Governing Body


Mrs Foster, Chair of Governors

We, as School Governors, have legal duties, powers and responsibilities that we must exercise as a body. The role of the Governing Body is to:

  • Provide a strategic review of the school: to raise standards of achievement, to establish high expectations and to promote effective teaching and learning.
  • Act as a critical friend to the Principal; to provide support, advice and information; to ask challenging questions and to press for improvement.
  • Ensure accountability of the Principal and staff.
  • We also have prime responsibility for the finance of the school.

To enable the Governors to achieve these objectives, the Body is made up of key groups within the school, parents, staff, the Local Authority, the Church and the community. Some of the Governors are appointed by the Diocese, whilst others are elected. All serve for a term of three years.

The Body generally meets once a term; a number of sub-committees focus on finance, staffing, health and safety and the curriculum. I welcome your views and hopefully this summary will give you a brief insight into the role of the Governing Body.

Alison Foster
Chair of Governors

Governing Body Members

Name Type of Governor
Mrs Alison Foster Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
Mr Craig Taylor Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor
Rev Huw Bishop Foundation Governor
Rev Allen Bower Foundation Governor
Mrs Iris Taylor Foundation Governor
Mrs Beth Bates Parent Governor
Mrs Davina Pittaway Parent Governor
Mr Robert Hazel Co-opted Governor
Mrs Anna McGuire Principal
Mr Ray Perrins Staff Governor
Ms Bobby Rainford Staff Governor

Also see: Governor Committees and Interests - 2016/17 (pdf)

Governor Profiles

Mrs Beth Bates

I have a personal interest in St. Paul's Academy as both my son and daughter currently attend the school and I feel every child's education is very important. I work part time at Russell's Hall Hospital and I enjoy spending time with my family. I live locally and like to use the local facilities, I have a good community spirit and am a very sociable person.

Rev Huw Bishop

I was ordained in 1973 in the Diocese of St David's and served in full time ministry until 1981 when I was appointed as Head of RE at Carre's Grammar School, Sleaford. I have held teaching appointments in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff and the West Midlands, serving as Head in 3 large comprehensive schools. Now retired from full time education I'm licenced as NSM to the Diocese of Lichfield and work as Assistant to the Diocesan Director of Education. I am an experienced SIAS and Ofsted inspector.

Rev Allen Bower

My name is Allen and I am Vicar of the local church St Matthew's Tipton. I have a number of years of engagement with church and non-church primary schools. I am passionate that church schools remain places of learning, creativity and formation for every member of our community. As a Foundation Governor I have a particular interest to work with the staff and other Governors in encouraging the Christian distinctiveness of St. Paul's school. I am married with two sons, I enjoy running, reading, community development and I am a long suffering Spurs fan.

Mrs Alison Foster

I live in Tipton with my husband and three sons, one is still in attendance at St. Paul's, my eldest two sons are now at High School. I work for Unite the Trade Union in the finance department and have been there for almost 20 years. As the Chair of Governors it is my aim to help the school to continue to provide the best possible education for its pupils and promote high standards of educational achievement. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and I spend most Sundays watching my boys play football.

Mr Robert Hazel

Hello my name is Robert Hazel and I have recently joined the Governing Board as a Community Governor. I have worked for the public library service for twenty five years all around Sandwell. I am presently the library manager for the three libraries in Tipton and have many interests including local history especially the Tipton Slasher and the Tipton Thunderbolt, music and cinema. As a community governor I will dedicate time, energy and commitment to ensure that every child receives the excellent education they deserve.

Mrs Anna McGuire

As a member of the Governing Body of St. Paul's Primary School, I have enjoyed working alongside a dedicated team ensuring that our school provides a high quality education and secures good outcomes for pupils whilst constantly pursuing improvement. As Principal I am able to provide professional advice to the governing body and am pleased to receive constructive advice, challenge and a second opinion on proposals from other members.

Mr Ray Perrins

Hello my name is Ray Perrins and I am a Staff Governor and am a Behaviour and Safety Governor. I have lived in Tipton since the 1960’s and have previously worked as an engineer and have a wide range of experience in the public and private sector. I have worked at St Pauls since September 2009. I am married with 3 children.

Mrs Davina Pittaway

Hello, my name is Davina, I live in Tipton with my husband and son. I work for Sandwell MBC, currently as a Project Manager in Children's Services. I passionately believe that schools should give all children the best possible start in life, and as a Parent Governor I will support and challenge the school to be the best it can possibly be for our children. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and watching my son enjoy football training on Saturdays.

Mrs Bobby Rainford

Hello, my name is Mrs Rainford and I am the Early Years Foundation Stage Co-ordinator. I enjoy being part of the Governing Body as this gives me a strategic view of the school. I am a keen swimmer and enjoy travelling and experiencing different cultures. I also enjoy socialising and having meals out.

Mr Craig Taylor

My name is Craig Taylor and have lived in Sandwell all of my life. I am looking forward to being an active member of the governing body. I come from a Sporting background and currently working as a Project Delivery Officer for the Black Country Consortium Ltd. My role is around School Sport in particular the lead for the Black Country School Games and also strategic lead for Primary School PE & School Sport Premium in the Black Country. I have a First Class Combined Honours degree from Newman University in IT and Sport Studies. I am also a Football Referee operating on the National Contributory Leagues and Football Conference.

Mrs Iris Taylor

Hello, my name is Iris Taylor and I am a Foundation Governor. I have been associated with St. Paul's School for the last 23 years and I have had three children at the school. I take an active role within the Parents Association which I really enjoy. I consider myself a friendly, outgoing and approachable person; my hobbies include socialising, listening to music, reading and cooking.