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Our Governors perform vital, legal functions and also do a lot more to help and support our school.


The governing body is made up of parents, staff and representatives of the church, diocese and Local Authority. They make decisions about how the school is run in consultation with the headteacher; they have legal duties, powers and responsibilities which include appointing staff and deciding how the school budget is spent.


Governors meet as a full group twice a term and the minutes of these meetings are displayed outside the school office. Parent governors can contribute the views and ideas of other parents to the governing body but they are not there to act as a channel for complaints or to address any issue affecting an individual child or parent. There are clear policies and procedures for such situations and parents are encouraged to select the more formal route or perhaps use the Parent Council for more general topics, as appropriate.

Governors are elected or appointed for four years and serve on one or more committees to carry out their various duties.

Please find below the details of our school governors over the last 12 months (governors who are not currently in post are shown in itallics):



Name                  Appointing Body         Term of Office         Committees           
Rev’d David Munchin (Chair) Ex Officio – Rector             N/A Personnel
Mrs Mary Westley Ex- Officio – Head             N/A Admissions, Finance, Fabric, P&D, Personnel, School Fund
Ms Sheila Anstey Co-Opted (Staff, Teaching) 29/08/15 – 28/08/19 P&D, Personnel
Mr Ben Ashman Staff 19/6/17 – 18/6/18 Fabric
Mrs Debbie Coupland (Vice-chair) Foundation (St Mary’s PCC) 29/3/17 – 28/3/21 Admissions (chair)


Mrs Mary Gregory Foundation (St Mary’s PCC) 19/9/16 – 18/9/20
Dr Julie Long Foundation (St Mary’s PCC) 19/9/16 – 18/9/20 Finance
Mrs Elizabeth Vankatesham Parent 2/05/18 – 1/05/22 Fabric, Finance


Mrs Irene Mackie Foundation (St

Albans DBE)

7/11/17 –


P&D, Personnel, Finance
Mr Terrence Miller (Chair of Fabric) Parent 14/3/15 – 13/3/19 Fabric (chair),

Finance, Personnel

Mr Bill Morris Foundation (St Albans DBE) 9/9/16 –  8/9/20 Fabric, P&D,


Mrs Val Smith Parent 2/5/14 – 1/5/18 Finance (chair),


Mrs Evelyne Welch Foundation (St Mary’s PCC) 1/9/14 – 31/8/18  School Fund
Mr Will Westwick Local Authority 13/7/15 – 12/7/19 Fabric
Mr Robin Whitten Foundation (St Mary’s PCC) 1/11/14 – 31/10/18 Finance
Mrs Annie Ragless (Clerk) Governing Body N/A Finance (Assoc.)

Mrs Karen Colpitts       Staff                      23/5/14 – 21/4/17   Admissions                  
Dr Jennie Cox Foundation (St Albans DBE) 1/9/13 – 31/8/17

Associate Members

All members of the Senior Leadership team are members of the Performance and Development Committee, and are invited to attend full governing body meetings as Associate Members.  During the last 12 months, Associate Members have been:

Ben Ashman (prior to being appointed as staff governor), Sam Branch, Emma Harrison, Emma Phillips, Diane Reason, Helen Southall.


In addition, Cheryl Sivell (Office Manager) is an Associate Member of the Admissions Committee.

Annie Ragless (Finance Officer) is an Associate Member of the Finance Committee.

Phil Stockton (Site Manager) is an Associate Member of the Fabric Committee.


No Associate Members have voting rights.




  1. In compliance with the Government direction, the School’s Instrument of Government provides for one staff governor.  The Governing Body consider that their collective skill set is enhanced by the inclusion of a further member of staff and have agreed that such a person should be co-opted to the Governing Body.  The member of staff holding the Staff Governor vacancy will be appointed via an election of all staff; should that person be a member of the teaching staff, then the co-opted person will be a member of the non-teaching staff (and vice versa) also appointed by an election by all staff.




Register of Interests


In accordance with legislation, the following table records the register of interests of governors (covering relevant business interests, details of any other educational establishments they govern and any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives), which may conflict with the individual’s duties and authority



Name         Business      Financial        Personal Relation-ships Governor-ships
Sheila Anstey


 None  None  None  Married to a member of the Teaching staff  None
Ben Ashman


 None  None  None  None  None
Debbie Coupland


 None  None  None  None  None
Mary Gregory


 None  None  None  None  None
 Julie Long


 None  None  None  None  None
 Irene Mackie


 None  None  None  None  None
Terrence Miller


 Director of TPS Ltd  TPS Ltd are providing some cleaning staff to school  None  Parent of child at school  None
 William Morris  None Is carrying out installation work for the school – CCTV, security doors  Welwyn Parish Councillor STEM Ambassador  None  Director of the Diocese of St Albans Multi Academy Trust until May 2018.
 Rev’d David Munchin  None  None  None  None  Governor at St Michael’s VA Primary School Woolmer Green
 Val Smith     None     None            None   Parent of child at       school        None
Evelyne Welch None None None None None
Mary Westley None None None Daughter runs Hertford Gymnastics (lunchtime club) None
William Westwick None None None Parent of children at school. None
Robin Whitten None None None None None
Annie Ragless (clerk) None None None Parent of children at school None
Elizabeth Vankatesham None None None Parent of child at school Governor of Tenterfield Nursery

Table of Attendance


Name/Committee  Governing Body  Fabric  Finance  P and D Admissions Personnel
 Sheila Anstey  10/11  1/8  2/2
 Ben Ashman  8/11  1/8 1/2
 Karen Colpitts  3/11  2/8  1/2
 Debbie Coupland  7/11  2/2
 Jennie Cox  7/11  1/2
 Mary Gregory  7/11
 Julie Long  6/11  3/10
 Irene Mackie  8/11   1/10
 Terrence Miller  6/11  8/8  3/9
 Bill Morris  8/11  5/8  n/a  2/2  2/2
 David Munchin  8/11
 Annie Ragless  10/11  8/9  1/2
 Diane Reason  4/11 1/2
 Cheryl Sivell  n/a  1/2
 Val Smith  9/11  1/8  9/10  1/2
 Phil Stockton  n/a  8/8
 Evelyne Welch  5/11
Mary Westley  11/11  8/8  10/10  2/2  2/2
 Will Westwick  7/11  5/8  2/9
Robin Whitten 9/11 9/10 1/2
Elizabeth Vankatesham 1/11 1/10
Sam Branch 1/2


Helen Southall 1/2
Emma Harrison 1/2
Emma Phillips 1/2