St John's C of E Primary School, Caterham

St Johns Caterham

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Who We Are and What We Do

You won't always find us in the playground but we live locally and are approachable.


Oliver Hanmer (Church Governor) – Chair of the Governors


Oliver moved to Caterham in 2014. He has a young son and belongs to St John’s church. He is a Director at the Bar Standards Board for Barristers. He brings a wealth of strategic insight and supports driving our action plans.


Kate Gordon (Church Governor) - Vice-Chair, Teaching and Learning and Pupil Outcomes Lead

I have lived in Caterham for 5 years and have been a governor at St John's since 2016. I am a secondary school teacher with over 15 years teaching experience and work in an outstanding comprehensive school in Bromley. I am passionate about creating independent, resilient & motivated learners who can use education to open up all opportunities available to them. I have two children, my son Ben is in Year 3 at St John's and a little girl called Imogen.


Robert Veale (Head Teacher - automatically becomes a Governor and sits on all the main committees)

Rob was appointed head teacher of St John's in April 2015 and secured the Ofsted grading of 'Good' in July 2016. He is passionate about innovative and creative learning and driven to ensure all pupils are challenged, make excellent progress and grow as individuals and as part of a community. He encourages outdoor learning and leads on the development of forest schools and gardening.


 Revd Capt. Jerry Garton CA (Church Governor) – Faith Group Chair and lead on Church Distinctiveness

In 2000 Father Jerry moved to Caterham to become Vicar of St John’s Church. He became a Governor at the same time as the Vicar of St. John’s is automatically on the Governing Body. He ensures we include our faith.


Andy Holland (Parent Governor) - Premises, Health & Safety

Andy moved to Caterham in 1992 and has 2 children at St Johns. He has worked in IT for most of his career. Amongst other things he has worked as a lighting designer providing lighting for stage shows, live music events etc., which he still does from time to time. He is also Chairman and Technical Director of a Stage School.



Lucy Hubery (Parent Governor) – Safeguarding Governor and Early Years Lead

Lucy has lived all her life in Caterham, has two daughters at the school and worships at St. John’s Church. She is currently working freelance for education magazines whilst taking a short career break from secondary school teaching.


Mandy Settle (Parent Governor) – Finance Lead

Mandy has two children who attend St John's, having also attended the school herself. She is a Chartered Accountant who works with a wide variety of clients and industries, both in audit and corporate tax.



Jackie Thompson


I have lived in Caterham for 15 years. I am a HR Director with over 20 years experience. Prior to joining St John's I completed a 4 year governorship at another local school. Both my children have attended St John's, when I was looking at new volunteering opportunities I thought it would be a great opportunity to use my skills and experience to support the children, the school and the local community.


Annette Armitage (Staff Governor)

I have worked at St John's as a member of the support staff since the year 2000, when both my now grownup children attended the school. 

My role has developed significantly over time, from initially handing out the crayons and washing the paint pots as a classroom assistant, to the Lead Learning Support Assistant role I haven undertaken for the last few years, which includes supporting the children with their in-class learning, running group intervention programmes and providing teaching cover for class teachers.

Watching so many children develop and grow in so many ways during their time at St John's, due to the dedication and hard work of all the staff, is still hugely rewarding.


Denise Birkett (Foundation Governor)

I have more than 40 years experience ranging from primary to adult education, this includes 16 years as a primary school headteacher.

Currently, I work part-time as an associate/ facilitator for the Institute of Education on leadership programmes.

All children deserve to be offered a wide curriculum that enables them to develop an enthusiasm for learning, discover their strengths and enable them to make a positive contribution to the world. As school governors we have a responsibility to ensure that we offer every opportunity within our means to achieve this.


Angela Stone (Clerk to the Governors)

Angela is professional clerk working with schools in Surrey and Kent. Her role is independent to ensure the Governing Body is well organised; to offer information and advice and to manage all the required paperwork.