St Paul's VA Primary School

Governing Body


Welcome from the Chair of Governors


It is a very great privilege to be the Chair of Governors at such a wonderful school, and it is my pleasure to be able to welcome you to St Pauls School and its website. Please enjoy this opportunity to learn a little more about the school, the staff and what the children are involved with, but remember there is no substitute for the real thing, and we would love the opportunity to give you more information in person should you wish to visit the school.

St Pauls is one of two schools in The Maelor Church Schools Federation, the other is Borderbrook Primary school in Tallarn Green and our headteacher, Emma Jones and the Governing Body are responsible for both schools in equal measure. 

The Governing Body work really hard in the background of the school setting to ensure that the children really do get the very best opportunities for their learning, growth and development. As Chair, I feel it is my responsibility to ensure that the relationship between the school and its governors is highly effective, as we challenge, support and contribute to the strategic leadership of the school.


Most of all, I enjoy visiting the school to observe for myself the children's enthusiasm and joy, and see the wonderful work they produce, be that a creative display on the wall, a music lesson full of song or a book bursting with work they are so proud to show.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our many school events in the future,

Clare Williams

Chair of Governors


Our Ethos Statement

Recognising their historic foundation and in accordance with their Trust Deeds, the schools will preserve and develop their religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church in Wales and in partnership with the Church at Mission Area and Diocesan level.


The schools aim to serve their communities by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.  They encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promote Christian values through the experience they offer to all their pupils.


Governing Body Structure


There are five categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Foundation, Community, LA (Wrexham Council appointed), Parent and Staff governors.  All governors have equal status.


We are committed to providing a positive environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.



Chair of Governors            Clare Williams

Vice Chair of Governors    Susan Harber


Foundation Governors

Ex-Officio Rev. Huw Butler, Vacancy, Emma Jones

Parent Vacancy, Laura Jones

Staff Sarah Ellis

Teacher Sandra Francis

Community  Susan Harber, Amy Burke, Clare Williams


Parent Governors

Isabel Grierson, Rikki Armitage-Williams


Local Authority Governor



Community Governors

Jack Brereton-Thomas


Additional Community Governor

Tim Sly


Teacher Governor

Rachel Hughes


Staff Governor

Kirsty Jones



Wrexham LA- Jayne Underwood



The Governing Body has the following core strategic functions:


Establishing the strategic direction, by:

 - Setting and ensuring clarity of vision, values, and objectives for the school

- Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets

 - Meeting statutory duties


Ensuring accountability, by:

- Appointing the Headteacher

- Monitoring the educational performance of the school and progress towards agreed targets

- Performance managing the Headteacher

- Engaging with stakeholders 

- Contributing to school self-evaluation


Overseeing financial performance, by:

- Setting the budget

- Monitoring spending against the budget

 - Ensuring money is well spent and value for money is obtained

- Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed


The Conduct of Governors

Governing bodies and individual governors should act at all times with honesty and integrity and be ready to explain their actions and decisions to staff, pupils, parents and anyone with a legitimate interest in the school.  Governors must be aware that minutes and papers of governing body meetings should, as soon as reasonably practicable after a meeting, be made available for anyone to see them at the school (Approved and Non Confidential content only). 


The Maelor Church Schools Federation has a strict Code of Conduct Policy which our governors sign up to on an annual basis.


Governor Code of Conduct.pdf



Sometimes a parent, staff member, pupil or someone in the community may raise a concern or make a complaint.

All governing bodies must have and must publish procedures for dealing with complaints.

If you believe you have a serious complaint that has not been resolved by approaching the school, the Governing Body will investigate however it can only do so if you submit a formal complaint. 

All formal complaints MUST be submitted using the forms found in the Complaints Policy and Procedure.