Abbey School Governing Board

The governing board has three main core functions:


Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school


Holding the Head Teacher to account for the school’s performance, acting as a critical friend


Overseeing the school’s financial performance and making sure money is well spent

Who is on the Governing Board?

 The Abbey School Governing Board is made up of fourteen people, the majority of who must be Foundation Governors:

Two Foundation Governors (appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education) – Nikki Loan & Linda Marchment

One Foundation Governor (ex officio) – Father Richard Watson

Five Foundation Governors (appointed by the Cathedral) – Katie Wright, Carol Borras, Gayle Ball, Robert Raine & James Stebbing

Two Parent Governors (elected by parents) – Myf Hopkins & Laurence Perrin-Rees

One Local Authority Governor (appointed by the LEA) – Debbie Gupta (Chair of Governors)

One Co-opted Governor (appointed by the Governing Board) – Graham Wright

One Staff Governor (appointed by the staff) – Miss Felstead

One Head Teacher – Miss Fenn


Appointing Body
Term of Office
Business Interest
Ms Debbie GuptaLEAHertfordshire CC31/08/2018·         StrategyChair of Governors;
DGChair of Strategy; Safeguarding governor
Mrs Katie WrightFoundationCathedral Chapter31/08/2018·         StrategyVice Chair of Governors; Chair Resources
KW·         Headteacher Performance Management
·         Resources
·         Pay and Personnel
Mrs Nikki LoanFoundationDiocesan Board of Education31/08/2020·         ResourcesTreasurer
NL·         Strategy
Miss Emma FennHead teacherAbbey Primary SchoolFrom 30/07/2010All committeesHead teacher
Mrs Carol BorrasFoundationCathedral Chapter30/04/2019·         ResourcesLay Canon at Cathedral; Director T&B Contractors
CB·         Admissions
Mr James StebbingFoundationCathedral Chapter31/05/2021·         Audit and Compliance
Mr Robert Raine CBEFoundationCathedral Chapter31/08/2020·         StrategyChair Pay and Personnel
RR·         Pay and Performance
Mrs Linda MarchmentFoundationDiocesan Board of Education31/08/2018·         Headteacher Performance ManagementSEN governor
LM·         Audit & ComplianceRe governor
Mr Graham WrightCo-opted governorGovernors, Abbey Primary School06/07/2020·         ResourcesHealth and Safety governor
VacantEx-officioSt Albans CathedralSub-dean of the Cathedral
Ms Myf HopkinsParentAbbey Primary School31/03/2019·         ~Pay and Personnal
MH·         Audit & Compliance
Dr Gayle BallFoundationCathedral Chapter08/05/2020·         AdmissionsChair of Admissions,MSA, Abbey School
GB·         Audit & ComplianceChair of Audit & Compliance
Mrs Laurence Perrin-ReesParent GovernorAbbey Primary School31/08/2020·         Audit & Compliance
Miss Lisa FelsteadStaff GovernorAbbey Primary School29/02/2020·         Audit & ComplianceDeputy Head
Mrs Rosemary CampbellAssociate GovernorGovernors, Abbey Primary School31/08/2018·         Admissions
Mrs Lucy PriceClerkGovernors, Abbey Primary School31/08/2015 – August 2018School Business Manager, Abbey School;
LPGovernor, St Helen’s School, Wheathampstead

 Governor Code of Conduct 2018-2021

> Full Governing Body Attendance 2016-2017

> Governing Body Committee Attendance 2016-17

Parent Governor Forum

The Governing Board will annually seek parental views and all survey results will be available for parents at our annual Parent Governor Forum, which will now going forward combine with theFriends’ Association AGM. Our next forum Thursday 15th March 2018 from 7.30-9pm.

The Abbey School’s Vision, Mission, Values and Aims

Over the last 12 months The Abbey School Governing Board has been working on refreshing our school vision and values. The Governing Board would like to thank the parents for their input at the Parent Governor Forum, and to the children who have helped bring these words to life. We have also benefited from external facilitators, and the views of the staff and our senior leadership, to deliver vision and values for our whole school community.  Please see the vision, values and aims page for more information.