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Governors

The team of governors represent a cross section of our school community, from parents, staff, the Cathedral, Diocese and Local Authority. Members of our board uphold the Christian ethos of our school and support our Head Teacher in the strategic management of Abbey School. The Instrument for Government states the number and type of governors the school must have; for Abbey school 14 in total with a majority elected by the Cathedral and Diocesan and of Education to ensure the Christian ethos is upheld in all aspects of school life.

As a Voluntary Aided school under the Diocese of St Albans the role of the governing board is a strategic one, to act as a critical friend to the Head teacher, having the responsibility as employer and for the school site and ensuring the school budget is well managed.

The governing board is structured around three committees:

  • Finance and Premises
  • Recruitment, Pay and Personnel (RPP)
  • School Effectiveness

Each committee and the Full Governing Board meets at least once per half term.

Name Category
(Appointed by)
Term of Office Committees/Role Relevant Interests FGB Attendance
2020-21
Gary Freer
(Chair of Governors)
Foundation
(Cathedral Chapter, St Albans Cathedral)
1 Sept 2021 – 31 Aug 2025
  • HT Performance Management
  • Finance and Premises
Robert Raine
(Vice Chair Governors)
Foundation
(Cathedral Chapter, St Albans Cathedral)
1 Sept 2020 – 31 Aug 2024
  • Finance and Premises (Chair)
Carol Borras Foundation
(Cathedral Chapter, St Albans Cathedral)
1 May 2019 – 30 April 2023
  • Finance and Premises
  • Admissions
Rachel Hyndman Foundation
(Cathedral Chapter, St Albans Cathedral)
1 Sept 2019 – 31 Aug 2023
  • RPP
  • School Effectiveness
Vacancy Foundation
(Cathedral Chapter, St Albans Cathedral)
Nikki Loan
(Treasurer)
Foundation
(St Albans Diocesan Board of Education)
1 Sept 202 – 31 Aug 2024
  • Finance and Premises
Caroline Train Foundation
(St Albans Diocesan Board of Education)
29 May 2019 – 28 May 2023
  • RPP
  • HT Performance Management
Sub-Dean, St Albans Cathedral – current vacancy Foundation
Ex-officio (Sub-dean of Cathedral)
  • Admissions
Simon Oaten Parent
(Parent Body)
1 Oct 2019 – 30 Sept 2023
  • Finance and Premises
Marion Silvey Parent
(Parent Body)
30 May 2021 – 29 May 2025
  • Finance and Premises
Katie Wright Local Authority
(Herts Local Education Authority)
1 Sept 2018 – 31 Aug 2022
  • School Effectiveness (Chair)
Lisa Felstead Head Teacher
Ex-officio (Head Teacher of the School)
Since 1 Sept 2022 All committees
Vacant Staff
(School Staff)
Dr Gayle Ball Co-opted
(Governing Board)
14 May 2020 – 13 May 2024
  • RPP (Chair)
  • HT Performance Management

In addition the Governing Board can elect any number of Associate Governor for a specific role or skill; these governors have no voting rights and do not have to attend FGB meetings. The position is not tied to a four year term.

Governors who have resigned in the last 12 months

  • Rev’d Canon Abbey Thompson until 30/09/21
  • Emma Fenn until 31/09/21
  • Miles Brooke-Williams until 3/02/21
  • Eleanor Williats until 3/02/21
  • Rev’d Dr Chris Pines until 31/08/21
  • Myf Hopkins until 23/11/21