Parent Governors Samantha Martin-Morrisey
Staff Governors Maria Delany-White Headteacher (ex officio)
Debbie Brown
Link LA Governor John Matthews
Foundation Governors Fr Jamie
Debbie Brooks (Chair)
Fiona Rooney
Delasi Osei
Stuart Smith (Vice Chair)
Peter Hendricks
Clerk to the Governors Guy Rogers

John Matthews
I am the Local Authority Link Governor and was previously chair of the Governing Body at St Edmund’s. I have been a Governor at St Edmund’s for 12 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. I have served on all 3 sub committees of the governing body but presently serve on the Resources and Admissions sub committees only.


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. Until recently I was also  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.


Delasi Osei
I am a Foundation Governor and I joined the Governing Body at St Edmund’s in March 2017. I sit on the Teaching and Learning committee and have two children at the school, one in Year 6 and the other in Year 1. I am also a parishioner at Our Lady and St Edmund’s Catholic Church.

 

Debbie Brooks (Chair)
I am a Foundation Governor and joined the Governing Body in April 2018. I have been elected Chair of the Governing Body at St Edmund’s from September 2019. My background is in education and I have taught mainly Primary and Early Years children. I am now retired and I am enjoying helping in school by hearing children read. I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Admissions Committee. I am a parishioner at Our Lady and St Edmund’s Church.

 

Fiona Rooney
I’m a Foundation Governor, and I joined the team in October 2018. I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee, and this year I will also be acting as the Safeguarding representative for the Governing Body. My eldest son is in Year 1, and I am a parishioner at Our Lady and St Edmund’s Church. Being a Governor at the school is a huge privilege, and I am thoroughly enjoying being part of our special school community both as a parent, and in my role as a Governor.

 

Peter Hendricks
I was pleased to be appointed a Foundation Governor in January 2019 and now also serve on the Resources Committee. This is my first experience of such a role having spent 30 plus years in the oil industry and subsequently in managing service companies. I am active in other areas, including being a trustee of St Luke’s Housing Society in Oxford and of Light for the Blind in India.

 

Stuart Smith (Vice Chair)
My name is Stuart Smith and by day I work in IT for a local Publishing firm. I’ve been a Foundation Governor on the Resources Committee since 2017 and have recently taken on the mantle of Vice-Chair. As well as being a Foundation Governor, I have two children at the school.

 

Samantha Martin-Morrissey
I joined the Governing body of St Edmund’s in Spring 2019 and currently sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee.  I am Catholic and I have two children at the school.  I have also been a secondary school teacher for twenty years so I am hoping that my experience will be helpful in supporting the school to continue to thrive as a place of learning, loving and praying.