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Governors’ Welcome

Welcome to St. Johns C of E Primary School Governing Board

As school governors, we are part of a corporate body known as the ‘Governing Board’. Our role is to develop the vision and set the strategic direction of the school with headteacher and senior leadership team.

Our Governing Board has a vital role to play in ensuring every child receives the best possible education by driving up school and children’s performance. Our Governing Board is the key strategic decision-making body of St. John’s and we set the school’s strategic framework. As the Governing Board, we agree the strategic priorities, aims and objectives for the school and sign off the policies, plans and targets in order to achieve them. We check on progress and regularly review the strategic framework for the school in the light of that progress.


The Governing Board leaves the running of the school to the headteacher, which is the only appointment we make. It is our role to support and strengthen the headteacher’s leadership and to hold him accountable for the performance of all children and staff. This is particularly important in relation to the educational performance of the school.


As Governors we need to know our school. We do this through visits to see the school in action, we check that the school is implementing the policies and improvement plans we sign off, and see for ourselves how the vision and plans for the school are working in practice. While it is helpful to see classes at work, Governors are not inspectors and it is not our role to assess the quality or method of teaching.


All our Governors are volunteers and bring with them a range of different skills and experiences. Decisions are taken by the whole Governing Board, but to make the best use of everyone’s time and expertise, all Governors may join one of two committees or take on other link roles for the governing board. Committees work on particular aspects of school life and present their recommendations to the Governing Board for approval or discussion. These committees also meet regularly, and are:

Curriculum and school effectiveness:

  • Behaviour and attendance
  • Curriculum and school improvement
  • Standards and achievement

Finance and resources:

  • Finance
  • Site
  • Personnel


Our Governing Board consists of:

  • Foundation Governors - are appointed by the Diocese Education Board on recommendation of the Parochial Church Council. Their role is to ensure the maintenance of the Christian Character and ethos of the school.
  • Parent Governors – elected from and by parents and carers of children in the school
  • Local Authority Governor – nominated by Derbyshire County Council
  • Staff Governor – representative of teaching and support staff, who is elected by their colleagues.
  • Co-opted Governors – are appointed by the Governing Board on the basis that they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.


Who are we?




Governor type

Position and responsibility


Term of Office

Patience Atkinson-Gregory


Chair of Governing Board

Safeguarding link Governor

Finance and Resources

01/07/2015 – 01/07/2019

Joanne Wurpillot


Joint Vice-Chair of Governing Board


Finance and Resources

01/10/2015 – 01/10/2019

Anna Waite


Joint Vice-Chair of Governing Board.

Vice-Chair of Curriculum and School Effectiveness

Curriculum and school effectiveness

01/10/2015 – 01/10/2019

Simon May


Chair of Finance and Resources

Finance and Resources

01/10/2015 – 01/10/2019

Steve Gregson


Chair of Curriculum and School Effectiveness

KS1 link Governor

Curriculum and School Effectiveness

01/10/2015 – 01/10/2019

Natalie Mills


SENCO link Governor

Curriculum and School Effectiveness

04/01/2016 – 04/01/2020

Rev. Anne Stratton


Vicar at St. Peters Church

Curriculum and School Effectiveness







10/03/2015 – 10/03/2019

Marie Taylor


Infants link Governor


29/04/2016 – 29/04/2020

Dan Clark


Vice-Chair of Finance and Resources

Finance and Resources

28/04/2016 – 28/04/2020

Caroline Lavery


Junior link Governor


01/09/2016 – 01/09/2020

 Mary Orton  Local Authority  TBA  TBA