St. Paul's School Governors come from all areas including: school staff, members of the Church, parents and the local community.
The Full Governing Body meet every half term.
We have 3 main committees that meet at least once every half term and more frequently if required:
- Learning & Teaching;
- Finance & Personnel;
- Health, Safety & Environment.
The Governing Body
Four Parent Governors
Annette Medhurst Val Robson Vacancy Vacancy
One Local Authority Governor
Penny Wallace - Chair
Four Co-opted Governors
Linda Edwards Stephen Howard Jane Light Vacancy
Three Foundation Governors
Richard Lamey - Vice-Chair Jan Norbury Vacancy
One Staff Governor
Governor Type: Co-opted
Committees: Finance & Personnel, Learning & Teaching
As well as being a Co-opted Governor, I am also a Y6 Teacher, Assessment Leader and the Deputy Head.
My Grandad and Dad influenced my decision to teach. They both loved learning and found joy in education. I also remember some inspirational teachers who helped me choose the path which has led me to where I am today.
I see learning as a lifelong pursuit. Being involved in the learning journey of the pupils of St Paul's, and of my own children, is exciting and stimulating!
The best thing about being a Governor is that I get to be part of decisions which help improve the overall success of our school.
Father Richard Lamey
Governor Type: Foundation
Committee (s): Learning & Teaching
Vice-chair of the full governing body, PP Governor and Y3 Link Governor
I am the Rector of St Paul's Church and therefore a Foundation Governor. I am also the Pupil Premium Governor, responsible for making sure that those children, in particular, are making all of the progress that they should be and are flourishing at school.
My three children all went to a neighbouring Junior school and are now at three different Secondary schools in the local area which gives me a lot of experience of local education establishments!
I was very happy at my Junior School. I remember huge competition between the classes on Times Tables afternoons. I was a prefect and remember learning loads of fascinating things about Romans.
The two best things about being a Governor are: getting to know the pupils and realising how individual, talented and eager to learn they are; and also being able to help the School make sure that the education St Paul's offers is the very best that it can be and as good as our pupils deserve.
Governor Type, Co-opted
Y3 Link Governor
Committees: Finance & Personnel
Health & Safety
As a Governor, I’m excited to help the staff and pupils of St Paul’s thrive and to support the continued success of the school. I decided to apply to become a Governor during lockdown – I want to play my part in helping all members of the school community, aware that the impact of the pandemic has been different for everyone and every child.
I enjoyed my time at primary school and benefitted from some excellent teachers. We moved home when I was seven and initially, I struggled to adjust to a new school. However, I was very happy by the time I left the school aged 11 and I look back on those times as some of the happiest of my childhood.
I loved school, especially maths, and as my Mum was a teacher, I thought I would like to be one too and spent lots of time 'teaching' my younger brother and my teddies and taking registers! I ended up spending the first part of my career working with data and numbers before changing career 10 years ago to achieve my ambition of working in a school as a business manager.
I am keen to offer my skills to a local Governing Body to continue to support a local school in providing a great all-round education for its children. St Pauls' core values resonate with me and I look forward to working with the school.
Governor Type: Foundation
Committee: Learning & Teaching
SEND Governor, Y6 Link Governor
As a retired teacher I hope to use my skills and experience to support the school in providing a loving, caring environment based on Christian principles for all its children.
As a child, I vividly remember the teachers who made me feel good about myself and made me want to learn. As a result, my professional career always centred on the needs of the individual child. St Pauls’ ethos chimes with my own ideas for educating children so I was pleased to accept the position of Foundation Governor.
It was a good decision: I am enjoying being part of an exciting and dynamic community, where pupils and staff are valued, where school life is fun.
Governor type : Staff
Committees : Learning and Teaching
I am lucky enough to be a Team Leader and Maths Subject Lead at St Pauls. I have always wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember- playing pretend teachers with my dollies as a young child!
On the whole, I enjoyed primary school- although I can definitely remember the teachers who made learning fun, and the lessons where I was disinterested and as a result got up to mischief! One of my fondest memories is when we had a special Tudor Day when I was 8 years old and we got to dress up and have a huge banquet in the school hall. We all had so much fun and as a result learnt so much! I always remember this as a teacher: learning should be fun, relevant and meaningful to our pupils and I am very privileged to work in a school which shares the same vision and values as my own.
I am very much looking forward to being a staff governor and contributing, in partnership with other governors, to the strategic development of the school to the benefit of our wonderful pupils at St Pauls.
Due to my Father’s career I went to several infant and junior schools, as we moved around the UK every few years. It often took a little while to settle into a new school depending upon the location, especially as at that time I had a Geordie accent (which has now totally disappeared). I particularly enjoyed the last two years of Junior School as I settled in and still have close friends from that time!
In joining the School Governors, my aim is to provide enthusiasm and support to both the Staff and Children of St. Paul’s and to hopefully help maintain the very high standards that have evolved within all aspects of the school.
Governor Type: Headteacher
Committees: Learning and Teaching; Personnel and Finance; Health, Safety and Environment
I really struggled at Junior School and I wasn’t very well behaved. I was regularly sent to the Headteacher. (This happened a lot!) Then I had Mr Bond, the best Y6 teacher ever. He taught me the importance of being the best version of me that I can be. He taught me to be brave and to take risks with my learning. He taught me that I could be anything I wanted to be.
Most parents can name a hundred things they want for their child. For my son, I wanted him to love learning, to be happy at school, surrounded by friends, nurtured by teachers who knew him well and wanted the best for him. I wanted him to go to a school like St Paul’s.
Being the Headteacher of this amazing school is the best job in the world. Being a governor is the 'icing on the cake' as it means that I get to work with a second team of like-minded people who believe that our pupils deserve the very best.
Penelope (Penny) Wallace
Governor type: Local Authority Governor
Committees: Finance & Personnel
Health & Safety
Chair of the Full Governing Body, Safeguarding Governor, Y5 Link Governor
My school day memories are mostly happy. I went to a village Primary School, where everybody knew everybody, before going away to a boarding school.
The best thing about being a Governor? As a retired teacher, I love being back in school with plenty of scope to keep up with what is going on in education both locally and nationally.