School Governors are ordinary people, aged over 18, who are drawn from all walks of life.
Governors give their service voluntarily and no formal qualifications are necessary, although there are certain criteria to consider when appointing a Board of Governors.
Governors, along with the Head Teacher and the school’s senior staff, form the leadership team of the school. They have a crucial role in ensuring the school is successful in meeting the needs of all its pupils and in achieving high standards.
Their term of office is usually four years. This may be extended.
Foundation Governors of a Catholic school are appointed by the Bishop and have special responsibilities as his representatives, to preserve and develop the distinctive Catholic character of the school.
All governors of the school can be contacted via the School Office.
S. Vickers (Chair of the Governing Body): Sixteen years ago when we moved into the area, we had a choice of schools for our elder child, then six, and we selected St. Paul’s. As a consequence we joined the worshiping community of St. Paul’s Parish where my family were very active parishioners for several years. In 2003, I became a Foundation Governor at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, so I have been associated with the school as a parent, then a governor, for sixteen years now.
I work in the IT Department of a finance company. I feel there is a synergy between my role as a governor and my management experience at work. My experience as a school governor, supporting an area where I am not an expert, education, has greatly helped me to take on new challenges at work and my management experience at work has helped me to understand and support the management challenges that can be faced within the school.
J. Muddiman (Vice Chair of Governors): I have been a member of this parish (attending Immaculate Heart Church) for over 50 years and my children have attended the parish schools in all education sectors.
My family has had connections with St. Paul's for over 50 years. Many members of my husband’s family attended the school as pupils and my eldest son attended St. Paul’s for 2 years before the re-organisation of Catholic education in 1990.
I am a retired Head Teacher of a Catholic school in Harrogate; I have always taught in Catholic schools and spent many happy years as a class teacher and later a senior manager at St. Paul’s from 1997 until 2003.
As a Catholic educator I was, and still am, totally committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for children whilst ensuring Christ is at the centre of everything we do. I offer my experience and enthusiasm in order to support the pupils, staff and parents of St. Paul’s
Father T. Wiley: I am the Parish Priest of Saint John Mary Vianney, which incorporates the Catholic Churches of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St Paul the Apostle. I am also the Dean of North Leeds. I was educated at St Nicholas Primary School before going on to St Michael’s College in Leeds. After employment in the Civil Service, I trained for the Priesthood at St Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw, in Durham and I was ordained in July 1988. I have over 25 years of experience on school governing bodies. I am a regular visitor to both parish schools, along with our assistant priest, Fr Michael Doody. As part of our regular visits into school, we visit all the classes but we spend special time with the children in Year 3, and their parents, helping them prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and their First Holy Communion.
J. Bowyer:I am a newly appointed foundation governor. My background is in pharmaceutical
sales but I now work part-time as a medical receptionist. I am an active member of the parish of St
John Mary Vianney, where I read in church and serve as a Children’s Liturgy catechist. I am a
regular visitor in St Paul’s school and I am enjoying getting to know the staff and pupils and seeing
how school really works. As a former pupil of the school I feel very privileged to serve in this role.
I am extremely proud of our school, with its wonderful children and dedicated staff. I will work
hard to fulfil my responsibilities as a governor and hope to assist the school in maintaining its high
standards of education and strong Catholic ethos.
J. McDermott: My family has had connections to St. Paul's for over 40 years. Many members of my family attended the school as pupils, and now I am a parent, as my daughter is a pupil at St Paul’s. I have worked as a Secondary School Teacher in the Yorkshire area for nearly 20 years, so I take a special interest in the educational development of the pupils in the school as well as their readiness for transfer to secondary school. I hope that my awareness as a parent and of the social and academic requirements of school life in KS3 and KS4 will help support staff and pupils in all aspects of their work.
L. Denby: I have been part of St Paul’s Community for over 30 years and have many great memories of being a pupil at the school, regularly attending Church and in later years receiving the Sacrament of Marriage as well as bringing our children up within the Catholic Faith here at St Paul’s. I am now a part time working mum of three children and I first became interested in joining the Board of Governors when our eldest daughter started school in September 2014. It was a new chapter in our lives and I wanted to be involved in her education and be part of a team to continue in the schools excellence. I hope that my skills and knowledge of working in a Finance Department of a Marketing Company will be a positive influence in maintaining St Paul’s high achievements.
Local Authority Governors:
B. Duffy: I live locally and I attend Mass in the parish. I became a Local Authority
Governor in 2017 as I have an interest in and a commitment to Leeds Catholic education. I am the mother
of three children, one of whom still attends St Paul’s School. My professional background is in
commercial litigation, and having been a partner in a law firm for over 10 years, I hope to be able
to use my management skills and legal knowledge to help the Governing Body to set clear and
ambitious strategic priorities and targets for the school. My aim, as Local Authority Governor, is to
ensure the continued high standards of achievement for all the children at St Paul’s by supporting
and constructively challenging the management team of the school.
M. Langstaff: I have a very long association with St Paul’s having attended the school myself and now as the mother of son who attended St Paul's last year. I have worked in a number of senior management roles in the private and voluntary sectors and ran my own business for a number of years. In addition I have been a board director for two large credit unions during which time I worked with the supervisory and internal audit functions.I retrained as a teacher in 2010 and I currently teach History and RE at St John Fisher’s RC High School. My work in education gives me an insight with the challenges schools are facing in terms of constant curriculum change and ever increasing financial constraints. I have already provided some guidance to St Paul’s with regard to changes in KS2 History curriculum.
I have a strong commitment to catholic education and I am keen to further my contribution at a strategic level.
F. Akande: Information to follow.
J. O'Hara: I have been a parent governor at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School since October 2017. I attend mass at St Paul’s on a weekly basis, and I am committed to supporting the Christian values of the School. In addition to being a father of three children at St Paul’s School, I am a University Professor, who specialises in Sport and Exercise Physiology. I have worked in higher education since 2000, where I have developed skills in educational development, leadership, management of finance and resources, and sit on several University committees, which requires knowledge of good governance. I believe that my professional experiences are directly transferable to a Primary School setting and I hope will be invaluable in supporting St Paul’s provision of an outstanding Catholic Education for all pupils. .