Governors

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.
Minutes of meetings are recorded and hard copies are available. Please contact the school office for more details.  
 
The Governing Body at St Pauls C of E Junior School consists of the following as set out in the constitution:
 

The Governing Body

Four Parent Governors

          Rachel Minter         Vacancy         Vacancy       Vacancy

One Local Authority Governor

          Penny Wallace - Chair

One Headteacher

          Julieanne Taylor

Four Co-opted Governors

          Linda Edward     Colin Hudson    Graham Swannell     Vacancy 

Three Foundation Governos

          Richard Lamey - Vice-Chair       Jan Norbury     Alan Harrison

 
If you might be interested in becoming a Governor, please contact the School Office on 0118 978 5219
 

Name: Linda Edwards

Governor Type: Co-opted

Committees: Finance & Personnel, Learning & Teaching

Focus: every aspect of the work of the School

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. 

Alan Harrison

Governor Type:       Foundation

Committee:         Health & Safety

I am a regular attender at St. Paul’s church and a member of the PCC, so it is a real privilege to be invited to join the school’s Governing Body and thereby support the school in maintaining and promoting Christian values whilst ensuring that, so far as possible, each child is nurtured and cared for. I do have some past experience of School Governors as I became, in my capacity as a Solicitor, Clerk to the Governors of my former day and boarding Grammar School.

I grew up in the Lake District and until I went to boarding school at the age of eleven, I attended the local village school which had only thirteen pupils and one Teacher! It was, of course, a far cry from the size and resources of St. Paul’s but, nevertheless, I felt secure and was generally happy there. One abiding memory of my school days was the inspiration I gained from dedicated teachers. I believe that inspiration facilitates learning, and from everything I have learned about St. Paul’s so far, the children there have an opportunity to succeed through the inspiration and dedication of the Head and the teaching staff, supported by the Governing Body.

Colin Hudson
 
Governor type:   Co-opted
 
Committee:    Finance & Premises
 
From being the youngest member of a South Africa rugby tour to being out injured for months because of growing pains in my knees. From being one of the best in my class at times tables to my struggle with learning musical instruments. From getting “Full Colours” to just missing out on being a Senior Prefect. The Ups and Downs of my school life were a great training ground for adult life in many ways!
 
As a Chartered Management Accountant, a church trustee at NTCG Reading in Caversham and also a dad of a 2 year old daughter, I am proud to be a co-opted Governor at St Paul’s to help maintain and improve the infrastructure that sets up these wonderful young people for their individual futures!

Father Richard Lamey

Governor Type:   Foundation, Pupil Premium, Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body

Committee (s):    Learning & Teaching

Focus: Governor Training, Literacy, RE, PPG and Year 3

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.

Rachel Minter

Governor Type:   Parent

Committee (s):    Health, Safety & Environment

Focus: I am delighted to be a Parent Governor and member of the Health Safety an Environment Committee. 

I have one child who is currently in Year 6.

The best thing about being a governor is being able to give back to a school that has provided my son with fantastic support (both personally and academically) throughout his time at St Paul’s.

I am currently a Deputy Headteacher at Beechwood Primary School in Woodley where my passions include Safeguarding and Pupil Premium which means I get to work with the more vulnerable children and families.

I went to a church junior school called St James in Wallaston in the West Midlands and my overriding memory of my time there was music.  I had an inspirational teacher called Mrs Vincent who encouraged me to sing and learn to play the recorder, violin and piano.  Music is a big part of my life and teaching as a result.

Jan Norbury

Governor Type:   Foundation, Special Needs Link

Committee (s):    Learning & Teaching

Focus: I am a Foundation Governor, member of the Learning & Teaching Committee and governor link for the Special Needs department.

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.

Graham Swannell

Governor Type:   Co-opted

Committee (s):    Health & Safety

Julieanne Taylor

Governor Type: Headteacher

Committee: Learning and Teaching; Personnel and Finance; Health, Safety and Environment

Focus: every aspect of the work of the School

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, Chair of the Full Governing Body

Committee(s):     Finance & Premises; Health, Safety & Environment, Learning & Teaching

Focus: SEN, Year 4 School Council

I am a Local Authority and Chair of Governors.

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.