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Paul Richards – Chair of Governors

Paul joined the governing board of St John’s in 2013, becoming Chair in 2015. His daughter is a current pupil at St John’s and his son now studies at Clevedon Academy. As a parent and local business owner, Paul recognises the importance of good educational provision and he became a governor to apply his skillset to help develop school improvement so that St John’s can achieve its ambition to be an Outstanding school.

Paul holds several other voluntary positions within the community, including as a board member of Clevedon Chamber of Commerce and Constructing Excellence South West.

In Paul’s own words: “Today’s children are our future leaders, professionals and service providers. As governors, we have the opportunity to help create the right environment and guide them on the right path to achieving their full potential.”

Kelly Nash – Parent Governor

Kelly became a governor in 2018 and Vice Chair in 2019. As a teacher and a member of the senior leadership team at another local primary school, Kelly brings an enormous amount of relevant knowledge and understanding to the role.

Improving children’s attainment through the promotion of high standards underpins Kelly’s work as a governor. She is often in school providing hands-on support and with a professional specialism in phonics and early reading, the teaching staff are quick to put her skills to good use!

In Kelly’s own words: “My children are pupils at St John’s and I feel invested in the school community. As a governor, I am able to apply my skills and experience to support the school in becoming the best that it can be, ensuring that we encourage every child to have high aspirations.”

Nikki Short – Staff Governor

Nikki joined the governing board of St John’s in 2018 and she brings with her over twenty years’ experience as a primary school teacher, many of which have been spent in St John’s.

In 2015, Nikki became Deputy Head Teacher and with a particular interest in positive mental health and well-being within the school community, she currently leads on PSHE education (personal, social, health and economic).

In Nikki’s own words: “Every pupil at St John’s should have access to the best possible opportunities that help them grow and mature into happy, healthy and well-rounded individuals. I hope that my extensive classroom experience will assist the governing board in understanding the practicalities of implementing their decisions.”

Jane de Bude – Foundation Governor

Jane joined the St John’s governing board in 2013 and she is a member of the St John’s Church congregation. Both her children attended St John’s, although they have since moved on to secondary school.

Jane’s professional background is in the finance sector, specialising in providing advice and support to ethical and environmental organisations, including schools. Jane’s other charitable interests include supporting St Peter’s Hospice, where she volunteers in a local charity shop.

In Jane’s own words: “I became a governor to support my children’s school and St John’s Church. The teaching staff work incredibly hard to educate and inspire the children and I enjoy making a contribution to help create and maintain a stimulating and productive learning environment.”

Elyse Wilson-Frier – Foundation Governor

Elyse joined the St John’s board of governors in 2018. Not only is her daughter a current pupil, Elyse is also a member of the St John’s Church congregation and she welcomes the opportunity to help ensure that the Christian character and ethos of the school are present in many aspects of school life.

As a business information manager for an international software company, Elyse’s expertise in analysing data and helping to identify solutions, is an asset to the board.

In Elyse’s own words: “It is our responsibility to ensure that St John’s maintains high standards in both teaching and learning and that pupils not only enjoy their time in primary school, but that they have access to a high-quality education.”

Heather Brice – Foundation Governor

Heather has been connected to St John’s for many years – as a pupil, parent, teacher and since 2014, a governor. Heather has been a member of the St John’s Church congregation for over 30 years and she is particularly interested in strengthening the links between the school and the church to ensure that the church continues to provide valuable support to the school community.

As a retired teacher of primary and secondary education, Heather has a deep understanding of the board’s responsibilities in providing both support and challenge to the school’s senior leadership team.

In Heather’s own words: “The pupils of St John’s are at the heart of everything we do as a governing board and I am thankful for the opportunity to help ensure that the school continues to flourish so that the children thrive during their time at St John’s and beyond.”

Caroline Chambers – Parent Governor

Caroline joined the governing board in 2018 and has two children studying at St John’s. She became a governor to help ensure that St John’s provides a strong educational foundation for its pupils so that all children develop a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.

As the communications director for a Bristol-based multi-academy trust, Caroline applies her experience to help maintain the school’s vibrant, well-regarded identity and strengthen connections with the wider St John’s community.

In Caroline’s own words: “We all want our children to be happy in school, to make lasting friendships and to have brilliant teachers who inspire every pupil to aim high and make the most of every opportunity. As a parent governor, my aim is to help ensure that St John’s provides the best possible environment for both teaching and learning.”

Ian Doswell – Headteacher

Ian is appointed in his role as Headteacher.