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St. John's C of E VC Infants' School

Governors

Here at St Johns we are very lucky to have a diverse, highly motivated and dedicated Governing Body. The Governing Body is made up of Staff/Teachers, Parents, Community Members, Foundation and Local Authority Staff. Governors volunteer their time, support, knowledge and experiences to the school with the aim and goal of raising academic standards, ensuring the safeguarding and well-being of pupils and determining how the school will best spend its money to achieve these aims by working closely with the Headteacher and staff. All nominated Governors undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check before being officially appointed. Once appointed a governor is expected to attend meetings, join a committee and make regular visits to the school. Each governors training needs are identified from the outset, they are asked to attend an intensive induction course and they are encouraged to attend specialist training sessions related to the committee they have joined and topics linked to the school development plan.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor please come and have an informal chat with Wendy Turner (Head Teacher).

Chris Trowga - Chair of Governors/Community Governor 
 

 

Term of office Nov 2015-2019
App Body Diocese of Bath and Wells 

Chris Trwoga is a secondary school teacher with thirty years experience. Latterly, he served as the executive officer of an educational charity. He currently works with two primary schools in Wells delivering outdoor learning and is the director of an outdoor education business. Chris is company secretary of the Red Brick Building Centre in Glastonbury and a  trustee of the Margaret & Mary Charity.

Kay Wychh - Foundation Governor 
 

Term of office May 2015-2019
App Body Diocese of Bath and Wells 

Kay Wych works in Glastonbury Abbey as a tour guide and living history presenter, with experience in Drama, History and Archaeology. She previously worked for Clarks International in a variety of administrative roles. She is a trustee of Abbey House, a mentor at Crispin School, and  proud to be a born and bred Glastonian.

Kirsty Smith - Elected Parent Governor 
 

 

Term of office Nov 2015-2019
App body Parents 

Kirsty worked in the Insurance Industry for over 20 years where she managed various teams in underwriting and accounting to help maintain and exceed Company goals. She then worked in the Motor trade for six years selling cars and negotiating finance contracts.

She is now a full time mum and enjoys looking after her two sons.

Diane Hicks - Associate Governor 
 

 

Term of office Nov 2015-2019
App body Full Governing Body  

Diana is a qualified teacher with a particular interest in Early Years development and literacy. She ran her own nursery with a special focus on including children from the ‘alternative’ community. Her aim is to offer a broad educational view to the governing body and draw on her training and advisory work to inform her responses to policy and practice.The second column.

Rev Pam Heazell - Ex Officio Gov representing the Vicar of Glastonbury
 

 Reverend Pamela Heazell works within the Benefice of St. John’s Church Glastonbury having moved from the London Diocese in 2017 having worked there since 1999. 

Pamela is married to Gareth. They have 4 grown up children and 8 grandchildren all now within various stages of education. 

Pamela brings to the Governing Body her experience of working with two special needs schools in London, along with being Vicar of a Parish where children were fully appreciated and integrated. Pamela offered pastoral support to children, parents and staff within both of the schools. She has a desire to see all children valued for who they are regardless of ability or disability so they can develop to their full potential. ‘ 

Wendy Turner - Headteacher
 

Term of office Sept 2002 

Wendy has taught in various Primary Schools for over 25 years. Wendy spent 12 years teaching in London before moving to Somerset and has been Head teacher of St John’s since May 2001. Wendy, the governors and the staff work collaboratively to provide a secure, happy and industrious environment for the children who attend St John’s.

Jim Gurl -Chair of Business Committee/Co-Opted Governor
 

Term of office Oct 2017-2021
App body Full Governing Body  

Jim Gurl is a retired Operations Manager with thirty years experience in the chemical industry. Both his daughter and eldest grandson went to St John’s School and his younger grandson attends now.

Jim currently helps out with the grand children school run and also works part time as a lifeguard. His interests include scuba diving, fitness and travelling.

Julie Inder - Nursery Teacher/Staff Governor 
 

Term of office June 2015-2019
App body Staff 

Julie Inder is the Nursery Teacher for Jumping Johns Nursery.  She has taught at the school since 2014 and before that was a Nursery Teacher in West Somerset.

Gareth Heazell - Foundation Governor 
 

 

Term of office Sept  2018-2023
App Body Diocese of Bath and Wells 

Gareth Heazell is a retired teacher who is now resident in Glastonbury. He is  former chair of governors  at a large London Primary school, where he supported environmental programs, technology and IT development within the school. He is active in music next door to the school at St John's church in its choir but also in playing and writing music. A keen follower of sport, he has not yet quite transferred loyalties to local teams.

Kerry Devane- Deputy Head/Associate Governor 
 

 

 

Term of office Nov 2014 -2019
App body Full Governing Body  

Kerry Devane is Deputy Head at St. John’s and teaches in Reception. She has taught at the school for 13 years. She lives in Wells with her husband and twin girls Eden and Rose and previously lived in London. She has played a major part in the development of Jumping John’s Nursery and has a real passion for raising standards in Early Years.

Antonia Gywn - Clerk to the Governors 
 

Antonia was the head of a small village first school in Somerset for fourteen years.  After retiring, Antonia believes that becoming Clerk to a Governing Body has been an excellent way of keeping in touch with developments in education.  

The rest of her 'retirement' is taken up with being churchwarden at St Cuthbert's Church in Wells; singing in various choirs and looking after a garden and an allotment.