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to contact any governor- please email the Clerk in the first instance or call the school office.


 c/o St John’s School Tel: (01305 785711)




Mrs V Sloan (Chair of Governors)

Classification: Foundation Governor 

Appointed : 1 July 2017

Term ends: 30 June 2025

Business interest: none


Being Chair of Governors of St John’s Primary School is a huge privilege and one I have enjoyed since we joined DSAT. I have a passion for education and believe that it is the right of every person to receive the best possible opportunities to learn throughout their lives. Building on that, I also firmly believe that an education rooted in faith and Christian values ensures that children are able to develop as well rounded individuals with solid foundations supporting them throughout their lives.


In my professional life I have been a teacher, an Inclusion Manager, a local authority Education Adviser and ran my own education consultancy providing training and working with schools across the West Country. I gave up my business when asked to become Interim Headteacher at a failing school and moved from there to the same role in another failing school.


I am a regular worshipper at a local church and also help to lead services for a growing congregation of young families.


Mr Alex Lark (Deputy Chair of Governors)

Classification: Parent Governor 

Appointed : 19 January 2021

Term ends: 18 January 2025

Business interests: none


I have spent my first year in the role undertaking training and being around the school to understand how I can best contribute to the role of parent governor during such a difficult period with COVID. My son is currently in year 2.


I have worked for the Ministry of Justice for 16 years, currently as a Project Manager in Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) Reform Programme; modernising court services, providing new, user-friendly digital services and improving efficiency.


I attend St Aldhelm’s Church, where my wife is the Children’s and Family Worker.


My son is extremely happy at St John’s and I have seen first-hand over the past 12 months the commitment from everyone in the school to provide our children with a high-quality education and ongoing improvement to the school.


Mrs J Brackenridge

Classification: Foundation Governor 

Appointed : 1 July 2017

Term ends: 30 June 2025

Business interests: none


I was brought up in Weymouth and have been back “home” since 1997. I am married to Iain and we have two sons, who are both former St John’s pupils. We think St John’s is a great school and particularly love the Christian ethos and family atmosphere. I have been a foundation governor since 2013. As a Christian and a parent, I felt that joining the governing body was a positive way to get involved in supporting the school.


I also work almost full-time at a local manufacturing company (ASM Assembly Systems) and am a member of St Aldhelm’s Church.


Reverend T Coopey

Classification: Foundation Governor 

Appointed :  1 July 2017

Term ends: 30 June 2025

Business interests; none


I am a Foundation Governor at St John’s Primary School in Weymouth, a member of the school Ethos Committee and Vicar of St John’s Church. The church and school have worked in close partnership over many years and part of my role is to encourage this partnership to thrive and develop. This involves regular leading of Collective Worship, helping with occasional RE lessons and welcoming the school community into the church at key points of the year. I also have the vantage point of being a parent of 4 children, all of whom have attended or currently attend St Johns.


Mr Paul Steeples

Classification: Foundation Governor 

Appointed : 10 August 2021

Term ends:   9 August  2025

Business interests: none


I have worked in various manufacturing companies in the local area and have held various management roles within those companies. As part of those roles, I have travelled extensively to manufacturing plants around the world. I was also Health & Safety Manager of a number of manufacturing plants across the UK and until retirement was a full member of The International Institute of Risk & Safety.



Mrs Nava Young

Classification: Foundation Governor 

Appointed : 20th October 2023

Term ends: 19th October 2027

Business interests: none




Miss |Alice Rist -  SENDCO/Teacher

Classification: Staff Governor

Appointed: 25 July 2023

Term ends: 24 July 2025

Business interests: none



Mrs A Aze Headteacher

Head teacher

Appointed:1 September 2013





Tracy Ruffle - c/o St John’s School Tel: (01305 785711)


to contact any governor- please email the Clerk in the first instance or call the school office.

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