St Paul's C of E Primary School

St Pauls Church of England Gloucester


What do the governors do?

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.

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.

Please click here or see below for a full list of our Governors, their roles and review of their attendance at Governors meetings.


St Paul's C of E School Governing Body - 2017/18
Name Gov. type Appointed by Term of office Committee FGB 2016/17 Pecuniary Interests
From To
Mr Brian Bartlett, Chair Local Authority Local Authority 01/12/2014 30/11/2018 Performance ( 2 of 3)             Resources (2 of 2) 3 of 4 None
Revd. Ruth Fitter Vice Chair Foundation Diocese of Gloucester 04/11/2014 03/11/2017 Performance (3 of 3)       Ethos                                  Child Protection                      Safeguarding                        Looked After Children 3 of 4 None
Mrs Marian Ivens Foundation Diocese of Gloucester 01/09/2014 31/08/2018 Performance ( 2 of 3)         Ethos 3 of 4 None
Mrs Stephanie Matthews Staff Ex officio ex officio Performance   (3 of 3)        Resources (2 of 4) 4 of 4 None
Miss Cat Gonzalez Staff Staff 19/01/2017 18/01/2019 Performance (1 of 2) 3 of 3 None
Mr Owen Thomas Parent Parents 19/01/2017 18/01/2019 Resources (2 of 2) 3 of 3 None
Mrs Margaret Ash Parent Parents 07/10/2015 06/10/2017 Resources   (3 of 3) 4 of 4 None
Vacancy Parent - - - - - -
Mrs Helen Brown Co-opted Governors 19/01/2017 18/01/2019 Performance (2 of 2) 3 of 3 Specialist support for literacy
Mrs Jayne Stafford Co-opted Governors 05/05/2017 04/05/2019 Resources (3 of 4) 3 of 4 None
Vacancy Co-opted - - - - - -
Vacancy Co-opted - - - - - -
Vacancy Co-opted - - - - - -
Mrs Jayne Bevan Associate Governors 01/09/2017 31/08/2019   - -
Mrs Mary Kitchen Clerk to Governors - 01/09/2015 n/a   - -

About our Governors:

Brian Bartlett

I have been involved in education for over forty years. I began teaching in 1975 and held a number of positions, particularly in relation to children with special educational needs. I became an education adviser with the local authority in 1997 and also spent ten years as an Ofsted inspector. I have previously been a governor at a special school and a secondary school. In one role or another I have been associated with St. Paul’s for many years and was delighted to be asked to join your governing body in September 2014.


Jayne Stafford

My daughter Sophie, and 2 sons aged attended St Pauls. I work part-time at Coral bookmakers and also help my eldest son look after his very energetic two year old daughter. St Paul's has always felt like part of the family, very supportive and helpful no matter how small or large the problem is and because of this, I felt as a parent I could have more involvement in the running of the school as a parent governor.


Marian Ivens

I have been a Foundation Governor at St Paul's for two and a half years. I moved here from Warwickshire in 2013. My Christian faith is fundamental to me so I am honoured to be supporting the Christian ethos at St Paul's. I have 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren, and I see the children at St Paul's as "extended family" as I love being a parent and grandparent. The welfare of children is crucial for me. I enjoy swimming, the outdoors, reading and the Arts, especially theatre.


Ruth Fitter

I am passionate about children and learning. I believe every child deserves to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Education enables this but more importantly education alongside pastoral support for the whole family enables children to develop their academic, social, emotional and spiritual more fully. This happens at St Paul's where staff go the extra mile to make sure all children have the teaching, learning and pastoral support they need. I am very happy to be able to be part of this team of people. 


Margaret Ash

I have been a parent governor since October 2016 and am the Chair of the Resources Committee. I also support the school as a link governor to health and safety and humanities. I enjoy my role as governor as I am able to contribute towards making our school the best possible environment for the learning and development of my child and the children within the school community. I am an Occupational Health nurse and I work full time at EDF Energy specialising in work related health.


Helen Brown

I started my career as a primary school teacher. I developed an interest in children with special educational needs and retrained to work in this field. I was a learning support teacher in Buckinghamshire and then set up my own business assessing and teaching children with learning differences. I have continued this work since moving to Gloucestershire. I believe that school should be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience for every child.  I am very pleased to be working with the team at St. Paul’s who have the children at the heart of everything they do."