Governing Body

Welcoming you to St Paul’s CofE Primary School

The Governing Body is a group of volunteers representing all the school’s key stakeholders. The different types of Governors are parents, staff, the local authority, co-opted and church. Each type of Governor is selected or elected by the group they represent. The Governing Body works together as a group in a strategic role to oversee the direction and leadership of the school for which the Governing Body is legally accountable. We are all different and offer our varying skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to the team.

The Headteacher and his senior leadership team manage the school on a day to day basis, and the Governors meet altogether termly and in small committee groups to look at specific projects and developments and to monitor the work of the school.

We support and challenge the staff to make sure that all the children are learning well, that everyone is safe in school and that all legal requirements are adhered to correctly. We are fortunate in having a strong, open and honest relationship with the Headteacher, Kevin Edmonds, and his staff which makes our job easier and more rewarding as we witness improvement year on year.

We are proud to celebrate all the achievements of pupils and staff and do our best to make sure St Paul’s C of E continues to ‘promote education for life with the love of God and Christian values at the heart of our school life’.

Governor Vacancies

Have you ever thought about making a difference in your child's education and the community? Now is your chance! We have a few vacancies on the governing board and would especially welcome interest from people with experience or skills in one of the following areas: 


Please consider becoming a School Governor, a role where your insights can shape the future of our school. We value the unique perspectives and experiences each family brings, making our school a vibrant and inclusive place for our children to learn and grow.


Who can become a School Governor?


Why Become a School Governor?

Support Our Kids: Ensure all children get the best education possible, regardless of their background.

Be Heard: Represent diverse perspectives and contribute to important school decisions.

Learn and Grow: Develop new skills and make lasting connections within our school community.

Make a Difference: Help create a positive and inclusive school environment for all.

If you are interested to find out more, please get in touch with us.

St Paul's office 

Tel: 020 8549 4555


Governor Biographies

Avril Beith

Avril Beith joined the Board of Governors as a Foundation governor in May 2022. Originally from Northern Ireland, she has lived in Kingston for over twenty years and worked as a primary school teacher in Kingston and Richmond schools for much of this time. She currently teaches in a Primary school and works with Refugee Action Kingston as a Family Support and Supplementary School Coordinator. A mother of two children, she has also experienced being involved in the life of primary and secondary schools in Kingston as a parent. 

Kevin Edmonds

Kevin Edmonds is the Head Teacher and attends all governing board and committee meetings.

Joe Fox

Joe Fox is a co-opted Governor since 2018 and the dad of two boys at St Paul’s. Joe is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has over 20 years of working with a number of businesses. He’s passionate about supporting the school and ensuring, financially, the school is secure for the future. He’s a keen runner and regularly does half marathons.

Daniel Hopkins

Daniel Hopkins is a staff governor.

Claudia Huwendiek (Chair of Governors)

Claudia Huwendiek is a foundation governor since 2016 and is the mum of three (former) St Paul’s pupils. She grew up in Germany and has a degree in Computer Sciences. Her interest lies in EAL and encouraging girls into STEAM subjects. In her free time, Claudia runs CodeClub at school, walks the family dog in the park and bakes passionately.

Dorothy Igaga

Dorothy Igaga is a Foundation Governor since 2021. She is a mum of two (former) St Paul’s pupils. She is originally from Uganda and has a background in law. She works in HE and has an interest in DEI. In her free time, she loves to sew.

Revd Carolyn Madanat

Carolyn Madanat is the curate at St Paul’s Church. Before ordination, she lived for 20 years in Israel/Palestine and Jordan where she worked in youth and reconciliation ministry, community development and refugee support for Iraqi and Syrian families. She has also worked as a classroom music teacher. Her youngest child is currently a pupil at St Paul’s.

Revd Adam Rylett

Adam Rylett is a parent of four children, all of whom are either past or present pupils at St Paul’s CofE Primary School, he is a governor of the school as part of his role as Vicar of St Paul’s Kingston and chairs the governor’s faith group. Adam is our designated Safeguarding Governor, drawing on over 20 years of experience working with young people and vulnerable adults.

Nina Smith

Nina Smith is a Parent Governor and both her children attended St Paul’s; her youngest child is currently a pupil.  She is a Chartered Accountant and works in a large professional services firm.  Prior to joining the Governing Board Nina was the Treasurer of the PSA. In her free time Nina loves the theatre and country walks and is very happy to live so close to Richmond Park.

Jo Taussig

Jo Taussig is a foundation governor (since 2021). Jo works as a school governance professional at two Infant schools in the borough. She has an academic interest in education policy, recently completing an MA in Policy Studies in Education at IOE/UCL. Before having children Jo worked as a doctor. She is a mum of three children and has experience of supporting a child with ADHD.  

Governing Body from March 2022

Foundation  Governors 

Mrs A Beith

Mrs C Huwendiek - Chair of Governors

Mrs D Igaga

Revd C Madanat

Revd A Rylett

Mrs J Taussig

Nominated Governor for Safeguarding

Mr A Rylett

School Governor

Mr K Edmonds

Parent Governor

Mrs N Smith

LA Appointed  Governor

Mr J Fox

Clerk to the Governing Body

Mrs K Bridgman

Governors' Business Interests

Annual Statement

The Governing Body has a very strong, strategic role to play in terms of its functions of the progress of the school. It works by establishing a strategic framework by:

The Governing Body monitors and evaluates the progress of its strategies and regularly reviews the framework for the school in light of that progress.  The Governing Body takes into account advice given by the Head Teacher when it is establishing the strategic framework and reviewing the progress made.

Governors are not expected to be involved in the detail of the day-to-day management of the school.  The focus of the work of the Governing Body is school improvement and high standards of educational achievement.

The Governing Body meets five times a year and the meetings are always quorate.  

The Governing Body has considered the following issues during the past year:

During 2022-23 the Governing Body Committees are:

There is also a Faith Group and Ofsted Group.

All the Committees meet every term and the meetings are always quorate.

Every month a Governor visits the school and will focus on a particular area.

If you are interested in joining the Governing Body or attending a meeting as an observer please contact the School Office.

The Clerk can be contact by emailing 

Minutes of the Governing Body Meetings

SDBE Certificate of Governance

The Governing Body of St Paul’s C of E Primary School, Kingston Hill have been awarded the Bishop’s Certificate in Church School Governance. During the last academic year Governors have been training on a range of subjects: Admissions and Appeals, Collective Worship, Ofsted and SIAMS Inspections.

The Chair of Governors, Mrs Claudia Huwendiek and Mr Edmonds attended a special Eucharist Service at Southwark Cathedral on the evening of Thursday, 3rd November. Congratulations to the Governing Body and thank you for your continued support to our School.