In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of the St John's Governing Body are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Our Instrument of Government, which explains the structure of the governing board, can be found here.
Chair of Governors: Catherine Carden
Appointed by GB: 1st July 2020 - 30th June 2024
As Chair of the Governing Body I work closely with the Headteacher and other Governing Body members to ensure that St John's continues to grow and thrive; meeting the needs of the children by offering a broad and balanced curriculum that challenges and motivates children to learn and be the best that they can be.
I previously served as a member of the Interim Executive Board at the school for two years prior to the formation of the Governing body in July 2016. Therefore, I have seen how the school has changed and developed over this period. Prior to this, I served on a governing body of another Canterbury Primary School.
Outside of my governing body role, I work full-time at Canterbury Christ Church University where I am the Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education. Prior to this I was the Director of Primary Initial Teacher Education for 5 years. I have been at the University since 2008. Before joining the University, I worked in schools and colleges as a teacher for 10 years.
Ex-officio foundation governor
I am Vicar of All Saints Church in Military Road and I am happy to say that St. John’s Church of England Primary School is in my parish. As such, I have become a Foundation Governor for the school and am delighted to help the school with its Christian Distinctiveness, a little bit of RE amongst other things. I also head up a small team of Chaplains in the school and together we help plan the Collective Worship, and lead it on Wednesdays. In my previous working life, I have been a youth worker, and Diocesan Youth Advisor in Rochester Diocese and have served as a Community Governor for Chartham Primary School.
Nominated by LA and appointed by GB: 19th May 2020 - 18th May 2024
I have been a school governor for over 25 years and am currently chair of a successful primary academy near Faversham. In 2013 I was appointed a National Leader of Governance and have helped governors at a number of schools improve pupils achievement and progress.
I am a Chartered Engineer with senior management experience within the Engineering Sector. I now run my own consultancy business based in Faversham.
Elected by parents: 16th March 2021 - 15th March 2025
I am the founder of Balm in Gilead Charity which is a registered charity supporting mental and emotional wellness. I have volunteered as a Teaching Assistant at a school, and lso mentored students as part of the Southwark Education Department’s Hothouse projects. My role was to help bring down the barriers affecting children’s learning and participation. I completed my five-year term as an LEA school governor at St Patricks Primary School in 2019. I have also been an LEA Governor at Lyndhurst Primary School (for two years) when I was part of the Curriculum Committee. One of my key roles as Governor was to ensure the safeguarding of learners by holding the school accountable regarding child protection, health and safety and wellbeing practices.
Foundation member: 25th April 2021 - 24th April 2025
I am an experienced secondary school teacher, sports coach, youth worker and mother and I have been on the governing body of St John's since shortly after it was established in 2013. I have been delighted to see the progress the school has made over its first three years and have a specific interest in SEND provision at the school.
Vice-Chair: Robyn Dye
Appointed by GB: 25th April 2021 - 24th April 2025
My background is in nursing and I currently work as an independent living coordinator across East Kent for the British Red Cross. This means I have experience of, and a genuine interest in, meeting the needs of my local community. Both of my children attend St John's and I have been involved in helping welcome new parents to the school. I am particularly looking forward to becoming a part of the positive changes and continual improvements taking place.
Appointed by GB: 20th November 2018 - 19th November 2022
I am a senior lecturer and the Programme Director for the BA Primary Education programme at Canterbury Christ Church University and also a member of the Primary English team. I joined the university in 2008 following fourteen years of working in Kent Primary Schools, where I was Literacy Lead and a member of SLT.
At CCCU, I teach on the Primary English courses across a range of initial teacher education programmes alongside professional studies courses. My areas of interest lie in the development of children (and students) as readers and writers.
Being a passionate reader, I derive great professional pleasure from encouraging children's and students' deep engagement with books. Such is my interest in this field, that for the past 10 years I have run a successful children’s literature book club for the BA Primary Education students. I now also lead Teachers Reading Groups for the Open University Reading for Pleasure project and am a member of the Cheltenham Literary Festival Reading teachers = Reading Pupils panel.
I have been an active member of United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) for many years, and am currently the President of the Association.
Elected by parents: 16th March 2021 - 15th March 2025
I work as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant at Great Ormond Street NHS Trust and I previously worked in local government and managed the finance function at a District Council.
Elected by school staff: 20th July 2020 - 19th July 2024
Joanne Williamson / Lesley Ogle
Ex-officio (Headteacher / Acting Headteacher)
If you would like to contact a member of the Governing Body then please contact the school office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governors’ Register of Interests and Attendance
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