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. The next FGB meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th November at 6pm. If would like to attend this meeting please contact the Clerk to the Governors, Verina Gibson on

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.

Clair Craven

Chair of Governors

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.

Alice Jones


Sonia Lay


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


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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