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.

Louise Atkins

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 2019-2020

You can contact the governing body by writing to the chair of governors via the school office.  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 2019/2020

Name Name of Business or Organisation  Nature of Business Nature of InterestIncluding:

  • 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 Law None     (Parent of JB pupil)  06/02/2020
Louise Atkins University of Greenwich Education None     (Parent of JB pupil) 11/09/2019
Rachel Austin Deloitte LLP Professional Services Trustee  Friends of John Ball(Parent of JB pupil) 8/10/2019
Ian Blight CH2M-Hill Other Engineering Activities Stockholder CH2M-Hill 1/11/2019
Steven Cummins London School of Hygiene Health Care None     (Parent of JB pupil) 18/10/2019
Angela East N/A N/A None 3/12/2019
Matthew Fields Metropolitan Police Service Police None     (Parent of JB pupil) 19/10/2019
Nina Hodges N/A N/A None     (Parent of JB pupil) 4/11/2019
Julie Joyce Lewisham Borough Council Education Employed at John Ball 10/10/2019
Sandrine Marionvalle Jaines Avanti Technology Financial Consultancy None     (Parent of JB pupil) 29/10/2019
Trista McConville N/A N/A None     (Parent of JB pupil) 26/11/2019
Stephen Mitchell Lewisham Borough Council Education Employed at John Ball 25/10/2019
Jacqui Noakes Lewisham Borough Council Education Employed at John Ball 29/10/2019
James Powles Lewisham Borough Council Education Employed at John Ball 11/10/2019
David Roderick Self Employed Barrister Legal None     (Parent of JB pupil) 20/10/2019
Emma Smillie N/A N/a None     (Parent of JB pupil) 13/11/2019
Maria Valkova Lewisham Borough Council Admin Employed at John Ball 11/10/2019
Linda Yue The Scribes Writing None 4/11/2019

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