St John's

Catholic Primary School

At St John's we grow and learn in the footsteps of Jesus.


Last Updated: 27 April 2024

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor, our Vision Statement and attendance at meetings.


At St John's the Governors are made up of:


  • Foundation Governors who are elected by the Diocese (7),
  • Staff Governor (1)
  • Head Teacher (1)
  • Parent Governors who are elected by the parents (2)
  • Local Education Authority Governor (1)


If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors then please email

Governors Vision Statement for St John's Primary School

Full Governing Body Attendance (September 2023 - July 2024)

Name26 Sep  28 Nov  27 Feb24 Apr *   21 May

9 July

Clare Doogue (Vice Chair)YesYesYesYesYes  
Douglas Marr (Vice Chair)YesYesYesYesNo  
Mike Simmons (Chair)YesYesYesYesYes  
Simon MillerYesYesNoNoYes  
Tracey Sessions (Head)YesYesYesNoYes  
Kim O Rourke (Deputy Head)YesYesNoNoYes  
Dee PerkinsYesYesYesYesYes  
Rebecca DixonYesYesYesYesYes  
Alessia BertoncelloN/AYesYesYesYes  
Peter MatthewsN/AYesNoYesYes  
Craig BainN/AN/AYesYesNo  


* Extraordinary FGB

Admissions Committee Attendance (September 2023 - July 2024)

Name11 Sept19 Sept12 Oct9 Nov5 Dec11 Jan14 Mar17 April23 May7 June 
Clare DoogueYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNo 
Douglas Marr (Chair)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes 
Tracey Sessions (Head)YesYesNoYesYesNoYesNoYesYes 
Mike SimmonsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes 


Resources Committee Attendance (September 2023 - July 2024)

Name9 Nov14 Mar7 May 
Clare Doogue (Chair)YesYesYes 
Douglas MarrYesYesYes 
Pam Poulter (School Business Manager)YesYesYes 
Simon MillerYesYesYes 
Tracey Sessions (Head)YesYesYes 
Dee PerkinsNoNoYes 
Rebecca DixonNoNoNo 


Governor Details & Register of Interests (Term of Office is 4 years)

NameCategoryVoting RightsAppointing BodyTerm EndsResponsibilityRegister of InterestsStepped Down
Clare DoogueFoundationYesBishop, Clifton DioceseSept 2025Chair Resources, Vice Chair  
Mike SimmonsFoundationYesBishop, Clifton DioceseSep 2025


SEN / Safeguarding

Dee PerkinsFoundationYesBishop, Clifton Diocese    
Alessia BertoncelloFoundationYesBishop, Clifton DioceseOct 2027   
Peter MatthewsFoundationYesBishop, Clifton DioceseNov 2027   
Rebecca DixonParentYesParents of St John'sMar 2026   
Craig BainParent Parents of St John'sFeb  2028   
Douglas MarrLEAYesSt John's GBMar 2026Vice Chair, Chair Admissions  
Simon MillerStaffYesStaff of St John'sOct 2023   
Tracey SessionsEx-OfficioYesEx-Officio-Head Teacher  
Kim O RourkeEx-OfficioNoEx-Officio-Deputy Head Teacher  
Nichola HughesFoundationYesBishop, Clifton DioceseMay 2025  May 2023
Father Tom FinneganFoundationYesBishop, Clifton DioceseAug 2025  May 2023
Rhianna ColeFoundation Bishop, Clifton DioceseDec 2022  July 2022
Lukasz WronaFoundationYesBishop, Clifton DioceseFeb 2022 Works for a supplierFeb 2022
Caroline KingParentYesParents of St John'sApr 2022  Nov 2021
Clare FarrowFoundationYesBishop, Clifton DioceseAug 2022Safeguarding Gov, Chair from Jan 2015 July 2021
Annie SladeFoundationYesBishop, Clifton DioceseJan 2024  April 2021
Bernadette Barret-JohnFoundationYesBishop, Clifton DioceseMay 2021Governor St Augustine's Feb 2021
Richard WoodsParentYesParents of St John'sNov 2020  Sep 2020
John KellyFoundationYesBishop, Clifton DioceseAug 2021  May 2020
Andrea BlackmoreParentYesParents of St John'sMay 2022  Aug 2019
Paul WalshFoundationYesBishop, Clifton DioceseAug 2019Safeguarding Gov (Deputy) Aug 2019
Douglas MarrParentYesParents of St John'sMay 2018Chair Admissions / Vice Chair Became LEA Gov Mar 2018
Nick BraceyLEAYesSt John's GBOct 2018SEN Gov from Sept 2016 Mar 2018
Adrian WeissenbruchFoundationYesBishop, Clifton DioceseJul 2020SEN Gov Sep 2016 Jul 2017
Frank TonerEx-OfficioYesBishop, Clifton Diocese Head Teacher Jul 2017
Canon Liam O'DriscolFoundationYesBishop, Clifton Diocese   Jul 2017
Yvonne WilkinsEx-OfficioYesEx-Officio Deputy Head Jul 2017