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John Watson School is in a hard federation with Wheatley Nursery School so these two separate schools share the same governing body.
The purpose of the governing body is to:
Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure that money is well spent.
To achieve this the governing body meets each term for committee and Full Governing Body meetings, as well as holding frequent meetings with the headteacher throughout the term and undertaking focused governor visits to evaluate the impact of the School Improvement Plan.
Governors are also usually represented at a range of school events, such as Harvest evening, and cake sales and concerts.
Public minutes of the meetings are available on request from the school office.
The committees are:

Resources  (for Finance/Personnel/ Health and Safety issues affecting either WNS/JWS)

Teaching,  Learning and Safeguarding, John Watson School           (JWS only)

Teaching, Learning and Safeguarding,Wheatley Nursery School      (WNS only)


Governors and their categories/responsibilities are as follows:

Stephen Passey                                     Head Teacher Ex officio governor for WNS/JWS

Sarah Simmonds / Sarah Coleridge       Co-Chairs  WNS/JWS

Sarah Simmonds                                    Chair of WNS Teaching, Learning and Safeguarding Committee

Sarah Coleridge Co-opted Governor      Health, Safety & Wellbeing Governor WNS/JWS

Carol Quartermaine                                Parent Governor

Clea Lees                                               Co-opted Governor/SEN governor WNS/JWS

Shah Chaudhry                                      Co-opted Governor WNS/JWS

Bethany Farr                                           LA Governor, Resources committee WNS/JWS, Safeguarding Governor WNS/JWS

Sharon Bond                                           Staff governor, Chair of JWS Teaching, Learning Safeguarding Committee for JWS



Vice Chair

Staff Governor


Our photos and brief biographies are on the next page



Updated 1/11/2018