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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

Foundation Governors

  • The Christian foundations and values of the school


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?



Name Governor type Position and responsibility Committee Term of Office
Patience Atkinson-Gregory Foundation   Finance and resources 01/02/2019
Anne Stratton ex-officio/Foundation Vicar at St. Peters Church Finance and Resources 01/01/2015
Roger Averis Staff / Headteacher   All meetings




Simon May Co-opted Chair of finance and resources Finance and Resources 01/10/2019
John Rosie Co-opted    




Karen Clark Parent   Curriculum and School Effectiveness




Charlotte Mather Parent Chair of Governors Finance and resources




Kathryn Astell Staff   Curriculum and School Effectiveness
VACANCY Local Authority      
Richard Slack Co-Opted Co-Vice Chair Finance and Resources 12/07/2018
Rachael Grime Co-Opted

Co-Vice Chair

Chair of Curriculum


Curriculum and School Effectiveness
Rachel Kenning Foundation   Curriculum and School Effectiveness
David Turvey Parent