The Governing Board


Welcome to the Governing Board of St John Baptist (Southend) CE Primary School

On behalf of the Governing Board, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our school website and provide you with some information on the Governing Board at St John Baptist (Southend) CE Primary School.

The governors are volunteers who, using skills and experience from various backgrounds, work closely with the Headteacher to provide the very best opportunities for learning and development for all children at St John's. The governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role in making sure all children have access to an enriched education and the opportunities they deserve.

Our three core strategic functions are:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

There are 16 governors who have been appointed to ensure that these functions are met. We do this through our meetings where we support and encourage the Senior Leadership Team while acting as a critical friend.

At St John Baptist, governors, staff, volunteers, parents, carers and children work as a team, building on success, in a safe, happy, secure, stimulating and high attaining environment where everyone feels valued. We care for our school and want it to provide the best possible education for every child.

I would like to thank all parents and carers who encourage and support their children. Parents and carers are the prime educators of learning and it is so important that you work with the school and share a great interest in your child's learning and development.

Should you with to contact me to discuss any matters please do so by first contacting our Headteacher, Mrs Derham.


Andrea Blower

Chair of Governors


The Governing Board of St John Baptist (Southend) CE Primary School

Mrs Elizabeth Blackmur


I am a staff governor appointed in 2017. I have now been a part of the St. John’s family as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant for over ten years. I have worked in one other school as a Teaching Assistant for a number of years and before that I was a Barrister’s Clerk. I hope to bring a staff viewpoint, personal experience and support, to enhance the knowledge of the school to the governing board. I enjoy walking, running, and baking! As a Christian and member of a local church, I have always had a passion to work with children and actively take part and celebrate the values of St. Johns.


Mrs Lisa Williams


I joined the governing board in 2018. I am English link governor. As a Foundation governor, I don’t have work or family links to the school but have lived in the borough for the past 5 years and was looking for a way to use my professional skills to serve the local community. When I joined the board I was a Leadership and Management Advisor, and part of my role was working in school improvement. I am now a serving headteacher in the borough. I enjoy reading, walking and in particular, exploring the beautiful English countryside. As a Christian, I am passionate about being a servant leader and enjoying various opportunities to support in the local community.


Gloria Cole 

I'm Gloria Cole and have been a foundation governor for over eight years. I have two boys that attended St John Baptist Primary School and I have always been an active member in the church community. I enjoyed working with other people, reading and taking new adventures.

Sharron Hiles

My name is Sharron Hiles and I have been a parent Governor since 2016 when my daughter was in Year 1. I am now a co-opted governor and the Special Educational Needs (SEND) link governor.  I have lived in the borough for 14 years.  I put myself forward as a parent governor as I wanted to be more involved and play a part in the school which was educating my daughter.  As a parent governor with the Governing body, I can play my part in contributing towards the successful running of the school. The Governors role is to be a critical friend and in particular, in my role as SEN link governor, I have welcomed looking into how our policies effectively support the children at St Johns.  I have been Chair of the PTFA and I am one of the parent class reps for the WhatsApp parents group.   Outside of my role as a governor, I am a lawyer currently working in Education Law.  In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading and salsa dancing.


Joyce Joseph

Andrea Blower

David Harding

Mensah Elliot


Governors Details - November 2020

Name Type of Governor Position
Mrs Elizabeth Derham Ex-Officio Headteacher
Mrs Elizabeth Blackmur Staff
Ms Andrea Blower London Borough of Lewisham Chair
Ms Sharron Hiles Chair of Resources Committee
Ms Leila Dantes-Michael Parent
Mrs Sonia Jackson Foundation Vice-Chair
Ms Morline Thompson Parent
Mr David Harding Foundation
Mr Mensah Elliot Co-opted
Ms Joyce Joseph Associate/Adviser School Business Manager
Mr Tony Myers Associate/Adviser Premises Officer
Mrs Lisa Williams Foundation
Mrs Gloria Cole Foundation

 Maintenance Scheme

As a Church of England "Voluntary Aided" School, we are not funded by Lewisham Education Authority for the upkeep of the building and grounds. The School Governors have responsibility for the external maintenance and insurance of the school building. The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education operates a 'Maintenance Scheme' which this school subscribes to and which contributes to the cost of the repair and maintenance. In order to help finance this essential maintenance the Governors seek donations from parents and friends.

If you accept a place for your child at St John's, you will be asked to make a contribution of £50 per family per year towards this fund. This is a voluntary contribution but naturally we rely heavily on parent's and carer's willingness to support the maintenance scheme in order to keep the structure and fabric of our school in good repair. Contributions can be made weekly, monthly, termly or yearly.

Governor Details

Register of Interests

Governor Code of Conduct