Our Governance at St John of Jerusalem Primary School 

The task of the Governing Body of St John of Jerusalem Church of England Primary School is to ensure that every child in the school gets the best possible education.

We do this by concentrating on three core functions:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Our school is a 'Voluntary Aided' school which means that the Governing Body also acts as the employer of the staff and is responsible for school admissions.

The Foundation Governors of the school have a specific role in preserving and developing the Christian ethos of the school.

The maximum number of governors on the Governing Body has been set at twelve:


Two Parent Governors  Uche Duru & John Oniginde
One Local Authority Governor  Rebecca Lloyd (Vice Chair)
One Headteacher  Asarena Simon 
One Staff Governor Rene Africa
Seven Foundation Governors 
Two appointed by the 'London Diocesan Board for Schools'
Niul Dillon-Hatcher
Grace Blaiklock
Two appointed by the 'Parochial Church Council' of St John of Jerusalem Church, South Hackney
John Alty
Alister Bould
Two appointed by the Church of England 'Hackney Deanery Synod'
Yvonne Turner
Jean-Michel Garcia-Alvarez
The Rector of St John of Jerusalem Church, South Hackney is an ex-officio governor
The Revd Andrew Wilson (Chair)
 Further Information about the Governing Body:

To find out how the Governing Body is structured (who appoints our governors, their term of office) and each governor's attendance record, please click here:

To learn about which governor serves on which Governing Body committee, please click here:

To see a list of governors' relevant business and pecuniary interests, please click here:

To read our Governor Code of Conduct, please click here:
See below for the Terms of Reference of each of the 3 committees that support the work of the Governing Body:
To read our Governor Objectives for the current academic year, please click here:
A Selection of Governor Biographies:
Alister Bould, Foundation PCC Governor & Chair of Governors
I work for a charity that builds links between schools and the world of work. I passionately believe that all children should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential. In my previous job as a lawyer at a city firm I established a successful literacy and numeracy mentoring scheme at the school. I have served as a governor at a secondary school in Leeds and I have over 20 years experience of operating in a commercial environment. In my spare time I try to keep fit and I am a qualified skydiver and pilot.

Rebecca Lloyd, Local Authority Governor, Vice Chair & Chair of the Resources Committee

I am a Chartered Accountant with a degree in Engineering and I worked in Swansea, Amsterdam and Hamburg before settling in Hackney in 2012. I was previously a governor in a large comprehensive school in Swansea which I was not able to continue due to living and working abroad for a number of years. My hobbies are varied and include reading, knitting, good restaurants and travel.

Niul Dillon Hatcher, 'London Diocesan Board for Schools' Foundation Governor

I have lived in the area since 1987. I have three children, two at (the same) university and a third nearly there.  I am a lawyer and have been a primary school governor in Hackney for about 15 years, joining St John’s in 2013.  Family, music, books, cycles and community involvement fill my spare time.

The Revd Andrew Wilson, ex-officio Foundation Governor

I am the Rector of St John of Jerusalem Church. I am married to Estelle and we have two children in the school. I have worked in East London in different parishes since 1994. First of all in Forest Gate in Newham. Then in Poplar in Tower Hamlets (where I was Vice Chair of Governors at Culloden Primary School). I moved to South Hackney in January 2009.  My first degree was in History, I then did a Theology degree and later a Master's degree, also in Theology. I am passionate about providing the best possible educational opportunities for all the children of our school.

 Yvonne Turner, 'Hackney Deanery Synod' Foundation Governor
I work for the local Hackney borough in the HR team, supporting education services. So I help Headteachers run their schools better when it comes to staffing issues. I have been working in HR for over 20 years; 10 years in my current role in Hackney. My aim is to bring my HR experience and support the school with its Governance. I volunteer at my local church, am a real foodie, keep fit and love to travel.

John Alty, Foundation PCC Governor, Chair of the Standards, Teaching & Learning Committee

I am a member of St John's church, where I coordinate the Junior church. My wife Jane and I have four children, now grown up. I work as a civil servant in the Business Department. I try to bring my experience of governance from my job, where I have been a member of different boards, to my role as a governor. In my spare time I follow football and try to keep myself moderately fit at the gym.

John Onigbinde, Parent Governor

I am a qualified accountant and have worked in the public sector, and most recently in private practice with a family firm of chartered accountants as an audit manager for over 15 years. I live in Islington with my wife and two children who both attend the school. My hobbies include reading, jazz, photography and art.

Uche Duru, Parent Governor
I have lived in Hackney on and off for the last 18 years, I am married and have three children two of whom currently attend St John of Jerusalem CofE school. I studied Business Management and IT, however  currently I work for London Underground as a Duty Manager. 
My aim is to bring my experience and background to support and bolster the extraordinary work that the Governors currently do and in the process learn and develop myself. I am a huge Chelsea Football Club fan as well as a deep lover of soul, R&B and Afro-beat music, I also love to sing.