Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.
The role of a Governing Body, often described as being a “critical friend”, is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Its three main roles are to:
- Set the vision and strategic direction of the school.
- Hold the Headteacher to account for the school’s educational performance.
- Ensure that financial resources are well managed and spent.
The role of Governor is largely a thinking and questioning role. The day to day operational management of the school is delegated to the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team.
St Paul’s C of E Governing Body is made up of representatives from the school staff, parents, the local community and St Paul’s Church. In addition to participating in the Full Governing Body and is chaired by the Co-Chairs of Governors and meets three times per year, Governors also serve on sub-committees which are:
- Curriculum (3 times per year)
The chair of the curriculum committee is Rebecca de Koning.
- Finance and Resources (3 times per year)
The chairs of the finance committee is both Co-Chairs of Governors.
- Ethos (2 times per year)
The chair for the Ethos committee is Jan Grey
- Pay and Performance Review (2 times per year)
The chairs of the Pay and Performance committee is both Co-Chairs of Governors.
- Headteacher Appraisal (2 times per year)
The chairs of the Headteacher Appraisal is both Co-Chairs of Governors.
If you wish to contact the Co-Chairs of Governors of St Paul’s C of E Primary, please contact Mr Martyn Long or Mr Tom Keef via the School Office.
Co-opted Governor, Co-Chair of Governors
Martyn was co-opted to the Board of Governors in Autumn 2016 and has 1 child at the school and 1 who has just moved up to secondary school. He was elected co-chair of the governing body in October 2017. Alongside being a member of the Board, Martyn also attends the finance committee, curriculum committee and Pay and Performance Committee.
Martyn has extensive and wide ranging leadership and management experience across the civil service and local government, and currently works in the employment and skills sector with a focus on designing and delivering work and skills programmes and supporting career and progression pathways for disadvantaged communities. He also has previous governance experience in the charity and housing sectors.
Martyn is currently the link governor for Safeguarding and Health and Safety.
Parent Governor, Co-Chair of Governors
Tom was elected as a parent governor in Autumn 2016 and has 1 child at the school and 1 who has just moved up to secondary school. He was elected co-chair of the governing body in October 2017. As well as being a member of the full governing body, he is a member of the finance committee and the curriculum committee.
Tom works within the pensions industry working to improve people’s outcomes at retirement. He also has a PhD in maths which his children like to tease him about - apparently it doesn’t make him a proper doctor.
Martyn is currently the link governor for Safeguarding and Health and Safety.
Becca de Koning
Parent Governor, Vice Chair of Governors
Becca was elected as a parent governor in Autumn 2018. She has 3 children at the school, one of which has just joined Class Reception. She has responsibility for SEN, Pupil Premium and English and she Chairs the curriculum committee supporting the school with teaching and learning.
Becca works in the Local Area Team supporting families in the city. She has also worked in safeguarding, young people’s services and has volunteered with children and young people in the charity sector. She has also had previous experience of being a Trustee for a children’s mentoring charity. She is passionate about the well being of children and their families, and ensuring all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Kim joined the board in January 2019 as one of the representatives from St Paul’s Church. Given this connection she used to sit on the Ethos committee, supporting the school articulate it’s vision and develop it’s culture and values in line with SIAMS but has now moved to the Finance committee to support the school with her leadership experience.
Kim has extensive leadership and governance experience – through heading up commercial teams in the Retail food industry and from her previous role as a charity Non Exec trustee. She is also a qualified executive coach and cares passionately about helping people achieve their professional goals whilst developing their personal resilience and well being. Kim has led staff wellbeing training as well as leadership sessions at St Paul's sharing her experiences to support the school.
Kim moved to York just over two years ago and is loving exploring her new city and the balance York has between city and country life.
Reverend Paul Millard
Paul joined the governor team following his appointment as the Rector of St Paul’s Church and also the Vicar at St Barnabas Church on Leeman Road in April 2020. As well as being governor at St Paul’s he is a governor for St Barnabas Primary School. He is new to governing, but not new to working with schools. He enjoys leading singing with school groups comes in to school to help with Collective Worships.
Paul sits on our Ethos Committee and supports Collective Worship.
Before becoming a Vicar he worked in finance and administration at St Michael le Belfrey Church in the centre of York. During his 15 years working there he became CIMA qualified and led teams of volunteers in various contexts in a large city centre church.
Jan Grey is known as ‘Mrs Grey’ from her time working at St Paul’s School. Jan has such a heart for the children, staff and community at the school, that when an opportunity came for Jan to pursue her dream role in tackling poverty, Jan knew she couldn't leave the school completely and Jan applied for the role of a governor.
Jan been in primary education for 34 years and held many roles in supporting teachers, as well as being a Nursery Nurse and Higher Level Teaching Assistant. Jan's main interests and passions lie in education about world faiths, cultures and traditions. Jan also loves teaching vital life skills for our children to be able to grow, be resilient and thrive.
At her previous school Jan was subject leader for RE, PSHCE, Collective Worship and SIAMS. Jan is keen to take these experiences into the governor role through the curriculum and Ethos Committee. From Jan's experience in Reception, she is also the governor for Early Years. Lastly, Jan has been a member of St Paul’s Church congregation since 2006 and has been an active bridge between the school and church, especially on School to Church events.
Gerry has been a teacher for most of her working life apart from a period of 14 years during which time she set up a business with her husband and had their family. Gerry still maintains an interest in the business but on the periphery. Gerry completed a refresher course at York St. John before returning to teaching in 1992. Subsequently her first permanent post was at St. Paul’s and she worked here as class teacher / Literacy Leader / Assistant Head Teacher until her semi retirement in 2010. Until 2019 Gerry was the School specific Supply Teacher - working in school on a very regular basis.
Gerry became a Governor of the school in June 2019. It seemed a very natural and, for her at least, pleasurable progression. As a governor Gerry would want to promote and assist with all of the valuable work which is centred within our inspirational school but which also reaches into the wider St. Paul’s community. Gerry too has been a pupil at this truly wonderful school - learning and honing her craft. Taught by some of the most skilful of teachers and always trying to learn from her pupils.
Gerry expects and believes that , as a governor , she will continue to learn and to apply what she learnt to the advantage of St. Paul’s and its pupils. Gerry leads on Art and DT and Humanities.
Hannah Severn is our Year 6 teacher and Science and Computing lead at St Paul's Primary School. Throughout her seven years of teaching, Hannah has taught in key stage one and key stage two and has developed an excellent understanding of curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning across the whole school. Hannah truly feels St Paul's Primary is a place to belong and when the opportunity to become staff governor presented itself, she jumped at the chance, wanting to offer her experience and knowledge to further assist and support the vision and strategy of the school and its community.
Hannah's main interests and passions come through her mentoring and middle leadership roles, where she is passionate about coaching and guiding others on a journey to greater success. She believes that, no matter how many years you have been in the profession, there is always room to grow, learn and adapt your practice, not only for yourself, but for the children and school as a whole. Hannah studied English Language and Linguistics and Education Studies at university and, always knowing she wanted to be a teacher from a very early age, applied for her Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 2013. Following this and studies in Philosophy and Ethics and Religious Studies, she is keen to help the school progress in its curriculum and inclusion through her staff governor role. In her spare time, Hannah loves to keep fit so the perfect companion for this was a beagle puppy named Charles! Always on the go like Hannah, Charles has slotted perfectly into the family!
Neil Lester, Co-Opted Governor
Neil was co-opted to the Board of Governors in January 2022 and has 2 children at the school. Alongside being a member of the Board, Neil is also a member of the Finance Committee and Pay and Performance Committee.
Neil is qualified management accountant by trade. He has a wide range of finance, strategy and management experience from over 25 years working in central government and at local hospital, regional and national level for the NHS.. Currently, Neil works as a Head of Strategic Finance for NHS England, specialising in health service transformation and development, across areas including cancer, maternity services, learning disabilities and personalisation of care Neil hopes his core skills, experience and enthusiasm allow him to be an effective 'critical friend' and is passionate about contributing and supporting the school be the best it can be.
Neil leads on Maths and RE.
Nicola moved to York in August 2021 and after settling in was keen to give to her community and answered a call out for new governors.
Nicola comes with 15 years experience of being a Governor in both rural and city settings (though the demands of her last job meant she had to step aside from her governor role). Her experience has mostly been in Lower/Primary schools but has also been a Trustee of a multi site academy.
Nicola has most recently been lead Chaplain to a hospital and before that has been a vicar of rural parishes.
Nicola volunteers in Class one on a Thursday morning so is getting to know our school and Nicola will be part of the curriculum committee. Nicola is leading on PSHE and Wellbeing for both pupils and staff.
Tom was co-opted to the Board of Governors in January 2022 and has 2 children at the school. Alongside being a member of the Board, Tom is also a member of the Finance Committee, Pay and Performance Committee and the computing subject link governor.
Tom is qualified actuary and works as a professional pension scheme trustee. Albeit in a different field, he governs for a living! Through this he has a strong understanding of the value of good governance as well as expertise in financial management and accounts.
Tom was elected as a co-opted parent governor in July 2022 and has previous experience as a governor at St Paul’s Nursery School. Tom is currently the linked governor for PE.
A consultant employment and commercial solicitor Tom has, amongst other things, extensive experience of working with businesses, charities, and individuals, including those in education, on a range of regulatory, corporate governance, and people issues. With exposure to the importance of good governance Tom is passionate about ensuring those he helps get it right.
Born in York and living most of his life in Holgate, Tom has two children, one at the school and one due to join in the Autumn.