Governance at St. Pauls

Governors at St Paul’s all attend one Full Governing Body meeting each term, as well as one committee meeting (either Resource & Finance or Curriculum Standards and Quality). These meetings cover Finance, Personnel & H&S and Strategic overview and oversee the financial performance of the school to ensure its money is well spent.

Strategic Overview

    • Quality of Teaching
    • Attendance
    • Curriculum
    • Pupil Premium monitoring and evaluation
    • Pupil Progress
    • Extra-Curricular Activities
    • Parent & Pupil Voice
    • Partnerships
    • Communication with Parents and Our Community
  • Community – local, national and international
  • HT Report
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Diocese/Worship/Links with St Paul’s Church

Finance, Personnel, H&S

  • Equality and Diversity
  • Safeguarding
  • Behaviour and Discipline
  • Budget setting and updates
  • Health and safety
  • Premises
  • Financial controls and reporting
  • Staffing

Governors monitor the financial effectiveness of the school by using the government benchmarking tool, which can be accessed here:

Governors also monitor how many school employees (if any) have a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more. Currently there are no school employees who fall into this category.

Pupil Discipline Committee

  • Mr R Moore
  • Mrs S Hearson
  • Miss C Huddlestone

Hearings Committee

  • Mr R Moore
  • Mrs S Hearson
  • TBC

Appeals Committee

  • Mrs B Burton
  • Mrs L Dodd
  • TBC

Guidance on Meetings

There will be occasions where attendance at the meetings will include people who are not governors.
A member of the teaching staff will be invited to one of the governing body meetings during an academic year to share relevant information about the progress their class are making and the leadership of their national curriculum subject.
The quorum for a meeting will be at least 3 of the committee members and no more than 1/3 staff.

Governors and Link Governor Roles

Name Term of Office Date of Appointment Date resigned (if applicable) Appointed By Register of business and financial interests
Sandra Hearson Chair of Governors 13.12.2022 Foundation/sponsor members None
Lillian Dodd Governor 05.07.2023 Appointed by LA None
Grace Varnom Staff Governor 05.07.2023 Elected by school staff None
Phil Povey Parent Governor 16.05.2022 27.09.2023 Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates N/A
Chelsea Huddlestone Governor 29.03.2023 Appointed by foundation/trust None
Elizabeth James Parent Governor 07.05.2024 Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates None
Barbara Burton Vice Chair of Governors 14.03.2021 Appointed by foundation/trust None
Roger Moore Parent Governor 08.02.2021 Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates None
Amy James Governor 06.02.2022 19.09.2023 Appointed by foundation/trust N/A

Quality of Education: Sandra Hearson and Barbara Burton

Personal Development: Chelsea Huddlestone (to include Christian Distinctiveness)

Behaviour & Attitudes: Roger Moore and Lilian Dodd

Leadership & Management: Barbara Burton and Lilian Dodd  

EYFS: Sandra Hearson

SEND and Safeguarding: Barbara Burton(including Mental Health & Well-being)

Foundation Governors

Mrs S Hearson (Chair)

Mrs B Burton (Vice Chair)

Miss C Huddlestone

St. Paul’s Vicar (Vacant)

Parent Governors

Mr R Moore

Local Authority

Cllr L Dodd

Staff Governor

Miss G Varnom

Co-Opted Governors


Head Teacher

Mrs R Clews

Please click below to view GB Term details, Business Interests and attendance…

Further Governor Information