Ravensden CE Primary Academy


All about our Trust: The Diocese of St Albans Multi-Academy Trust (DSAMAT)




Welcome to the website of the Diocese of St Albans Multi-Academy Trust, a Church of England Trust that is passionate about creating and maintaining Church of England Academies which serve their local communities through the provision of a rich and diverse curriculum underpinned by Christian Values.


The Trust has a clear vision which shapes its work:


Enabling all to flourish: Rooted in God’s Love


And together our academies work to be places of:


Hope: Nurture: Collaboration: Equality: Respect:


The Trust's vision is underpinned by a Christian values framework which will be adopted by all Academies and provides clear expectations for all DSAMAT employees on how the Trust expects its Christian values to impact on all areas of Academy life.  This was developed by the Trust's Headteachers during 2017.  Each Academy will be able to develop and implement its own local Christian values programme that takes account of their local context.  This will draw on and be informed by the National Church of England Vision for Education and the Diocesan Board of Education Vision.


Underpinning all of the Trust’s work is a belief in educational excellence. The Trust believes it is called to serve all stakeholders by providing academies with the highest levels of academic rigour and pastoral care. The Trust’s academies will be places where children and young people develop and thrive intellectually, socially, culturally and spiritually. All of the Trust's schools will teach a broad and balanced curriculum within national guidelines focusing on core skills. This is designed to ensure that all pupils reach their academic potential and seek to enrich their experience along the way. Pupils will be enabled to succeed in an atmosphere of high expectation, aspiring to educational excellence with a firm foundation of Christian values.



Ravensden CE Primary Academy


Ravensden CE Primary Academy joined the Diocese of St Albans Multi Academy Trust (DSAMAT) on 1st January 2021.


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.


Local Governing Boards

Individual academies are governed at a local level by their own Local Governing Board (LGB).  LGBs have the same level of delegated responsibility from the Directors which is outlined within the Governance Framework and financial delegation.  For more information about our local governing board members, please see below.


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



Governor Photos and Bios


Isabel Harker is a parent at Ravensden and holds the position of Chair of Governors. She has been a governor for 5 years and is passionate about supporting the school to deliver the best possible education in an environment where children can flourish and become the best possible version of themselves. Away from school Isabel works as a nutritionist for a horse feed manufacturer and spends any other free time keeping up with the boys busy social lives.


Taffy Booth is a parent and holds the position of Safeguarding Governor. She has worked in design for construction for over 18 years, including experience with Main Contractors, House builders and most recently, as a Director of an Architectural Design Studio. She has always been a firm supporter of diversity, inclusion and the provision of opportunities in communities.

Taffy has strong connections with the school as her children attend Ravensden CE Primary Academy. Her mutual values focus on providing our pupils with opportunities to prosper and thrive, despite their ability. 

Drawing on her experience in construction, special education needs and disabilities, Taffy brings a Parents' Perspective, Leadership Development skills and Compliance Support for Health and Safety and Safeguarding.


Andrea Wilkinson- (awaiting photo) is Vice Chair of Governors. She has worked as a primary school teacher in a local church school for the last 10 years. She is passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. After taking the decision to take a break from teaching Andrea now works for a local charity running a project that delivers emotional literacy and support in schools to children aged 7 – 11. Andrea brings a wealth of experience of working with children, young people and their families and is committed to supporting the school to enable all to reach their full potential.

Reverend Timothy Wilson- awaiting bio and photo


 Alleyne Leach has been retired for a few years, following a career that encompassed Banking Operations and Industrial Automation Marketing. He has lived locally for 38 years and his connection with the school goes back to when his wife worked at Ravensden Lower some 30 years ago. In his younger days, he was chair of the PTA at 2 separate schools.

My name is Mark O’Leary, I have been a Foundation Governor at Ravensden since 2019, I requested to join the Governing board when my Son started in Reception, I am also a local Resident living a stone’s throw from the school.

My role on the Governing Board is as a Link Governor for Health & Safety and Humanities

My day to day job is as a Chartered Surveyor for a local Construction Company, I believe my background in Financial Management of Projects will aid in the development of the school into the future.




Contact Details for the Governing Body:


Our Co-Chairs of Governors are Isabel Harker and Allyene Leach.


If you would like to contact them, please contact the School Office - 01234 771316 or email