Meet the Governors

Mr Albert Owen

Chair/Ex Officio Foundation Governor

I have been involved with the school over a number of years, firstly as a parent, both of our children attended the school and then as a governor. I have always thought that it is very important for every child in the school to achieve their full potential and enjoy the learning experience. I am delighted that the school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice and it encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

Mr Chris Partridge

Headteacher

I am the Head Teacher Governor and as such, attend all Full Governing Board meetings and Committee meetings. As Head Teacher I am responsible for the organisation, management and control of the school. It is my duty to advise Governors on the strategic development of the school and implement the Governing Body’s strategic framework. I very much enjoy working with my Governor colleagues, who are hardworking and supportive, but who at the same time rigorously challenge and question me on school improvement and development.

Mr Cliff Brown

Foundation Governor

I was asked to join the governing body by our rector to represent St. Peter & St. Paul's. I am fairly new to the area so have no former connection with the with school. In my previous church I was responsible for looking after the church buildings, I was also involved with running the youth work for over 25 years. 

Mrs Harriet Farquhar

 

Co-opted Governor

I have lived and worked in Shepton Mallet now for 20 years. After studying Biochemistry and Business Administration and Management at university I returned to Somerset to work for our family business. I am currently joint managing director of Protek, a paint manufacturing company based here in Shepton. I have two children; one is currently in year 5 here at St. Paul’s and the youngest is in year 1 at Bowlish Infants. I feel honoured to be a Governor since September 2021 and looking forward to being involved much as possible in the life of the school and take opportunities to experience first-hand the teaching and learning environment offered to our children.

As governors we volunteer our time and use our experience from various professions and backgrounds to collaborate closely with the school to provide the absolute best opportunities for learning and development that we can for all children. I am looking forward to being able to support the school in achieving its vision in ensuring every child at St. Paul’s C of E (VC) Junior School has the opportunity to become “future ready”, enthusiastic and competent learners.

 

Harriet Farquhar B.Sc. BA. (Hons)

Mr Martin Berkeley

Local Authority Governor

Coming Soon

 

Mr Daniel Reeves

Co-opted Governor

I moved to Shepton Mallet with my family in 2017, and we have two children, one attends St. Paul’s and the other attends the Local Infant’s School. I particularly like the community spirit that exists in Shepton and especially at St. Paul’s. There is a passion for the wellbeing of the children in all respects, and the school does a fantastic job at laying the foundations of a happy and fruitful educational career for our children. I have become a Co-opted Governor so I may become more involved with the school and actively contribute to the ongoing good work that the Headmaster and Staff do on a daily basis. I would also like to gain an in depth understanding of how the School operates and use my experience within the Commercial sector to benefit the School in any way possible.

 

Mr Julian Tucker

Co-opted Governor

I have recently become a Governor after retiring from careers in the police and education. I've lived in Shepton Mallet for over 25 years, all three of my children went to St Paul's, and I'm keen for the school to continue its remarkable progress thanks to the efforts of all involved from our community. My special interest concerns how the Church of England connection enriches educational journeys.

Mr Robert Goodhand

VIce Chair / Parent Governor

Retired having had three careers in Engineering, HR and Teaching, the last both in the state and private sector. Involved in a number of town community initiatives relating to well-being and the development of Shepton Mallet's prosperity. I have one grandchild at the school and support reading as a listener. 

Mrs Lucy Milton-Downes 

Parent Governor

My name is Lucy Milton-Downes. I am a solicitor and parent to three children.  My eldest child is currently in Year 4 at St Paul's.  Since joining the school I have watched my daughter grow in confidence.  She grabs opportunities with both hands and positively confronts challenges.  I believe this is due to the incredible teaching/ethos instilled by the teachers who treat the children like young adults and encourage them to take on responsibility.  I became a parent governor because I want to understand  how the school operates from top to bottom; how the curriculum is implemented; who is accountable to whom, and to be a voice for parents, to help ensure that the school's reputation and standards are maintained so that our children can continue to receive the best education in a warm, happy and safe environment.

Mrs Rachel Lord

 

Co-Opted Governor

Hi, my name is Rachel, and I’m the RE Governor at the school. I’ve just joined the team of Governors in September, but have had some involvement with the school over the past year as the new(ish) Children’s, Youth and Families Worker at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church Shepton Mallet. Despite the Covid restrictions it’s been great to be involved with assemblies, and other events in the school calendar - I’m really looking forward to being able to do more in-person, post-pandemic!

 

I’m really excited to be part of a team of Governors who clearly care so deeply about the school they govern - and not just as a whole, but for the well-being and potential of every individual child, parent, teacher and member of staff. Having been involved with the school, even for just a year, it is so evident that the community at St. Paul’s CE is one of huge warmth, welcome and care, where every effort is made to help each other achieve the very best that they can. It’s a privilege to join the Governing body here, and I’m looking forward to supporting the school in every way that I can, and becoming part of this wonderful community. Please do say hi and introduce yourself if you see me around school, around the church, or elsewhere around the town (probably buying doughnuts at Denela’s!)

Mrs Caroline Owen

 

Staff Governor

I am the Deputy Head Teacher and staff governor at St Paul’s and have been teaching for over 20 years.  I joined St Paul’s in September 2019.  My roles at St Paul’s include leader of Year 5, the curriculum and pupil premium.  My aim is to use my experience to support the Head Teacher in developing new initiatives within our school to maintain and improve standards, ensuring our children have the best possible education and opportunities.  At home I enjoy cycling, swimming and I sing in a local choir. 

 

 

 

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