Welcome to the governing body section of the school's website.
Every school has a governing body which represents the interests of children, parents and carers, the local community and the wider public in the running of the school. At St. John's, the governors work with the staff, the local authority and the Diocese of Liverpool to secure the best possible education for every child in the school and to ensure that children's safety and well-being are always to the fore.
The governing body is made up of foundation governors who represent the church and diocese, parents, school staff and the local authority. The governors at St. John's have a wide range of experience in education, the church and business. This diversity of expertise and views contributes to positive and effective governance.
The full governing body meets three times a year and is supported by a sub-committee structure which enables small groups of governors to look more closely at the daily life and running of the school. Four committees meet once a term to discuss:
- the curriculum and standards - finance and personnel
- matters concerning the school building/health and safety - church school distinctiveness and ethos
In line with Ofsted requirements, the governors help to set the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school. Governors make sure that the decisions made by the headteacher and members of the senior leadership team are directly linked to promoting high standards of attainment and progress and that the school's financial management is sound and focused on providing the very best for the children.
The governors play an important role in ensuring that the Christian character of the school is constantly being developed and that this directly supports children's academic and personal development.
The governing body also appoints one of its members to ensure that the school is fulfilling its responsibilities regarding child protection and safeguarding matters.
Dr. Jean Forward Chair of Governors
Mrs. Jill McElroy Vice Chair of Governors
Members of the Governing Body 2016/2017
Term of Office Meetings attended
2015 - 2016
The Rev'd Janet Bissex Foundation Governor (January 2017 - December 2021) n/a
The Rev'd Gregor Cuff Foundation Governor (ex Officio) 9/15
Dr. Jean Forward Foundation Governor (Chair) (June 2017 - May 2021 (re-elected)) 15/15
Mrs. Gill Francis Staff Governor (September 2016 - August 2020) n/a
Mrs. Louise Horrocks Local Authority Governor (July 2015 - July 2019) 6/6
The Rev'd Hannah Lewis Foundation Governor (February 2012 - February 2020 (re-elected)) 5/6
Mrs. Jill McElroy Foundation Governor (Vice Chair) (August 2017 - August (re-elected)) 8/8
Mrs. Cheryl McManus Headteacher (January 2016 - December 2020) 10/10
Mr. Michael Pilkington Parent Governor (September 2015 - August 2019) 9/9
Mrs. Tricia Waterson Parent Governor (January 2017 - December 2021) n/a
Mrs. Sinead Young Foundation Governor (November 2011 - February 2020 (re-elected) 2/6
1 Foundation Governor vacancy
Governors who resigned or came to the end of their term of office during the academic year 2015/2016:
The Rev'd Susan Lucas (Foundation Governor) Meetings attended: 4/6
The Rev'd Colin Oxenforth (Foundation Governor) Meetings attended: 4/8
Mr. Roger Webb (Staff Governor) Meetings attended: 9/9
Mrs. Heidi Woods (Parent Governor) Meetings attended: 1/9
Mrs. C. McManus (Headteacher) attends all sub-committee meetings
Personnel and Finance Buildings, health and safety
The Rev'd G. Cuff The Rev'd G. Cuff
Dr. J. Forward Dr. J. Forward
Mrs. L. Horrocks Mr. M. Pilkington (Chair) Mrs. J. McElroy (Chair) Mrs. S. Young
Mr. M. Pilkington
Curriculum, standards and quality Ethos and church school distinctiveness
The Rev'd G. Cuff The Rev'd G. Cuff (Chair)
Dr. J. Forward (Chair) Dr. J. Forward
Mrs. G. Francis Mrs. G. Francis
Mrs. L. Horrocks The Rev'd H. Lewis
The Rev'd H. Lewis Mrs. T Waterson
Mrs. J. McElroy
The Rev'd J. Bissex
Governors with additional responsibilities
The Rev'd G. Cuff Leadership and management, British values
Dr. J. Forward Personal development, welfare and behaviour, SEND, safeguarding, church school distinctiveness
Mrs. L. Horrocks EYFS
The Rev'd H. Lewis Maths, teaching and learning, assessment
Mrs. J. McElroy English, teaching and learning, assessment
Mr. M. Pilkington Health and safety
Governors' Register of Interest:
We are under a duty to publish relevant business and financial interests of governors and details of other educational establishments they govern. Please find below details in respect of this duty:
None have been declared.