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 2017. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Seema Jandu-Nongbet

I'm a married mum of one son who attends St Johns and recently joined as a Parent Governor. Moved to Caterham 10years ago but born in Whyteleafe so not moved far. Currently work full time as a Project Manager for Governments Covid Response and brings a wealth of Project and Programme Management experience from both private and public sectors.   

 Professor Christopher Warwick

Chris worked as a GP in Caterham between 1999 and 2016, having lived in the town since 2003. He now works as the Primary Care Dean for the NHS South East region, and is responsible for the education and training of the entire primary care workforce across Kent, Surrey & Sussex. His children love being at St Johns, and he brings expertise in educational governance and regulation, as well as strategic leadership in public service. He takes a leading role helping the school support pupils who qualify for pupil premium funding. 

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.


Paul Cypher (Parent Governor)

Paul has lived locally for 6 years and is a parent governor.  He has 18 years of experience in public sector and not for profit work and is skilled in dealing with complex legal, risk and governance issues.  He is keen on finding practical and pragmatic solutions to challenging problems.


 Andy Holland (Associate 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.