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Our Governors (ID 1066)


The Role of a Governor

The governing body's main aim is to help raise standards of achievement and make sure the school provides a good quality education.

The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and staff. Governors are there to help shape the school's future direction and focus.

Governors work as a team and are at the heart of how our school operates. It's important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of our children and staff, and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community. To make best use of the skills on the board, we operate two committees.  The Resources committee meet three times per year to examine the school finances and issues relating to staffing and management of the buildings and premises.  The Performance committee meet three times per year to consider the progress and performance of our pupils.  Both committees feed back to the Full Governing Body which meets a minimum of three times per year.

The governing body is responsible for how the school is performing. They have to be prepared to support and challenge their Headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what's best for the children.

See below for a full list of our Governors, their roles and review of their attendance at Governors meetings.



Governors do not manage the operational day-to-day functions of a school, but are required to oversee its long-term development.

For schools like ours there are five types of governor:

  • Parent governors: are governors with children at the school. They are elected onto the governing body by other parents.
    • Staff governors: the head teacher and deputy head teacher attend governing body meetings. Also there is a representative from the teaching staff.
    • Local authority governors: are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body.
    • Co-opted governors: are appointed onto the governing body by the other members because they possess a particular skill which can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
    • Foundation governors: are appointed by the diocese and have responsibility to ensure that the Christian ethos of the school is maintained and developed.
  • What do we do?

    We work as a team. We are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all our children. We do this by working closely with the head teacher and the school staff.

    Why do we do it?

    We all care deeply about St Paul’s C of E Primary School and Nursery and want the best for the whole school family – children, parents, staff and the wider community. We are a governing board that is passionate, committed and cares about the school’. BUT it’s really important that we, and you as parents, understand what our role is as governors – you never know, you may like to join us on the board as a parent governor when there’s a vacancy!! We work on the strategic direction of the school. We are ‘Eyes on, Hands off’! The head teacher and staff work on the day-to-day operational running of the school.



The Governing Body 2023-2024

Name of Governor Category of Governor Responsibilities Committees Term Dates Meeting attendance in 2022 - 2023 Relevant business or pecuniary interest declared/governorship at other schools
Mrs Jayne Bevan Acting Headteacher - by virtue of office P,R 16.04.2023 - None declared
Mrs Margaret Ash Local Authority - nominated by LA appointed by GB

Chair of Governors,

Governor Induction

Health and Safety

R (Chair), 


20.10.2020 - 19.10.2024 None declared
Mrs Rachel Bolton Co-opted appointed by governing body

Vice Chair,


Early Years

P, (Vice Chair) 04.05.2021 - 02.05.2025 None declared
Mrs Patricia Gifford Foundation - appointed by the Diocese of Gloucester Safeguarding P 01.10.2021 - 30.09.2025 None declared
Mr Peter Millward Co-opted - appointed by the governing body

Pupil Premium,

Religious Education

R 22.06.2021 - 20.06.2025

Minister at Gloucester Elim Church

(Including Gloucester foodbank)


Governor of Severn Vale School

Ms Farida Bobat Co-opted - appointed by the governing body

Creative Arts

05.12.2022 - 04.12.2024 None declared
Mrs Karen Paterson Staff - appointed by staff


27.03.2023 - 26.03.2025 None declared
Revd James Njue Foundation - appointed by the Diocese of Gloucester






Historic Information

Name of Governor

Category of Governor



Term Dates

Meeting attendance 2019 - 2020

Meeting attendance 2020 - 2021

Relevant business or pecuniary interests declared/governorships at other schools

Mrs Abby Dearden

Parent – appointed by the Governing Body

Vice Chair of Governors,





04/05/2021 – 03/05/2023


(resigned: 15/06/2022)

FGB: 8/8

FGB: 4/4

C: 2/2

None declared

Mrs Sarah Baller

Staff – Elected by Staff



24/05/2021 – 23/05/2023


(no longer eligible: 05/06/2022)

FGB: 8/8

FGB: 3/4

C: 1/1

None declared

Revd Ruth Fitter

Foundation –

by virtue of office

Chair of Governors, 

Governor Induction,

Phase 1



04/11/2014 -


(no longer eligible: 08/01/2022)

FGB: 7/8

FGB: 1/1

Vicar of St Paul & St Stephen, Gloucester

Miss Esther Aminu

Co-opted - appointed by Governing Body



20/10/2020 - 19/10/2022


(resigned: 22/09/2021)


FGB: 4/6


2021 - 2022

FGB: 0/1




About our Governors


Jayne Stafford

I have been involved with St. Paul’s school since my eldest son started school in 1996. I became a parent governor in 2011 and have been a co-opted governor ever since. I work part time at Coral bookmakers and help to look after my granddaughter. I am passionate about the welfare of your children. St. Paul’s has always felt like one big happy family and I am proud to be involved with the school.


Margaret Ash

I have been a governor at St Paul’s since 2016 when both my children attended the school. As they have now both left I have been nominated as a local authority governor. I work, full time as an Occupational Health Manager for EDF Energy and I am passionate about health and safety and enjoy transferring my knowledge to our visionary and inclusive school.


Rachel Bolton

I have a five year association with St Paul’s which began when I used to come from The Crypt School to teach Spanish across KS2. After two years of this I left a long secondary teaching career to work fully at St Paul’s initially as a classroom Teaching Partner and then doing individual speech and language support. I also greatly enjoyed expanding the school library and running both a drama as well as a book club.  I have a long career in education as a teacher, a teaching partner (and a parent!) and have been a governor in two Gloucestershire Primary schools many years ago. I’m passionate about the importance of language – oracy and reading – as something fundamentally necessary in children’s lives and therefore value the opportunity to serve on the governing body to help develop this further at St Paul’s


Peter Millward

I am a minister at Gloucester Elim Church in Park End Road. I am married with four children (17, 15, 14, 12). As a member of Gloucester Elim Church I am passionate about seeing the lives of those in the vicinity of our church being blessed and improved and I support anyone trying to support the community in any way.  

I am also a parent governor at Severn Vale School (2 years), and the joint deputy Safeguarding co-ordinator. I was a governor at our children’s Catholic primary school in Bristol for approx. ten years until March this year. My experiences as a governor in a socially deprived area of Bristol have given me an understanding of some of the challenges that like-minded schools and education practitioners face. No longer are schools simply places of learning, but a significant port of call for support and intervention for families with a wide range of needs. I am proud to be a part of that process for local families.


Patricia Gifford

I have lived in the inner city of Gloucester for almost 50 years, eleven of them as a minister in the Church of England. Our children were educated in local schools.  I have always been active in the local community and have a good understanding of life in a multi-cultural/multi-faith community. 

I am passionate about the educational attainment of children and prior to ministry was an education liaison officer with GCC. I have been a school governor at both primary and secondary level and hope to use my experience for the benefit of the pupils and staff of St Paul's Primary School.


Farida Bobat
I am a primary school teacher currently at St Peter's Catholic Primary School and have been for over 16 years. I have a wealth of experience of working with children from different backgrounds, races and faith within the Barton and Tredworth area and I am passionate about providing these children with an exciting curriculum experiences. I look forward to bringing my energy, knowledge and experiences to St Paul's Primary to ensure that the children within our community receive the best education and start in life.