Governing Board

Mr Adrian Taylor-Weeks 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

Mrs Kirsty Mokebo

Co-Opted Governors

Mrs Sarah Wilton-Rhead 

Mr Tom Underhill



Parent Governors

Mr Adrian Taylor-Weekes  (Chair)

Mrs Alice Solari

Mrs Serena Bentley-Taylor


Mrs Deb Clayton



Complaints Panel

Appeals Panel

Adrian Taylor-Weekes

Margaret Joyce

Judy Bixter

dealt with at PAT level

Staffing / Pay Panel

Admissions Panel


Sarah Wilton-Rhead

Alice Solari

Andy Joy
Jo Coppens

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.



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.

Mrs Kirsty Mokebo

Foundation Governor since December 2021

Awaiting details

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.

Mrs Sarah Wilton-Rhead

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!

Mr Adrian Taylor-Weekes (Chair)

Parent Governor since November 2017

St Philip’s School is great! My family has benefited 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.

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 Serena Bentley-Taylor

Parent Governor since December 2021

I am applying for the position as a parent governor as I see it as an opportunity to support and encourage the school where my children attend in a more focussed and meaningful way. It would be a privilege to serve the school, which we feel gives a lot to our children and our family. I believe I would be a suitable candidate as we have 3 children who currently attend the school and our fourth child will hopefully start soon. I am enthusiastic to see children thrive both emotionally and academically and would be delighted to support the wonderful work with children in St Philip’s Primary School.

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