Barbara Kirk
Chair of Governors

I've been involved in education for over forty years; as a teacher, curriculum and pastoral leader and now as a Governor. I was born and bred in Plymouth and feel truly blessed to have grown up in a Catholic family and be educated in the Catholic ethos. St Paul's has been a huge part of my life for the past 3 years and I feel privileged to serve the school and local community.

Kathy Turvey
Foundation 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.

Karen Stevenson
Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at St Paul's since 2002, I qualified as a teacher in 1999. Until I took up my post as Year 6 teacher, I worked in two previous schools supplying for maternity cover.

My youngest daughter attended St Paul's from 1987 -1993. During this time I was asked to become a governor of the school representing Plymouth City Council.  


I feel very priviliged to work at St Paul's, a school where the children are valued for their uniqueness and their education is at the heart of all who work there.  

Dawn Potterton
Head Teacher Governor

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. 

Lee Cheetham
Parent Governor

I attended St Paul’s as child and have always felt passionately about the school and its community, I became part of the St Paul’s family again in 2014 when my eldest son started school at St Paul’s, both of my children now attend the school.

I became a Parent Governor in mid-2018, it is a privilege to be involved with the governance of the school and to be able to support the school in providing the very best learning and developmental environment for all children as well an emotionally safe and supportive place to learn.

I have recently qualified as an Architect and I am currently an Associate with a local Architectural Practice.

Nick Abbott
Foundation Governor

I have been a Parent Governor since 2011, and feel extremely privileged to have been re-elected in 2015 for a second term. I currently have a daughter in the school, and my eldest son left in July 2015, after seven very happy and successful years. 
I have run a small local, family business for nearly 20 years now and try to bring that experience into my role as the Chair of Finance at School. 
As an active member of the Governing Body, I do my best to hold the Headteacher, and the school as a whole, to account in order that they give our children the best Educational, Emotional and Developmental care possible. 
Please feel free to talk to me at any time, I will always try and help you as best I can

Sharron Bates
Parent 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

Philip Barrett
Staff Governor
Previous governors:

Marie Harvey

Fred Pearce

Della Nash

Philip Barrett

Kate Jane

Martin Sullivan

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