The role of the Governing Body is to support the school by ensuring that it is effectively managed and has close links with the community that it serves.
St John’s Governing Body is committed to ensuring every child realises their potential, and to living our school vision: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’.
There are 14 governors, made up of eight Foundation Governors and six others. Foundation Governors are appointed by the external bodies who have an interest in the school. We have two appointed by the LDBS (London Diocesan Board for Schools), two by the Deanery Synod (an advisory body of the local Church of England), one congregant from each of our three feeder churches (Christ Church, St Thomas and St Augustine), and the final post is filled by the vicar of Christ Church. In addition, the Headteacher is a governor, there is an elected staff governor, a governor designated by Islington Borough Council, one co-opted governor and two elected parent governors.
We can also appoint Associate Governors. They are asked to join one of our committees as advisors, but they cannot vote at the full governors’ board.
What do school governors actually do?
The governors’ role is to offer strategic guidance and support the school, its staff and its mission. We entrust the day to day running of the school to the Headteacher and staff, but we are “critical friends”, challenging existing processes to drive school improvement.
The Governing Body has legal duties, powers and responsibilities, which it must carry out. This involves:
Working with other board members to plan the school’s strategic direction.
Overseeing the school’s financial performance, ensuring money is well-spent.
Holding the headteacher or school leadership to account.
We are also responsible for ensuring the school develops and maintains a Christian Ethos.
Because we are what’s called a ‘voluntary aided’ school, the governors are responsible for running the admissions process, something which we do in close conjunction with Islington Council.
In September 2023 we moved to the circle model of governance, increasing our number of full board meetings to six and assigning individual Link governors to monitor areas that would have been covered by committee work in the past. The only committees that remain are those for Pay and for Admissions. We hold two full board meetings per term, and these will often have one main focus, such as the budget or educational standards.
As part of the All Saints Partnership, the Chair and Vice-chair are delegated to work with those from St Mary Magdalene and St Stephen’s, Paddington and St Paul’s, Hammersmith, along with the Executive Headteacher, to oversee the running of the partnership.
The governors can be contacted through the school or you can email the Chair of Governors, Sarah Hinton, at the address below.