School Governing Body

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)

Co-Opted Governors

Rev Paul Ferguson

Mrs Katie Kay


Parent Governors

Mr Adrian Taylor-Weekes

Mrs Sarah Wilton-Rhead (Chair)

Mrs Julia Goode

Mr Clive Hall 


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 Good

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mr Tom Hutchings

Parent Governor since February 2016

I have two children at St Philip's, currently in Years 6 and 4. I have always admired the school and its approach to education, and felt that becoming a governor would be a great way to become more closely involved with the school and help it on the next step of its journey.

I am a headteacher myself, leading a primary school in South Gloucestershire, and have also recently worked for Ofsted as inspector for South West primary schools. I hope that having a foot in different camps - as a parent, school leader and governor - will mean that I am able to challenge but also support St Philip's to provide the very best education that it can for every child.

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 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 Sarah Wilton-Rhead

Parent Governor since November 2017

My daughter has just started the school in Robin class and I hope both of my children will attend the school. As I hope to be involved with the school over the next 10 years I would like to offer my skills and expertise in education to support the school:

  • Qualified secondary maths teacher
  • Previously worked as a Local authority AST/SLE supporting Primary and Secondary schools.
  • I have worked as part of a leadership team leading on Initial Teacher Training, teaching and learning CPD.
  • Previous responsibility for coaching and mentoring teachers to support improvement in the classroom.
  • Currently lead a Secondary Maths PGCE.

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.

Mrs Jane Ball

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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