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Our Governors

Our Local Governing Body

John Keats Primary and Nursery School is operated by the Communitas Education Trust. John Keats own Local Governing Body is responsible to the Trust for the strategic direction of the school.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

The majority of these functions are managed through the three committees:

  • Operations & Staffing: responsible for finance, premises and staffing
  • Curriculum: responsible for teaching and learning
  • Performance & Standards: responsible for monitoring progress and attainment

The school’s full Local Governing Body meets once a term to monitor the impact of the committees and the delivery of the School Development Plan.

In addition to the committees, each governor has a link role for a specific area of the school. Link governors are responsible for reviewing their specific areas of the school’s work and reporting back to the committees or full Local Governing Body.

You can contact any of the John Keats Primary and Nursery School Governors via the Chair of Governors. You can do this by email to or by letter to the school office for the attention of: Maurice East - Chair of Governors.


Members of the Governing body

Maurice East - Chair of Governors

Appointed by:

Date of Appointment: 01/09/2019

Term of office: 01/09/2019 to 10/12/2020

Business interests declared: None

Andrew Dick - Vice Chair

Appointed by:

Date of appointment: 01/09/2019

Term of office: 01/09/2019 to 15/10/2023

Business interests declared: None

Leonidas Leivadiotis- Parent Governor

Appointed by:

Date of appointment: 01/09/2019

Term of office: 01/09/2019 to 01/10/2019

Business interests declared: None

Cindy McDonald- Support Staff Governor

Cindy is the Pastoral Director for the Communitas Education Trust and has been working within this role for the past seven years.  She enjoys long walks and spending time with her family.

Appointed by: Support Staff Governor

Date of appointment: 01/09/2019

Term of office: 01/09/2019 to 01/09/2022

Business interests declared: None

 Nyrissa Barnes - Teacher Governor


Nyrissa is currently a Teacher at John Keats and also head of Early Years at the school.

Appointed by: Staff Governor

Date of appointment: 01/09/2021

Term of office: 01/09/2021 to 02/09/2022

Business interests declared: None

Matt Rose - Headteacher

Matt is the Headteacher at John Keats. He has been teaching in Primary schools for sixteen years.  He enjoys sports and travelling in his spare time.

Appointed by: Ex-Officio

Date of appointment: 01/09/2020

Term of office: 01/09/2020 to present

Business interests declared: None

Verna Brandford - Community Governor

Verna is an Education Lecturer in Languages.  She enjoys reading, cooking, films and travelling in her spare time.

Appointed by: Headteacher & Chair of Governors

Date of appointment: 2020

Term of office: 01/09/2019 to 20/07/2021

Business interests declared: None

Rekha Kaur - Parent Governor

Rekha is a mother of two children, who both attend John Keats Primary School. Has a parent governor, Rehka has a strong belief in giving all children maximum opportunities to discover their full potential through education.

Rekha's background is in Pharmacy and healthcare and is a registered member of the General Pharmaceutical Council.

 Appointed by: Headteacher & Chair of Governors

Date of appointment: 2021

Term of office: TBC

Business interests declared:None