Governing Body


A Message from Bernie Borland CBE, Chair of St Paul’s Academy

My connection with St Paul’s goes back a long way.  In 1983 I was appointed Deputy Head and from 1986 to 1994 I was proud to be the school’s Headteacher.  I went on to become Principal of St Francis Xavier Sixth form College until I retired in 2009.   Since then I have also taught part-time on an MA at St Mary’s University and worked as interim senior manager in a number of sixth form colleges. I was invited onto St Paul’s governing body in 2010 and since 2011 I have been its Chair. 

St Paul’s was established on its Wickham Lane site in 1968 and since then the school has undergone considerable change, especially since its transformation into an Academy and its subsequent move to Abbey Wood as a purpose-built school for 1200 students on its current site.  However, throughout all that time it has never ceased to be a school that above all cares for the spiritual, social and educational well-being of all its students.

As governors it is our responsibility to determine the character and strategic direction of St Paul’s.  We do this as a full board supported by committees that oversee key aspects of the Academy, such as curriculum, finance and management of students, that are all delivered by our Principal and her Staff.

It is our wish as governors that whether you are a prospective or current student/parent, or a member of our local community, that you support us in continuing to be an inspiration and witness to an outstanding education for our young people.


Committee Meetings - Attendance/Absences - Sept/Oct 2018   
Name Finance & Resources Management of Students School Improvement Full Governor
Bernie Borland (Chair) 1 1 1  
Patricia Worden (Vice Chair) 0   1  
Steve Offord 1      
Tom Arkins   1 1  
John Crowley   1 1  
Mel Fontinelle   1 1  
Siobhan Malone 1 1 1  
Fr Richard Offong   0 0  
Kate Spurling   1 1  
Emily Tudor   1 1  
Heather Francis 1 0 0  


Vacancy for Parent Governor

Letter re: Parent governor

Academies information

Parent Governor nomination form


Report of the Governors, Strategic Report and Financial Statements 2017

Report of the Governors, Strategic Report and Financial Statements 2016

Register of Governors' Business Interests