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Welcome to

Totnes St John's C of E Primary School

Governor information

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.

Governors' working arrangements

From February 2018 Devon County Council have used formal powers to change the governance arrangements at Totnes St John's Primary School.  An Interim Executive Board (IEB) has been appointed to support the new leadership team from the First Federation Trust  in taking forward improvements in the school.  The IEB will replace the existing Board of Governors and will consist of three highly experienced governors, one of whom is a National Leader of Governance.  Two of the existing Governors will remain as Associate Members.

Please click on the following links to view letters from Chris Grimshaw, Outgoing Chair of the existing Board of Governors and from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning at Devon County Council for full details of the governance changes.

Letter from Chris Grimshaw to parents and carers Feb 2018.pdf

Letter from Dawn Stabb DCC to parents and carers Feb 2018.pdf


Important information

Governors' attendance at meetings 2016-17

2017-2018 governors' register of business interests

Terms of reference for the First Committee







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.