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Welcome to our Governors' section


The governors of Beechcroft St Paul’s are a group of people from the local community who have come together to support and challenge Mr Draper and the staff to ensure that the school provides the best learning opportunities for all its pupils . Parent and Staff governors are elected to represent those groups within the school.


On 1 August 2017 Beechcroft St Paul’s joined the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust and all the governors have been reappointed by DSAT. Foundation Governors have been nominated by St Paul’s Church and ratified by the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education.


We take part in training sessions to keep up to date with changes in schools and education so that we can be more effective governors. We come into school to work with Mr Draper, the staff and pupils so we know how much progress the children are making in comparison with schools nationally. It’s a joy and a privilege to serve our community in this way. The governors meet together twice a term and attend other meetings too.


Further information can be found in the Governance section of the DSAT website:



Members of the Local Governing Board August 2017


Foundation Governors

Mrs Julia Moore (Chair of Governors)

Fr Richard Harper (Vice Chair)

Mrs Stephanie Page-Smith

Mr Andrew Hutchings


Parent Governors

Laura Giffen

Siobhan Lennon-Patience


Mr Jean-Paul Draper, Headteacher/Ex Officio Governor


Staff Governor

Mrs Kate Falconer


Clerk to Governors

Mrs Valerie Palmer


Please read below to learn more about the governors and their involvement in the life of our school.


Julia Moore

I have been a governor at Beechcroft since before the school was built and my daughter was in one of the first classes. Since retiring from teaching I have been able to spend more time involved in the life of the school. I am the Safeguarding, Pupil Premium & LAC governor and link governor for English, Eden, Reception, Year 6 and with other governors I am involved with Finance and Staffing. I enjoy watching the children flourish in their learning and especially in their class assemblies and productions. The learning opportunities provided for our children never cease to amaze me. We are so fortunate that Beechcroft St. Paul’s is our local school.


Fr Richard Harper

I grew up in Dorchester and before I became a priest I was a biologist. I've been a governor at Beechcroft since I moved to Weymouth in 2003 to look after St. Paul's in Abbotsbury Road. It's been thrilling to be part of the school developing and walking with the school now it has become an academy. I am a link governor for Philosophy for Children, the school Ethos group and Year 5. I enjoy leading collective worship and teaching. I love living near the sea and enjoy walking and photography.


Stephanie Page-Smith

I am married with two grown up children. I grew up in Yorkshire and moved to Weymouth when I was 21. During my working life, both paid and voluntary, I have worked with children in their homes and in residential care and for children’s charities. I have also worked in office administration for many years.


At St Paul’s Church and on my visits to school, I have been impressed by the high standards of the teaching staff and the curriculum but most of all seeing children happy and engaged in their work. I am looking forward to meeting parents and all who support Beechcroft St Paul’s. I am a Link Governor for Year 1 and the Health and Safety governor.



Andy Hutchings

I have lived in our town all my life. I was educated in my early years at Cromwell Road Infant School and Westhaven Junior School. At this school in later years I became a Governor and for five years was Chairman of the Board of Governors. Being a Governor at Beechcroft is a most rewarding position. I am very keen to promote the history of our Borough. I very much enjoy coming in to class lessons to talk to the pupils about my time in growing up in Westham. I am a collector of local postcards and have co-authored two books on the subject. I am Chair of the Finance Committee..


Kate Falconer

I have worked as a teacher at Beechcroft for 13 years. Over those years I have worked my way up from being a class teacher, head of Key stage and now an Assistant Head teacher and SENCO. I enjoy teaching and I love the challenge of being a senior leader. I am most proud of our newest part of Beechcroft which is Eden our foundation stage unit. I was given the challenge to research and launch this in 2013. It has been a huge success and there is still lots to learn. I love working at Beechcroft and being part of its growth and development.