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Abacus is a member of CfBT Schools Trust (CST), which is accountable to its parent CfBT Education Trust and the Department for Education for the school’s performance. The CST 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.

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.

Caren Chang - Mandarin Governor & Pupil Premium Governor

Caren is a local parent and an investment research analyst at an asset manager. She is the lead Governor for the Mandarin language program and pupil premium issues.

Jonathan Kendall - Community Governor  & Property Governor

Jonathan is a local parent and partner in an architectural practice. He is our lead governor for property-related matters.

Vina Shukla - Community Governor

Vina is a lawyer at the Financial Conduct authority, and also worked for several years as a government lawyer.

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.

Jill Barnes - Safeguarding Governor

Jill is a parent, qualified languages teacher and a co-founder of Abacus. Having acted as chair during the school’s opening years, she is now our safeguarding governor.

Clerk to Governors: Maria Gabrielczyk