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With God by our side, we can move mountains


Kensworth CE Academy  joined the Diocese of St Albans Multi Academy Trust (DSAMAT) on 1st August 2017.

DSAMAT was founded by the Diocese of St Albans, and is a Trust working with schools across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.  The DSAMAT community has a strong commitment to a shared mission.

Enabling all to flourish: Rooted in God’s Love

This is underpinned by our shared values:

Hope, nurture, collaboration, equality, respect

Our Trust is governed by a range of bodies. Members have strategic oversight for the work of the Trust, include representatives from the Diocesan Board of Finance and Diocesan Board of Education and reflect the range of skills required to oversee an Academy Trust.  Directors of the Trust are appointed by the Members and are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Trust.  The academies are accountable to the Directors who make strategic decisions impacting them.

Regional Hub Boards and Local Governing Boards

Individual academies are governed at a local level either by their own Local Governing Board (LGB), or by a Regional Hub Board (RHB).  RHBs govern a number of academies within a geographical footprint.  RHBs and LGBs have the same level of delegated responsibility from the Directors. 

For more information about the Trust, including our shared policies, procedures and contact information, please visit:

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full

John 10:10

The DSAMAT contact details are:

Diocese of St Albans

Manshead CE Academy

Dunstable Road




Tel: 01525 840183



Company Registration Number: 10449374

Registered Office: Manshead CE Academy, Dunstable Road, Caddington, LU1 4BB

Governance Structure

To contact Joan Bailey, Chair of the Local Governing Board, please email or write to Kensworth CE Academy, Common Road, Kensworth, Bedfordshire LU6 3RH.  Tel: 01582 872336

Our local governing board met for the first time on September 22nd. The members are:

Joan Bailey (chair)

Doug Hose

Mayra Shaw (parent governor)

Nicola Lenthall

Steph O'Neill (Headteacher)

Julie Fox (staff)

Andy McBurnie (Headteacher, Manshead CofE Academy)

Joan Bailey, CBEDoug HoseMayra ShawRev. Nicola LenthallSteph O'NeillJulie FoxAndy McBurnie
Chair of GovernorsVice Chair of GovernorsFoundation Governor (Parent)Foundation GovernorHeadteacherStaff GovernorGovernor (Headteacher, Manshead CE Academy)


Joan Bailey, CBE Chair of Governors

I spent my working life as a career civil servant in Nottingham, then in various Whitehall departments and in the Houses of Parliament.  This may sound dull, but my career gave me experiences that I could not have imagined as a child.  I come from a relatively humble background, and value tremendously my own education, and the support of my parents and the teachers who nurtured me and developed me academically and culturally.  So I am driven by a wish to ensure that today’s children also have the opportunity of a first class state education, underpinned by Christian values, and can achieve great things. 

After retirement I was for 10 years chair of trustees of the Open Door homelessness charity in St Albans which supports the City’s night shelter.  I have also served as a governor, and chair of governors, in a number of Church schools, mainly small schools like Kensworth.  I have been amazed and impressed at how hard schools work to ensure that the children in their care flourish, and proud that I have been able to support them a little in doing this.  I am an active member of the congregation at St Mary Magdalene, Whipsnade, and currently act as Secretary to the Parochial Church Council. 

I volunteered to help re-establish a local governing board at Kensworth School, because I believe strongly in the value of local governance, which enables a school to become truly part of its community and to get the support the staff and children deserve.   I know already how much local people love and value their local school. 

In my spare time I love walking, gardening and travel.  I have been an ardent Francophile since I lived in France as a student. 


Attendance at Local Governing Board meetings