academic year 2016/17Who's Who on our Governing Board



Father Mark McAulay - Ex-officio as the Vicar of St Paul's Church - Vice Chair (A)

Mrs Claire Betts C - Foundation Governor (C) - Chair

Mr Michael F Mansfield - Foundation Governor (F&B, P)


Representative Governors

Ms Emily Salinger - Elected Parent (F & B)


Mrs Pallavi Thakker - Elected Parent ( F& B)


Mr Antonis Savvides - Local Authority Governor (F&B, )

Miss Y Ayedmir - Elected staff member

Mrs Camille Singer - Foundation Governor (C) 


Mrs P West - Ex-officio as Headteacher

The Clerk may be contacted in writing at: St Paul's School, The Avenue, Friern Barnet Road, London, N11 1NQ.

Mrs S Bennett - Clerk to the Governing Body


F = Finance & Building Committee P = Personnel Committee
C = Curriculum Committee A = Admissions Committee

 Governor attendance : academic year 2015/16           academic year 2016/17


Every September the Governors at St Paul's fill in a form to declare any financial or business interests.  Please find a blank form attached

The minutes of Governing Body meetings are always available in the school office, upon request to the Headteacher.

The Governing Body is answerable to parents and the wider community. Parents may contact the Chair, or indeed any of us, through the school office.

Who are we?


The Governing Body is similar to a Board of Directors, and meets at least once a term. Being a church school, governors are appointed by the London Diocesan Board for Schools, the Parochial Church Council, the Local Education Authority, as well as by staff and parents. School governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities.


Governors generally hold their office for a period of four years at a time. During this time they have the opportunity to attend training courses and workshops on a comprehensive range of topics provided by the Local Authority and the Diocese, and receive updates on salient issues from a variety of sources.


Foundation Governors

Foundation governors at the school represent the interests of the Diocese who are trustees of the school. The role of the foundation governor is to ensure that the school is clearly recognisable as Christian in its ethos and ensure compliance with the trust deed.


Parent Governors

Parents of pupils registered at the school are eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. They are elected by other parents at the school. The school has one elected parent governor.

Staff Governors

The Headteacher is automatically eligible to be a full member of the Governing Body by virtue of the office. Headteachers have the choice of being a governor. Both teaching and support staff who are paid to work at the school are eligible to stand as staff governors. They are elected by other members of the staff at the school. The school has one teaching staff governor and one non-teaching staff governor.

Local Authority Governors

Local Authority governors are appointed by the Local Authority of Barnet. There is one Local Authority governor at St Paul’s.

Associate Members

Associate members may also attend meetings of the Governing Body. Their presence provides valuable expertise in a variety of areas. Associate members, however, do not have the right to vote at meetings.


What do we do?


The Governing Body has joint responsibility for all members of the school community and the premises of the school. Governing bodies are corporately liable for decisions taken by the governing body or its committees.


The Governing Body works in partnership with the Headteacher. The role of a governor is to provide guidance and support, acting as a 'critical friend' who is there to give direction and focus to the school leadership. The internal management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher.


Meetings of the full Governing Body are usually held once a term and cover topics such as: planning the school's long term vision through the School Improvement Plan, target setting and monitoring, policies and the school budget. Much of the work, however, is devolved to a series of sub-committees to ensure the workload is dealt with effectively.


These sub-committees deal separately with:


  • Admissions : Admission of pupils to Nursery and Reception
  • Buildings and Finance: ensuring the finances of the school are properly allocated and administered, maintaining and improving the premises, health and safety.
  • Curriculum: monitoring progress of pupils, subject curriculum, religious education and collective worship, gifted and talented, special educational needs, exclusion.
  • Pay and Personnel: employing all staff, deciding their salaries, ensuring in-service training takes place, hearing grievances, taking disciplinary action if necessary.

Governors are also linked to subject areas and meet regularly with subject coordinators. They make visits to see the schools in progress and talk to children and staff. Some governors help on trips and in the classrooms.