The Governing Body
The Governors oversee and facilitate the strategic leadership of the school. The Governing Body is drawn from the wider community of the school including parents, staff, and the local churches, with members also elected by the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and the Local Authority.
At St Peters and St Pauls, our governing body can have a total of 12 governors and is made up of the following positions:
7 x Foundation Governors
1 x Headteacher
1 x Local Authority Governor
2 x Parent Governors
1 x Staff Governor
Governors’ Business Interests
It is important that Governors are transparent in ensuring that the action they take for the good of the school does not conflict with their own interests and commitments outside of the school. We are required to maintain a register of their interests and publish information about this on our website.
Become a Governor
We are always interested to hear from people who are interested in becoming Governors. For further information contact our clerk via email email@example.com
Catherine Johnson- Foundation (PCC) Governor 29.04.2021-28.04.2025
I jumped at the opportunity to become a foundation governor at St Peter and St Paul’s! After retiring as a Headteacher, I had the capacity to volunteer and I was really excited about becoming part of this wonderful school community. I have worked in education for 33 years, graduating as an enthusiastic ‘probationary teacher’ in 1988. My experience grew working overseas in Australia and Italy before settling locally in Oxted twenty years ago.
For 10 years, I was a Headteacher, firstly at St Peter’s C of E Infants in Tandridge and then at Trinity Oaks C of E Primary in Horley. Trinity Oaks was developed as a brand new school in 2014, an incredibly interesting and rewarding journey. As a leader of Southwark Diocese Church Schools, I understand their special nature and Christian ethos and the way they are supported by the Board of Education and local churches.
I continue to follow developments in education and am passionate about the way we look after pupils and the quality of learning they receive. I still work with children most days, as a tutor, and always try to build on their interests and find innovative ways to support them.
My current work is with student teachers, which certainly keeps me on my toes- staying one step ahead with my reading and pedagogy!
I am really looking forward to finding out more about life at St Peter and St Paul’s and supporting the school as Governor.
Rosie Burgess - Headteacher, Ex-Officio Governor 23.04.2019-
Helen Burnett – Foundation (SDBE) Ex-Officio Governor 15.09.2016-
I joined the Chaldon Village Community in June 2016 when I took up my post as Curate to St Peter and St Paul’s Chaldon and St Luke’s Whyteleafe. Prior to my training for ordination, I home-educated my four sons and I am passionate about equality of access to education and nurturing the natural curiosity of the child. My first career was in education and I have taught in the early years' sector, primary and secondary schools, and spent two years working with severely emotionally disturbed children in a residential setting. I value the strong links between the church and the school in Chaldon and intend to do all I can to foster that relationship.
Chris Botten - Local Leader of Governance (LLG)- Co-Chair of Governors 23.12.2020- 31.03.2023
Richard Pedrick - LA Governor 19.01.2023-18.01.2027 (Second Term of Office)
I grew up on the border of Chaldon and Caterham and after moving to London for several years, post-university, I came home so that my own children would have the great benefit of growing up in our wonderful and unique community. My family has lived in Chaldon and Caterham for more than 65 years, my uncle even attended the old infant school in Chaldon 60 years ago.
I completed my bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 2007 and have been working within the financial markets industry since then. I currently ply my trade at a quantitative investment management company in Mayfair. I try to use my experience to help the school in particularly trying financial times for the whole education sector.
My eldest child joined this school in 2018 and flourished, and my youngest then joined in 2020. These early years are fundamental for our children; I believe that one of the most important things we can do at this stage is to instill a love of learning that will, God willing, stick with each of them throughout their school years and well into adulthood.
Victoria Stubbs - Foundation - SDBE Governor - Co-Chair of Governors 26.10.2018-16.10.2026 (Second Term of Office)
I became a governor of the school in 2018 when my first child joined. I was overwhelmed by the unique, family atmosphere and wanted to do all that I could to help support and maintain this. I am lucky enough to have had all 3 of my children attend St Peter’s and my youngest will now remain here for his Primary education. The expansion of the school from Infant to Junior, has been one of my greatest passions and projects.
It has been an amazingly rewarding experience to work alongside such a gifted group of educators. I also enjoy supporting the Governing Body and watching it grow in confidence and effectiveness over time. It is important to me that the essence of the school is preserved and nourished. It was a pleasure to be voted as Co-Chair of Governors in 2022 and I look forward to the exciting future that awaits us all.
Laura Stott - Foundation (PCC) Governor - Safeguarding Governor 15.12.2020-14.12.2024
My career as a researcher and lecturer at several UK universities has shown me just how important it is for a child to have an outstanding experience during their foundational early school years. A school that can nurture a sense of excitement for learning, can stoke a passion for discovery, and can give children the courage to make mistakes, is vital for children to become successful lifelong learners. This has certainly been the experience that my three children have had, as they consecutively attended St Peter and St Paul Infant School from 2011 - 2020. I have lived in Caterham most of my adult life and feel very much a part of this community. I attend Caterham Baptist Church which has been a wonderful way to strengthen my Christian faith, and helpful as I seek to support the school in its Christian ethos which permeates every element of school life and is part of what makes St Peter and St Paul Infants so special. Also, my experiences of working within Higher Education, often with individuals who have specific mental health and/or well-being issues, provides beneficial insight as I serve in the role of Safeguarding Governor.
Linda Smith- Foundation (PCC) Governor 02.12.2021-01.12.2025
Sarah Bridges-Staff Governor 08.12.2021-07.12.2025
Adam Robinson- Foundation (PCC) Governor 23.09.2021-22.09.2025
Sarah Petrillo- Parent Governor 24.05.2022-23.05.2026
Anita Mills- Foundation (PCC) Governor 07.07.2022-06.07.2026
I am a mum of two and a part-time solicitor. My son started at St Peter and St Paul Primary in 2019 and my daughter joined in 2022. My son’s class will be the first to benefit from the school becoming an all-through primary.
Prior to having children, I practiced as a child and family solicitor in Hackney, East London for 10 years where I gained valuable insight into safeguarding and child protection and an understanding of multi-agency working. I moved to the local area in 2014. After taking some time out when my son was born, I subsequently spent three years working part-time at a local Children’s Centre, gaining valuable experience working with families and contributing to the objective of improving outcomes and reducing inequalities. I currently work locally as a family solicitor.
From the first time I visited St Peter and St Paul School, I was drawn to the nurturing community feel, and inclusive ethos, where every child is valued and given the opportunity to thrive. In my role as governor, I will provide whatever support I can to ensure clarity of vision and strategic direction as the school expands. I am personally invested in the school continuing to provide a safe, happy environment where children are not only given a great education but also encouraged to be considerate and thoughtful citizens, both in our community and the wider world.
Kelly Collett- Clerk to Governors
I was previously a governor at a Surrey Junior school for 7 years. Two of which I held the position of Chair of Governors. I have worked in education since 2013 and I am also a Governance Manager for a Multi Academy Trust.