Governors

Who are the Governors and what is their role?

The Board of Governors is comprised of volunteers who represent different parts of our community. This includes parents, school staff, the local authority and the church. Governors have the following three core functions in order to support the school:

1.     To help set the strategic direction of the school.

2.     To help create systems of accountability and hold the school to account for the educational development of the pupils.

3.     To agree the school’s budget and ensure that the school’s money is well-spent.

In addition to this, Foundation Governors in a church school like St Paul’s have a responsibility to ensure that the school’s religious ethos is preserved and developed.

Many of the responsibilities of the Governing Board are statutory which means we are required by law to undertake them. Governors attend one meeting of the full board in each school term. In addition, they also attend meetings of sub-committees which meet according to the needs of the school across the year. There are four committees; Finance and Resources, Curriculum, Admissions and Pay & Personnel.

Finance and Resources Committee

This committee reviews the financial management of the school in line with the Finance Policy and the Scheme of Delegation. Their role is to guide the Head, the Senior Leadership Team and the full Governing Board in all matters relating to finance. They have to present the annual budget to the full Board after reviewing the School Financial Value Standard document. They also oversee audits of the school. They should promote a positive and safe learning environment and advise the full Board on priorities for maintenance or development. They oversee repairs or maintenance and the arrangements for use of the site by outside users. They also review the Health and Safety Policy.

Curriculum Committee

This committee reviews the School Development Plan with the Head and makes recommendations to the full Governing Board as required. They also make recommendations in light of changes to the Ofsted framework or SIAMS framework and following inspections. They meet with staff subject leaders for feedback on how each curriculum area is taught and resourced and to oversee progress being made. They also review the Policies and provision for PSHE, Relationships and Sex Education, Acts of Worship and the RE Curriculum. They monitor school’s academic performance and assessment and the way these are reported to parents/carers.

Admissions Committee

This committee meets to apply the over-subscription criteria as agreed by the full Governing Board and advises the Local Authority of the ranked list of applications. They are responsible for reviewing the Admissions Policy and recommending changes to the full Board. They ensure the Admissions process is carried out in accordance with the guidance in the Schools Admissions Criteria document and support the reasons for refusal of an application. They also oversee mid-term admissions where required and consider appeals against the LA directions on admissions, if necessary, in specific circumstances.

Pay and Personnel Committee

This committee ensures all procedures relating to the recruitment, selection and appraisal of staff are in place. They monitor staff appointments, taking part in the interview process, and review staffing structures and grades. They hear feedback from staff appraisals and changes and ensure staffing decisions support the School Development Plan. Members of this committee undergo Safer Recruitment Training and a smaller panel oversee the Performance Management of the Head.


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Mr Jones

Central Barnet Deanery Synod Governor

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Mr Jones

Central Barnet Deanery Synod Governor

Attended St Paul’s School between 1997 – 2005. Currently the Deanery Synod representative for St. Paul’s Church. Doni is passionate about football and has previously played at non-league level. Doni has a background in volunteers within the borough and has previously been a member of both the Enfield Youth Parliament and the UK Youth Parliament. Doni’s hobbies include going to the gym, blogging, learning guitar and playing football.

Ms Betts
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Ms Betts

Chair of Governors (PCC)

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Ms Betts

Chair of Governors (PCC)

I have been a PCC-elected Governor at St Paul’s since September 2004 and took on the role of Chair in September 2016. My four children were all pupils at St Paul’s. My eldest is now reading English at King’s College, London and the other three are all at Wren Academy.

I enjoy being part of the school community and getting to know the staff and children and frequently visit school to watch lessons and assemblies. I trained as a teacher myself and am able to use my knowledge and experience to support the Curriculum Committee. I am also active in the St Paul’s Church community, where my family and I have been members of the congregation for 20 years. I am Vice-Chair of the PCC and plan and participate in fundraisers and social events.

I frequently attend Governor training which is essential to enable Governors to ask challenging questions and fulfil our statutory responsibilities. I am trained in Safer Recruitment and participate in the interview process for new staff.

I am passionate and committed to ensuring St. Paul’s continues to be an excellent place for children to learn and thrive.

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Ms Blanche

Deputy Inclusion Manager

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Ms Blanche

Deputy Inclusion Manager

I am responsible for supporting pupils who have either:

  • Special Educational Needs
  • Additional Educational Needs
  • New to English and English as an additional language Medical needs

I work closely with Parents/ Carers who may concerns and questions regarding their child’s attainment, progress or medical needs. What you probably don’t know is that growing up I wanted to be a radio producer for the BBC. My guilty pleasure is buying music, (CDs or vinyl), I love to see my collection grow.  I would describe myself as being chatty, fun and secretly a big kid at heart.​

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Ms Di Palma

Governor

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Ms Di Palma

Governor

She is a recently appointed Governor.  She is Italian and moved to London in 1998 – since then she has always worked in the Financial Services sector. Her hobbies include cooking, baking (especially bread), going to the cinema with her two children, reading novels (the dystopian genre is her favourite) and travelling. She has recently passed the Grade 3 piano exam and plans to take Grade 5 at some point next year.

Ms Maltese
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Ms Maltese

Head Teacher / Ex-officio Governor

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Ms Maltese

Head Teacher / Ex-officio Governor

She is responsible for Assessment, Mathematics and keeping our school safe (Health & Safety). She also works with our Year 6 House Captains. What you probably don’t know about Mrs Maltese is that when she was young she wanted to be an air hostess! She says that if she were an animal, she’d be a frog as she is always on the move and hopping around. Mrs Maltese describes herself as energetic but also calm and kind.

Ms Singer
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Ms Singer

English Link Governor / PCC Governor

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Ms Singer

English Link Governor / PCC Governor

She has been a Governor for just under a year.  When she is not being a governor she is a part time primary school teacher and a full time mum. Her hobbies include 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles, eating and reading. She loves reading fiction, particularly thrillers.  She also enjoys discovering new children’s books with her son and daughter as well as re-reading old favourites again and again!

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Reverend Matthew Harbage

School Priest - Governor

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Reverend Matthew Harbage

School Priest - Governor

He became the Vicar of New Southgate and our school priest in March 2020, having moved from central London. He grew up in Cornwall, loves computers and enjoys a good book. He would describe himself as a kind, smiley person.

Governor Details List

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Governors Attendance 2018-2019

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Governors Attendance 2019-2020

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Governors Attendance 2020-2021

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