|Parent Governors||Simon Robson (Vice Chair)
|Staff Governors||Maria Delany-White Headteacher (ex officio)
|Link LA Governor||John Matthews (Chair)|
|Foundation Governors||Neil Hathaway
Nissange de Silva
|Clerk to the Governors||Guy Rogers|
John Matthews (Chair)
I am the Local Authority Link Governor and am chair of the Governing Body at St Edmund’s. I have been a Governor at St Edmund’s for nearly 10 years. I have no children at the school but live just round the corner and I am a parishioner at St Edmund’s. I have been a purchasing manager all my working life and now work as a management consultant specialising in this area. I have no background in education, apart from having attended school many, many years ago, however this has proved no barrier to my supporting and contributing to the life and governance of the school, once I had got over the initial task of learning a bunch of TLA’s (three letter acronyms)!
I am a Foundation Governor and the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. I am also Pupil Premium Champion and attend meetings of the Staff Wellbeing Group. I have two children at St Edmund’s School and first got involved with the school as a volunteer reader and through helping out at PA events. I became a governor as I wanted to put my skills to use in a way which would help my local school. In addition I come from a family of teachers and have always been very interested in education! I have a degree in Languages (French and German) and worked first in publishing before training as a teacher. I have been teaching Languages in local secondary schools in Oxfordshire for the past 12 years.
Nissange De Silva
I’ve been a Foundation Governor since October 2014. My son is in Year 2 and my daughter is in Reception at St Edmund’s. I first got involved in the Governing Body as I thought I could put my skills to good use by helping the school. My background is Business IT and I work in the private sector where I manage a team of analysts who analyse customer behaviour. I believe that organisations of all sizes including schools have many areas that could be improved and picking the right ones at the right time can put them in the lead.
I am a Foundation Governor and I joined the Governing body in September 2014. I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee and I am very excited at the opportunity to support my local Catholic school. I am the Deputy Head at Our Lady’s Abingdon and I have lived in Abingdon for four years. I have been a teacher for fifteen years now and have been a Teacher Governor, Head of Department, Year Head, Head of Sixth Form, Assistant Principal, Acting Principal and Deputy Head in that time. My son has just turned two years old and that has made me feel even more passionately about supporting local primary education.
I have been a parent Governor since March 2013. I have one daughter currently in Year 6 at St Edmund’s and another who has recently left the school. I teach Modern Languages at Our Lady’s Abingdon Senior School and serve the Governing Body on the Teaching and Learning Committee. I am the Governor for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and I also very much enjoy being the Governor linked to PE, Art /DT, MFL and Music.
Fr Jamie McGrath
As parish priest of Our Lady and St Edmund parish I am a Foundation Governor of St Edmund’s school. I serve on the Admissions committee. I also serve as Episcopal Vicar for Education in the diocese of Portsmouth. Since I arrived in Abingdon in 2010 I have been thrilled by the way important links between parish and school continue to strengthen. With the senior leadership of the school we strive to enhance the Catholic ethos in a nurturing and wholesome way.
Simon Robson (Vice Chair)
I am a Parent Governor and Vice Chair of the Governing Body at St Edmund’s. I have been a governor for two years. My three children are all at the school, my eldest daughter is in Year 3, my youngest daughter is in reception and my son is in nursery. I will be involved with the school for many years to come and for this reason wanted to become part of the school community. After graduating from University I have spent most of my career working in public services. I currently sit on both the Resources committee and chair the Admissions committee. I also have responsibility for Safeguarding on the Governing Body
I am a Foundation Governor having been appointed in July 2016. I have a long affiliation with the school having been a pupil here myself as well as the rest of my family attending the school. I am currently a Maths teacher at St Gregory the Great Catholic School, of which St Edmund’s is a feeder school. I am on the Teaching and Learning committee and am very keen to use my skills and knowledge of education, as well as to support and contribute to all other aspects of the school.
I joined the Governing Body at St Edmund’s as a Parent Governor in September 2016. I have two children at the school – my eldest son in Year 4 and my younger son in Reception after a year in the Nursery class. I expect to be involved at the school for many years to come as my daughter should be joining in 2020! I have been involved in the PA for the last few years and regularly drop my sons off at school in the mornings on my way to work. After graduating from University, I spent a very enjoyable year working for an organ builder in the North East of England, before returning to University for further study and post-Doctoral research. For the last 11 1/2 years, I have been working for Sophos, testing the products, building the website and supporting systems used to build and test computer security products. I am a member of the Resources committee.