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Governors

At St John's C of E Primary School, the Governing Body, as well as the Headteacher and staff, actively support the Christian ethos of the school and endeavour at all times to ensure that this is an integral part of all aspects of school life.

Our governors bring a wealth of skills and experience to St John’s, offering more of an outside eye to what we are doing in school.

The members of the current Governing Body come from a wide background of experience and have a huge range of talents and skills, all of which they have committed to the support and well-being of the school.

Governors are appointed in several ways and represent many different areas of the community. Their role is to support and advise on the work carried out within the school, by their involvement in sub-committees and their links with subject co-ordinators and other staff, covering both the curriculum and additional projects and initiatives. Through meetings, both formally and informally, the Governors keep up-to-date with the daily running of the school, as well as helping prepare and implement, school policies.   They are looked upon as 'Critical Friends'.

To be a Governor of St John's School is both an honour and a privilege and the current 'team' welcome you to the website, which we believe to be an informative and positive introduction to our school.

They are our watchful eye, ensuring we are doing all we can to teach the curriculum, offer opportunities and encourage our core values of friendship, forgiveness, trust and compassion.

Andrew Parker-Bruce (Chair of Governors)

When I moved to Grove Green in 2010, my children were very fortunate to get places at St. John’s, where they enjoyed every minute of it, thriving under the excellent teaching and care of the staff. In 2016, my youngest moved onto Secondary school but I was lucky enough to be asked if I wanted to join the governors. I have spent more than 25 years in teaching, this has allowed me to work abroad in Qatar and Thailand as well as in the U.K and I am presently still teaching in a local independent school. I feel very privileged to be able to use my wealth of knowledge in education, to help St John’s to continue to offer the outstanding learning opportunities and nurture that my own children received.

Sue Willmott (Vice-Chair of Governors)

I come to the school as a member of the Parochial Church Council My working life was spent in industry and insurance as an accountant and then loss adjuster. I bring financial management, insurance and associated legal experience to St. John's. I am privileged to be able to support the school's dedicated staff striving to provide an outstanding school journey for all our pupils in a nurturing Christian environment.

Heidi Downey

I was elected to represent the staff on the Governing Body in September this year. My relationship with St. John’s goes back to when my own children were at the school – my girls are now 21 and 19! I loved all St. John’s offered my children and wanted to give back some of the commitment the school had given to my family. I became a parent governor in 2002 and remained on the Governing Body until 2015. I was part of a strong team who took the school through academisation and was subsequently fortunate enough to have played an instrumental part in the school’s expansion in 2013/14. I became the school’s Finance and Admin Manager in 2014 and I am now responsible for most of the things that happen in school which are not related to teaching and learning.

Susan Eaton

I am a Diocese Elected Governor and have lived in Bearsted for seven years. As a manager with 43 years experience in the banking sector, I retired in 2018. My skills include Customer Service and Sales, Corporate Education and Training, Project Management (especially regulatory projects) and Business Analysis.
My aim is to utilise my knowledge and experience for the benefit of my local community and support the children, parents and staff of St Johns.

William Butler

I am a local authority governor appointed by Kent County Council. I live and work locally and both my children attended St. John’s. I am a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience and have advised many schools on becoming academies as well as advising schools and colleges on legal matters affecting the education sector. I hope this experience will be beneficial to the governing body and the school.

Mo Parkes

I am a retired secondary school teacher, I have taught in various schools in Barking, Essex and Kent. I have been an active member of Boxley Church for over 25 years and was selected by the PCC to be a school governor. I accepted the position as I feel I have wealth of experience in education which could be put to good use in helping and supporting St. John’s School.

Capt. Graham Bibby

I am a Church Army Officer and my role is Team Missioner for the North Downs Team Ministry. Schools have always played an important part of my ministry and I have taken assemblies and RE in schools around South Yorkshire, Warwickshire and the Isle of Man. My last post was in Crowborough, East Sussex, where I was a Governor at the local church school for 4 years and played an active part in school life there, and in the town’s other schools. I will be leading services at St. John’s Church on a regular basis.

Liz Munro

I am a newly appointed Parent Governor at St John’s. I currently have a 6 year old daughter in year 1 and have a younger son at the local pre school, where I am secretary. I have previously been a volunteer class helper within my daughter’s class and so have seen first hand the excellent environment at St John’s and all the hard work that takes place behind the scenes. I am excited about the Governor role and getting involved with supporting my local primary school in this way. As well as taking seriously being a parent voice and view point, ensuring that it is heard and fed into plans and developments. In my day job, I am a Programme Manager within the NHS.

FRANCES BRAKO

I trained and practised as a Pharmacist previously but now a lecturer in Pharmacy at University of Kent. My family worship at St Luke’s Church, Maidstone. I became a Governor of St John’s through our local Diocese. My involvement with primary and secondary level education has mainly been through volunteering and have always found my experience in higher education useful. Having had more of my pre-university education in faith-based institutions, I appreciate the value of Christ-centred and excellent education and that is what I aspire, with my fellow Governors, for each child attending St. John’s CE, Maidstone.   

Suzie Brindle

Parent Governor 

NameAppointed byCurrent Term of OfficeBusiness InterestsNotes
Andrew Parker-BruceCo-opted (Chair)19/01/2021 - 19/01/2025NoneRe-elected Chair 24/9/20
Susan WillmottPCC (Vice Chair)15/07/2018 - 15/07/2022None
Daniel SmithEx Officio03/06/2017 - N/AEmployee - Head Teacher and Accounting Officer
Julia FinchCo-opted01/09/2017 - 31/08/2021Employee - Deputy Head Teacher
Heidi DowneyStaff20/09/2018 - 20/09/2022Employee - Business Manager
Maureen ParkesPCC09/02/2020 - 10/02/2024None
Susan EatonDiocese01/05/2018 - 01/05/2022None
Captain Graham BibbyDiocese01/09/2017 - 01/09/2021None
William (Bill) ButlerLocal Authority12/07/2018 - 12/07/2022None
Suzanne BrindleParent08/01/2020 - 08/01/2024None
Elizabeth MunroParent06/04/2020 - 06/04/2024None
Hannah GriffithsStaff24/09/2020 - 24/09/2024Employee - Upper KS2 Lead
Francis BrakoDiocese04/02/2021 - 04/02/2025None

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2020 Financial Statement
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2020/21 Finance Meeting Attendance
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2019 Financial Statement
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2018 Financial Statement
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2017 Financial Statement
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2016 Financial Statement
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Funding Agreement
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Certification of Incorporation
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