Governors at St John’s have always played an active and supportive role in the life of the school. Now St John’s is part of a multi academy trust: Bedford Inclusive Learning and Training Trust (BILTT) we have a Local Advisory Board (LAB) which reports to the BILTT Board of Trustees.

Our Board Members:

  • Help to shape the vision and direction of the school
  • Ensure that the school fulfils its statutory duties
  • Work with the school to ensure that it delivers good quality education
  • Monitor and review all school policies, procedures and practice in order to secure the educational and social well-being of all pupils;
  • Monitor how effectively the school budget, resources and accommodation secure outstanding teaching and learning.

Board members have duties under company law and our multi academy trust funding agreement. Boards also operate within charity law and regulations.

A message from our new LAB chair:

Dear Families and Friends.

On behalf of the Local Advisory Board (LAB), thank you for your continued support of St John’s Special School and College (SJSSC).

The LAB provides strategic leadership and holds the Head of School accountable for sound educational and financial performance, including the development, safeguarding and well-being of our children and staff.  Our governance activities include ensuring implementation and adherence to school policies, reviewing budgetary progress, monitoring and evaluating staffing needs, and asking challenging questions of the Leadership Team on an array of topics.  Our role also includes engaging with the school’s stakeholders such pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community regarding achievements, as well as short and long-term goals.

Our LAB members include staff, parent and co-opted governors who possess a wide range of expertise in education and other business sectors.  I am a proud native of Bedford, and have served in a number of leadership roles in people and compliance management within the retail banking sector.  I am honored and delighted to be associated with SJSSC and serve in this important capacity.

The school’s vision of Achieving Together underpins the continued success of SJSSC, ensuring our children are provided with the education they deserve.  Feel free to contact me with any questions, feedback or concerns you may have.

Kindest regards,

Deborah O’Connor
Chair, Local Advisory Board
St John’s School & College
Austin Canons, off Bedford Road
Kempston, MK42 8AA.

Email: deborah.o’

Pecuniary Interest of the Governors as declared for academic year 2018-19:

List of governors:

BILTT Scheme of Delegation