ALL governors are responsible for the 3 core functions which are:


  1. To help set the strategic direction of the school

  2. To hold the Head Teacher to account for the performance of pupils

  3. To ensure financial probity and prudent use of public money

It is a privilege to be serving the community of St Paul’s Catholic Primary as Head Teacher. I completed my degree in education at Rolle College, graduating from the University of Exeter in 1992 and started my career as a class teacher here at St Paul’s shortly after. I have worked across the primary age range, from Foundation through to year 6. I was very fortunate to have a wonderful range of experiences and was given many leadership opportunities.  


In 2015, I was appointed as Assistant Head Teacher at St Paul’s and worked as part of the Senior Leadership Team under the previous Head Teacher to take the school to a ‘Good’ Ofsted  judgement. In January 2017, I was promoted to Head of School at Holy Cross Catholic Primary and, subsequently, at The Cathedral School of St Mary as well. I was delighted when the opportunity arose to apply for headship back at St Paul’s and honoured to be successfully appointed in January 2019. I am driven by my core values: equality of education for all; Christ at the centre; and the indisputable power of reading to change lives.


St Paul’s is a very special school, filled with warmth and welcome. Our children are keen to learn and eager to be the best they can be. They behave with respect and play a positive role in creating an environment which celebrates individuality. They make a positive, tangible contribution to the life of the school. Staff, children, families and parishioners alike are proud of our school and are committed to the community we have formed together. I am privileged to lead a dedicated team of staff who keep the children’s best interests at the heart of everything they do. ‘We work together, learn together and pray together - we are one’.  


It is an honour to work with the Local Governing Board in leading St Paul’s to further success. Our key areas of focus this academic year are:

  • Metacognition

  • SEND

  • Mental well-being

  • Early writing

  • Number fluency

We are excited to continue our curriculum development, embedding our curriculum intent and implementation securely and consistently across the school, ensuring that all have a firm and common understanding of our curriculum intent and what it means for our practice. 


Dawn Potterton

Head Teacher Governor


I became a Foundation Governor as I hoped to be able to offer something to the role at St Paul’s School, both by having many years of experience in a Catholic primary school setting, as I work for Keyham Barton Catholic Primary, also, as a member of Holy Trinity Parish, mainly attending either Holy Redeemer of St Paul’s churches.   I have been impressed by the inclusive and supportive ‘can do’ culture that is such a fundamental part of St Paul’s school and it is a real privilege to be part of the school team.  Every child deserves the best possible education and I believe that St Paul’s can provide the opportunity for every child to discover and develop their own strengths both academically and emotionally.

Kathy Turvey

Acting Chair of Governors/Safeguarding Governor


I am really happy to be a part of the governing body at St Paul’s School and I am looking forward to contributing to and building upon the great work that has already taken place.  I want to support the whole school community to the best of my ability and would be really happy for you to approach me to help you in any way I can.  Please don’t hesitate to ask me questions and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll  try my best to find it out for you .

I have a daughter who has just started in Foundation, following in her daddy’s footsteps (although quite a few years later).  

I am a teacher in another local school and have the interests of the local community at heart.

Sharron Bates

Parent Governor/Lead Governor for SEND


Philip Barrett

Staff Governor

I've been a member of staff at St. Pauls for just over twenty years now and employed as both a teaching assistant and higher level teaching assistant. Both of our two sons attended St.Pauls, before moving on to St.Boniface College. This is my second term of office as a staff governor. As a member of staff and a governor I find that the latter gives me a much broader over view of the school and its place within education in general. Within the governing body I am a health & safety lead. I find this a very rewarding aspect of governance as I take a great interest in the safety and maintenance aspects of the management of the school and I also bring into the role a lot of experience from my former employment within both the public & private sectors.


Shona Bray

Foundation Governor/Lead Governor for RE & Catholic Life

I was delighted to join the governing body in Autumn 2020 as a Foundation Governor and the Lead Governor for RE and Catholic Life.  I am a member of St Paul's Church and a parent to 3 children in the school.  Providing a high quality Catholic education is a the heart of St. Paul's and I am pleased to be involved in this.  I feel strongly that the relationship with God should be fostered and encouraged in childhood so that as children grow to adults they continue to seek out ways to be close to Jesus and grow in their Faith.  I am active in the parish and have experience of spreading God's Word with children, I  ran a Sunday school for several years and have been involved in teaching Catechism and Sacramental Preparation.  


Maisie Hill

Staff Governor

I am a former pupil of St Paul's and now currently a member of staff. I absolutely loved my time as a child at the school and felt that I grew in many different ways: in confidence, in self-esteem, in attitude towards learning and spiritually.   

When the opportunity arose to apply for a teaching position at St Paul's I know it was the right decision for me. I felt like I was going to able to provide the children with the same experience that I had- a real positive one! 

I am currently teaching Year 6 and leading RE and Catholic Life across the school. Being a staff governor is enabling me to look at the school in a different way and do all that is possible to provide our pupils with an excellent education.