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The Local Governing Body

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 the 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 Local Governing Body at St John's 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 local governing body lies with the whole governing body not with individual members. 

 

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, prior to St. John's becoming an academy, 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

11/11/17

 

10/11/21

Mrs Rebecca London (Vice Chair)

Foundation 

ODBE

17/03/16

16/03/20

Rev. Canon Anthony Bundock

Foundation

ODBE

01/01/19

31/12/22

Mr Michael Drewett

Foundation 

ODBE

06/03/15

05/03/19

Mrs Ann Eden

Foundation

ODBE

11/11/17

10/11/21

Mr Ian Newton

Headteacher

Board of Governors

29/04/19

N/A

Mrs Jill Rae

Staff Governor

Staff

12/09/18

11/09/22

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

Mr Martin Scoble

Foundation

ODBE

21/03/17

19/03/21

Mr Anthony Wiles

Parent

Parents

26/01/19 25/01/23

Mrs Anne Wilkinson

Co-opted Support Staff

Board of Governors

08/02/18

07/02/20

Mrs Ruth Wingrove

Foundation

ODBE

05/03/17

03/03/21

 

 

 

 

The clerk to the Board of Governors is Mrs Sarah Penkethman. Mrs Gillian Grimsey was a governor until her death on 14th June 2018, at which point Mrs Joanne Rodbourne joined the governing board as Acting Headteacher. Previously, Mrs Rodbourne had attended, as an observer, each full meeting of the board of governors. 

Mrs Alison Marshall resigned as a governor on 8th September 2018, following her retirement. 

Mrs Jill Rae was elected as the Staff Governor on 12th September 2018. 

Mr Angus Sangster resigned as a Parent Governor on 1st November 2017. 

Mrs Elena Smith's four-year term of office as a parent governor ended on 25th January 2019.

Mr Anthony Wiles was elected by the parents, with effect from 26th January 2019.

 

Governor Interests

None of the governors currently has, or has had in the past twelve months, any business or pecuniary interests which relate to their duties as a governor. Rev. Canon Anthony Bundock is a governor at Speen C of E School, Mrs Jill Rae is a governor at Monks Risborough C of E School and Mr Martin Scoble is a governor at Wootton Park School, Northampton. No other governor acts in a governor capacity 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 2017/18 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)

3 (3)

1 (1)

1 (3)

2 (3)

Rev. Canon Tony Bundock

1 (3)

Mr Michael Drewett

3 (3)

1 (1)

2 (3)

3 (3)

Mrs Ann Eden

1 (3)

2 (3)

3 (3)

Mrs Gillian Grimsey

2 (3)

2 (2)

1 (1)

2 (3)

3 (3)

2 (3)

Mrs Alison Marshall

2 (3)

3 (3)

Mrs Sara O'Connor 1 (1) 1 (1)
Mr Mike Piercy 3 (3)

1 (1) 3 (3)
Mrs Joanne Rodbourne 3 (3) 1 (1) 0 (0) 1 (1) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Mr Angus Sangster 1 (1) 0 (0)
Mr Martin Scoble 2 (3)

3 (3)

1 (3)

Mrs Elena Smith

3 (3)

3 (3)

3 (3)

Mrs Anne Wilkinson

3 (3)

3 (3)

3 (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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