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St John's Church of England Primary School

Love of GodLove of NeighbourLove of Oneself


The role of the Governing Body

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and the Local Authority and are accountable to parents and their wider community for the performance of the school.

The purpose of having a governing body is to

  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement
  • keep the pressure up on school improvement
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.

A school's governing body is a corporate body. This means it has a legal existence separate from that of its individual members. As long as governors have acted honestly, without ulterior motive, and reasonably, within the law and regulations, the governing body can't be held to account as individuals for any liabilities incurred by the governing body.


Governor Responsibilites

The governing body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This general responsibility gives rise to a wide range of specific responsibilities which in turn require the governing body to establish a range of procedures.

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The Governing Body meets a minimum of three times each year. Much of the work of the Governing Body is done by committees which meet at least every term (three times in the year).The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.


Who are we?

The Governing Body consists of:

  • The headteacher
  • 1 elected staff governor
  • 1 appointed Local Authority governor
  • 2 parent governors
  • 2 foundation governors
  • 3 co-opted governors

Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months  from the Governing Body:

Dawn Warrington - LA Governor stepped down June 2023 

Claire Atherton - September 2023


Please click here to see the Governing Board Committees for September 2021 - July 2022

Meet our Governors 

Paul Nuttall - Chair and Co -Opted Governor 

I am proud to be a governor serving St John’s and helping St John’s school serve its community. I have a long connection with both St John’s school and church, I attended St John’s school as a child (as did a number of our governors and staff), my children went to St John’s and that’s when I became a governor, first as a parent governor, then as a local authority governor and now as a community governor. I have a background of education and business and I work closely with the senior management team to provide a caring, safe atmosphere in which children are respected and given an environment in which they can thrive as individuals.

  • Term of office:  01/09/2023 until 31/08/2027
  • Pecuniary interests: none  
  • Personal interests: none 

Allison Openshaw - Vice Chair and Co-Opted Governor

  • Term of office:  08/02/2022 - 07/02/2026  
  • Pecuniary interests: none    
  • Personal interests: none

Vicki Hewitt-Lee  - Headteacher

  • Pecuniary interests: none 
  • Personal interests: nephew is Mr Hewitt who is a teaching assistant in St John's school 

Tim Hayes - Foundation Governor

  • Term of office:  Reverend Tim Hayes is the ex-officio foundation governor and does not have an end of term of office as long as he is the principal officiating minister of St John's Dukinfield.

Jeanette Binmore - Staff Governor

  • Term of office:  08/11/2021 until 07/11/2025 
  • Pecuniary interests: none    
  • Personal interests: none 


 Foundation Governor - Hannah Hayes 

  • Term of office:  10/10/23 until 09/10/2027
  • Pecuniary interests: none    
  • Personal interests: child attends St John's school


Sharon Williams - Co-Opted Governor

  • Term of office:  08/02/2022 - 07/02/2026 
  • Pecuniary interests: none    
  • Personal interests: none

Rebecca Bowler  - Parent Governor 

  • Term of office:  03/10/23 - 02/10/2027 
  • Pecuniary interests: none    
  • Personal interests: two children attend St John's school 

Amy Young  - Parent Governor 

  • Term of office:  03/10/23 - 02/10/2027 
  • Pecuniary interests: none    
  • Personal interests: two children attend St John's school 

Vacant - Local Authority Governor