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Welcome to

Totnes St John's C of E Primary School

Governor and Committee 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.


Important information

2017-18 list of governors

Governors' attendance at meetings 2016-17

Governors' Register of Business interests 2017-18 

Terms of reference for the Teaching and Learning Committee, Resources Committee and Lead governors 

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 and  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 and  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: personnel and staffing (Tracey Doody), finance and effectiveness of leadership and management (Hilary Price), SEND (Hans Edwards),  premises, health and safety, outcomes for pupils and school expansion (Richard Endean), safeguarding (Julian Ould as lead and Heather McIntyre as Deputy), christian distinctiveness, SIAMS and ethos (Chris Grimshaw),  vulnerable pupils, looked after children and attendance (Andy Simpson),parental engagement and communications (Heather McIntyre), early  Years Foundation (Sarah Kettle-Buchanan).

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 Appeals Committee meets to hear any appeals against decisions made by the First Committee. The Chair is Heather McIntyre. 

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

For this year, there is also a Management Partnership Joint Committee, which works with our partner to facilitate school improvement. Sarah Kettle-Buchanan, Andy Simpson and Heather McIntyre are on that 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.