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St Augustine of Canterbury
Catholic Primary School

Who we are

Introducing the School Governors


your profile photoPeter Taylor       Chair of Governors
                              Local Authority appointed Governor

I am proud to be Chair of Governors at my local Primary School, St Augustine of Canterbury in Downend, Bristol.  I am currently a Local Authority Governor and an enthusiastic member of St Augustine's Catholic Church.

Now retired, after a long career in finance and consulting,.  I love the fact that, having enjoyed a good Catholic education for my family and myself, being a Governor offers the opportunity to put something back into Catholic education.  I am keen to help the development of capable, confident young people, morally grounded and well equipped to thrive in the diverse, complex world in which we all live today.

Why do I like being a part of the Governing Body?   It is a great pleasure to be part of an enthusiastic, supportive team of Governors, staff, parents and children all serving the same end - to enable our young people to be the best they can. 


Paula Mainprise      Deputy Chair of Admissions & Community
                                    Foundation Governor
                                    Member of the Curriculum Committee
                                    Early Years Link Governor

I have been an Early Years Practitioner for about 7 years, I currently work in St Augustine’s Preschool. I have worked with children of all ages, in my career and voluntarily, for much longer. I have three children, one is a former St Augustine’s pupil, one attends St Augustine’s and one who I hope will attend when he is old  enough. I find it very rewarding to be a governor, particularly my role as Early Years Link governor, as it gives me the opportunity to support the school as it moves forward. The role of Chair of Admissions and Community is new to our governing body, as is the committee itself, and I look forward to developing this role and the new committee. 


   Clare Malone              Chair of Finance & Staffing Committee
                                          Foundation Governor
                                          Link Governor for SEN

I’m a Mortgage, ProtectIon and Equity Release Consultant working on a self -employed basis with Bluefish Financial Services Ltd. I’m also Committee Member and Treasurer to Downend Business Community our local Chamber of Commerce.
I have two children who attend St Augustine’s currently in Year 5 and Year 1.
I became a school governor to have a greater understanding of how the school  operates and to support and assist in achieving its goals lth for the school and its pupils.



Debbie Higgins       Chair of the Admission & Community Relations
                                   English Link Governor
                                   Attendance Governor


I’m a recently retired Primary school teacher, a qualified Teacher of the Deaf, Reading Recovery Teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator. These are my particular areas of interest.
Our daughter attended St Augustine’s from age 4 - 11 and is now a  doctor. We feel her success was due to the very strong foundation to her learning and personal development in her Primary years.

As a Governor, I hope to play a part in ensuring that all pupils at St Augustine’s have equal opportunities to enjoy their school life and achieve their goals.


Sue Hughes    Foundation Governor
                          Member of the Curriculum & Performance Committee
                          School Performance Data Analysis
                          Link governor for Science

I have been in the parish of St Augustine’s for close to 40 years. My 4 children all attended St Augustine’s school, as did my eldest grandchild until they moved from the area 5 years ago.

I was involved with the running of a youth group in the parish many years ago when my children were in their teens and as I did my PGCE as a secondary teacher in Maths and Computing. After a year of teaching locally, I taught at St Gregory’s Catholic school in Bath for 20 years, until I retired in 2015. I believe strongly in a good Catholic education.

Why am I a governor? After a year of retirement I felt it would be good to give something back to the Catholic school and community I have been a part of for so long. I am hoping my experience in education will be useful and helpful to the governing body and help to support the continued development of the school for the best outcome for the pupils. I am enjoying my role working with the curriculum committee and look forward to contributing as much as I can to help in the role as a school governor.


Kate Stuart              Parent Governor

I am a primary school teacher and currently work part time in another South Glos school, where I previously served as a staff governor for 5 years.

My daughter is really enjoying Reception class and I also have a younger child who goes to St Augustine's Pre-School next door. I am the chair of the parents' committee there and hope to continue to build positive links between the school and the pre-school. 

I volunteered to be a governor because I want to use my professional skills to support the school as much as I possibly can. I am really looking forward to working with all members of the school and its wider community. 


John Fenlow           Foundation Governor

I took early retirement in 2018 after 40 years in Banking. I  have lived in Downend and been an active parishioner in St Augustine’s for over 20 years.  My three children, who have all now graduated from university, went to St Augustine’s school and two of them benefitted from SENCO support.  The education they received from the school gave them the excellent start that they needed for their academic accomplishments. I became a Foundation Governor and member of the finance committee to help support the quality and values based education that my own family has enjoyed.


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James Lander              Parent Governor

I am an aerospace engineer and I have lived in Downend for 5 years. My work involves managing big projects and includes engagement with a variety of industry partners and UK Government. This is my first experience as a Governor. I have two sons at St. Augustine’s who really enjoy going to school, which motivated me to contribute in return. My aims are to continue to facilitate the positive links between the school and parents & carers and to assist staff in securing external support opportunities, e.g. STEM, to supplement the children’s learning experience.