In addition to the Link Governors, there are two Sub-committees that meet periodically, these are:

Admissions Committee

  • Steven Day
  • Ruth Egan
  • Damien Kelly (Asst Head)
  • Claire Antal – Admissions Manager

Spiritual Life Committee

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


Schedule of Meetings

The Local Governing Committee meets once per half term to discuss pertinent issues on a cyclical basis (dates below). In addition, the Governors are invited to participate in a development day once per year where they receive additional training as well as participate in workshops highlighting various aspects of school life.

Local Governing Committee Meetings 2023-24

  • Wednesday 11th Oct 2023 at 5pm
  • Wednesday 29th November 2023 at 5pm
  • Wednesday 31st Jan 2024 at 5pm
  • Wednesday 27th March 2024 at 5pm
  • Wednesday 22nd May 2024 at 5pm
  • Wednesday 19th June 2024
  • Governors’ Day – time of meeting to be confirmed

Local Governing Committee

The Local Governing Committee members each have different link roles and responsibilities. Information about who they are, their roles and their term of service can be found in the table below.

Governors 2023-2024

NameStatusResponsibilities/Committee MembershipOriginal date appointed to the TrustEnd of TermDeclaration
Ruth EganFoundationChair of Governors01/09/201318/08/2024None
Wellbeing Link Governor
Admissions Committee
James Granville HamsharEx-officioHeadteacherNone
Chris Newling-WardFoundationSpiritual Life Committee01/09/201731/08/2025None
Fr Paul TurnerFoundationSpiritual Life Committee01/10/201830/01/2027None
Stephen DayFoundationVice Chair of Governors07/10/201706/10/2025None
Admissions Committee
Website Compliance
Olive WhiddettFoundationKS4 Link Governor17/11/202016/11/2024None
Donna HuntParentSpiritual Life Committee04/10/202103/10/2025None
SEND link Governor
Christiana UgoweFoundationKS3 Link Governor 20/09/202119/09/2025None
Finance Link Governor
Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Link Govenor
John CunninghamFoundationDisadvantaged Students Link Governor12/10/202111/10/2025None
Rosie JennerFoundationKS5 Link Governor12/10/202111/10/2025None
Safeguarding Link Governor
Careers Link Governor
Tom KetteringhamFoundationTBC09/01/202408/01/2028None
Colin SmithParentTBC09/01/202408/01/2028None


St John the Baptist School is a member of Xavier Catholic Education Trust; as per the protocols and scheme of delegation there is a Local Governing Committee who are appointed to support school improvement and engage with the community.

The Governors act as ‘critical friends’ to the school working closely with the Headteacher and play a strategic role in the running of the school. This includes maintaining the ethos of St John the Baptist as a Catholic school under the direction of the Bishop, setting aims and objectives, adopting policies and setting targets.

This is achieved through regular meetings – the full Local Governing Committee meets once per half term. At these meetings Governors are expected to ask relevant and challenging questions thus ensuring the school leadership is effective and accountable. Link Governors meet periodically with relevant members of the School Leadership Team so that they can better understand, support and challenge the key aspects of school life.

Governors are also a visible presence in the school sitting on staff interview panels, attending school events, and supporting staff and students in their achievements and successes. They receive regular training to ensure that they understand their role and are able to support and challenge the School Leadership Team effectively.

The Governors are drawn from the local community and freely give their time and expertise in order to support the work of the school. There are several different categories of Governor:

  • Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese;
  • Parent Governors are appointed by self-nomination and parent vote where necessary;
  • Staff Governors are appointed by self-nomination and staff vote where necessary;
  • Co-opted Governors can also be appointed by the Local Governing Committee or the Trust Board where necessary.

We are blessed to have a committed and multi-talented Local Governing Committee with a wide variety of experience and expertise.

If you wish to contact or chair of governors Ruth Egan via email or send a letter marked for our attention to the school.