School Governors

What we do

Together we oversee, challenge, support and act as a critical friend to the Head Teacher, Paula Bliss and her team, as we plan the future direction and strategic vision of the school, that will serve the best interests of our current and future children. We do this by:

  • Thinking and working strategically to help raise standards of education and care
  • Supporting and challenging the Headteacher and staff
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress towards priority targets
  • Ensuring accountability to all stakeholders


 The Full Governing Body meets once a term. Governors also each serve on one of the following committees which meet once or twice a term:

  • Curriculum
  • Resources and Finance

Individual governors also have responsibility for Child Protection/Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs, Health and Safety and links with the Diocese and Babcock for training.  Additionally, governors are involved in various Working Parties as and when the need arises.

Becoming a Governor

At St John’s our governors are nominated by the Diocese of Guildford, the local PCC, teaching staff and parents. They serve a term of 4 years, although they can continue for subsequent terms.  It is a voluntary role and we endeavour to recruit volunteers with skills that will enable the school to achieve its priority targets.

As St John’s is a voluntary aided school; at least half of the governors must be Foundation Governors. Foundation Governors are representative of the Church of England, and are the school’s link with parishes, deaneries and the diocese.

Parent Governors bring the views of parents to the Governing Body, but they speak and act as individuals. They do not vote for all parents in general. They have equal status in the work of the Governing Body and have voting rights.

Please click here to see the Governors-Details-and-Register-of-Interest


Paula Bliss


Paula is our new Head who brings her experience of teaching and school leadership to St. John's as well as her passion for, and knowledge of, infant education. Working alongside our Head of school she is making sure we are continuously improving and fulfilling our promise of helping all of our community to have open hearts and enquiring minds.

Lisa Hart

Chair, Foundation

I have lived in Churt for 14 years and have two children, who have both attended St John’s. I took on the role of Chair in September 2016, having been a governor at the school for four years. I qualified as an English Teacher in 1999 and have taught in both Secondary and Sixth Form College settings. I am excited to be able to support the school in encouraging our children to be happy, independent learners who enjoy a challenge.

David Borrow


I have been a governor at St John's since September 2015. I have two children, one who currently is enjoying his 2nd year at St John's, and Zahra, who has now moved on after enjoying every moment she spent here. In my spare time, I am heavily involved in rugby, and occasionally undertake coaching responsibilities. I would describe myself as an innovative educator and media producer, who has been enjoying his career thus far. I am a qualified teacher at tertiary level (16-19), teaching disciplines such as media and maths, and I also undertake freelance media work and training and development.

Clare Challis


My background is in outdoor education as a senior coach and assessor across multiple disciples of outdoor sports. Having felt called by God into ordained ministry I am now the Resident Minister of St Johns Church, Churt and Rushmoor. I am passionate about assisting the school to value each child individually and to grow as a flourishing educational community. My hobbies include white-water kayaking and making things from wood.

Clair Craven


My background is in ICT, and I was a Company Director for several years, with nearly 20 years' experience within both the public and private sectors. I now run my own company, providing marketing and business support, to organisations wanting to grow their business. My expertise lies in the area of IT, Business Development, Marketing and Leadership Coaching. My oldest son is currently in Yr 1, and my youngest will start school in September 2018. I therefore have a strong interest in supporting the school ‘s strong academic performance, its values, and future plans. I am an enthusiastic member of the school community, and enjoy helping out at school events, talking to parents, and generally being an advocate of the school.

Myra Johnson


A resident of Churt for almost 40 years, I worked in business process, systems and information management roles for ICL, Xerox and, more recently, for Imperial College. Now retired, I am delighted to have more time to enjoy the outstanding natural environment that surrounds Churt, and for voluntary roles with 1st Churt Scout Group and local schools, in both the state and independent sectors. As a newly appointed foundation governor at St John's, my special interests are to support the school in fostering creativity, valuing diversity, and in developing the children's understanding of the natural sciences, and an appreciation of the natural environment.

Peter Luckham


I have lived in Churt for over 50 years. I farmed pigs for 30 years and helped pioneer the use of on-farm Artificial Insemination and Ultra Sonic Testing, to improve the genetic make-up of the National Pig Herd in conjunction with Walls Meat Division of Unilever and the Meat and Livestock commission of the UK. Farming ended for me in 1992 when I became the Caretaker and Crossing Patrol Officer at St John’s School, where I spent a happy 20 years. As a former pupil of Tiffin Boys School, Kingston, I am very keen to help maintain the highest possible standard of learning at St John’s within a happy and healthy environment. Wishing to continue my connection with the school I accepted a role on the Governing Body.

Richard Rowe


Phil Shayler


I have been a governor at St John's since October 2013 and recently became Chairman of the Resources Committee. I am also on the PCC at St John's Church, as well as coaching the local football and cricket teams at Churt. My children - Rosie, Rory and Heidi - all enjoyed three fantastic years at St John's School, before moving onto Waverley Abbey, and then, in Rosie's case, onto Weydon. I work as a Client Manager for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and in my spare time enjoy football, cricket, golf and running half marathons and, for my sins, am a passionate supporter of Middlesbrough FC.

Marion Stevens

Staff Governor

Marion is our caring & fun-loving Head of School and Reception teacher. She ensures the transition from nursery to school is smooth so the children become happy and confident learners. All children thrive under her care.

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