Governing Board

Mrs Sarah Wilton-Rhead is Chair of Governors and can be contacted at 




Mr Andy Joy  (Ex Officio)

Staff governor

Mrs Jo Coppens

Foundation governors

Ms Judy Bixter

Rev. Margaret Joyce

Mr Chris Eldridge  (Vice Chair)

Rev Paul Ferguson

Co-Opted Governors

Mrs Sarah Wilton-Rhead (Chair)

Mrs Katie Kay

Mr Tom Underhill

Dr Sarah Eliot

Parent Governors

Mr Adrian Taylor-Weekes

Mrs Julia Goode

Mr Clive Hall 

Mrs Alice Solari


Mrs Jane Ball



Complaints Panel

Appeals Panel

Adrian Taylor-Weekes

Chris Eldridge

Paul Ferguson

Margaret Joyce

Judy Bixter

Julia Goode

Staffing / Pay Panel

Admissions Panel

Clive Hall

 Sarah Wilton-Rhead

Chris Eldridge

Andy Joy
Jo Coppens
Katie Kay
Julia Goode

Register of Business Interests

Governors ensure the success & wellbeing of St Philip's and regularly give up of their time to meet and discuss the best way forward for the school.

To contact the Chair of governors, please use this email address:



Mr Andy Joy

I've been a governor since 1/9/06 by virtue of being the Headteacher.

I attend all governor committee meetings.

I graduated from teacher training in 1991; I then taught in a junior school in South Wales for 10 years.  I then moved to Bristol to become deputy headteacher in a primary school in Keynsham where I worked for 4 years before taking up the headship at St Philip's in 2006.  I love this school - it's a pleasure to work with such a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who serve in such a variety of ways to ensure the best provision for the children in our care.

Mrs Jo Coppens

Staff governor since September 2018 

I have worked at St Philip’s since 2002; I started as a class teacher; mainly in Key Stage Two.  I am now the deputy head teacher and non-class based.  I have a variety of roles in school which include the oversight of children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding and whole school assessment.  As a result of having a wide range of roles in school and being part of the schools journey for a number of years I feel that I have a lot to contribute to the governing board as we continue on our journey of self-improvement.

Rev. Margaret Joyce

Foundation governor since  2010.

I am also the link governor for RE and on the ethos working party. St Philip's school has a strong Christian ethos and as one of the clergy at St Philips church want to see that maintained.  My links with families and children have been over a long period of time both pastorally and through the school and I bring that privileged position to being a governor.  There is a real sense of staff and governors working together and it is a privilege to serve in a school where all are valued as individuals. I love being a governor of a school which is at the heart of the community.

Ms Judy Bixter

Foundation governor since September 2018.

I hail from Liverpool, but came to Newton Park College, [now Bath Spa University] to study music and train as a teacher. I taught in junior schools in Bath and South Gloucestershire for twenty eight years, before starting my own private tuition business. Upon retirement, I now volunteer at St. Philip's school, where I am constantly amazed at the dedication, diversity and creativity of the staff. I am a member of St. Philip's Church and as a foundation governor will support the Christian values which contribute to the wholesome life of both children and staff.

Rev. Paul Ferguson

Rev Paul Ferguson has been appointed as vicar of Odd Down with Combe Hay.

Paul and Jules have been married for 16 years and have two children, Benjy and Emi.  They have lived in London since university where Paul started his career as a city lawyer before retraining as a landscape architect.

Paul and Jules have been part of the congregation at Holy Trinity Brompton in South West London for 16 years and Paul has been on staff there during his ordination training and as a curate.

Mrs Sarah Wilton-Rhead (Chair)

Parent Governor since November 2017

Appointed co-opted governor April 2021

I have been a governor at St Philip’s since 2017 and Chair of Governors since September 2020. I have two children at the school and became a governor so I could put my experiences in education into supporting the leadership of St Philip’s. I have wide experience in education working as a Secondary Maths teacher, local adviser and national evaluator. I currently work as a lecturer and lead the Secondary Mathematics PGCE at Bath Spa University.

It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to work with Mr Joy and the amazing staff at St Philip’s who are all so committed to ensuring they provide a caring, stimulating environment for the children. I am committed to working with Mr Joy and the governing board to support St Philip’s to become even better than it already is!

Mrs Katie Kay

Staff governor since September 2018.

I started working at St Philips in 2014 as a TA.

I enjoy my work where the dedication of the staff is phenomenal and a privilege to work with. My previous work background was in Personal Banking ; subsequently having had 2 children, I set up my own childminding business which I ran for 10 years. During this time I completed a degree in Early Years as well as gaining Early Years Professional Status. I was also one of the first childminders in Bath to achieve the Director of Public Health Awards.

Working with children has given me the passion for enabling children to be independent learners and I endeavour to help children, through support and encouragement, to consolidate a ‘can do’ attitude. I believe that learning never stops and I continually challenge my own learning in new areas to gain a better understanding of the world we live in.

Mr Tom Underhill

My son Jonny and daughter Sophia are at St Philips and my wife Katy and I have always been very thankful to have such a happy and caring school for them to be at, with a solid Christian ethos. I would love to contribute to the school community and support the teachers and staff in whatever way is needed and to work alongside the other governors. I want to help to maintain St Philips as the special place that it is, to meet future challenges and look to improve how St Philips nurtures and forms pupils.

Dr Sarah Eliot

Having joined the school as a parent of a child in reception this year I would like to help the school move forward with its aspirations, ensuring that the needs of the children remain its focus. My background as a scientific researcher and Project Manager gives me the experience to not only question how things are done but also help come up with solutions. I’m willing to learn and am committed to making sure that the school works cooperatively with all parents to ensure their views are represented in making school wide decisions to ensure the best outcome for every child.  

Mrs Julia Goode

Parent Governor since November 2017

As a mother of 3, I am privileged to be part of St Philip's for the next decade. When challenges face the school I aim to support the leadership and ask the right questions to ensure a well-rounded education and caring Christian ethos remain the school’s focus. I am part of a local church, help run a toddler group and have the flexibility to commit to attending meetings and getting to know the school well. My background in scientific research will enable me to be analytical and innovative in assessing the schools direction and future policies.

Mr Adrian Taylor-Weekes

Parent Governor since November 2017

St Philip’s School is great! My family has benefitted greatly from the service of the staff and others there. It would be a privilege to serve the staff, pupils and parents as Governor. I am keen to see the good standards sustained and the Christian ethos maintained. I have taught guitar in schools for the past 12 years and so have some experience of schools from a visitor’s perspective. I have three children at St Philips with one on the way. As a local church pastor I am deeply appreciative of the schools Christian ethos.

Mr Chris Eldridge

Parent Governor since November 2014

I have been a governor at St Philip's since November 2014, I have 2 children at the school and its such a great place that I wanted to offer something back if I could.  I did my degree in Engineering at Bath and never really left the city.  I now work for a software company in Bath supporting Mental health services in the NHS.  I really believe in this school and it plays such an important role in the future of my children I’m happy to help support the staff and leadership in whatever way I can.

Mr Clive Hall

Co-opted governor since November 2017

I have been a governor at St Philip's since September 2013 and was elected Chair in September 2015. I am currently a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and a Head of House at Beechen Cliff School, having studied European Studies at the University of Bath. I have over 20 years of experience in education and I try to put this to the best possible use in my role. It is a privilege to work with such a committed staff at St Philip's and to endeavour to make the school even better than it already is. As a Governor it is also important to reflect the views of the parents of all pupils.

Mrs Alice Solari

I am a local parent to a child in Year One at St Philip's School, and we hope our youngest will start here in September 2022. Since our eldest child started at St Philips in 2019 we have been so impressed with everything about the school. I think it’s crucial for every child to have the opportunity of a positive experience of school, both academically and socially. This seems particularly important at primary level, where they develop and learn at such a fast pace. If chosen as a Governor I would hope to bring the life skills I’ve learnt through various avenues, and work alongside the other governors and teachers at the school to make and keep the school the best it can be for everyone. 

Mrs Jane Ball (Clerk)

Clerk to the Governing body.

I have worked at St Philip’s School as a School Secretary since February 2001 and I have been Clerk to Governors since July 2012. I have two girls now aged 20 and 18 who both attended St Philip’s Primary School. I have also been Treasurer for the PTA for many years. I took on the role of Clerk as I felt that I have a good understanding about current and future school procedures and school life generally. I know the parents and children well and feel that I can keep up with taking accurate minutes of discussions and conversations at Governors meetings. AND I GET PAID!

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