Governing Body

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

As Chair of Governors I am delighted to welcome you to St John the Baptist C of E Junior School! We pride ourselves in knowing our children well and enabling them to live life in all its fullness. This means that art, sport, a love of reading, and drama, as well as caring for each other and the world around us are central to what we do.

As governors our role is one of monitoring as well as being a critical friend and we are impressed with the dedication of the staff and the robustness of the procedures that have been put in place to keep everyone safe.

We are a church school which means that our Christian Ethos runs through everything we do and I have the huge privilege of taking assemblies. Our vicar’s assemblies are very interactive and the children are so very thoughtful and have brilliant ideas and questions. During this season of Covid our assemblies are recorded and this term the children have met the latest foster kittens – Ebony, Opal and Astrid who love to show off on camera.

I look forward to meeting you.

Revd. Karen Wellman

*The Chair of governors is currently on sabbatical until December 2022 (a period of leave provided to church leaders). The vice-chair - Mrs Rachel Bide - is leading the governing body during her absence.

The role of a governor is often misunderstood. The following document provides a clear explanation of the role of a governing body and the sorts of duties we undertake. Please click here to download a document which explains the role in more detail.


The term of office for all categories of governor is a fixed period of four years. However, the Headteacher or an ex-officio foundation governor remains in post for the duration of the position which entitled them to be a governor.

The Governing Body of St John’s is made up of:

Foundation Governors

  • 2 Ex officio - The Chief Officiating Ministers of the Parishes of St Mark's Teddington, and St John's, Hampton Wick - Revd. K. Wellman and Revd. J. Field

  • 1 Hampton Deanery Synod – Mrs S. Maxwell

  • 2 London Diocesan Board for Schools – Mr C. Moore & VACANCY

  • 2 Parochial Church Council – Mrs T. Herterich (St Mark's) and VACANCY (St John's)

Non-Foundation Governors

  • 1 Local Authority – Mrs R. Bide

  • 2 Elected Parents – Mr O. Kozan and Mrs S. Last

  • 1 Staff – Mr L. Gauci

  • 1 Staff Ex officio – Mr J. Chamberlin (Headteacher)

Associate Member (appointed by the governing body, with voting rights for any committees appointed to and able to serve as Chair or Vice-Chair of any such committees)

  • Mrs S. Thurgood

The Chair of Governors is Revd. K. Wellman

The Vice Chair of Governors is Mrs R. Bide

The Treasurer is Mrs R. Bide

The Governing Body at St John the Baptist School was reconstituted on 18th January 2018.

Governors have declared no business or financial interests. Mrs S. Thurgood holds the position of parent governor at Turing House School.


The Governors can be contacted through the school office, or via the Clerk to Governors, Mrs F. Wood, on 020 8977 4114 or


Governors’ Attendance for the Year 2018-2019 can be downloaded as a .pdf here

Governors’ Attendance for the Year 2019-2020 can be downloaded as a .pdf here

Governors’ Attendance for the Year 2020-2021 can be downloaded as a .pdf here

Governors' Attendance for the Year 2021-2022 and governor roles/committees for that period are shown below:

Governor Meetings' Register 2021-2022.pdf