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Meet The Governors

Anne Campbell 

Anne was elected to the Governing Body as a Coopted Governor in July 2018. She has lived in Cambridge since she came here as a student in 1959 to study mathematics, which she later taught at Cambridge secondary schools. She has extensive experience of Governance and at various times has been a Governor in nursery, primary and Secondary Schools as well as Chair of the Cambridge Regional College. Amongst other things in her varied career she was the MP for Cambridge, Chair of the Multi Academy Trust of which Coleridge is member school, has run her own company, Opportunity Links, was Chair of the Cambs and Peterborough NHS FT, founded Cambridge Online and was a senior staff member at NIAB. She has 8 grandchildren living in Cambridge one of whom attended Abbey Meadows. Apart from spending time with the family Anne is a keen gardener. She tends her allotment growing the most wonderful tasting vegetables.



Stephen Watts

Chair of the LGB

Steve Watts has worked in Higher Education since 1979. He came to Cambridge University in 1970 from a comprehensive school in South Yorkshire, received a Cambridge degree and went on to graduate work in Sussex University and again in Cambridge. He has taught English Literature for all of the colleges of the University and became a Foundation Fellow, Lecturer in English and Admissions Tutor in Homerton College when it became one of the constituent colleges of the University. Since working in Homerton he has been a Trustee of the College, as well as being an academic officer and a member of College Council. For Cambridge University he chaired the Intercollegiate Admissions Forum for 6 years. He became a Director of what became Cambridge Academic Partnership in 2017. In 2019 he was appointed Chair of Governors for the Galfrid School as it joined CAP, and as the whole partnership merged with United Learning. In 2019 he retired from his full-time post in Homerton but is still a personal Tutor there and still teaches undergraduates. He has recently agreed to be an Arts Admissions Tutor for another college, Selwyn.


Helen Garside-Hornby

Helen has been involved in teaching English as a foreign language both in Britain and abroad for the last twenty-six years. She lives locally and has two children at Abbey Meadows – a daughter in key stage 2 and a son in key stage 1. After representing parents at the Fields Children's Centre for several years, Helen decided to “move on” with her children and became a governor at Abbey Meadows last year.


As a member of the Standards Committee, Helen's main focus is on reading. She is also part of the PTFA, and is the link between the PTFA and the governors. Helen also volunteers in school regularly and is keen to help ensure Abbey Meadows is the best possible school for all concerned.


Sam Gomarsall
Sam Gomarsall is the Community Trust Manager at Cambridge United Community Trust (CUCT).
CUCT is the registered charity associated with Cambridge United Football Club and uses sport and the brand of the football club to make a positive impact in the local community and in particular, the Abbey Ward.
Sam is a Community governor and was elected in February 2019. Sam is keen to see links between the community and school increased, alongside being committed to seeing young people in Abbey inspired to achieve their potential.

Francesca Hughes

Francesca was elected to the Governing Body as a Community Governor in July 2019. She has extensive experience in education, having held a range of teaching and leadership positions over the past seven years. Her current position is as head of a large academic department in a local secondary school. She has also worked closely with many local primary schools, assisting them with the provision of specialist modern foreign language teaching. As she takes up her position as governor, Francesca is looking forward to working closely with everyone at The Galfrid School, to ensure that all pupils achieve their best and develop the skills needed for future success.

Sarah Ward - Teacher GovernorSarah Ward


I studied at Middlesex University. My degree is in German, History and Political Studies. I have a PGCE and a post graduate Business qualification. I worked in retail for 14 years and ran a petrol station as part of that career. I have lived in Switzerland and Austria. I love camping, travelling, lego, and I have an allotment.