Governors

Governors at The Abbey School are volunteers from the school and the community who ensure that the school is run to the highest of standards. To do this Governors meet on a regular basis and also come into school to monitor quality, making sure that their three core functions are being met effectively and ensuring that pupils at The Abbey School get the best education possible.

The Governing Body’s three core functions are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Parents can always contact the Chair by writing to her via the School Office or email to:

enquiries@abbey.surrey.sch.uk

The governing body has two committees:

  1. Finance, Staffing & Resources
  2. Teaching & Learning

Each committee meets once per term, the full governing body also meets termly, usually towards the end of a term following committee meetings. Governors undertake training provided by Surrey's contractor Strictly Education 4S (formerly Babcock International). Public copies of governing body minutes are available on request from the school office.

Current Governing Body Make Up

Name

Areas of Responsibility

Governor Type

Committee Membership

Date of Appointment/ current term of office ends

Declaration of Interest

Mrs Katie
Hewett

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Member: finance and teaching & learning committees

11.03.19/
10.03.23

None

Mr Christian Lewis

Vice-Chair of Governors

Governor for looked after & pupil premium children

Co-opted Governor

Member: teaching & learning committee

23.05.16/
22.05.20

None

Mrs Lindsey O'Dell

Chair of Teaching & Learning

Parent Governor

Chair: teaching & learning committee

Member: finance committee

05.11.16/
04.11.20

Husband Treasurer of Friends of the Abbey School

Mr Karl

Schirmer

Governor with special responsibility for Buildings Health & Safety

Parent Governor

Member: finance committee

06.10.16/
05.10.20

Wife Hand2Heart trainer

Mr David Jackson

Headteacher

Ex-officio: Headteacher from 01.04.17

Member: finance and teaching & learning committees

04.09.14 as Associate

Now
Ex-officio

None

Mr Toby Franklin

Chair of Finance and Resources

Co-opted Governor

Chair: finance committee

 

20.09.16/
19.09.20

None

Mrs Carol Gardiner

Staff Governor

Staff Governor

Member: finance committee

12.09.17/
11.09.21

None

Mrs Elizabeth Pamplin

Governor for child protection & safeguarding

Co-opted Governor

Member: finance and teaching & learning committees

01.10.17/
30.09.21

None

Mrs Vicky Nixon

Abbey School governor representative on the WMAT board of trustees

Parent Governor

Member: finance and teaching & learning committees

03.11.16/
02.11.20

Trustee Stepping Stones DS.

Member of Frensham Heights parents committee

MRS TERESA FULHAM Staff Governor Staff Governor Member: teaching & learning committee 08.05.19/
07.05.23
None

Governors who finished their term of office since September 2016

mr andrew melbourne Co-opted
Governor
Resignation
10.12.18

Mr David Munro

  LA Governor

End of term of office
04.09.18

Mr David Neal-Smith

Co-opted Governor

Resignation
05.09.16

Mr David

Diffey

Co-opted Governor

Resignation
31.03.17

Mr Nathan Aspinall

Head teacher

Left the school
31.03.17

Miss Rachel Barkess

Co-opted Governor

End of term of office
30.09.17

Mr Andy

Perry

Staff Governor

Resignation
14.03.18

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