At St Paul's C of E Primary School, we are educated for life with the love of God and Christian values at the heart of our school.

Welcome to St. Paul’s C of E Primary School!

The Governing Body is a group of volunteers representing all the school’s key stakeholders. The different types of Governors are parents, staff, the local authority, co-opted and church. Each type of Governor is selected or elected by the group they represent. The Governing Body works together as a group in a strategic role to oversee the direction and leadership of the school for which the Governing Body is legally accountable. We are all different and offer our varying skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to the team.

The Head Teacher and his senior leadership team manage the school on a day to day basis, and the Governors meet altogether termly and in small committee groups to look at specific projects and developments and to monitor the work of the school.

We support and challenge the staff to make sure that all the children are learning well, that everyone is safe in school and that all legal requirements are adhered to correctly. We are fortunate in having a strong, open and honest relationship with the Head Teacher, Kevin Edmonds, and his staff which makes our job easier and more rewarding as we witness improvement year on year.

We are proud to celebrate all the achievements of pupils and staff and do our best to make sure St. Paul’s continues to ‘promote education for life with the love of God and Christian values at the heart of our school life’.

St Paul's C of E Primary School, Kingston Hill - Governing Body

Name

Type of Governor

Term of Office Expiry Date

Committee Membership

Link Subjects / Class

Francesca Clarke

PCC Spring 2022 TBC  

Kevin Edmonds

Headteacher

Ex officio

All Committees

 

Daphne Gibbs

PCC

31 August 2018

Faith Group

Head PM Group

Ofsted Group

Personnel

Safeguarding

Staff Pay

Teaching and Learning

Child Protection

 

Mark Gill

Co-Opted

16 September 2019

Finance and Premises

Teaching and Learning

 

Jo Hayman

PCC

24 January 2020

Faith Group

Teaching and Learning

 

Ian Hunt

PCC

31 August 2020

Finance and Premises

Teaching and Learning

 

Jude Hurtado

Parent

11 May 2021

Safeguarding

Teaching and Learning

 

Claudia Huwendiek

PCC

31 August 2020

Faith Group

Teaching and Learning

 

Mark Peiker

Co-Opted

15 March 2020

Safeguarding

Teaching and Learning

PPG

Victoria Pitfield

Associate

20 September 2021

Admissions

Ofsted Group

Teaching and Learning

 

Dean Robertson

 Staff  February 2022  TBC  

Beverly Thompson

Vice Chair

PCC

30 August 2020

Admissions

Ofsted Group

Personnel

Safeguarding

Staff Pay

SEN

Sarah Urry

Chair

PCC

30 May 2020

Finance and Premises

Ofsted Group

Staff Pay

 

Nick White

LA

15 November 2020

Admissions

Finance and Premises

Personnel

Staff Pay

 

Helen Zandbergs

SDBE

1 November 2021

 

Safeguarding

Teaching and Learning

 

Governors' Business Interests

  • At every Governing Body Meeting Governors are asked to declare any business interests.  No business interests have been declared.
  • None of the Governors have any links or relationships with any staff members
  • None of the Governors are Governors at any other school.

Annual Statement

The Governing Body has a very strong, strategic role to play in terms of its functions of the progress of the school. It works by establishing a strategic framework by:

  • setting aims and objectives for the school
  • adopting policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives.

The Governing Body monitors and evaluates the progress of its strategies and regularly reviews the framework for the school in light of that progress.  The Governing Body takes into account advice given by the Head Teacher when it is establishing the strategic framework and reviewing the progress made.

Governors are not expected to be involved in the detail of the day-to-day management of the school.  The focus of the work of the Governing Body is school improvement and high standards of educational achievement.

The Governing Body meets five times a year and the meetings are always quorate.  The Governing Body has considered the following issues during the past year:

  • The School Development Plan and priorities for the school.
  • Changing to a primary school
  • The changes to children’s levels and assessment
  • Pupil’s progress
  • SEND
  • PPG
  • Staffing
  • School Budget
  • Website
  • Child protection and safeguarding issues
  • Parent’s Forum

During 2017-2018 the Governing Body Committees are:

  • Admissions
  • Finance and Premises
  • Personnel
  • Safeguarding
  • Teaching and Learning

There is also a Faith Group and Ofsted Group

All the Committees meet every term and the meetings are always quorate.

Every month a Governor visits the school and will focus on a particular area.

If you are interested in joining the Governing Body or attending a meeting as an observer please contact the School Office.

The Clerk to the Governing Body is Karen Bridgman who can be contacted via the School Office.

 

Governor Profiles

The Governor profiles are in the process of being updated.

Francesca Clarke

Francesca Clarke became a Foundation Governor during the Spring Term 2018. She has taught English in Richmond and Surrey schools for over 20 years and is currently assistant head in a large Junior School in Weybridge, where she is responsible for 85 members of staff. She has been a member of St Paul’s Church for over 10 years, and usually helps out with the 11-14 year old group on a Sunday. She has a 13 year old son and is part of an active family most likely to be found running, cycling or swimming locally. 

Simon Coupland

Simon Coupland automatically became a foundation governor when he came to be vicar of St Paul's Church in September 2004, the same time that Kevin Edmonds started as head teacher. He takes assemblies every Wednesday morning, and is usually in school between 12.30 and 1pm every Friday lunchtime to be there for anyone who’d like to talk – pupil, parent or staff member. As a governor he has particular responsibility for RE in the school, as well as being chair of the personnel and admissions committees. He generally loves being a vicar and the range of things it entails and of people it brings him into contact with. In his spare time he studies Viking history and 9th century coinage. He is well aware that this a bizarre hobby, but he still loves it!

Daphne Gibbs

Daphne Gibbs has been a Foundation Governor at St. Paul’s for several years becoming Vice Chair of Governors in 2009 and Chair in 2010. Both of Daphne’s children attended St. Paul’s. Daphne was a teacher before retiring and worked mostly in the London Borough of Wandsworth finishing as headteacher of a Church school. Education still plays an important part in Daphne’s life as she inspects Church schools and acts as a Link Tutor for Wandsworth Primary Schools’ Consortium which trains primary school teachers. Daphne very much enjoys being part of the Kingston community.

Mark Gill

Mark Gill is a Co-opted Governor and has been a member of staff at St Paul’s C of E Primary School since September 2012. He is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and Finance and Premises Committee. Having previously worked as a teaching assistant at St Paul's, he is currently completing teacher training. In addition, he has a role in maintaining the school’s website and ICT equipment. A former pupil, Mark has strong links to the local community and a keen interest in the progress of the school.

Jo Hayman

Jo Hayman is a foundation Governor having started the end of March 2017.  She is a working mum with two girls at St Paul’s.   She is a Lead Clinical Psychologist for patients within the Surgical Pathway within Bartshealth NHS Trust, East London.  She has been a keen runner and long distance triathlete (unfortunately doing much less of it these days), loves snowboarding and is currently gaining interest in sailing.  She is a member of Christ Church New Malden where she is one of the leads for Tiddlywinks (the 2-3 year old group).  As a Governor she is a member of the Teaching and Learning, and the Faith group committee.

Claudia Huwendiek

Claudia Huwendiek is a working mum of three. She has Noah (Y4) and Lilly (Reception) at St Paul's and also Max (Y1) at Alexandra.  Claudia is an active member of St Paul's Church. This is her first term as a governor and she hopes to further improve the relationship between school and parents as well as the church. In her free time, Claudia likes baking and skiing.

Mark Peiker

Mark Peiker has been a Co-opted Governor since the spring of 2016. He is currently a member of the Teaching/Learning and Safeguarding committee. He is also a PPG Link Governor.  Mark and his family are originally from Denver, Colorado. Mark has four sons and two beautiful grandchildren. In his spare time Mark enjoys traveling with his family, live music, cooking and the occasional game of golf.

Beverly Thompson - Vice Chair of the Governing Body

Beverly Thompson was appointed a Foundation Governor in October 2012. She is a retired businesswoman with experience in Personnel and is on the Personnel committee. Beverly attends St Paul’s Church and, living in the vicinity of the school, has taken a close interest in its progress and wishes to contribute to the school in any way she can. She supports the Church Rainbows Team for toddlers and takes great delight in the progress of the babies and children. Beverly is also involved in a charity which provides days out for children and adults with learning and physical disabilities. She enjoys spending time with her family, who live in the area, and is a keen traveller and theatregoer.

Sarah Urry - Chair of the Governing Body

Sarah Urry is a foundation governor and has two daughters, one at St Paul’s and the other at Coombe Girls’ School, previously at St Paul’s. Sarah works full time and is a Company Director and shareholder of an international SME specialising in providing global engineering services to the automotive and telecommunications industries. She is a qualified Electrical Engineer with experience in engineering, sales, finance and operations positions. Sarah is Chair of the Governing Body, Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee, a member of the Ofsted Group and Staff Pay and the Link Governor for maths. Sarah is a member of St Paul’s Church and a Kidzone leader on Sunday mornings. Her spare time is spent enjoying family life with her husband Jon and two daughters.