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Our Governors

Joanne Hensman


Having qualified at St Andrew's College in Bearsden, Scotland as a primary school teacher, I took the exciting decision to move to Devon in 1997. Since then I have brought up my two wonderful daughters and continued my teaching and leadership career at Compton C of E primary school in Plymouth. I am passionate about providing the best opportunities for our children. Being Headteacher St Paul's is an honour and exciting opportunity. St Paul's is a very special place and I am delighted to become part of this vibrant and warm community.

Shona Bray

Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor - RE and Catholic Life Lead

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. Providing a high quality Catholic education is at 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.

Sharron Bates

Parent Governor, Vice Chair - Curriculum and Standards Lead

I am really happy to be a part of the Governing body at St Paul’s School and I am looking forward to continuing to contribute to and build 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 in school, following in her daddy’s footsteps (although quite a few years later) and also her granny Rosemary’s footsteps. I am a school tutor in another local school and have the interests of the local community at heart.

Helen Aspin

Foundation Governor - Health, Safety and GDPR Lead

I’m one of the new Foundation Governors, but my history and ties with St Paul’s are much older! I am a former pupil along with my brother, following in the steps of our Mum and both our Uncle’s. My Mum, Veronica Westlake, was also a member of staff for many years, starting as a cleaner and eventually in the office as an administrator. I moved away from Plymouth for about 15 years but when I returned with my daughter and husband in tow, it was the natural choice to settle back into St Budeaux and enroll Melissa at St Paul’s. I was honoured when approached to take up the role of Governor and I’m looking forward to taking a more active role within the school, I’m very proud to be part of the St Paul’s family.

Katie Conn

Parent Governor - Safeguarding and Child Protection Lead

I have lived in and around St Budeaux for most of my life. I always had fond memories of St Paul’s
even as a child. My primary school would come to St Paul’s to use their school field for sports day and
events and my childhood home backed onto the field also. Being such a small, friendly and
welcoming school St Paul’s was first choice when it was time for my own children to start their school
journey. So when the opportunity to become a member of the governing body was mentioned to me I
absolutely knew I wanted to be part of the board and part of St Paul’s future. I have enjoyed my role
so far and look forward to continuing to help our school and children thrive.

Gina Teague

Foundation Governor - Inclusion Lead

I joined the Local CAST Board in July 2023 a Foundation Governor. I have since taken on the responsibility of inclusion Governor.

Josh Caves

Staff Governor

I am a staff governor at St Paul’s and have been teaching here for four years. Although I now live in Plymouth, I am originally from Cornwall and I believe that jam should always come first on scones. I am passionate about teaching and learning and feel that every day is a fresh opportunity to learn and grow both academically and spiritually. I believe that all pupils, regardless of background, ability or additional needs, are entitled to a first-class education, which I believe St Paul’s offers. I am currently teaching Year 2 and Year 3 and leading Maths, Science, History and Geography across the school.

Rebekah Shepherd

Staff Governor

I am a staff governor at St Paul's and joined the teaching team in 2021. I was born and raised in Plymouth, moved to Manchester in 2016 to complete a music degree, before returning to Plymouth in 2020 to complete my PGCE. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, swimming and spending time with my family and friends. I am a member of Plymouth Theatre Company, based at the Devonport Playhouse, where I take part in a variety of different musicals throughout the year. I have a passion for Music which I am keen to share with the children and offer exciting opportunities for them to learn new skills. I currently teach in Year 1, am the subject leader for Music, Art and DT, and run a singing club that performs in a variety of different areas within the local community. St Paul's holds a special place in my heart after I completed my PGCE placement year here during Covid.