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Welcome to

Totnes St John's C of E Primary School


The governors are made up of staff, parents and community volunteers. The governing body works

to improve the well-being of children by promoting high standards of educational achievement         (National Governors Association).

We aim to support, monitor and challenge the Head. We act as critical friends, so that St John’s gets better and better at providing a high quality of education, and all children make good progress in their learning.


Important information

2016-17 list of governors

Governors attendance at meetings 2015-16

Governors' Register of Business interests 2016-17 

Terms of reference for the Resources Committee

Terms of reference for the Teaching and Learning Committee

Terms of reference for the First Committee



Structure & Committees

The full governing body meets four times a year: twice in the autumn term and once in the spring and summer terms.  If necessary, the full governing body may have additional meetings. 

The governing body has two main committees – Resources and Teaching and Learning – that each meet once a term but may also have additional meetings if necessary.  The Resources Committee covers the school budget, staffing and personnel matters, the school building and site, Health and Safety. The current Chair is Hilary Price.

The Teaching and Learning Committee covers the curriculum, teaching and learning, performance data, Religious Education and the school’s religious distinctiveness, SEND, pupils’ attendance and behaviour, safeguarding. The Chair is Richard Endean and the Vice-Chair is Andy Simpson. 

To support the governing body’s role in challenge and support, governors are assigned Lead Governor roles.  Governors undertake visits to the school focussing on their area and then report back to the relevant committee.  At present the Lead Governor roles are: school finance (Tracey Doody), personnel (Hilary Price), SEND (Hilary Price), Health and Safety (Richard Endean), equalities (Hilary Price), safeguarding (Julian Ould), ethos and religious distinctiveness (Julian Ould), leadership and management (Hilary Price), vulnerable pupils (Andy Simpson), attendance and behaviour (Andy Simpson). 

There are also two committees that meet if required and no governor can serve on both to uphold fairness.  The First Committee meets to make decisions on staffing matters including pay, disciplinary issues and grievances.  It would also hear any complaints that have not been resolved at an early stage.  The Chair is Richard Endean. The Appeal Committee meets to hear any appeals against decisions made by the First Committee. The Chair is Tracey Doody. 

The Pupil Discipline Committee meets, when needed, to comply with legal requirements about pupil exclusions. 


Do you have the skills to become a governor?

There are often places available for new Governors in which case parents are alerted to the fact via a school newsletter.  Occasionally, if there is more than one applicant for a Governor's seat, there will be an election of candidates, which goes out to parents and carers in the form of a newsletter and ballot paper.  Often though, just a single person will volunteer making an election unnecessary.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor or would like more information about a Governor's role please contact the school office. For details of dates and times of Full Governing Body meetings, please see school noticeboards.