Contacting the Governing Body
To contact a member of the Governing Body, please telephone or e-mail the School Office and ask for Mrs D'Urso who will pass on your details and requests.
School telephone number: 020 8 954 3978
School e-mail: email@example.com
The Reverend Matthew Stone (Chair)
Foundation Governor appointed by the LDBS
I was inducted as the new Rector of St John’s Great Stanmore in July 2014 after spending almost six years as Vicar of All Saints’ Queensbury. Before ordination I worked in retail banking and then as a manager with The Prince’s Trust. I am married to Rebekah, a teacher, and we have two children.
I am experienced school governor and was previously Chair of Governors at Stag Lane Schools.
I am also a member of the Governing Body at Whitchurch First School. I enjoy running and completed the London Marathon in 2013 in 3 hours and 44 minutes. I joined the Staffing Committee and will also have special monitoring responsibility for RE and Collective worship.
Mrs Jo Hester - Headteacher
I am the Headteacher of St John's Church of England School and a Governor. I have been at the school since September 2012 and was delighted to have been appointed to lead the school onwards and upwards. I have been teaching for 26 years and have been a Headteacher for the past 8 years. I am passionate about my job. It is great leading a team of dedicated and hard working staff in moving the school forward and I am very excited about what the future holds for St John's.
I sit on all committees of the governing body, with the exception of the admissions committee and at each main governing body meeting. I submit a detailed report on the progress of our pupils and other important aspects of school life, which governors are encouraged to question and challenge. I am a member of St Peter’s Church, West Harrow and take an active role in the worship and prayer ministry teams.
Mr Graham Denman
Foundation Governor appointed by the Deanery Synod
I have been a governor at St. John’s since 2002 when I was elected by Harrow Deanery Synod to the governing body of the old Middle School. I became chair of that body and also chaired the temporary governing body which oversaw the amalgamation of the First and Middle Schools into what is now St. John’s Church of England School. In recent years I have served on the admissions committee. I have been heavily involved in education, as a governor and in other capacities.
Elsewhere, I am a governor of a school in South Oxhey where I am chair of the finance committee. I am also chair of a charity supporting a girl’s school in Edgware. I was a Churchwarden at St.John’s Church until April 2015. As you can imagine, that collection of responsibilities kept me quite busy! I like to pursue my interests of hill walking in the summer and skiing in the winter. I am married with two daughters.
Mr Paul Harris
Foundation Governor appointed by St John's Church PCC
I have three sons, the youngest of whom, Nathan, is in Year Two at St John's School. I am at school most days either picking up or dropping off.
As an active member of PFA, and now also as Governor, I would like to encourage more parents/carers to become involved in the St John's 'community'.
I live locally and attend St John's Church on a regular basis. I am originally from Paddington and my family Church there is St Mary's, Paddington Green. I have lived in Harrow for 25 years.
I work as a uniformed police officer in Harlesden dealing with challenging and often confrontational situations. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Police Service I worked as Black Cab driver in London. I continue to drive a Cab from time to time.
I hope to provide a link between the parents I see daily, the school, the PFA and St John's Church. Please come and say 'Hello' to me when you see me at the school.
I was elected as Foundation Governor in April 2015 for a term of four years.
Mr Andrew Morgan
Foundation Governor appointed by the LDBS - Chair of Finance Committee
I have been on the Governing Body of St John’s since 1999 and this is my fourth term as a Governor. I have three daughters who have all been to St Johns; Isobel is currently at secondary school and the older two are both at University.
I am a Senior Manager with Lloyds Bank specialising in property investment and development and have worked for them for the past 34 years.
In my spare time I do a lot of cycling and each year I take part in the London to Paris cycle ride for charity and so far have completed this on 5 occasions. I also enjoy watching my local team, Stevenage, in League 1.
I am Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee and also the Treasurer to the Governing Body since 1999.
Ms Karen Omisore
Foundation Governor appointed by St John’s Church PCC - Chair of the Admissions Committee
Having spent my teenage years living in Stanmore, I decided to move back following the birth of my eldest daughter. I have always had a strong link with Stanmore and in particular St. Johns school as two of my younger siblings attended the school, as well as my eldest daughter and now my youngest daughter. We also attend St Johns Church and have been worshipping here since 2003
During the day I work as a Senior Manager for the Open University based in London, and in my spare time in addition to raising a family and running our home, I am also a student studying for an MSc in Systems Thinking.
This is my first term as a Governor, and I will serve on the Finance and Premises committee.
Mrs Clare Metcalfe
Foundation Parent Governor
I grew up near Oxford, where I also went to University and completed a doctorate in psychology. I moved to the area in 2002 when I married my husband who teaches at Harrow School. We met at church in Oxford, and now attend Emmanuel Church Northwood.
After completing my doctorate I trained as a primary teacher and spent five years teaching at an Ealing primary school, during which time I also completed a Masters in Education.
I am now on a break from teaching as I am at home with our three young children, the eldest of whom is in Year 3 at St John’s. I am therefore immersed in the practicalities of school from a parent’s point of view, but also relish the opportunity to engage in the academic side of teaching and learning through serving as a governor. As a mother of three small children ‘spare time’ is a distant memory at the moment, but given the chance I would play hockey, sail, and take photographs.
I am part of the Standards and Achievements committee, with a particular role in monitoring standards in Maths.
Mrs Kay Kyriacos
Local Authority Governor
My husband and I moved to Kenton 42 years ago and raised our family who all live locally.
I worked in the NHS for 26 years and retired just over two years ago. My last job was at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital as Manager for Outpatients Centralised Booking Unit.
I feel privileged to be asked to be a Governor for St John's as both my grandsons were, and one is, still a pupil. I am very much in favour of the ethos of St John's and as a family we regularly attend the beautiful Greek Orthodox Church in Kenton.
I will be involved in monitoring provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs as I worked with Special Needs children at St Mary's in Paddington for five years, and will be a member of the Standards and Achievements committee.
Elected Parent Governor
I work for a law firm in Watford helping to resolve my clients’ financial services issues. Prior to this, I have spent 15 years in various banking and financial services organisations; and ran my own catering and consultancy business for 5 years.
I am married to Anna and we have 3 children, all currently at St John's School. We are active members of Soul Survivor Church, Watford, serving on the Soul Kidz and Prayer Ministry Teams and have just started a new cell group in the Cassiobury area.
The whole family have a love of music and the children are also part of the orchestras of Harrow Young Musicians. I also serve on their committee to help with publicity and fund raising.
After teaching the children to swim last year, I set myself the challenge of completing a Channel Swim, raising funds for the Aspire Charity, the Spinal Injury Unit of North London Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.
I am a member of the Finance & Premises Committee, but also take an interest in the School's mathematics and science curriculum to assist the Standards & Achievements Committee where I can.
Mrs Rachel Lacey
I am one of the Staff Governors and am currently a Teaching Assistant in Year 5. Included in my role, is working with small groups of children who require some extra support with their maths. Music is another interest of mine and I help to run the weekly orchestra during assembly, the after school Orchestra Club and other music events across the school.
I am married to Jon and have two boys who have spent many happy years at St. Johns. We regularly attend a church in Hendon and help to run their Youth Clubs.
At present I am serving on the Committee for Admissions.
MS ABIGAIL MIRANDA
I joined as a foundation governor in July 2016 and was appointed by the London Diocesan Board for Schools. I am a member of the Standards and Achievement Committee and the Pay and Review Committee and I am the lead governor for Early Years.
I work for the London Borough of Harrow as an Educational Psychologist (EP) within the Early Years team. Prior to qualifying as an EP, I have worked in a Youth Offending Service, a secondary school and a Social Services department. I am passionate about ensuring positive outcomes for all, especially vulnerable children and families.
I have two children aged 3 and 5, so my free time is their time! When I do have some spare time I enjoy curling up with a book. I worship at Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury church in Harrow, and I very much wanted to be a part of a faith school due to my own faith. I am honoured to be a governor at St John’s and thank everyone for making me feel welcome so far and hope to provide positive input during my time at the school.
Mr Richard Harvey
I grew up in Surrey but went to school not a million miles from St John’s – Aldenham. I then studied a Theology degree at Durham and did my PGCE at Cambridge before starting my teaching career at an independent school in South Croydon. For the past twelve years I have been teaching at Harrow School and have been Head of Theology & Philosophy for the past five.
I have two young boys and so am very keen to be involved in all aspects of primary education but I hope to be of most help with RE and Collective Worship. I am incredibly honoured to be a Governor at St John’s and my initial contact with everyone at the school has been incredibly positive.
Given the above, free time is a rare commodity but I do occasionally manage to play the odd game of hockey and squeeze in a round of golf now and again.
I have 2 children at St Johns, in year 6 and year 1. I have previously been involved with the PFA, where I held the position of Chair for 2 years. My professional background is in financial services and during many years in this sector I assisted numerous individuals and corporate organisations. I now run my own business supporting small to medium sized companies with planning, strategy, development and communication. I am a regular worshipper at All Saints Harrow Weald, where I am also a member of the PCC. With regard to the Governing Body, I am a member of the Finance and Premises Committee.
Foundation Governor appointed by the LDBS.
I have recently taken early retirement from a Primary school in Harrow, where I was Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for Inclusion. I was also staff representative on the Governing Body there for 9 years.
I have always lived in Harrow and was educated in the borough. I studied English and Education at Cardiff University , did my P.G.C.E. in Cambridge and studied for my Masters Degree in London.
I am married with a daughter and a son and St. John’s, Stanmore has always been our family church, playing a central role in our lives.
My hobbies include Yoga, Pilates, Swimming, Bell-ringing and Narrow-boating.
As a governor at St. John’s, I am a member of the Standards and Achievements Committee and the Staffing Committee.