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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.

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.

Kathryn Strik- Clerk to the Governors  

Pamela Heazell - Ex-officio foundation governor (appointed by foundation by virtue of the office they hold)
 

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

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.

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.

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.

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 14 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.

Sarah Marks - Parent Governor ​​​​

Term of office Nov 2018-2022
App body - Parents

Sarah has lived in Glastonbury for 20 years and her daughters have both attended St Johns School and enjoyed their times at the school very much. 

Sarah's hobbies include reading, watching a good movie and she has recently taken up knitting. Whenever possible, she loves meeting up with her family and friends. 

Kathy MacGeoch - Foundation Governor
 

Term of office Dec 2019 - 2023
App body - Appointed by foundation/Trust

Kathy has three children, 2 of whom are grown up now and one who is in year 10. Both her boys attended St John's and loved it.

She is a Beaver Scout Leader and enjoy the challenges  and achievements of outdoor learning with children. Kathy's background is in accountancy but she is now a gardener. She loves walking her dogs, reading, sewing and gardening in her own garden rather than someone elses! 

Miranda Millan - Elected Parent Governor 

 

Term of office Oct 2020-2024
App body Parents 

Miranda is a mother of two young boys and lives in Glastonbury with her husband. She currently works as a funding consultant and is finishing her PhD in Romany and Traveller studies. Previously she worked for more than a decade within local authority, third sector and postgraduate education settings in London. Miranda attended local schools as a child and is happy her children now do the same, and are growing up in such a unique place as Glastonbury.