Governance

Welcome

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 latkins15.209@lgflmail.org 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)  15/10/2020
Louise Atkins University of Greenwich Education None     (Parent of JB pupil) 10/11/2020
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 07/10/2020
Steven Cummins London School of Hygiene Health Care None     (Parent of JB pupil) 08/10/2020
Angela East N/A N/A None 26/11/2020
Matthew Fields Metropolitan Police Service Police None     (Parent of JB pupil) 12/11/2020
Nina Hodges N/A N/A None     (Parent of JB pupil) 13/10/2020
Julie Joyce Lewisham Borough Council Education Employed at John Ball 26/08/2020
Sandrine Marionvalle Jaines Avanti Technology Financial Consultancy None     (Parent of JB pupil) 20/09/2020
Trista McConville N/A N/A None     (Parent of JB pupil) 07/10/2020
Stephen Mitchell Lewisham Borough Council Education Employed at John Ball 16/10/2020
Jacqui Noakes Lewisham Borough Council Education Employed at John Ball 07/10/2020
James Powles Lewisham Borough Council Education Employed at John Ball 19/10/2020
David Roderick Self Employed Barrister Legal None     (Parent of JB pupil) 08/10/2020
Emma Smillie N/A N/a None     (Parent of JB pupil) 07/10/2020
Maria Valkova Lewisham Borough Council Admin Employed at John Ball 21/09/2020
Linda Yue The Scribes Writing None 4/11/2019

GOVERNORS’ ATTENDANCE AT GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS 2019/20

  8/10/19 6/02/20 14/5/20 16/7/20
Ms Vanessa Amuah P P P A
Ms Rachel Austin P P P P
Mr Ian Blight A P P P
Mr Steve Cummins A P P P
Ms Angela East P P P P
Mr Matthew Fields A P A P
Ms Sandrine Marionvalle-Jaines P P P P
Mr David Roderick P P P P
Ms Maria Valkova P P P P
Ms Linda Yue P P P A
Ms Nina Hodges A P P P
Mrs Jacqui Noakes P P P P
Ms Trista McConville P P P A
Ms Emma Smilie P P P P
Ms Louise Atkins P P P P

Key: P= present        A= apologies received

COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2019/20

Co-ordinating and Finance

  Meetings attended:
Ms L Atkins (Chair) 4 out of 4
Ms L Yue 3 out of 4
Ms R Austin 4 out of 4
Ms J Noakes 4 out of 4
Mr S Cummins 3 out of 4
Ms E Smillie 2 out of 4

Curriculum and Standards

  Meetings attended:
Ms L Atkins 4 out of 4
Ms A East 4 out of 4
Ms R Austin 4 out of 4
Ms J Noakes 4 out of 4
Mr S Cummins (Chair) 3 out of 4
Ms S Marionvalle-Jaines 4 out of 4

Personnel

  Meetings attended:
Ms L Atkins 4 out of 4
Ms A East 4 out of 4
Ms L Yue (Chair) 4 out of 4
Ms J Noakes 4 out of 4
Ms T McConville 4 out of 4
Ms N Hodges 4 out of 4

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.