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St. James & St. John Church of England Primary SchoolA village school in the heart of the city 4 Craven Terrace, London W2 3QDTel: 0207 504 0535E-mail:
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St. James & St. John Governing Body

The three critical functions of the Governing Body are to provide a strategic overview, to act as a critical friend and to ensure accountability.


School governors are drawn from different parts of the community and can be parents and staff or from the Local Authority, the community and other groups. This helps ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience.


The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.


Its responsibilities include,  but are not limited to:

  • setting targets for pupil achievement
  • managing the school's finances
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • appointing staff
  • reviewing staff performance and pay.


In a Church of England School the Governing Body is comprised of Foundation Governors who are appointed by different arms of the church, Elected Parent Governors, Elected Staff Governor, Local Authority Governor, and Head Teacher. It is possible for the Governing Body to co-opt other people onto its membership.


Governing Body Membership

The usual term of office for a governor is 4 years. The dates below indicate when each governor was appointed/elected.

Foundation Governors

  • Mr Andrew Garwood Watkins , Chair, Deanery Synod Rep
  • Mrs Jean Burton, The Westminster (Paddington) Deanery
  • Father Paul Thomas, Vicar of St. James's Sussex Gardens:  Ex-officio      
  • Father Stephen Mason, Vicar of St. John's Hyde Park: Ex-officio 
  • Mr. Howard Goldsobel, London Diocesan Board for Schools Rep: Dec 2015
  • Mr. Martin Tinsley, St. James's Church PCC Rep: Jan 2013                          
  • Ms Lyn Meadows, The London Diocesan Board for Schools: Sept 2015
  • Mr Sven Hasse - St John's Church PCC representative November 2016 

Co-opted Governor

  • Mr Tuuka Puolakka

Local Authority Governor

  • Ms Amy Harker


Elected Parent Governors

  • Mrs Gabriella Otty
  • Mr Manolis Nerantzis: May 2016

​Staff Governors

  • Mr Mark Hewitt - Headteacher  Ex-Officio
  • Miss Laura Place- Teacher




Mr Kevin Phillips


All governors can be contacted via the school. 


Governors Committees and Membership

Governing body membership
Governing body membership.pdf
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Governing body committee membership
Governing body committee membership.pdf
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