St. Paul's School Governing Body
St Paul’s School Governing Body
The Governing Body work closely with the school to support us in our work and offer challenge that enables us to continue to move forward. The Governing Body meet on a termly basis, with all meetings minuted by the School Administrator.
The Head of School reports on the following matters at each meeting:
- Staffing / Recruitment
- Pupil numbers / Referrals
- Whole School Attendance
- Progression / Results
- Work Experience
- Teaching and Learning
Patrick Wing MBE JP – Chair of Governors
Pat has been a governor at St Paul’s school for a number of years. He is a retired police officer who now works in the community with Balsall Heath Forum. Pat and his late wife fostered children for over 30 years and have looked after youngsters with a range of disabilities. He is an ageing but keen sportsman and also sits on the boards of another two schools/colleges.
Patrick is also on the St Paul’s Trust Board of Trustees.
Gill Coffin – Vice Chair of Governors
Former local resident, involved with St. Paul’s Trust since 1979.
Retired senior local government manager, specialising in communications, equalities, and information management. Previous jobs included social work and social policy research.
Gill is also former Chair of the St Paul’s Trust Board of Trustees.
Ali Beard – Governor
I am passionate about providing opportunities for children and young people achieving their potential, and I have expressed this throughout my life in my voluntary work as well as in my career in the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist with children in the community.
I have been a qualified Speech and Language Therapist for over 20 years and have worked in inner city London and across Birmingham with children and young people of all ages with complex speech, language and communication needs including those related to Autism and mental health difficulties. Having worked as part of integrated teams with teachers and senior leaders in a range of educational provisions across specialist and mainstream settings, I have a grounded understanding of teaching and learning.
As a dynamic and experienced leader in working cross agencies, I am familiar with the challenges in delivering good outcomes in a tight and complex financial and political environment. I have a close and in depth knowledge challenges and opportunities within implementing SEN support and am involved in current SEND development workstreams in Birmingham.
I am passionate for teaching staff to be excellent communicators and to use good communication strategies with students so they can understand, participate and make progress. I am strongly aware that many CYP’s speech, language and communication needs are often unrecognised and therefore unsupported, which severely limits their educational attainment as well as make them more at risk of mental health issues.
I bring my experience and specialist knowledge to the role of Governor, as well as a strong belief in the importance of family support to enable young people to thrive and achieve.
Amy Lassman – Governor
Amy has spent her entire professional life in education, in this country and abroad. After working in inner-city primary schools in London for over ten years, Amy relocated to her hometown of Birmingham in 2015.
Amy has been on the governing body of 3 different schools over a long period and holds a senior leadership position in a Birmingham school.
Amy has always had a passion for enriching the lives of the children and families and closing gaps caused by economic and social disadvantage. Her work has always centred around the holistic child and their wider family and lived experience. Amy is focussed on the health and wellbeing of children and their families alongside their educational development.
Amy has completed Mental Health First Aid training as well as being a Designated Safeguarding Lead in her school. Amy is also a member of a running club and recently completed her first (and only!) marathon.
Clare Reardon – Governor/Trustee
I am a Public Health specialist with 18 years’ experience in both NHS and Local Authority Public Health. Throughout my career, I have led on a range of Public Health related policy, strategy and service delivery areas including; sexual health and teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, homeless and migrant health, domestic abuse, and more recently counter terrorism.
I am passionate about improving life chances and outcomes for people and communities whose circumstances make it more difficult to live healthy and well. I have a particular interest in creating positive change for people with complex social backgrounds who experience some of the most significant health inequalities of all.
Having lived in Balsall Heath as a teenager, it’s a privilege to contribute to the work of St Pauls and to the area that was so welcoming to me and my family.
Toni Estevez – Parent Governor
Originally a Senior community engagement consultant from London. I have been a part of school since 2018. I wanted to be more involved in an excellent school and help support the school and pupils. I have a level 5 in leadership and management and I have completed many courses around S.E.N, and understanding Autism just to name a few.
I am very passionate in volunteering my time to my position and my responsibilities lie in supporting the school. My aim is to continue to contribute to the school having a positive profile in the local community and city, at our school pupils and staff are nurtured, valued and their achievements celebrated.
I have two Autistic sons, one of which has been a pupil since 2018 he struggled terribly in mainstream school, and the school failed to support his needs, accepting a place at St Pauls has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. He has thrived and grown both academically and personally.
I feel very passionate about volunteering my time towards the school and enjoy all aspects of my role.
Could you be a Governor?
If you would like to become a Governor at St Paul’s School, please download and complete the below application form.
All completed forms are to be returned to the Senior Administrator of School and Governance.
SchoolOffice@stpaulstrust.org.uk Alternatively, please contact us for more information – 0121 464 4376.