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St Pauls C of E (VA) Primary School

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St Pauls C of E (VA) Primary School



The Governing Body works closely with the Headteacher in the management of the school. We are the strategic leaders of the school with an important role to play in ensuring every child gets the best possible education. Governing bodies have a statutory role and responsibility to raise academic achievement and promote pupil welfare.

Dr Russell Re Manning

Chair of Governing Body

Russell Re Manning commenced his term as a Governor in Autumn Term 2017. An academic philosopher he has lived in Cambridge for nearly 20 years and is Reader at Bath Spa University, He is a Parent Governor with a son in Year 2. He has a long association with St Edmund's College, Cambridge, where he is now a Visiting Fellow. He is a keen allotmenteer and, amongst other things, is currently working on a book about Friedrich Nietzsche.





Beverly Jones

Vice Chair of Governing Body

Beverly Jones commenced her term as a Governor, Autumn Term 2016. She moved  with her husband Derek into the St Paul’s catchment area in 1993 and has been a member of St Paul’s Church since then. Her three sons are millennials who attended St Paul’s whist she was Principal at Chesterton Community College. Since then her career has included acting as the Government lead for Education in the East of England and becoming a Director of Parkside Federation Academies, leading the improvement at Coleridge for three years. She now works part time as an Education Adviser developing Culture and Arts Leaders for Schools and Academies, supporting Headteachers as well as working as a Director of She is the Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee.







Our Vision


  • Recognise and encourage excellence in every part of school life. We have a great staff team and facilities, a sound budget and engaged supportive parents, everything needed to provide an excellent education for our children. We want to see the school build on those foundations and continuously improve.
  • Communicate effectively between parents, staff, children and governors. Make known all the great things that are being done and identify areas that can be improved.
  • Support and challenge the Senior Leadership Team, providing insights from a different point of view to help the school leadership to focus on the right areas for improvement. Ensure that school resources and finances are used in the best way.
  • Ensure all our children achieve their full potential. Our focus should always be on the happiness, confidence and progress of every child in the school. We want every child to make excellent progress and be well equipped for the future.


We meet at least twice a term with additional sub-committee meetings to discuss individual matters, such as the school curriculum and finances. The minutes of recent meetings are linked below.

Governors make regular monitoring visits, working closely with staff and external advisors to improve teaching and learning for all our children.

The current governors are listed below. 



Start of Term

End of Term

Committees & Roles

Attendance with Approved Absence, 2018-19


Russell Re Manning

September 2017

July 2021

Chair & Maths Link




Pippa Savage

September 2017

July 2021

English Link



Foundation (Diocese of Ely)

Bev Jones

September 2016

July 2020

Vice Chair & EYFS Link

F&P (Chair)


Foundation (Church Schools of Cambridge)

Eleanor Carne

February 2017

February 2021

RE Link



Foundation (Church Schools of Cambridge)

Hilary Aldred

April 2018

April 2022

Safeguarding Link



Foundation (Church Schools of Cambridge

Michael Beckett

Ex officio


Vicar of St Paul’s Church



Foundation (Church Schools of Cambridge)

Maggie Cherry

March 2019

March 2023


Pending DBS Check

Local Authority

Stephanie Fityan

May 2019

May 2023


Pending DBS Check

Staff Governor

Sarah Abrey

December 2018

December 2022



Co-opted Governor

Suranga Chandratillake

June 2019

June 2023


Pending DBS Check


Jacqueline Watts

August 2018




Schedule of Governing Body Meetings

Finance and Personnel Committee Meetings Minutes

Teaching, Learning and Pupil Welfare Committee Meeting Minutes

We are always keen to hear from parents. You can contact the Governing Body via the Chair - by letter or email to the school office. Alternatively, you can contribute your views about the school via the ParentView website.