Welcome to the Governors section of the John Ball School Website. This is the place you’ll find useful documents about national and local education policy as it relates to our meetings and the decisions we take. You can also find out a bit more about who we are and what we do by following the various links.

The John Ball Governors work together as an executive board to support the school. The governors provide a range of skills and professional experience which are deployed to address the needs of the school in both the short and longer term.

We will endeavour to communicate effectively with parents, and to improve information sharing between us and with others in the school community. We are committed to publishing our meeting minutes, and discussion papers where these are appropriate for sharing.

Please feel free to take a look around, and if you want to talk to any of us about what you’ve read, do feel free to email me at or to speak to any of my team as you meet them around the school.

Erica Pienaar

Chair of Governors

What does the Governing Body do and who are the Governors?

Our governing body is established to oversee the running, management and leadership of our school. Our governing body includes:

  • governors appointed by Lewisham Council
  • the Headteacher
  • teacher/support staff governors
  • community or co-opted governors
  • parent governors

Parent governors are elected by the parents of our school and normally serve for four years. Staff governors are elected by staff and normally serve for four years. Co-opted governors are invited onto the governing body, by the governing body, to add areas of expertise and to represent the local community.

The governing body is responsible for many important decisions in the running of the school. These include:

  • appointing the Senior Leadership Team and the teaching staff
  • agreeing the aims of the school curriculum and ensuring the national curriculum is implemented
  • determining how the school’s budget is to be used each year
  • deciding how sex education and religious education should be taught in the school
  • producing the school prospectus
  • deciding what charges should be made for activities outside normal school hours
  • dealing with official complaints and exclusions

A full list of governors can be found here:John Ball Governors Pictures 2019

You can contact the governing body by writing to the chair of governors via the school office or emailing  Our governors are pleased to hear about thoughts, ideas and issues that staff and parents would like discussed by the governing body.  Individual governors can be contacted via the school office.

Full governing body meetings are held once a term in the evening. The agenda for the meeting includes items from the Local Authority, directives and initiatives from the Government and school-based concerns.

Register of Interests 2018/2019

Name Name of Business or Organisation  Nature of Business Nature of Interest Including:

  • governor elsewhere (please include school or educational institutions name)
  • relationships with school staff including spouses, partners and close relatives
  • employed at school
Date Declaration Made
Vanessa Amuah Lewisham Borough Council Lawyer None 09/10/2018
Rachel Austin Deloitte LLP Professional Services None 09/10/2018
Ian Blight CH2M-Hill Other Engineering Activities Stockholder CH2M-Hill 09/10/2018
Steven Cummins London School of Hygiene Health Care None 09/10/2018
Angela East N/A N/A None 09/10/2018
Matthew Fields Metropolitan Police Service Police Officer None 09/10/2018
Nina Hodges N/A N/A None 09/10/2018
Julie Joyce Lewisham Borough Council Education Employed at John Ball 10/10/2018
Sandrine Marionvalle Jaines Avanti Technology Financial Consultancy None 09/10/2018
Stephen Mitchell Lewisham Borough Council Education Employed at John Ball 09/10/2018
Catherine Mulcahy 2020 Delivery Ltd Management Consultancy None 04/10/2018
Jacqui Noakes Lewisham Borough Council Education Employed at John Ball 09/10/2018
Dame Erica Pienaar Wey Education Ltd Education Consultancy Governor at James Allen Girls 09/10/2018
James Powles Lewisham Borough Council Education Employed at John Ball 10/10/2018
Jarlath Pratt GLC (London) Pte Ltd Investment Management None 09/10/2018
Michael Roach Lewisham Borough Council Executive Head of School Employed at John Ball 09/10/2018
David Roderick Self Employed Barrister Legal None 09/10/2018
Maria Valkova Lewisham Borough Council Admin Employed at John Ball 09/10/2018
Linda Yue The Scribes Writing None 09/10/2018


Governor’s Minutes 17th July 2018

      The minutes of our meetings will be available here as soon as they are finalised.  If you have any questions about items covered in the minutes, please contact the Chair of Governors, Erica Piena