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

          Manavi Banerjee      Annette Medhurst        Rachel Minter         Sian Sweet

One Local Authority Governor

          Penny Wallace - Chair

One Headteacher

          Julieanne Taylor

Four Co-opted Governors

          Linda Edwards     Stephen Howard    Philip Mirfin     Vacancy 

Three Foundation Governors

          Richard Lamey - Vice-Chair       Jan Norbury         Vacancy

One Staff Governor


If you might be interested in becoming a Governor, please contact the School Office on 0118 978 5219
Name : Manavi Banerjee
Governor type :  Parent

Name: Linda Edwards

 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. 




Name: Stephen Howard

Governor Type, Co-opted

Committee: Finance and Personnel 

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.


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.



Annette Medhurst
Governor type : Parent
Y5 Link Governor
Committees : Learning & Teaching
                           Finance & Personnel 
I went to a small rural primary school in the Tamar Valley in south west Devon. Probably because of our location we spent as much time learning about nature and our immediate environment as we did learning our times tables, or maybe that is just my memory! 
Primary school was a very happy time for me. By becoming a governor I hope that I can work in a school that gives other children that same positive experience. I am looking forward to having a voice at my children's school and helping ensure all the children in our community have the best possible education.

Rachel Minter

 Governor Type:   Parent

 Committee :    Learning & Teaching

 Y6 Link Governor

 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.



Philip Mirfin
Governor type : Co-opted
Committees : Health & Safety
                    Finance and Personnel
Y6 Link Governor

I have held a number of roles throughout my working life in several different industries but l have mainly been involved in three areas, sales and marketing, service centre design and operational management. The industries l have covered are everything from toiletries and medicines, to canned food, car rental, and IT related areas.

I retired six years ago but in the past sixteen years l have been separately involved as a Town and a Borough Councillor for Emmbrook Ward with my main focus since l retired being the Regeneration of Wokingham Town Centre.

I stopped being a Councillor following this year’s May elections.

I enjoy travel and golf and also assist my wife with her allotment.

I look back favourably though distantly at my schools that l attended in Huddersfield, where the ethic of working hard always came through but with the aim of enjoying our schooling.

I very much hope to put this into my time as a new Governor at St. Paul's and look forward to engaging with the staff, parents and the children.


Jan Norbury

 Governor Type:   Foundation

 Committee:    Learning & Teaching

 SEND Governor, Y4 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.



Sian Sweet
Governor type : Parent
Committee: Health & Safety
Y5 Link Governor, Development Governor
After recently leaving my career in Digital marketing I was keen to find a voluntary role that allowed me to make a real difference in the local community. I grew up in Wokingham and attended local schools here, even completing my degree at The University of Reading so it’s safe to say I love the area!

I absolutely adored my time at primary school both due to the teachers I was lucky to have supporting and teaching me, but also the school environment itself. A teacher at the time really encouraged me to get involved in sport and this remains something I am truly passionate about today. Physical Education in schools is something I believe is vitally important for children and I am excited to learn more about how it is taught and encouraged at St Paul's.

I am excited to be taking on a Parent Governor position which enables me to help ensure future children have the same wonderful experience at primary school as I did. My son is now attending St Paul's which only further motivates me to ensure the school is providing a positive and nurturing environment to all children attending.


Julieanne Taylor

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, Y3 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.