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All maintained schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, and to ask questions.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Head teacher, staff and the Local Authority.  Whilst the Head teacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance.  It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

Membership of the Governing Body includes parents, teaching staff and representatives from the local community and the Local Authority.  The Governing Body meets at least once each term. John Perryn Governing body have 2 sub-Committees: Teaching and Learning Committee and the Resources Committee.

The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts.  In the main, these responsibilities relate to:

  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement
  • Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
  • Management of the school’s budget
  • Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is broad and balanced



All Governing Bodies of community schools can agree on a model for the size and membership of their Governing Body based on what best suits the circumstances of that school.  The size of the Governing Body can range from a minimum of 7 to no maximum number.

The Governing Body of John Perryn Primary School has the following members.

Andrew MacDonald

Co-Opted (Chair GB)

Leah Wright

 Head Teacher

Phil Portwood


Jeremy Coy


Naeem Younis


Julia Diez


Helen Richards


Gerard Dineen

Local Authority

Rafia Mehboob


Houda Sidani


Rocio Alba


Asha Mohamud


Mohammed Abdulraheem


Flossie Del Santo



  -  Updated 01/09/2020


If you would like to contact our governors please do so at the following email address:


Register of Interests

Governors have a legal duty to act in the best interests of their schools.  Where there are personal or financial interests, which may conflict with this duty, they must identify, prevent and record the conflict.  Generally, governors must not be involved in discussions or vote on matters to which their conflict relates. 

At John Perryn, governors sign and/or review a register of interests at the start of every meeting.  From September 2015, governors also declare personal or other interests which might be a potential source of conflict.