We are very lucky to have a highly effective, skilled and supportive Academy Council. They ensure that leaders in the school ensure a school with high academic standards through an effective broad balanced Catholic education.
Our governors are active in the life of the school. They undertake regular visits, monitor the impact of the school developments and help drive the strategic direction of St John's.
St John the Baptist Academy Council
Mr Carmen Pearce Foundation Governor / Chair of Academy Council
Mr Matthew Harris Foundation Governor / Vice Chair of Academy Council
Mr John Burton Foundation Governor
Mrs Gemma Farnsworth Foundation Governor
Mr Paul Hogan Foundation Governor
Mr Andrew Holland Parent Governor
Miss Charlotte James Staff Governor
Mr Kieron Flood Executive Head Teacher
Mrs Lesley Warters Head of School / Associate
Please see our pen portraits below to find out a bit more about each one of us.
Mr John Burton
Both my children attended St John's and my grandson is currently a pupil. I started volunteering at St John's following my retirement, helping children with their reading in year 2 and gardening club. I was made a foundation governor in 2015, with special responsibilities for attendance and health and safety. Prior to my retirement I was a Head of Service in local government with a staff of 90 engineers, technicians and admin staff. Professionally I was a chartered civil engineer with a degree in civil engineering and a masters degree in transportation.
Mrs Carmen Pearce
Family is at the heart of all that I do and along with my husband of 25 years, I have raised four amazing children, aged 23, 20, 16 and 10. Both the younger children attend BKCAT schools and I believe passionately about the benefits of Catholic education. Along with my sister and her family we still enjoy holidays with our parents, aunts and uncles, two or three times a year. It is no mean feat finding a campsite, with electric hook up for 5 or 6 tents!
I am an active member of the parish at St. John’s where I lead the first Holy Communion Programme, the Baptism preparation course and am also a Eucharistic minister.
I worked happily as a Nursery Nurse at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Castleford for 25 years, a role I thoroughly enjoyed and found very rewarding. In December 2016 I took up a new position as Lay Chaplain at St. Wilfrid’s Catholic High School. It is a very different role but being able to live out and share my faith on a daily basis is a privilege.
In addition, I work in a voluntary capacity as the Chair of Academy Council at St. John the Baptist Catholic Primary School. This role has provided excellent opportunities for professional development and been invaluable in increasing my experience and knowledge of leading a team with the aim of providing a safe, nurturing school environment where children can flourish and reach their full potential.
Whilst successfully balancing all of these roles, I also studied for and, in 2014, gained a 2:1 degree in Supporting Young People, Children and Families at Leeds Trinity University. This has given me the opportunity to use the skills and knowledge I have gained in my new position at St Wilfrid’s.
Miss Charlotte James
I have now been a full time member of staff at St John’s for five years and in this time I have got to know the school’s ethos, the children, parents, staff and wider community. I decided to join the Academy Council as the Staff Governor so I could ensure that St John’s continues to make the best decisions for our children and their education.
During my time teaching at St John’s I have been fortunate enough to teach in Year 1 and Year 2 which has allowed me to more recently take on the role of Key Stage 1 Leader. In this senior role I ensure children in Key Stage 1 get the best possible start to their education and best outcomes in their Year 1 Phonics Screening Check and Year 2 Statutory Assessments.
I have also taken on the role of PE Coordinator for St John’s over the past four years and regularly update the Academy Council members of our current spending plans and successes. I attend many events with children from all ages throughout the year and enjoy this active role.
Before starting at St John’s in 2014 I completed a 3 year honours degree in Primary Education at Cumbria University and gained a 2:1 with a specialist in the teaching of English. During my time at University I worked in an Early Years Nursery and gained great experience working with young children.
I am very passionate about the quality of teaching and learning throughout our school, as well as ensuring our children receive a broad and balanced education. I hope that through my role on the Senior Leadership Team and on the Academy Council I can continue to ensure our standards remain high and the children remain at the heart of our decisions.
Mr Andrew Holland
I was delighted to have been selected as a Parent Governor for St. John the Baptist school in late 2018.
I am a father of two daughters:- One who is 7 years of age and attends St John's. & my other who is 18 months old.
My work experience Is varied and includes Banking and a role as a PC in the Metropolitan Police, London. I presently work for Asda distribution.
Through my role as Governor, I hope to help the school provide an outstanding Catholic Education and form good relations between parents and school.
I am the governor delegated to responsibility for SEND children. A role that I look forward to learning more about.
Mr Paul Hogan
A married father for 32 years with 3 adult children all of which benefited from a great education at St John's and St Wilfrid's. We now have a granddaughter currently starting and enjoying her educational journey at St John's.
I consider myself to be an enthusiastic, versatile, committed, influential and passionate business leader with a post graduate diploma in Business and Management and over 30 years Financial Services experience working with one of the UK's largest bank.
As I approach retirement I wanted to utilise my skills and breadth of experience to the benefit of those who have played their part in the development and nurturing of my own family in whatever small way I can.
Mr Matthew Harris
As a past pupil and parishioner of St John the Baptist parish, I have a strong sense of pride in our parish and it’s school community. I have been a foundation governor since 2012 as well as being the Vice Chair of the Academy Council the past three years. Holding a degree in Primary Education, I currently work as a Deputy Head Teacher at another BKCAT school giving me a firm insight into the operational running of a school.