Apple Distinguished School Status

SJB is delighted to announce that it has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2021-2024. Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking.

They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching and the school environment, and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

Learn more about our teaching and learning with technology as an Apple Distinguished School

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Report an incidence of bullying or harassment

Bullying at this school will not be tolerated

If you are being bullied or harassed, or you know of any bullying/harassment happening within the school, please report it using the link below.

Your concerns will be dealt with discretely.

Report an incident of bullying or harassment


SJB is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people.

If you have a concern about a student or you receive information that leads you to be concerned that a student has been harmed, is at risk of harm or their welfare is being compromised, please contact 

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a young person’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the young person’s welfare.

At SJB we take the wellbeing and the safety of our students very seriously. We have an extensive network of agencies and staff that can offer support to any young person and their family. We can also offer advice to signpost families in need of help.

If you are concerned about a child in anyway or wish to raise a concern about poor or unsafe practice then please contact someone on the list below or the safeguarding email link above as soon as possible.

HeadteacherJames Granville HamsharHeadteacher
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)Damien KellyDeputy Head i/c KS3 & KS4
Deputy Designated Safeguarding LeadLisa KennyAssistant Head i/c Sixth Form
Deputy Designated Safeguarding LeadMandy HughesHead of Learning Support
Designated Governor for Safeguarding and Child ProtectionLesley
Chair of GovernorsRuth

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Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2021-2022

Governors Committees List 2021-2022

Finance & General

Frequency: 4 meetings per year

James Granville Hamshar
Ruth Egan
Tony Box
Linda Cook
Steve Day
Ceri Murray (Salesian SBM)
Yvonne Dore (Finance Manager)

Admissions & Appeals

Frequency: September and March

Ruth Egan
Tony Box
Leslie Forester
Damien Kelly (Deputy Head)
Lisa Kenny (Assistant Head)
Claire Antal – Admissions Manager

Curriculum & Achievement/Staffing & Welfare

Frequency: December and July plus ad hoc for staffing interviews

James Granville Hamshar
Jane Barnbrook
Linda Cook
Ruth Egan
Lesley Forester
Margaret Winterburn
Chris Newling-Ward

Spiritual Life Group

Frequency: Monthly term-time

Chris Newling-Ward
Jamie Haselden (Asst Head)
Fr Paul Turner
Head Boy & Head Girl

Safeguarding Group

Frequency: Half termly, term-time

Lesley Forester
Mandy Hughes (SENCO)
Damien Kelly (Asst Head)

Dates of Committee Meetings

Full Governors’ Meeting (5.00pm)


Finance and General Committee (8.30am)

06/10/2021 – Review last Academic Year (Q1-4)
12/01/2022 – Review Q1 (Sept-Nov)
23/03/2022 – Review Q2 (Dec-Feb)
20/06/2022 – 9.15am meeting – Budget sign off & review Q3 (Mar-May)

Curriculum & Achievement/Staffing & Welfare Committee (5.00pm)


Admissions and Appeals Committee (8.00am)


Safeguarding Committee (8.00am)


Spiritual Life Group (3.40pm)


School Mass


Governing Body

Table of Governors 2020-2021

NameStatusResponsibilities/Committee MembershipStart of OfficeEnd of Office
Ruth EganFoundationChair of Governors19/08/202018/08/2024
Finance & General(Re-elected as Foundation Governor)
Staffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement06/10/202105/10/2021
Re-elected as Chair of Board of Governors
James Granville HamsharEx-officioFinance & General01/09/202131/08/2025
Staffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement
Tony BoxFinance & General06/10/202005/10/2024
AdmissionsElected as Co-opted Governor05/10/2024
Linda CookFoundationFinance & General
Vice Chair of Governors
Staffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement(Elected as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors)
Chris Newling-WardFoundationStaffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement01/09/202131/08/2025
Spiritual Life Group(Previous Co-opted Governor)
Fr Paul TurnerFoundationSpiritual Life Group01/10/201830/09/2022
Oliver WhiddettFoundation17/11/202016/11/2024
Christiana UgoweFoundation20/09/202119/09/2025
Lesley ForesterCo-optedAdmissions11/10/202112/10/2025-
Staffing & Welfare/Curriculum & Achievement01/01/2002 (Previous Local Authority)
Safeguarding Committee
Steven DayParentFinance & General01/01/202131/08/2025
Donna HuntParent04/10/202103/10/2025
Emma AndrewsParent06/01/202005/01/2024
Lucia DavisStaff01/02/202131/01/2025

Xavier Catholic Education Trust

St John the Baptist School is part The Xavier Catholic Education Trust.

The other schools in the trust are schools are:

  • Holy Family Catholic Primary School
  • St Hugh of Lincoln Catholic Primary School
  • St Augustine Catholic Primary School
  • St Charles Borromeo Catholic Primary School
  • St Alban’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Anne’s Catholic Primary School
  • Cardinal Newman Catholic Primary School
  • Salesian Catholic Secondary School
  • The Marist Catholic Primary School
  • St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School
  • St Polycarp’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
  • St Peter’s Catholic School
  • St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School

The Xavier Catholic Education Trust was set up in 2016. Our mission is to provide an outstanding Catholic education for all the children in our schools. We will follow the example and teachings of Christ and everything we do will be inspired by gospel values. We will strive for excellence in all areas of our work and cherish every child in our care.

For more information please see our website:

If you would like to contact us please email