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.

Bernie Borland CBE has been appointed as Chair of Governors for 2018-2019


Name Category Appointed End of Office Business Interest Committee Membership
Bernie Borland  Chair Foundation    None  
Sarah Griffin Vice Chair Foundation      
Tom Arkins Foundation Governor Foundation    None  
Mel Fontinelle Foundation Governor Foundation    Parent  
Siobhan Malone Principal        
Fr Richard Offong Foundation Governor Foundation    None  
Eileen Bryan Staff Governor Staff    Staff  
Heather Francis Appointed Governor Appointed    None  
Steve Offord LA Governor Local Authority    None  
Nnenna Amaike Parent Governor Parent    Parent  


*Vacancy - Foundation Governor


Patricia Worden - Vice Chair, resigned November 2018

Kate Spurling - Staff Governor, resigned August 2019


Attendance at Governors and Sub Committee meetings 2018-2019


St Paul's Academy Governing body Code of Conduct 2018 (page 1)

St Paul's Academy Governing body Code of Conduct 2018 (page 2)


Annual Report and Financial Statements 2019

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2018

Report of the Governors, Strategic Report and Financial Statements 2017

Report of the Governors, Strategic Report and Financial Statements 2016