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 Duncan McAlpineMessage from the Chair of Governors

I have been a member of the governing body since 23rd November 2015. My background is in education. I was a Headteacher of a local primary school for 26 years. I left the school in July 2014, and now work as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Northampton, working with students who are training to be teachers.

I am pleased to be involved with the Abbey Primary School. When I spend time in the school I am impressed with the hardworking and dedicated adults and the excellent behaviour of the children and how hard they work in their lessons.

I feel honoured to have been chosen to be Chair of Governors, and I look forward to working with the Senior Leadership Team as we work towards taking our school from Good to Outstanding.

Mr Duncan McAlpine
Chair of Governors - The Abbey Primary School

If you wish to contact Mr McAlpine please call the school office on 01604 660100.

Details of the Governing Body members are as follows:

Name and type of Governor ResponsibilityCommitteeFirst appointedCurrent term endsAppointed byDeclared interestsAttendance at Meetings 2019/2020

Mr Duncan McAlpine

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Governors

English Lead Governor

PP Lead Governor


 25/04/2019  24/04/2023 LAC None declared  89%

Mr Aklis Rahman

Parent Governor

Vice-Chair of Governors

EYFS link Governor


24/02/2021 23/02/2025 



Parent of a pupil in school  56%

Mrs Renuka Popat




 01/09/2006   LAC None declared  100%

Mrs Caroline Farmer

Staff Governor




 01/01/2020  31/12/2023 Staff  Related to pupil/staff member in school  80%
Mrs Sarah Alexander

Co-opted Governor
SEND lead

Year 4 link
  25/04/2019 24/04/2023 LAC None declared  71%

Mr Stuart Coe

Co-opted Governor

Health and Safety Lead

Year 2 link

  25/04/2019 24/04/2023 LAC None declared  57%
Mrs Sarah Cave

Co-opted Governor
Maths lead

Chair of TLO committee
TLO 08/10/2019 07/10/2023 LAC Works for University of Northampton - The Abbey Primary is a partnership school  80%
Mr James Farquhar

Associate Governor
Sports grant lead

Year 6 link
  08/10/2019 07/10/2023 LAC None declared  80%
Mrs Natalie Owen

Staff Governor
Staff TLO 08/10/2019 07/10/2023 Staff None declared  83%
Mrs Anne Rose

Associate Governor
Safeguarding Lead Governor   26/11/2019 25/11/2023 LAC None declared 80%
Miss Sam Collins

Parent Governor
    24/02/2021 23/02/2025 Parents Parent of a pupil in school N/A

Mrs Becky Finch

Clerk to the Governing Body

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