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The Local Governing Body at St John's

ODBST (Oxford Diocese Bucks Schools Trust) is governed by a Board of trustees ('The Trustees') who are responsible for, and oversee, the management and administration of ODBST and all of the academies run by it; including St John's:

The Trustees are accountable to external government agencies including the Charity Commission and the Department for Education for he quality of education they provide. They are required to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of quality, safety and good practice. As St John's is a Church of England school, the Trustees are also accountable to the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education (the 'ODBE') under the provisions of the Diocesan Boards of Education Measure 1991 and to the trustees of the school site to ensure that the Academy is conducted as a Church of England school. 

In order to discharge these responsibilities, the Trustees appoint people who are more locally based to serve on a board (the "Local Governing Body") which has been established to ensure the good governance of St John's. 

 

The Governing Body at St Johns is formed of eight Foundation Governors, two Parent Governors, two Staff Governors and the Headteacher. With the exception of 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 ODBE, which takes guidance on appointments from ODBST, which in turn takes guidance from the Parochial Church Council of St John's 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.

Appointment and Terms of Office

On conversion to an academy within the ODBST on 1st February 2018 all governors terms of office came to an end. They were all appointed as members of the Local Governing Body on 1st February 2018 and it was agreed that the expiry date of the original term of office would be observed to facilitate orderly succession planning. 

GOVERNOR

CATEGORY OF GOVERNOR

APPOINTED BY

DATES OF APPOINTMENT

EXPIRY OF TERM OF OFFICE

Mrs Caroline Gulliver (Chair)

Foundation 

ODBE

11/11/08

11/11/12

11/11/17

10/11/12

10/11/17

10/11/21

Mrs Rebecca London (Vice Chair)

Foundation 

ODBE

17/3/16

16/3/20

Rev. Canon Anthony Bundock

Foundation

ODBE

01/01/15

31/12/18

Mr Michael Drewett

Foundation 

ODBE

06/03/15

05/03/19

Mrs Ann Eden

Foundation

ODBE

11/11/08

11/11/12

11/11/17

10/11/12

10/11/17

10/11/21

Mrs Gillian Grimsey

Headteacher

By virtue of office

01/09/11

N/A

Mrs Alison Marshall

Staff Governor

Staff

09/09/15

08/09/19

Mrs Sara O.Connor Parent Parents 20/02/18 19/02/22
Mr Michael Piercy Foundation ODBE 14/11/16 12/11/20

Mr Martin Scoble

Foundation

ODBE

21/03/17

19/03/21

Mrs Elena Smith

Parent

Parents

26/01/15

25/01/19

         

Mrs Anne Wilkinson

Co-opted Support Staff

Board of Governors

27/04/15

26/04/19

Mrs Ruth Wingrove

Foundation

ODBE

05/03/13

05/03/17

04/03/17

03/03/21

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Business and Pecuniary Interests

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.

 

Meetings and Attendance
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 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)

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. 
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