St John's C of E Primary School

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.

Margaret Rook (staff Governor)

Sarah Griffiths

I’m a mum of 3 children and live in the local area. As Deputy Head and Maths teacher of a local senior school I have knowledge and experience in safeguarding, pastoral care, PSHE and Mathematics.

 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. 

Rose moorvan

Emerging from a family of educators, Rose is very passionate about education being ‘the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Rose welcomes the opportunity to offer her skills and experience to support the Governing Body to make St John’s an inclusive community where all children thrive. Having been in the education sector for over 20 years, Rose has worked both in the state and independent sector; bringing a wealth of experience with the various aspects of school life. 

Rose has a daughter and son at St John’s and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, reading and if time allows calligraphy and running. 

Jennifer St.Martin

Georgina Robinson

Georgina moved to Caterham in 2013 and has two sons who attend St John's.
She works as an Account Executive for an International Wholesale broker in London. Georgina brings strategic management and risk identification expertise to the role of parent governor. She is also a campaigner for diversity and inclusion within the Insurance industry and is passionate about ensuring education is accessible to and inclusive of all children.

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.