Governors

The Local Governing Body of St John's CE Primary School plays a crucial role in the life and work of our school. It comprises volunteers from the local and wider community, St. John's Church plus the Head teacher and one member of school staff. As of the most recent annual general meeting of governors in October 2021, the governing body of St. John's CE Primary School was agreed as:

 

Governors

Type

Appointed/ Elected

Appointed/ Elected by

Finishes  AGM

Mr Phil Thomson

Headteacher

Position

n/a

n/a

Rev Chris Gregory

Foundation

Appointed

St. John's Church PCC

TBC

Mrs Nicola Macdonald

Foundation

Appointed

St. John's Church PCC

2024

Mrs Kath Frankland

Foundation

Appointed

St. John's Church PCC

2023

Ms Vicki Brown

Parent

Elected

Parents

2023

Vacancy

Parent

Elected

Parents

 

Vacancy

Parent

Elected

Parents

 

Miss Rachel Halsall

Staff

Elected

Staff

2024

Vacancy

Local Authority

Appointed

Sefton

 

Mrs Bina Shukla

Co-Opted

Appointed

Gov Body

2023

Mr Robert Corbett

Co-Opted

Appointed

Gov Body

2022

Ms Cath Ascroft

Co-Opted

Appointed

Gov Body

2023
 

 

* Elections were held in November 2021 to fill the two parent governor positions. This table will be updated following their official welcome to the governing body at St. John's in the spring term.

Governors undertake their roles and responsibilities through regular meetings as well as immersment in the day to day running of our school. We encourage all governors to get involved in school life, working alongside staff and children so they gain first hand knowledge and understanding of our many successes and areas for development in the future.

Our full governing body meets each half term with agendas built around the following key aspects of our school:

  • The quality of Education
  • Resources and Staffing
  • Personal Development and Church School Distinctiveness
  • Behaviour, Attitudes and Safeguarding
  • Leadership and management

Additionally, the Head teacher Appraisal and Pay & Performance committee meets once per year.  Further committees involving our governing body are formed as and when needed. Examples include complaints or appeals (school admissions).

 

Who are our Governors?

Current Governing Body
Mr Robert Corbett (Chair of Governors) - Co-opted Governor - formerly a senior local government accountant and senior manager.  Robert was appointed by the Governing body to oversee the School's finances and governance arrangements.  Robert is a long standing governor to the school, who has supported the development of the school under the last four headteachers.

Ms Cath Ascroft (Vice Chair of Governors) - Parent Governor - an experienced journalist working locally.  Cath is a school class volunteer and is also active in the school providing a range of experiences.

Miss Vicki Brown - Parent Governor - an experienced teaching assistant at another Southport School, especially trained in supporting children with specific needs.

Rev'd Chris Gregory - Foundation (Church) Governor - was recently licensed as Assistant Priest to St John Church Crossens and the North Meols Team of ministry.  Rev'd Chris, together with Karen Corbett and Deputy Headteacher Linda Thompson are working closely together to develop the close relationship between School and Church.

Mrs Kath Frankland - Foundation (Church) Governor - was formerly an experienced teaching assistant at another Southport primary school.  Kath is also a school class volunteer helping with reading and pupil support.

Mrs Nicola Macdonald - Foundation (Church) Governor - is an experienced and qualified speech and language therapist who is regularly in the School providing support.

Miss Rachel Halsall - Staff Governor - the Class 6 teacher, Rachel was elected by the staff to represent them on the Governing Body.

Mrs Bina Shukla - Co-opted Governor - a certified public accountant in practice, Bina was appointed by the Governing body to provide financial and commercial experience to the management of the school.  Bina is also active in the school providing a range of experiences.

Mrs Karen Corbett - Clerk to the Governors - formerly a personal assistant to senior local government leadership and management.  Karen is a Reader at St John's Church and together with the Rev'd Chris and Emma Thomas (Acting Deputy Headteacher) is developing the close relationship between School and Church.  Karen is also a school class volunteer helping with reading and pupil support.
 

Each phase has a named governor attached to their phase who visits regularly to sample life within the classroom.  This governor really gets to know the most important people in our school - the children!

Class

Lead Teacher

Lead Governor

Reception

Sarah Gill

Nicola Macdonald

Year 1

Emma Thomas

Year 2

Charlotte Preston

 

Kath Frankland

Year 3

Jasmine Hill

Year 4

Kieran Willmott

Year 5

Gemma Lovelock

Karen Corbett

Year 6

Rachel Halsall

Robert Corbett

In addition, we have lead governors who undertake specific monitoring roles in such areas as: Maths, English, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Disability and Pupil Premium.

Currently, governors with specific responsibilities are:

 

Subject Based Governors

Subject

Lead Teacher

Lead Governor

Maths

Gemma Lovelock & Nicola Brown

Bina Shukla

English

Rachel Halsall and Charlotte Preston

Cath Ascroft

R.E.

Emma Thomas

Chris Gregory

 

Other Responsibility Based Governors

Area

Lead Staff

Lead Governor

SEND

Charlotte Preston

Nicola Macdonald

Health & Safety

Phil Thomson

Robert Corbett

EYFS

Emma Thomas

Victoria Brown

Safeguarding

(E-safety)

Emma Thomas

(Gemma Lovelock)

Cath Ascroft

Headteacher Well-being

Phil Thomson

Robert Corbett

Staff Well-being

Emma Thomas

Bina Shukla

 

The main work of our Governing Body includes:

  • Acting as a critical friend to St. John's CE Primary School and being accountable for its decisions.
  • Continuously developing the partnership with parents, carers and pupils and seeking their views to help the Governing Body, Senior Leadership Team and all staff in moving the school forward.
  • Establishing the strategic direction of the school by ensuring there is clarity of vision, values and objectives.
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with appropriate priorities and targets.
  • Ensuring accountability by appointing and performance managing the Head Teacher.
  • Monitoring the educational performance of the school and progress towards agreed targets.
  • Contributing to the school's self-evaluation.
  • Overseeing financial performance by setting the budget, monitoring spending against the budget and ensuring money is spent well and value for money obtained.

 

St John's CE Primary School Governing Body 2021/22 - contact details

Headteacher: Mr Phil Thomson  
head@stjohns.sefton.school 

Chair: Mr Robert Corbett
corbettr@stjohnsprimary.co.uk

Vice-Chair: Ms Cath Ascroft
ascroftc@stjohnsprimary.co.uk

Clerk to the Governors: Mrs Karen Corbett
corbettk@stjohnsprimary.co.uk