Our Governing Body is made up of representatives from a variety of groups within our Community. These include parents, church representatives and staff members.
Chair of Governors
Joint Review Group
Year 6 Class Governor
I’ve been a governor at Whinmoor St Paul’s for 4 years. I volunteered for the post on retiring from being a headteacher. I had the most amazing hard working governors in my last school and felt I wanted to return the favour and help out – if I could. I’m originally from the ‘wrong’ side of the Pennines and have lived all over the place. I have now happily settled in sunny Leeds with hubby and mad border collie. I’m now a granny – a fabulous job, I recommend it to anyone.Being a governor is quite an honour as you are helping shape the school lives our most important people. I love coming in to school and working with the children, seeing our decisions and policies put into practice.
Head Teacher Performance Management
Year 5 Class Governor
I have been a governor at Whinmoor St. Paul’s for 21 years and I now hold the position of Vice Chair. I support school in many ways, including being the lead governor on Child Protection and Safeguarding. I am the class governor to the Year 2 children and enjoy volunteering on a weekly basis, hearing children read across all classes and attending Collective Worship most Monday mornings and Celebration Assembly most Friday mornings. I am also the Warden at St. Paul’s Church, which meets every Sunday in the school hall.
I was a secondary school English and Drama teacher for 10 years, before joining Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse) as their Education Manager. I support teachers in using Drama in the curriculum, from EYFS through to HE, to support oracy and literacy. This is my first role as a Governor and I am really enjoying getting to know the staff, students and parents at Whinmoor St Paul’s Primary School. My favourite writer is Patrick Ness and I love cats, chocolate and travelling – I have recently been to Japan!
Nursery Class Governor
I am Team Rector of Seacroft. Before training for the priesthood I worked first as a marine biologist and then as an outdoor pursuits instructor and youth worker.After a training post in Hampshire I was chaplain at Leeds Metropolitan (Beckett) University for four years before moving to Seacroft in 1999. For five years I was also the Area Dean.I have two adult children: Fox, a writer, and Heather, a manager with a charity in London. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, hill walking and natural history.
I have been involved with Whinmoor St. Paul’s for many years since my mum, Mrs Barley, started at the school. When it became time for my own children to start school I was over the moon that they got a place at St. Paul’s. I am dad to 2 daughters who are currently in Years 4 and 5. I have worked in the emergency services for over a decade. Before this I worked as a diving instructor both in the UK and overseas. In my spare time I am an Assistant Group Scout Leader at 6th Whinmoor Scout Group (which meets at the school). I am also heavily involved in the development of Whinmoor St. Paul’s Nature Area. I truly believe there is great benefit in children having the opportunity to learn in different settings and the Nature Area will be a fantastic resource for the school and community.
I began my role as a Parent Governor at the start of this academic year . I am the Class Governor to Year 3 and have the sports and activities provision as my area of responsibility. I look forward to being able to help Whinmoor St. Paul’s continue to grow into a fabulous school.
Year 3 Class Governor
I am honoured to be a Foundation Governor at Whinmoor St Paul’s. Although relatively new to the school, prior to this, I was a Governor at another church-aided school in Leeds (rated Good by OFSTED) for over ten years. I work in Governance and Risk Management in the NHS, focusing on patient safety, good leadership and meeting regulatory requirements. I have three children of my own, who went to church-aided primary schools, two attend Roundhay High School, and my eldest, who has autism, is departing for University. I am a passionate believer in delivering a safe and quality education to give children a love of learning, the opportunity to discover their talents, and the confidence to be who they want to be in life. My responsibilities at Whinmoor St Paul’s are for Policies, Literacy, Health & Safety and Year 6, and I promise you I will work hard to support the school in these areas, along with the wider school development plan.
Member of SLT
I’ve been a staff governor at Whinmoor St Paul’s for 8 years. I volunteered for the post as I am whole heartedly committed to the school and have taught here for 10 years so Whinmoor St Paul’s feels like a part of me. Being a governor is an honour as I am able to see and support Whinmoor St Paul’s in moving forwards on its continuing journey. It is a pleasure to being involved in participating in decisions to ‘shape’ the school and seeing the school grow in the arms of God.
School Business Manager
Member of SLT
I have worked at Whinmoor St Paul’s since September 2014 and previously worked at another Church of England school for 10 years. I am thoroughly committed to this school which is why I offered to become an associate governor. I am married, with two children, two dogs and one cat!