Abbotsbury Primary School Governors

The governors’ work affects most aspects of the school’s work.  They establish, with the Headteacher, aims for the school and approve policies – for the curriculum, behaviour and discipline, for example; and are responsible for the school’s budget and the use and maintenance of the premises.  More generally, they are expected to be in touch with the local community and to help guide the school to meet the community’s educational needs. They are also expected to help the school explain to the community what the school is trying to achieve for their children.

The governors, together as a body, have a range of legal responsibilities, so being a governor is an important commitment and new governors should be willing to attend training to help them learn what is entailed.  If you feel you would like to be a governor at Abbotsbury Primary School please drop into the school office in the first instance and we will put you in touch with our Chair of Governors to enable you to discuss in more detail what is involved in being a governor.

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Governors’ USO Area (Unified Sign On)

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Abbotsbury Primary School - Governors Information and Register of Interests
Name
 Governor Type  Committee(s)
Festus Adeyemo   Parents of Abbotsbury Primary School Finance
Jan Angel Staff of Abbotsbury Primary School Curriculum
Henry Basing The Governing Body of Abbotsbury Primary School Finance, Pay & HT Performance Management
Dawn Feltham The Governing Body of Abbotsbury Primary School Premises
Katrina Hulley The Governing Body of Abbotsbury Primary School Curriculum & Premises
Rowena Maybury Head Teacher Finance, Personnel & Curriculum
Carole Mercer The Governing Body of Abbotsbury Primary School Finance, Personnel & Pay
Alozie Nwankwo The Governing Body of Abbotsbury Primary School Curriculum
     
Shankar Rajagopalan The Governing Body of Abbotsbury Primary School Finance & Pay
Sue Ryle The Governing Body of Abbotsbury Primary School Personnel & Curriculum
Gerard Silverlock The Governing Body of Abbotsbury Primary School Personnel, Curriculum & HT Performance Management
Brendan Sleight Parents of Abbotsbury Primary School Premises
Leslie Wells LB Merton and the Governing Body of Abbotsbury Primary School Personnel, Premises & HT Performance Management

Further information on the governing board can be found here.

 

Alozie Nwankwo-5to4

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Alozie Nwankwo

Alozie Nwankwo is married with 4 children (3 boys and a girl). He has lived close to the school for 10 years and has been a school governor since early 2014, serving on the Curriculum Committee.  He enjoys community involvement and attends a local church, of which he is a trustee.  Working as a Chartered Architect means he can bring relevant experience in planning and strategic thinking to the Board of Governors.  He is very enthusiastic about supporting the leadership and staff of the school, whose values and ethos he shares, to ensure that every child reaches their full potential.

 

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Dawn Feltham

Chair – Premises Committee, Child Protection, Governor for Behaviour and Exclusions

Dawn Feltham has been a Governor of Abbotsbury Primary School for two and a half years. After spending thirty five years as a Primary School Teacher, she is now enjoying a well-earned retirement.  She was a Special Needs Teacher for most of her career and even spent ten years as an Advisory Teacher working with schools and families in Merton, to meet the needs of children with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities. Her special interests were, and still are autism, motor skills and coordination difficulties, and speech and language and literacy difficulties.

She is often asked if she misses teaching and her answer is always the same – it was and still is her life!

Ambitions for the future – to write an educational book and to achieve her PHD!

 

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Sue Ryle

Chair – Curriculum Committee & Numeracy Governor

Sue Ryle was Head teacher of a local Merton school until she retired a number of years ago. She is also a Merton resident.  She has been a school governor since 2009.  Her knowledge and experience is useful in ensuring that Abbotsbury pupils receive the best possible educational experiences.  Sue is chair of the Curriculum Committee and a member of the Personnel Committee.

 

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Festus Adeyemo

Festus Adeyemo is director of Seekers International Ministries, where he encourages pastors, local churches, families and communities through mentoring and preaching. He has been a school governor since 2015 and is on the Finance Committee.  Married with children, Festus believes society is better when the academic, emotional, social and spiritual development of children is the primary focus of families, schools and government.

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Gerard Silverlock

Chair – Personnel Committee

Dr Gerard Silverlock began his career teaching history and politics. He was Head of History at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire before being Headmaster of Aberdour School in Surrey.  He is currently Headmaster at King’s College Junior School in Wimbledon.  He has been a school governor since 2013 and is chair of the Personnel Committee and a member of the Curriculum Committee.

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Henry Basing

Chair – Governing Body & Literacy Governor

Henry Basing has been a governor at Abbotsbury since 2006 and has been Chair of Governors since 2013. He is also a member of the Finance Committee, having previously served as its Chair. He works at The Bank of England, but early in his career worked as an English teacher at Junior High Schools in Japan, which led to him developing an interest in education. He has lived in the area for over 10 years.

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Les Wells

Inclusion (SEN/EAL) Governor

Les Wells is the team vicar at St George Church, in the team parish of Morden. He is the local authority governor for Abbotsbury and in this role is also the governor for Inclusion.  Les has been a governor since 2012 and sits on the Premises Committee.  He, his wife and 5 children have lived on St Helier for over 30 years.

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Shankar Rajagopalan

Vice Chair FGB & Chair – Finance Committee

Shankar Rajagopalan has been a governor at Abbotsbury since 2013. He is the chair of the Finance Committee and also on the pay committee.  Shankar is an economist by training, and is a partner at a London-based consultancy specialising in economic regulation and commercial arrangements in the electricity and water industries.  Outside of his professional life, Shankar takes a keen interest in public policy matters, particularly on education.

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