When you first walk into St John’s School, the banner dominating reception is taken from St John’s Gospel (15:12) “Love one another as I have loved you”. It is a very appropriate quote and one which guides the lives of all those associated with St John’s; staff, parents, governors and of course the children themselves.
Introduction from the Chair of Governors
As Chair of Governors I would like to thank all those who work so hard for the good of the school; Miss Donnelly and the rest of the staff, for their dedication and commitment to providing a creative and stimulating environment in which our children learn. I would like to thank the governors, whose voluntary role meeting the many legal and statutory requirements plays an important part in supporting the Head Teacher in determining the school’s strategic direction.
Education continues to face challenging times; initiatives come and go, but I believe that St John’s is an outstanding Catholic school and our overriding aim remains to work together for the good of the children who are “loaned” to us, for a short but very important period of their lives,and help them to be the very best they can be.
How does The Governing Body work?
The governing body has a key role in supporting the school and head teacher, achieve successful outcomes for its pupils. We do this by
Strategic support: helping the head teacher and his team set down the schools development plans.
Critical Friendship: being supportive but always challenging the school to strive to do better.
Performance Management: monitoring the schools performance, and working with the head teacher and his team to address any issues.
Capital Planning: making sure the plans and funding are in place to continually keep the school premises and equipment up to date and fit for purpose.
There are thirteen School Governors at St John’s, appointed in several different ways, Foundation Governors are appointed by the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Cherwell District Council and the Oxfordshire County Council are both represented, Parent Governors are voted on by the parents at the school and a Teacher Governor and Non-Teaching Staff governor and the Headmaster from the staff.
The full board meets at least once a term. There are then two main sub-committees, the Premises and Finance Committee (PFP) and the Curriculum, Admissions, Discipline and Administration Committee (CADAC). These committees meet more frequently, ensuring all the plans and recommendations of the Full Governing body are being carried out.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. I have a concern / issue /problem who do I speak to? What process do I follow?
Each problem is different but please feel free to speak directly to Anna-Marie Donnelly or Catherine Weaver (Chair of Governors) in the first instance.
2. I would like to be a governor what should I do?
Please contact Catherine Weaver on 01295 263740 or firstname.lastname@example.org
3. What future plans are there for the school?
The governors regularly discuss the future strategy for the school. We have identified some strategic themes and continually review how we are doing against them. These themes are:
- Any child who comes through the door, regardless of their ability, reaches their potential – spiritual, emotional, social and academic.
- Continue to develop mutual respect between everyone in the community – school, Parish and wider.
- Deepen and broaden engagement with all stakeholders.
- Deliver the best most inspiring curriculum we can.
- Embrace and adopt, where appropriate, leading edge technology.
- Create an environment that allows our staff to do their best work and enhance the learning experience of the children.
- Maintain and develop the current school and keep a watching brief on external factors in order to lead the way on future opportunities and be ready to act.
4. Do the governors ever run sessions for us to meet/chat to them?
We have run sessions in the past and would be happy to do so again if the demand is there.
Contacting the Governors
Should you wish to contact the School Governors you
can email email@example.com – or you can leave a message with the school office and someone will get back to you.