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Governors - Local Governing Body

The Local Governing Body (LGB) at St John's CE  Primary School has a mix of foundation, community, parent and staff governors. 

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a governor, whether as a parent, staff member or community or foundation member, please email our clerk to governors, Marisa Weekes,  on for further information. Thank you.


What does the LGB do?

The LGB has three main responsibilities:

  • to provide the strategic vision and support and challenge to the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team for the day to day running of the school
  • to monitor the progress and wellbeing of the children attending St John's CE Primary School and the staff who teach and support them
  • to make sure that the public money allocated to the school is managed effectively and in the best interests of pupils and staff at the school


The LGB meets six times a year at St John's, for approximately an hour and a half. Each governor is responsible for monitoring the school’s performance in a specific area related to their personal skills and experience, so additional meetings and reports are usually required depending on the area of responsibility allocated to them.


Governors are also invited to attend school events and parents’ evenings. It is quite a commitment to the school,  but the work of our Governors is gratefully received.

LGB Meeting Dates 

Tuesday 26th  September 2023   6.00 p.m. 

Tuesday 21st November  2023   6.00 p.m. 

Tuesday 30th  January     2024    6.00 p.m. 

Tuesday  12th   March      2024    6.00 p.m. 

Tuesday 14th  May           2024    6.00 p.m. 

Tuesday 16th  July           2024    6.00 p.m. 

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, Mr Simon Hodgson, please address your letter to


Mr S Hodgson,

c/o Clerk to the Governors, Mrs M Weekes,

St John's CE Primary School

121-147 Orts Road


Berks RG1 3JN 


or email: 



Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

St John’s CE Primary School     Local Governing Body (LGB)

Governors 2023-2024

Foundation Governors

Mr. Simon Hodgson (Chair of LGB)

Mrs. Rachel Thake

Mr. Ian Maynard

Mr. Stephen Dilley

Rev Claire Alcock (Vice Chair of LGB)



Community Governor

Rahul Karavadra


Ms. Martina Parsons

Parent Governors
Mr. Michael Dzandu


Staff Governor

Mr. Cameron Purvis


Mrs. Marisa Weekes


 Summary of declarations of interest for the governors of St John’s CE Primary School 2023 -2024


Position held

Date appointed

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Date interest declared

Stephen Dilley

Foundation Governor


Head of English at Kendrick school

Member of NEU

St John & St Stephen parish safeguarding officer

September 2023

Simon Hodgson

Foundation Governor


Carnstone Partners Ltd part of SLR Group, Director (significant shareholder in SLR)

Carnstone Management Consultancy (Shanghai) Ltd

Life, The Universe & Everything Inc. Director

Trustee Reading Gateway Church PCC

Fellow of ICRS & RSA

Wife, Director of Two Rivers Press & Life, The Universe & Everything

May 2024

Michael Dzandu

Parent Governor



September 2023

Martina Parsons



St John’s Primary School

Orchard Learning Alliance advisor to Quality of Education Committee

March 2024

Marisa Weekes




October 2023

Cameron Purvis

Staff Governor



October 2023

Rahul Karavadra

Community Governor05/03/2024Employee of Lyfta EducationApril 2024

Ian Maynard

Foundation Governor



October 2023

Claire Alcock

Foundation Governor


William Payne Trust trustee

October 2023

Rachel Thake

Foundation Governor


TELC teacher trainer & Care for Calais volunteer

September 2023




Trust Link

St John's CE Primary School is a member of the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust.