Sister Julie Rose
Sister Julie is a sister in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She is executive principal of both St John’s and Pield Heath Schools and had previously served for many years as a trustee of the congregation. She works closely with the school’s headteacher and senior leadership team to set the strategic direction of the school. Particular responsibilities have included supporting the school in personnel issues, budget and finance, and in working closely with the head in developing the monitoring role of the governors. She has worked with other governors in the performance management of the head teacher.
Father Bob Hamill
Father Bob Hamill is our long standing chair of governors who has served the school and its pupils for many years. He is a parish priest in East Ham, East London and has particular responsibility within the Diocese of Brentwood for those with special needs and disabilities. He leads trips and pilgrimages, including to Lourdes, for adults with learning disabilities, many of whom are former pupils. Hugely energetic and charismatic, Fr Bob is a Welshman and lifelong Rugby supporter, as well as a talented singer and signer. He celebrated 40 years as an ordained priest last year. Fr Bob is also our school chaplain, and has brought many of our young people to a deeper relationship with God, including through the liturgy. In his role as Chair, Fr Bob has provided support and guidance to the school. He has carried out a wide range of duties, including in terms of personnel, and finance, and health and safety.
Councillor Joyce Ryan
Joyce has been a governor at St Johns for many and this year marks her 25th year of service for the residents of Redbridge and Fairlop Ward. Over the years Joyce has served on numerous committees and has held senior positions on them. She was proud to serve the borough as Deputy Mayor in 2004/5 and Mayor in 2007/8. As a primary teacher Joyce has a good knowledge and keen interest in education. She has a particular interest and love of the Arts, Culture and Heritage and is mindful of the importance of them in enriching people’s lives.
Joyce is Vice Chairman of the Kenneth More Theatre Board. She is a trustee of both London Sport, the Mayor of London’s committee for sport in London and Redbridge Sport & Leisure. Joyce is dedicated and committed to any role or organisation that she is involved with and always aims to do her best to further their aims or objectives. She enjoys visiting National Trust or English Heritage sites and visiting and working at bazaars or fetes.
In her service as a governor at St John’s, Joyce provides rigour and challenge and is uncompromising in her high expectations. She serves as governor with particular responsibility for literacy, and has carried out duties to do with personnel and discipline and finance. Her knowledge of local government has been invaluable in securing the best outcomes for our young people.
Mrs Margaret Atwood
Margaret is our parent governor and mother.
“After visiting St John’s, for the first time as a prospective parent, I was so impressed by the caring, family atmosphere that I knew that I wanted my youngest son to come here. After an exhausting, year long, battle Ian finally arrived at the school. Four years later I can say that our expectations have been more than met. Ian has improved from the little boy who was locked in his own world and following his own agenda to one who wants to take part in everything that is going on. The biggest thrill for me is to hear him talking and reading as he was virtually non-verbal when he arrived. We will be forever grateful to St John’s for being willing to take on our son and move him out of his world of silence and frustration into one where he can learn and express himself. St John’s provides a safe, caring environment where everyone is valued and encouraged to do their best.
Recently I became a governor at the school in the hope that I can give back something of what St John’s has given to Ian and our family.”
Margaret has given much to the school including contributing to joint training with the St John’s speech and language therapy team at Guy’s Hospital Dental School. She is immensely kind and supportive to other parents.
She has particular responsibility for Numeracy. She contributes to school development, including the recent APTGO self-evaluation process and the co- production of the SEN information report. She believes strongly in the value of additional therapies including occupational therapy and supported communication.
is our non-teaching staff governor and will be well known to many of you from her multitude of front of house roles including admissions officer:
“I am married with four young adult children, one of whom has Autism. I have worked for St. John’s for the last 12 years, and seen many changes, including the complexity of our students. However, all our young people’s needs are met, as well as extending this to St. John’s parent/carers.
St. John’s is an environment where young people are encouraged to do their best and develop into young adults, achieving their full potential.
Every young person at St. John’s is treated as an individual, and taught to grow academically, socially and emotionally in a caring way, thus bringing out their individual strengths. I believe the school should continue to train staff to the highest level, in order to provide the very best for our young people. We should also look at ways of improving classrooms to encompass the needs of pupils, and provide equipment to enhance our pupils’ learning; at innovative ways of learning, whether that be with tablets, or other learning aids which may be appropriate”. Martena has contributed much already in her short time as governor including in school self-assessment. She also has worked with a range of external individuals and agencies to raise vital funds for the school.
Rosemary D’Orsi is our teaching staff governor. She is head of literacy in the school and is currently a tutor in the 6th Form. Recently Rosemary has undertaken an extensive programme of continuous professional development, including gaining a post graduate diploma in SEN, achieving the National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership. She has now embarked on a Masters in Action Research, and is looking at innovative ways to develop communication through music.
Dr Sol Tranmer
Sol has served the school for many years as a governor. She is a former GP. Sol has over the years raised thousands of pounds for the school, including through making and selling her delicious jams and chutneys at our fetes and school events. She continues as a volunteer in classes, joining in with all activities with enthusiasm and engagement, even performing onstage at our Christmas Concert. Sol sits on the Curriculum committee, supporting us in reviewing policies and practice and contributes much to governors’ meetings with her wisdom and wit.
Sister Bernadette Ward
Sister Bernadette Ward has returned to St John’s in the capacity of foundation governor. She has spent many years in education including at St John’s. She has worked in the school as a volunteer supporting the work of the RE department, and has lots of insight into the ways in which RE can be adapted for young people with learning difficulties, including through multisensory experiences. She was instrumental in introducing the Rainbows Bereavement programme into the schools in the Diocese. Sister Bernadette is a native Scotswoman and has many fond memories of the Glasgow of the past. Governors’ meetings are enhanced by her gentle and compassionate observations, and her focus on the young people and their families.
Teresa is a parent of a former student, Mark, who is now in his mid-twenties. She has retained her relationship with the school for many years. She serves diligently on a number of committees including Resources and is the Vice Chair. She can always be relied on for her meticulous attention to detail, and works closely with the Health and Safety lead to carry our regular checks and audits. In her capacity as governor, she has taken part in our open mornings, promoting the work of the school. She enjoys travelling and is always busy.
Marie leads and manages Harmony House, based in Dagenham which is a community interest project under the trusteeship of the Sisters Of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She has many years’ experience of the social care sector and local government and brings her knowledge and understanding to her role as governor. She contributes significantly to HR policy development, and has supported the school in developing the professionalism of staff. She carries out all of her duties with immense good humour and patience.