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.
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
Chair: Nina Hodges
Vice Chair: Emma Smillie
Clerk to Governors: Hope Francis
Headteacher: Jacqui Noakes
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 – 2022/2023
|Emma Smillie||Blackheath Conservatoire||Trustee||A trustee of a local arts charity||09 Mar 2020|
|Jacqui Noakes||John Ball School||Headteacher||Employee at John Ball||Ongoing|
|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|
GOVERNORS’ ATTENDANCE AT GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS 2021/2022
|11th November||3rd February||12th May||21st July|
|Jacqui Noakes (Head)||P||P||P||P|
|Louise Atkins (chair)||P||P||P|
|Nina Hodges (Vice-Chair)||P||P||P|
Key: P= present A= apologies received
COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2021/2022
Personnel, Co-ordinating and Finance
|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
|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 email@example.com 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
|Appointed by the London Borough of Lewisham||1|
|Elected Parents of pupils attending the school||3|
|Chair of Governors||Nina Hodges|
|Personnel, Coordinating and Finance|
|Standards and Curriculum|
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)
|FULL NAME||CATEGORY||APPOINTED BY||DATE OF APPOINTMENT||TERM OF OFFICE
(NO OF YEARS AND END DATE)
|DATE RESIGNED||COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP||RESPONSIBILITIES|
|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
|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|