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The governing body is made up of parents, staff and representatives of the church, diocese, Parish and County councils.

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.

Governors can only act together;  they cannot act individually.

Parent governors bring the views of parents to the governing body but they speak and act as individuals. They have an equal status in the work of the governors and have voting rights.

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

The following people are our school governors.:


Rev’d Dr David Munchin (Chair) Ex Officio – Rector
Mrs Mary Westley Ex Officio – Headteacher
Ms Sheila Anstey Staff – teaching (elected, co-opted)
Mr Ben Ashman Staff – teaching (elected)
Mrs Debbie Coupland Foundation (St Mary’s PCC)
Mrs Irene Mackie Foundation (St Albans DBE)
Mrs Mary Gregory Foundation (St Mary’s PCC)
Dr Julie Long Foundation (St Mary’s PCC)
Mr Terrence Miller Parent (elected)
Mr Bill Morris Foundation (St Albans DBE)
Mrs Val Smith Parent (elected)
Mrs Evelyn Welch Foundation (St Mary’s PCC)
Mr William Westwick LA
Mr Robin Whitten Foundation (St Mary’s PCC)
Mrs Annie Ragless Clerk to the Governing Body

Please also see the school governors document here