Welcome to the Governing Board of St John Baptist (Southend) CE Primary School
On behalf of the Governing Board, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our school website and provide you with some information on the Governing Board at St John Baptist (Southend) CE Primary School.
The governors are volunteers who, using skills and experience from various backgrounds, work closely with the Executive Headteacher and Head of School to provide the very best opportunities for learning and development for all children at St John’s. The governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role in making sure all children has access to an enriched education and the opportunities they deserve.
Our three core strategic functions are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Executive Headteacher and Head of School to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
There are 16 governors who have been appointed to ensure that these functions are met. We do this through our monthly meetings where we support and encourage the Senior Leadership Team while acting as a critical friend.
In addition to this governors have responsibility for working closely with the leadership team of our Partnership school, St Mary’s Lewisham. The partnership continues to enable both schools to share costs, develop staff together and to enter into joint projects and initiatives for the benefit of the children. Through collaboration, we aim to develop the quality of teaching and learning in each of our schools and improve the capacity of each school to thrive in the future.
At St John Baptist, governors, staff, volunteers, parents, carers and children work as a team, building on success, in a safe, happy, secure, stimulating and high attaining environment where everyone feels valued. We care for our school and want it to provide the best possible education for every child.
I would like to thank all the parents and carers who encourage and support their children. Parents and carers are the prime educators of learning and it is so important that you work with the school and share a great interest in your child’s learning and development.
Should you wish to contact me to discuss any matters please do so by first contacting our Head of School, Mrs Phillips.
Chair of Governors
The Governing Board of St John Baptist (Southend) CE Primary School
|Name||Type of Governor||Position|
|Mr John Goodey||Ex-Officio||Headteacher|
|Mrs Elizabeth Blackmur||Staff|
|Ms Andrea Blower||London Borough Lewisham||Chair|
|Fr Martin Thomas||Foundation||Ex-Officio|
|Mrs Gloria Cole||Foundation|
|Mrs Sonia Jackson||Foundation||Vice Chair|
|Mrs Julie Swann||Co-opted||Vice Chair|
|Mrs Joyce Joseph||Associate/Advisers||School Business Manager|
|Mr Tony Myers||Associate/Advisers||Premises Officer|
The children have drawn some pictures of us; have a look to see if you can recognise us.
As a Church of England “Voluntary Aided” School, we are not funded by Lewisham Education Authority for the upkeep of the building and grounds. The School Governors have responsibility for the external maintenance and insurance of the school building. The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education operates a ‘Maintenance Scheme’ which this school subscribes to and which contributes to the cost of the repair and maintenance. In order to help finance this essential maintenance the Governors seek donations from parents and friends.
If you accept a place for your child at St John’s you will be asked to make a contribution of £40 per family per year towards this fund. This is a voluntary contribution but naturally we rely heavily on parent’s and carers willingness to support the maintenance scheme in order to keep the structure and fabric of our school in good repair. Contributions can be made weekly, monthly, termly or yearly.