Meet the Governors

Mr Albert Owen

Chair/Ex Officio Foundation Governor

I have been involved with the school over a number of years, firstly as a parent, both of our children attended the school and then as a governor. I have always thought that it is very important for every child in the school to achieve their full potential and enjoy the learning experience. I am delighted that the school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice and it encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

Mr Chris Partridge


I am the Head Teacher Governor and as such, attend all Full Governing Board meetings and Committee meetings. As Head Teacher I am responsible for the organisation, management and control of the school. It is my duty to advise Governors on the strategic development of the school and implement the Governing Body’s strategic framework. I very much enjoy working with my Governor colleagues, who are hardworking and supportive, but who at the same time rigorously challenge and question me on school improvement and development.

Mr Julian Thompson

Co-Opted Governor

I have been a headteacher of two primary schools, an Ofsted inspector and a local authority education adviser. I have close links with Shepton Mallet, having lived in the town for nearly 20 years and been a member of the church.  The care, commitment and teamwork of St Paul’s leaders and staff is a great strength of the school and I am delighted to be able to offer my support and challenge as a governor. I am particularly keen that the improvements which have been made in recent years are continued and developed so that every child is happy, achieves their very best and the school reaches the highest possible standards.

Mr Cliff Brown

Foundation Governor

I was asked to join the governing body by our rector to represent St. Peter & St. Pauls. I am fairly new to the area so have no former connection with the with school. In my previous church I was responsible for looking after the church buildings, I was also involved with running the youth work for over 25 years. 

Mr Mark Hood

Parent Governor

I was asked to join the governing body by Albert Owen (Chair). I have one child at the school and support the school on trips and value my role as part of the Governing Body.

Robert Goodhand

Parent Governor

Retired having had three careers in Engineering, HR and Teaching, the last both in the state and private sector. Involved in a number of town community initiatives relating to well-being and the development of Shepton Mallet's prosperity. I have one grandchild at the school and support reading as a listener. 

Mrs Lucy Milton-Downes 

Parent Governor

My name is Lucy Milton-Downes. I am a solicitor and parent to three children.  My eldest child is currently in Year 4 at St Paul's.  Since joining the school I have watched my daughter grow in confidence.  She grabs opportunities with both hands and positively confronts challenges.  I believe this is due to the incredible teaching/ethos instilled by the teachers who treat the children like young adults and encourage them to take on responsibility.  I became a parent governor because I want to understand  how the school operates from top to bottom; how the curriculum is implemented; who is accountable to whom, and to be a voice for parents, to help ensure that the school's reputation and standards are maintained so that our children can continue to receive the best education in a warm, happy and safe environment.

Mr Mike Gould

Co-Opted Governor

I was asked to join the governing body by Albert Owen (Chair). I have 1 grandchild currently at the School. I'm now retired but was a Managing Director within the food industry. This role allowed me to support local students at Whitstone School as a mentor. I am also the treasurer and safeguarding officer of Doulting Parish Church. My wife and I do lots to support the local community and charities.

Miss Caroline Smart


Staff Governor

I was appointed by the Governing board at St Paul’s in 2020. Being part of the Governing body means that I can share my experiences and views as a Deputy Headteacher and class teacher, My other role is promoting opportunities for the Pupil Premium at the school. 

My main interest and passion is in how we encourage and promote all children’s resilience and perseverance with their learning. How the children can ‘dig deep’ and do their best, learning skills and knowledge from things that go well and also when things may not work out immediately.

I am very pleased to be part of the governing body and to contribute to St Paul’s ongoing mission of giving every child memorable opportunities to do his or her best.




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