The Federation of St John’s and St Paul’s (Whitechapel) Schools Governing Body

The school is governed by a body of 14 governors, some of whom are elected and others appointed. The Governing Body has a significant role in making strategic decisions, particularly on finance, and in holding the school to account through its challenge to the Executive Headteacher. The governing body usually meets four times a year. Its members at the start of the current school year are:


Nicola Thomas  Foundation: London Diocesan Board For Schools
Robin Precey Chair - Federation: London Diocesan Board For Schools
Rev Alan Green Foundation
Mr Giles Smith Foundation - London Diocesan Board For Schools
Mr Mark Campbell Deanery Governor
Mr Anthony Cameron Local Authority Governor
Rev Richard Springer Vice Chair Foundation
Ms Rowena Dooley Foundation
Mr Mahmud Ahmed Parent Governor
Senait Yetbarek Parent Governor
Nathaniel Darling Foundation - PCC
Bal Jheeta Staff Governor
Tina Grundy Co-Opted Staff Governor


The Executive head also attend meetings of the governing body and committees.


Committees and working groups

The governing body has the following committees and working groups:


Finance, Personnel & Premises
Giles Smith (Chair) Anthony Cameron Robin Precey
Nicholas Thomas Mark Campbell Tina Grundy
Bal Jheeta Nathaniel Darling Darren Rubin
Advised by Leigh Lawton (SBM) /Robert Ashdown (Bursar)


Pupil & Curriculum
Fr Richard Springer (Chair) Rowena Dooley Robin Precey
    Darren Rubin


Admissions St John’s
Fr Alan Green (Chair) Darren Rubin
Mark Campbell Rowena Dooley


Admissions St Paul’s
Fr Richard Springer (Chair) Darren Rubin
Mark Campbell Rowena Dooley


Appeals, Discipline, Complaints etc.
To be drawn from a pool of any eligible governors.


Performance Management
Robin Precey Richard Springer


The instrument of government

Any correspondence to a governor should be addressed c/o the School and will be passed on.

Governing Body Responsibilities

The Governors are responsible for the School and all that happens in it. They entrust the day to day running of the School to the Headteacher and staff.


The Governors are responsible for:

  • the maintenance of the building,
  • the school finances, they decide how the school budget is spent,
  • how the school is run,
  • the delivery of the National Curriculum,
  • the standard of behaviour in the school,
  • interviewing and selecting staff.

The Governing Body has legal duties, powers and responsibilities, which it must carry out. It can only act and make decisions as a body and not as individuals. The full Governing Body has at least one but usually two meetings each term. There is also the annual report to parents during the Autumn Term.