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All schools are required to have a Governing Body. School Governors work together with the headteacher in agreeing the aims and conduct of the school, ensuring that the pupils have a full entitlement to the agreed curriculum and managing the school within its allocated budget.

The Governors at our school are chosen by parents (Parent Governors), the Diocese and church community (Foundation Governors), the school staff (Teacher and Staff Governors), the Local Authority (LA Governors) and the governing body itself (Community Governors).

Governors are appointed to provide:

 strong links between the school and the community it serves

 a wide experience of the outside world

 an independent view

 a visible form of accountability for the headteacher and staff of the school

 a team focusing on long term development and improvement

 accountability to the community for the use of resources and the standards of teaching and learning in the school

 support for the headteacher and staff.

School Governors aim to:

 attend the regular and special meetings of the full governing body

 work as a member of the governing body (not as an individual) in the best interests of the school

 work on specific topics through sub-groups or committees (e.g.: the financial management of the school, the curriculum, staff appointments and personnel issues, the school premises, school policies and the training of governors)

 become well-informed about education in general and about St Paul’s school in particular

 become familiar with the rules of school governance

 attend necessary training courses

 visit the school to gain further insight about particular issues by arrangement with the Headteacher

 are volunteers

In order to do this a governing body:

 works with the headteacher who is responsible for the day to day management of the school

 agrees policies and practice that assist the headteacher and staff to carry out their responsibilities

 agrees principles and targets for improvement

 acts as the critical friend of the school and headteacher

 receives and discusses reports on the resulting practice and conduct of the school

 reviews its own working practices

 works within the regulations for governing bodies; these are laid down by central government and the local authority


Meet our Governors


Francesca Coates

Local Authority Governor

My name is Francesca Coates and I've been a Local Authority Governor for 2 years and in November 2016 I became chair of the governing body. I became a Governor because I feel passionate about Education, both my mum and Sister are teachers in Tameside, and wanted to get involved in my local Community. My son was born in December 2014 so will be a future pupil in Tameside so I thought start early! I am a scheduler at the BBC in sport and have extensive knowledge and experience of project and event management, budgeting and staff management. I'm used to being accountable to internal and external stakeholders at work so hope to keep the stakeholders of St Paul's accountable in my role as a Governor, fully supporting all staff and management to deliver the best education for your children. I have happy memories of my school years so hope to help the pupils of St. Paul's get the most out of their education whilst feeling safe and happy in the environment.


Jacqui Barker

Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor, serving my second term in the role. I have been a member of St. Paul's church for around fourteen years. I have served the church in various ways In that time, including the Parochial Church Council, producing the Church magazine, helping to read and do prayers as well as helping with weddings and making tea! It is a great privilege to be able to serve as a governor and to assist in making the school a happy and encouraging place for children to learn and develop. I am particularly passionate about the Christian ethos of the school, the ways school life can be connected with St Paul's church and the other local churches, and enhancing the benefits of these distinctive features of the school for every one of the children, of all faiths and none.
I have two children and two stepchildren who are all in their twenties now and work full time in HR. My career spans thirty years in financial and business services and I hope that I can offer some skills towards the work of the governing body especially in people matters.


Simon Wright

Ex Officio Governor

My name is Simon Wright, as Head teacher of St Paul’s Primary I am also a governor of the school. I have served as a governor at three other schools. As a governor in other schools it has been my role to support and challenge. As Head teacher I provide information to the Governing Body and am challenged by them on the educational performance of the school and its pupils; the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent and on the vision, ethos, values and strategic direction of the school.

As Head teacher and a governor I want the very best for the pupils in our care. Being a governor of a school gives you the opportunity to be part of that. If you are interested in being a member of the Governing Body please get in in touch with school.


Hilary Senior

Co-opted Governor

Hello my name is Hilary Senior and I have been a governor for many years.

When my children were at St Paul's I was a parent governor but now I am a community governor.

I work in local government and am also a Cub leader.

I sit on the finance and general purposes committee.


Harry Potts

Co-opted Governor

I became a governor when my two daughters were at St Pauls and now my son is in the infants. It has given me the opportunity to have an input into the decision making process, which determines the direction that the school moves in. Also living close to the school, I had a vested interest in how the school liaises with its immediate community. 

I have a vested interest in the day-to-day affairs of the school, particularly those issues which impact directly on pupils and their over-arching experience at St Paul's. I hope I have contributed to those issues of behavior, safeguarding and Assessment for Learning, through fact finding/reports at the school.

Living adjacent to the school, I have been able to liaise directly with the school on wider issues involving the local community on issues such as parking and the local environment/conservation area.


Margaret Leitch

Foundation Governor

I am a foundation governor serving my first term of office. I have been a member of St Paul's church for over 30 years and am currently on the Parochial Church Council.

I have been both a secondary and latterly a primary teacher in a CofE school. I am passionate about the Christian ethos within St Paul's and its links to St Paul's St Paul's church.

My main hobby is using and making things in fabric, I have   recently started coming into school at lunchtime to teach fabric work in year 6.


Helen Gregory

Co-opted Governor

I am the Learning Mentor at St Paul's School, I commenced this new role in September 2015 and quickly settled into my new job. The children are fantastic, I feel fortunate that I am in a position where I get to know the children from Class 1 to Class 10. Having previously been a parent governor at a primary school in Mossley I was happy to be appointed as a Governor in November 2015.

I am married with three children, in my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and am a member of Mossley AFC Running Club recently becoming a run leader to help other runners to stay focused and achieve their goals.  I am also a member of Manchester Climbing Centre, I only began this to support one of my children learn a new skill for her Duke of Edinburgh but continue to enjoy it as a sport even though she is a far better climber than I am.


Anita Patel

Parent Governor

Hi, I’m Anita, and I’m a parent governor. My son currently attends St Paul’s School, and my other son is due to start in September.

I have 10 years of teaching experience, working as a teacher of Business Studies in inner city secondary schools and sixth forms. This has allowed me to experience some diverse approaches to teaching and learning. I also teach baby and toddler yoga classes, which has given me the chance to work with amazing parents within Tameside.