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 contact me through the school office.  

Nina Hodges

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

Governors 2022/2023

Chair: Nina Hodges
Vice Chair: Emma Smillie
Clerk to Governors: Hope Francis
Headteacher: Jacqui Noakes
Aoine Wilson
Katie Wampler
Amine Zungi
Judith Wilkinson
Marc Bruce

You can contact the governing body by writing to the Chair of Governors via the school office or by writing to the Clerk to Governors on  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.



Name  Entity Nature Notes Start
Emma Smillie Blackheath Conservatoire Trustee A trustee of a local arts charity 09 Mar 2020
Barbara Durkin N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nanisha Mitchell N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jacqui Noakes John Ball School Headteacher Employee at John Ball Ongoing
Aoine Wilson N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nina Hodges N/A N/A N/A N/A
Dana Pinto N/A N/A N/A N/A
Katie Wampler John Ball School Teacher Employee at John Ball Ongoing
Lucie Spurr Chubb European Group SE Employee   02 May 2020
Contingent Sea Limited Director I am sole director of a limited liability company which I previously used for delivering consulting services. The company is not currently trading.  
Canopius Services Limited Employee   07 Mar 2022
James Powles (signatory) John Ball School Premises Manager Employee at John Ball Ongoing
Stephen Mitchell (signatory) John Ball School Deputy Headteacher Employee at John Ball Ongoing



  11th November 3rd February 12th May 21st July
Jacqui Noakes (Head) P P P P
Louise Atkins (chair) P P P  
Sandrine Marionvaille-Jaines P N/A N/A N/A
Maria Valkova P P P  
Nina Hodges (Vice-Chair) P P P  
Emma Smillie P P P  
Charmaine Henry P N/A N/A N/A
Lucie Spurr P P P  
Nanisha Mitchell P P A  

Key: P= present        A= apologies received



Personnel, Co-ordinating and Finance

  Meetings attended:
Jacqui Noakes (Head) 4 of 4
Nina Hodges (Chair) 4 of 4
Louise Atkins 4 of 4
Lucie Spurr 4 of 4
Charmaine Henry 2 of 4
Rachel Austin 1 of 4


Curriculum and Standards

  Meetings attended:
Jacqui Noakes (Head) 4 of 4
 Emma Smillie (Chair) 4 of 4
Louise Atkins 3 of 4
Sandrine Marionvaille-Jaines 1 of 4
Lucie Spurr 4 of 4
Maria Valkova 4 of 4
Nanisha Mitchell 4 of 4



Minutes can be obtained by the school office in both electronic and printed copy.  Please email or call 0208 852 1601 where the team will be able to support you. 

If you have any questions about items covered in the minutes, please contact the Chair of Governors, Nina Hodges


Governing Body Structure 

Reconstituted 11.2.21
Governor Places 9
Headteacher 1
Staff 1
Appointed by the London Borough of Lewisham 1
Elected Parents of pupils attending the school 3
Co-Opted 3
Chair of Governors Nina Hodges
Personnel, Coordinating and Finance   
Standards and Curriculum  
Pay Committee   

Pupil Discipline Committee / Staff Discipline Committee / Staff Discipline Appeal Committee / Staff Grievance / Complaints Committee
These committees meet as and when required, with a minimum of three eligible governors to be drawn from a pool of all members of the Governing Body in alphabetical rotation, subject to availability and lack of conflicts of interest and having regard to the need for the Committee to be balanced in terms of gender and race as far as possible.

Governors’ details (for each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months)



Ms Louise Atkins Co-opted GB 16/07/2019 4 15/07/2023 31/07/2022 Personnel, C & F, C & S Chair Governing Body
Ms Charmaine Henry Local Authority Local Authority 11/02/2021 4 11/02/2025 03/02/2022 S & C 

P, C & F 

Ms Nina Hodges Parent Parents 20/02/2018 4 19/10/2022   P, C & F; S & C  
Miss Nanisha Mitchell Co-Opted GB 13/05/2021 4 13/05/2025 01/10/2022 S & C  
Mrs Jacqui Noakes Headteacher N/A N/A N/A N/A   S & C; P, C & F  
Ms Emma Smillie Parent












  C & F



Safeguarding governor



Ms Lucy Spurr Parent Parents 18/03/2021 4 17/03/2025 06/03/2023 S & C; P, C & F SEN & Health & Safety 
Mrs Barbara Durkin Co-Opted GB 20/07/2022 4 20/07/2026 25/05/2023 S & C  
Ms Maria Valkova Staff Staff 15/02/2018 4 31/08/2022 31/08/2022 S & C  
Mrs Katie Wampler Staff Staff 01/09/2022 4 31/08/2026   S & C  
Mr Tony Massiah Co-Opted GB 12/08/2022 4 11/08/2026   P, F & C   
Mrs Dana Pinto Parent Parents 20/07/2022 4 20/07/2026 12/05/2023 S & C  
Mrs Aoine Wilson Local Authority Local Authority 12/08/2022 4 11/08/2026   P, F & C