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Meet the Governors

The day to day management and running of the school is delegated to the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team. The Governing Body is responsible for: 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff

  • Overseeing financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent


We are a body of twelve Governors including the headteacher and a staff governor. Our roles and a short biography are set out below:


Jan Pringle

Jan is married to Graeme and they have three grown up children. She recently retired as Senior Lay Minister at St Paul’s Church and, before that, worked as a teacher and part of a school leadership team for several years with a particular expertise in and love of primary school maths.

She is particularly keen to encourage building on the positive links between church and school and to use her time and experience to support the whole school community.

Jan was appointed as a Foundation Governor in February 2023 and elected as Chair of Governors in September 2023.



Richard Coxon

Richard has one son at St Paul's and another son who left for secondary. Richard 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, which he held for two years and is now the Vice Chair. Richard is a member of 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.










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.




Stephen Axcell

Stephen is a father of two boys, one at St Paul's and one hopefully attending when the time comes. Stephen currently works as Head of Finance at a large school in Oxford, having previously worked as an auditor of academy schools for a number of years and a number of independent schools prior to that.


Stephen is the chair of the Finance & Resources committee and sees that role as important to make sure that the school uses the funding and other resources (including people) in the best way possible for the benefit of the children.


Stephen is a Local Authority appointed governor since January 2020 and also sits on the Pay Committee.




Katy Traynar

Katy is a mother to two young children, 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.






Julia Horn

Julia is mum to two children, one at St Paul’s and one heading to North Leamington School from 2022. She also has two lop-eared rabbits and a cat at home. She works part time at the Saïd Business School in Oxford as Head of the Teaching and Learning Initiative and has previously been part of St Paul’s Parent Teacher Association. She was a pupil at a primary school in a small town called Romsey a long time ago now and can still remember just what it feels like to go to school.


Julia was elected as Parent Governor in December 2021. She sits on the Performance and Standards Committee and is the SEND responsible governor.



Bali Clisby

Bali is a mother to two boys, both attending St Paul's. Bali and her husband Jack live in the local area and the highlight of their day is walking the boys to school and talking about all the exciting activities they are going to do with their friends and teachers. St. Paul's holds a special place in Bali's heart as herself and five siblings attended the school and cherished every moment of their time there.


St Paul's has played a significant role in shaping who Bali is today and this is one of the key reasons for her wanting to be parent governor.  Bali works for the charity The Church of England Children Society as Head of Youth Programmes and has 25 years of experience in creating safe and engaging spaces for children and families to thrive, especially those facing disadvantages and difficult circumstances. The projects Bali leads addresses issues such as child poverty, exploitation, mental health challenges and educational inequalities. Bali's goal as parent governor is to ensure that every child gets an exceptional education that prepares them for a bright future. Bali was appointed as Parent Governor in September 2023.



Lesley Temple

Lesley recently moved to the area to be close to her family following the birth of her first grandchild. She is a retired Secondary Head of Religious Studies with over 30 years teaching experience and also supported the RE Department at Durham University mentoring PGCE students. She believes that quality education is key to children achieving their potential in life and seeks to support everyone at St Paul’s School to make this possible.

Lesley is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese in June 2022. She is the Link Governor for Safeguarding and is a member of the Performance and Standards Committee.







Foundation Governor to be filled.



Governor Resignations

Sarah Castro, effective September 2023

Ceri Durrant, effective June 2023

Hester Meacock, effective September 2022

Charles Crow, effective May 2022

John Tindale, effective September 2021

Joy Caws, effective March 2021

Dan Graham, effective July 2019

David Harkness, effective January 2019



Notes on category of Governor:

1 Ex-offico Governor: vicar of St Paul's Church Leamington Spa

1 Headteacher: St Paul's Headteacher;

6 Foundation Governors: representatives of sponsoring bodies;

1 Local Authority Governors; nominated by the Local Authority;

1 Staff Governors: members of the school staff;

2 Parent Governors; parents of children at the school;

(Optional) Co-opted Governors: members of the local community appointed by the governing body.



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.