management, staff training and other ad hoc staff issues, challenging where appropriate.
 


Finance Committee

Caroline Gulliver (Chair), Mike Drewett, Ann Eden, Mike Piercy, Elena Smith.
One of the statutory responsibilities of Governors is to approve and review, on an ongoing basis, the school’s annual budget.  Every finance committee meeting therefore includes a review and challenge of the actual spend to date compared to the budget to ensure that the school is being financially responsible.  Any non-routine expenditure items are also discussed, which recently has covered discussions on the financing of the new kitchen, the repair to the heating system and the improvements to the flooring.   On an annual basis, the committee also reviews and updates, where necessary, any of the school policies which are of a finance nature. 



Buildings and Health & Safety Committee

Angus Sangster (Chair), Rebecca London, Mike Piercy, Martin Scoble.
The Governing body set up the Buildings and Health & Safety Committee to proactively manage the ongoing provision of a safe, healthy and supportive environment for the education of the children and the welfare of staff and visitors.  As well as assisting the Headteacher with risk assessments the Governors are also trained in safeguarding issues so able to provide additional support and perspective ensuring the security of both children and data. 
The knowledge and skills that the Governors bring from involvement with facilities in commercial life, and at other schools, ensures that the school benefits from appreciation of the latest technologies and the ability to critically assess proposals by the Local Authority's approved suppliers. The school is constrained by the budget provided and the Buildings and Health & Safety Committee supports the Headteacher with prioritisation of the tasks. 



Curriculum and classroom links

Governors each have curriculum links and each year group also has a governor linked to it. The purpose of link visits is to foster good relationships with the staff and pupils and to fulfil the governing body obligation to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school and its’ curriculum.  During these visits we do not, however, make judgements about the quality of teaching or the progress of individual children.
Governors have a target to get in to school a minimum of once per year to meet their curriculum and classroom links and have to prepare written reports on each visit and then provide feedback to the rest of the governing body.  The curriculum and classroom links can are as follows

 

 

Classroom Links

Curriculum Links

Reception

(Mrs Crook)

Mike Piercy

 

English

Collective Worship

Ann Eden

Year 1

(Mrs Rae)

Ruth Wingrove

 

Maths

ICT/ esafety

Mike Piercy

Year 2

(Mrs Freeman)

Ann Eden

 

Educational Visits

Angus Sangster

Year 3/4

(Miss Goff)

Rebecca London

Sports

Rebecca London

Year 3/4

(Mrs Robinson)

Mike Drewett

SEN(D)

Pupil Premium

Martin Scoble

Year 3/4

(Mrs Moulder)

Elena Smith

Early Years

Science

Elena Smith

Year 5/6

(Mrs Bottomley)

Caroline Gulliver

 

Child Protection

Safeguarding

Ruth Wingrove

Year 5/6

(Mrs Rodbourne)

Angus Sangster 

Equality & Diversity

Caroline Gulliver

Year 5/6

(Mrs Thomas)

Martin Scoble

RE

SIAMS

PSHE & Citizenship

Tony Bundock

 

 

Governor Training

All governors are required to undertake regular training to enable them to exercise their duties effectively.  This is a vital part of being a school governor and by doing this we keep up to date with the continual developments that are happening across all areas of education provision.  Additionally, each year a whole governor training session is organised on different topics related to governing the school. 

 

 

 

Caroline Gulliver: Chair - Foundation Governor

 Caroline Gulliver:  Chair - Foundation Governor 1
  I was elected as Chair of Governors in September 2014 having previously served on the board for 6 years, 2 of those as vice chair.   I am chair of the finance committee and the admissions commitee and a member of the pay and personnel committee. 
 
My 2 children are both former pupils of St John's. I attend St John’s church, acting as the church treasurer and my daughter is an enthusiastic member of the junior choir and junior church.
 
A chartered accountant by profession, I worked for 25 years at Ernst & Young. I am able to utilise the experience gained there in my various roles as a governor. I now act as a non executive director on several public limited companies.
 
In my spare time, I enjoy a glass of wine with friends, watching football and holidays with the family, particularly skiing.

Rebecca London: Vice Chair - Foundation Governor

 Rebecca London: Vice Chair - Foundation Governor 1
 

 Member of Pay & Personnel,   and Curriculum committees, Numeracy Governor.
Pupil Council –governor Rep
 
Joining the Governing Body in 2010 through St John’s Church, as well as my subcommittee responsibilities, I also have the pleasure of being the Governor rep for the Pupil council, which really showcases the qualities of responsibility, maturity and passion of the St John’s pupils.
 
Currently working 3 days a week in the Health Club and Spa industry, I believe the skills I have will help me fulfil my role as a governor.

I have two children, a daughter and son who both attend St John’s, and whom thoroughly enjoy their school life.
 
I am part of the St John’s Junior Church team, helping to run Sunday School, and my daughter sings in the Junior choir.  -  I am fortunate enough to do School drop off most mornings so please do not hesitate to introduce yourself if you are interested in any of these church activities or any aspect of my governor role.

 I still enjoy a variety of sports including Golf and Netball, time permitting! and enjoying the   Buckinghamshire countryside.

Rev. Canon Tony Bundock: Foundation Governor

 Rev. Canon Tony Bundock: Foundation Governor 1
  My wife Pat and I moved to the Parish of Lacey Green, Loosley Row and Speen in October 2014 when I became “House for Duty” Vicar of St. John’s Church. Pat is a fairly recently retired Early Years teacher. We have a son and a daughter, who are both married; and four grandchildren.
In secular employment, I worked in Fire Insurance, and then for 13 years as a Civil Servant. I have also worked part-time as a barman in Central London!
I was ordained in 1983 to serve my curacy in Stansted Mountfitchet in North Essex. I then served as Team Vicar of Holy Cross Church, Borehamwood, in Hertfordshire for 9 years; and as Team Rector of the Seacroft Team Ministry in East Leeds for 11 years. I was appointed Area Dean of Whitkirk Deanery in July 2000; and I became Rector of Leeds in May 2005. I was an Honorary Tutor for the Yorkshire Ministry Course since its inception in 2008 until becoming Vicar of St. John’s.
I have been involved in work with children and young people in a range of contexts over the years in such varied ways as being Manager of a Cubs’ Football Team; being a “Fourth Hand” with the Cirdan Trust Christian Sail Training Project, and at various times Chair of Governors of three Primary School and a Church of England (Aided) High School. I have had a number of children’s stories and playlets published in Together RE magazine; and a short booklet on the origins of Celtic spirituality published by the Leeds Church Institute.
In my spare time, my interests include Jazz, Blues and Folk Music, football, vintage transport, and reading.

Mike Drewett: Foundation Governor

 Mike Drewett: Foundation Governor 1
  I was delighted to be elected as one of St John’s two parent governors in October 2010 and subsequently appointed as a foundation governor in September 2014. I currently have a daughter in year 6 and my son left in July 2015 after seven very happy years at St John's. 
 
I am married to Sarah who works locally as a nurse and I work within the local area in media and public relations.
 
As well as serving on the school’s main governing body, I also sit on the Admissions, Pay & Personnel and Finance Sub-Committees. I also actively work with the Headteacher and her staff to promote the School to the wider community.

Ann Eden: Foundation Governor

 Ann Eden: Foundation Governor 1
  Member of Curriculum committee, Finance Committee, Worship Committee also Literacy Governor.

I have enjoyed serving as a Foundation Governor at St John’s School, since September 2008 and I am able to bring my experience as a Director of a small local business to bear on my role as Governor.  

I am a member of St John’s Church, where I sing in the Church Choir along with my 3 grandchildren and my husband Michael.  I also serve on the Parochial Church Council.

My Grandchildren, Charlotte and Jessica are former pupils of St John’s, now attending Waddeston C of E School. Currently attending St John’s, is Sophie aged 8 is now in year 4.

My interests include Horse Riding - Listening to Classical Music - Singing with the Lacey Green Singers -Reading which I love, Current Affairs and of course Socialising.

My main objective as Governor being to ensure St John’s School continues as a place of excellence and opportunity, where each child is encouraged to enjoy achieving their full potential both academically andspiritually, at the same time encompassing a keen sense of social awareness.

Mike Piercy: Local Education Authority

Mike Piercy: Local Education Authority 1

I have lived in Lacey Green for over 30 years and am active in the life of the village. I edit the local magazine “Hallmark”, am a member of the Village Hall committee and a volunteer warden of Lacey Green Windmill. I am a keen tennis player.

Both my children attended St John’s and I was a Parent Governor in the 1980s.

Though recently retired, I am a Chartered Engineer and worked for the past 20 years as a Project Manager for large European IT projects. I am also finance director of a small local company. 

 

 

Angus Sangster: Parent Governor

 Angus Sangster: Parent Governor 1
 

An elected parent governor, I am Chair of the Buildings and Health & Safety committee. 

I have had a long association with St John’s as all three of my children Zach, Skye and Autumn were, or are, St John’s pupils.

Professionally I am a Station Manager in London Fire Brigade (LFB) having been a serving Firefighter for 26 years. My roles in the LFB have included a period in charge of Tower Hamlets Fire Safety. Part of my duties included fire safety regulation for the Local Education Authority and community fire safety and during this period I co-authored 4 lesson plans for Key stage 3 PSHE as part of a local arson reduction initiative.  I hold numerous academic qualifications in the area of Fire Engineering and Health & Safety.

Elena Smith: Parent Governor

 Elena Smith: Parent Governor 1
 

One of the two elected parent governors, I am a member of the finance and the pay and personnel committees and,as an active PA member, the main governor link with the PA. 

I work as a Project Manager in clinical drug research in the pharmaceutical industry with responsibility for managing a multi-million pound budget.  I am a “STEM ambassador”:  a government-run initiative for the promotion of Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths in schools.  As part of this, I run projects at Cressex Community School.

I am a Brownie Leader at 1st Princes Risborough Brownies, Chair of a local charity, and am also involved with other local community activities. 

I live in Lacey Green with my husband, Andy, and our 2 daughters who both attend St John’s:  Rose Smith (Year 5) and Ariana Smith (Year 3).

Ruth Wingrove: Foundation Governor

Ruth Wingrove: Foundation Governor 1
 
I am a Foundation Governor, having been appointed in January 2013. I am Chair of the Curriculum Committee and am the Early Years Foundation Governor."

I live in Loosley Row and am a member of St John's Church.
I have three children, 2 daughters and a son.  Amy attended St John's and is now in Year 8 at Pipers Corner School.  May is currently in Year 5 at St John's and Felix is in Year 1.  
Although I am not currently practising, I am a solicitor by profession specialising in children and family law.  I am currently working part-time as an instructor/administrator.
I am Class Governor for Year 6 and have been their Governor since Year 3.
My eldest daughter is a member of St Johns Church Junior Choir.
I am committed to supporting St John's School to provide excellent educational opportunities for children.
I enjoy socialising, walking and a challenge. I love music and animals

Martin Scoble - Foundation Governor 

Martin Scoble - Foundation Governor  1

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in March 2017. I live in Princes Risborough with my wife, Vicki, and our two boys Oliver and Xander, who both attend St John’s.

 

I spent nearly twenty years as an Officer in the Royal Engineers. The latter years of my military career was spent at the RAF Headquarters just down the road. I retired from the military in April 2014 and for the last three years have been working with two different Police and Crime Commissioners.

 

I have gained a great deal of experience in a range of areas, such as accountability, assurance, estates management, health & safety, performance management and strategic planning; which I hope will be useful to the school.

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