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Meet the Governors

As with most schools, whilst the day to day management and running of the school is in the capable hands of the Head Teacher and the staff, the Governing Body drives policy and direction and has the function of providing scrutiny. Meeting as a Full Governing Body twice per term, and individual committees once per term in addition; the Governors seek to monitor and scrutinise the school’s performance, and act as a ‘critical friend’ to the senior leadership team of the school. It is important that parents are aware who the governors are, so that good two-way communication is possible. In this regard, you will find details of the current governors below. Here at St Paul's we have ten Governors, their roles and meetings attendance stats, and a short biography are set out below:


Richard Coxon

Richard is father of two boys at St Paul's, and husband to Ann. He works in the technology sector helping to find and develop new medicines to improve people's health. He brings 20+ years of commercial, science and technology experience to help St Paul's School. He is the son of a retired Primary School deputy head and is a strong believer that great education creates great people who transform the world into a better place for everyone.  


Richard is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese in February 2019. He was elected as Chair of Governors in September 2021, and is also a member of the Finance and Resources Committee and the Pay Committee.






Sarah Castro

Sarah has two children at St Paul's where both attended pre-school. She has been a teacher for 21yrs and has an MA in Education. She is currently a teacher at a local ‘outstanding’ secondary school where up until having children she was an Assistant Head. Sarah looks forward to using her skills and experience to support the school. Sarah was appointed to the Governing Board in June 2018, She acts as the Vice Chair of the Governors and chairs the Standards and Performance Committee. Sarah is a Parent Governor.










Charles Crow

Charles is husband to Becky, father to a young daughter and three boys at St Paul’s and in his spare time is a barrister with No.5 Chambers.  A governor since the spring of 2012; he took on the position of Chair in late September 2014 and stepped down as Chair in September 2021.  As the son of a head teacher, and husband of a teacher (primary) he has a level of exposure to the education system, and earnestly desires that St Paul’s be known as a caring, supportive place where children will gain an outstanding and well-rounded education.


Charles is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese in 2012. Charles sits on the Finance and Resources Committee and the Pay Committee.








Jonathan Jee

Jonathan Jee has been the vicar of St. Paul’s Church since 2000, and is an Ex Officio Foundation Governor because of this role. He is married to Juliet, and they have 5 grown up children all of whom have been pupils at the school. He has been delighted to see the links between church and school grow close over the years, and is committed to keeping it that way.


Jonathan has been a Foundation Governor since September 2000.











Hester Meacock

Hester Meacock is a Foundation Governor and works in education. She is an Early Years specialist and lectures in this field. Hester also works for the Diocesan Board of Education as an Associate and supports St Paul's with a specific focus on these areas as well as Safeguarding. Hester is a mum of two girls and values working with St Paul's school to help them achieve their vision for the children.   










Rachel Cooper

Rachel is a Staff Governor and the Early Years Foundation Stage Phase Leader based in Reception. Rachel has been re-elected as a Staff Governor and will serve for 4 years until November 2021. Rachel's knows St Paul's well because all three of her children went to the school and she is a long term member of staff at the school.










Joe Jarvis

Joe is married to Ali. They have one daughter currently at St Paul's and three other daughters who have all been through the school. 


Joe works for the Education and Skills Funding Agency, part of the Department for Education. Twelve years in the Department has given him good insight into issues facing the education sector. His current role is in customer service leadership. 


Joe is passionate about the whole experience for children at St Paul's. The atmosphere, the ethos and the welcome for all children as well as quality teaching, to enable everyone to thrive and achieve their potential.


Joe is a Foundation Governor, appointed in September 2019.






Steve Axcell

Awaiting photograph. Steve is a Foundation Governor.



Katy Traynar

Katy is a mother of a young daughter, a wife to Tim and a former primary school teacher. She currently works as the Lead Children's Minister at St. Paul's Church, and has enjoyed being involved in delivering Collective Worship to the school for the last 2 years.


Elected as a Foundation Governor, Katy is particularly looking forward to helping to shape and embed the vision of the school, and helping the children to grow both educationally and spiritually.









Governor Resignations

John Tindale resigned from the Board of Governors effective September 2021

Joy Caws resigned from the Board of Governors effective March 2021

Dan Graham resigned from the Board of Governors effective July 2019

Hester Meacock resigned from the Board of Governors as from July 2017, Hester was reappointed to the Board in September 2018

David Harkness resigned from the Board of Governors effective 30th January 2019

Gus Lock resigned from the Board of Governors effective 22nd March 2018

Julie Jackson resigned from the Board of Governors effective 22nd November 2018



Notes on category of Governor:


o   Parent Governors; parents of children at the school;

o   Staff Governors: members of the school staff;

o   Local Authority Governors; nominated by the Local Authority;

o   Co-opted Governors: members of the local community (appointed by the rest of the governing body);

o   Foundation Governors: representatives of sponsoring bodies.


Notes on Governor appointment:


  • Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese.
  • Staff Governors are elected by the staff at the school.
  • Parent Governors are elected.
  • Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority.