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Abacus is a member of Anthem Schools Trust, which is accountable to its parent Trust and the Department for Education for the school’s performance. The Board of Trustees formally delegates some of its governance responsibilities to a Local Governing Body under a scheme of delegation. The Local Governing Body meets each half term and plays a strategic role in running the school. Its main responsibilities are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and each pupil in line with its vision and ethos; providing challenge and support;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. 

The governing body acts collectively to make strategic decisions and convenes working groups as required to address different aspects of school life, eg. standards, curriculum, wellbeing, admissions, attendance, premises and finances. Some governors with relevant expertise have been given specific individual responsibilities. 

If you are interested in joining our governing body, please download the forms at the bottom of this page and return them to Vicki Briody, headteacher.

Please see our register of local governors 2020 - 2021 below

Our current governors are:

Harriet Nowell-Smith - Chair and Reception Link Governor

Harriet is a local parent and co-founder of Abacus. She is a senior lawyer in the Government Legal Department and leads on HR issues. She is also our Reception link governor.

Contact information:

Abacus Belsize Primary School

105 Camley Street

London N1C4PF

Caren Chung - Local governor 

Caren is a local governor leading on Pupil Premium and Mandarin

Tom Simon - Parent governor

Tom Simon is a local councillor of the Belsize ward and has been involved since the inception of the school and is now joining us as a parent governor.  

Jerome Sibony - Parent Governor

Jerome is a local parent with expertise in finance

 Masuma Khalique - Vice Chair


Hannah Lewis - Community Governor 

Hannah is a local parent and Vice President in a major retail financial services organisation.

Mary Sheppard - SEND & Outdoor Learning Governor 

Mary is a local parent with an education background, specialising in SEND.

Clerk to Governors: Maria Gabrielczyk