The Structure of Governance

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The Local Governing Body has responsibility for the overall effective management of the Academy. It acts within the framework of national legislation and policies set out by the Local Authority. They do not make day to day decisions on the running of the Academy as this is the responsibility of the Headteacher.

They meet regularly through the term to discuss all main aspects of Academy life. Their aim is to maintain and improve the standards at George Abbot School and to ensure the Academy is teaching a broad and balanced curriculum in line with national standards.

The Governing Body’s work can be divided into three key areas:

  • Setting the Academy’s vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, and making creative use of resources.

  • Monitoring and evaluating performance and to support and challenge the Headteacher in managing the Academy.

  • Ensuring that the Academy is accountable to the children and parents/carers it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs.

The George Abbot School Governing Body comprises 7 Community Governors, 7 Parent Governors and 6 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher who is ex-officio).

The Term of Office for any Governor is 4 years, although a Governor may choose to resign prior to the end of their term. The Governing Body appoint Community Governors, however an election is held for the positions of Parent and Staff Governors.

Governors are able to resign from their position by providing written notice to the Chair of Governors and/or the Clerk to Governors. The Governing Body also have the right to remove Governors if there is persistent absence (without the permission of the Governing Body) from all meetings within a period of 6 months, and the Governing Body resolve that the position is to be vacated.

The Committee Cycle runs termly, with each Committee (School & Community, Staffing, Learning & Teaching, Resources and Planning) meeting before the Full Governing Body meet at the end of each term. There is also an evening set aside for training or discussion on a specific item once a term. Please click on the following to review the duties undertaken by each committee:

file_extension_pdf Terms of Reference

Governors at George Abbot School are as follows:

Parent Governors

Appointed by self-nomination and parent vote (where necessary): 

Julie Dickson* - Office Ends - 27.11.18

*Chair of School & Community Committee
Jeremy Hoar - Office Ends - 27.11.18

Nicola Mead - Office Ends - 16.12.19
Kate Peters - Office Ends - 27.11.18
Douglas Spinks - Office Ends - 30.11.20

*Chair of Learning & Teaching Committee
Jackie Thompson  - Office Ends - 30.11.20


Community Governors

Appointed by the Local Governing Body:

Richard Hubbard* - Office Ends - 04.12.17

*Vice Chair of Resources Committee
Vivienne Johnson* - Office Ends - 13.01.21 

*Chair of Governors, *Chair of Planning Committee
Eddie Owen* - Office Ends18.02.19

*Chair of Staffing Committee
Jeremy Pattison* Office Ends05.02.21

*Vice Chair of Governors, *Chair of Resources Committee * Vice Chair of Planning Committee 
Geoff Wyss* - Office Ends - 11.01.21
Gabrielle Holgate - Office Ends - 30.04.19

*Vice Chair of Staffing Committee


Staff Governors

Appointed by staff self nomination and vote (where necessary):

Kate Carriett* - Office Ends - Ex-officio


John Hardy - Office Ends - 05.10.20

Mike Lewis - Office Ends - 05.02.18
Ola Scott-Boyle - Office Ends - 05.02.18

Angela Barker-Lewis - Office Ends - 15.01.21


key documents

file_extension_pdf Governor Attendance Register 2015 - 16

file_extension_pdf Governing Body Composition

file_extension_pdf Register of Interests

file_extension_pdf Guildford Education Partnership (GEP Academies) Scheme of delegation/terms of reference for local governing bodies.

file_extension_pdf Guildford Education Partnership (GEP Academies) overview document

For information on the governance of the trust (members/trustees) please click HERE.

For each trustee and local governor who has served at any point over the last 12 months please click HERE

For further information on governance at the school, please contact Mrs Helen Evison, via email:

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, Vivienne Johnson, please contact the school office on 01483 888000 or email: in the first instance for them to redirect your query.

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