What do we do?

Governors make collective decisions. Our main purpose is to help raise the educational standards and performance of St Barnabas by supporting the work of the Headteacher and school staff. We ensure that the school runs effectively, that quality teaching and learning is happening across the school, that the budget is spent wisely and that St Barnabas provides good value for money.

We make strategic decisions on how the school is run and are answerable to parents, the wider community and most importantly the children who attend St Barnabas. We govern rather than manage, giving direction and focus. The management of the school remains the responsibility of the Headteacher. We are responsible for:

  • Appointing all staff and ensuring the implementation of a range of personnel procedures.
  • Managing the school's budget.
  • Determining aims, policies and priorities for St Barnabas.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school and setting targets.
  • Ensuring high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour.
  • Ensuring that all children in the school have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, suitable to age, aptitude and ability, which prepares them for adult life.
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff.

We meet 6 times annually, once each term. In addition to these full Governing Body meetings our committees also meet at least once a term. The committees are Standards, Resources and Ethos and are made up of a minimum of 3 Governors. The committee members discuss items in depth and make recommendations to the full governing body.

Who are we?

2 Staff Governors, one of whom is the Headteacher, who can be teachers and other staff employed by the school and are elected to the governing body by all staff. Staff governors represent the views of staff at St Barnabas at governing body meetings.

4 Co-opted Governors who are appointed by the governing body. They bring a wide range of skills and expertise to the Governing Body. 

3 Foundation Governors who are appointed by the church. The Priest in Charge of St Pauls parish has to be a foundation governor.

1 Local Authority (LA) Governor who is appointed by the LA which maintains the school. They do not work for the LA but are people who live or work locally and are interested in supporting a local school. LA governors bring different perspectives to the governing body.

2 Parent Governors who are voted onto the governing body by other parents of children who attend the school. Parent governors play an important role in shaping the education and experience of their children at St Barnabas.

Our Governors 

Kate Matheson is a Parent governor and was appointed on 14th December 2017. She is Chair of the Full Governing Body and a member of the Standards committee. Kate is also the link governor for Pupil Premium and SEND.

John Moffett is a Co-opted governor and was appointed on 19th November 2017. He is Vice-chair of the Full Governing Board and Chair of the Resources committee. John is also the link governor for English.

Sharon Price is a Foundation Governor. She has been a governor since 5th September 2013 and was re-appointed on 12th December 2016.  She is member of the Resources and Ethos Committees and the link governor for RE, Health & Safety and PSHE.

Pete Maxfield is a Co-opted Governor. He was appointed on 5th September 2016. He is Chair of the Standards Committee and the SIP governor for outcomes for pupils. Pete is also link governor for Assessments.

Richard Dixon is a Co-opted Governor. He has been a governor since 2007. Richard’s current four year term began on 1st September 2015, following the reconstitution of the Governing Body. He is a member of the Standards Committee and the link governor for safeguarding and looked after children and the SIP governor for personal development, welfare and behaviour.

Zoe Davidson is a Staff Governor. She has been a governor since 3rd October 2016, which is when her current four year term began. She is a member of the Standards Committee.

Jon Barr has been Headteacher since April 2018.

Geraint Harris is a Co-opted Governor and began his first term of Office on 4th February 2019. Geraint is a member of the Resources Committee and is awaiting confirmation of his appointment as the Local Authority Governor. Geraint is also link governor for Curriculum.


Previous members of the governing board 2018 -19

Liz Perry was a Foundation governor and appointed on 8th March 2016. Liz resigned from her post as Ex-Officio Priest in charge in February 2019.

Shelagh Austin was a Local Authority Governor. She had been a governor since February 2008. Shelagh’s current four year term began on 30th January 2017 and she resigned in January 2019.

Jill Yeomans was a Foundation Governor. She had been a governor since 2007.   Jill’s current four year term began on 12th March 2014. She was Chair of the Ethos Committee and a member of the Resources Committee. Jill was also the SIP governor for leadership and management. Jill resigned as Foundation Governor on 15th July 2019.



If you wish to contact our Chair of Governors please do so via the school address, email address or phone number. 

T. 0117 377 2391 E.