Abbey CE Academy and Falconer's Hill Academy are governed by a joint Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
Principal - Jane Wade
Trust Senior Link - Angela Watts
DRET Appointed Governor - Natalie Read (Chair)
DRET Appointed Governor - David Huckin
DRET Appointed Governor - David Anderson
DRET Appointed Governor - Michael Hales
DRET Appointed Governor - Shelly Gibbons
Parent Governor - Yany Rego Menzies
Staff Governor - Gail Coombs
Staff Governor - Manpreet Sandhu
Clerk - Teresa Elkin
- Safeguarding & SEND: Natalie Read
Scheme of Delegation
Information about the David Ross Education Trust's scheme of delegation is available here.
Contacting a Governor
To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee
Should you wish to view a copy of the minutes of the ASC at this academy, please contact the Trust Governance Team, who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.
- Undertaking school visits outside Academy Scrutiny Committee meetings.
- Taking on a ‘link’ governor role, liaising with academy staff and other governors on areas such as safeguarding, special educational needs and other academy priority areas.
- Sitting on panels related to the school, eg, appeals, complaints, exclusions.
- Participating in the Trust’s governor training and development programme.
- Understanding and promoting the Trust’s and the Academy’s vision and ethos.
- Scrutiny and challenge of achievement of targets, school improvement and pupil outcomes. Escalation of any concerns to the Trustees via the Executive.
- Supporting and facilitating parental and community engagement.
- The Academy Scrutiny Committee’s role is not to “manage” the Academy. This is done through the Trust’s executive management structure (ie Principal, Regional Directors, Executive Management Team) and the Trust Board. Therefore, the Academy Scrutiny Committee is not required to take decisions on staff or financial matters affecting the Academy. As an Academy Scrutiny Committee Member you should have an understanding of strategic issues that impact on the Academy, and be updated on them regularly by the Principal, but you are not required to have direct responsibility for them. Instead the Academy Scrutiny Committee should be in a position to assess the impact of the Academy locally; how it is contributing to the local community, how it is relating to local families and how it understands local issues.
- As the Executive Management and Trust Board takes responsibility for setting educational standards, legal compliance and financial viability, the Academy Scrutiny Committee then has the time to scrutinise and challenge achievement of targets and school improvement, investigate the standards on the ground, to see how they are working, and explore how the Trust ethos is being understood and expressed in the way the Academy operates. As an Academy Scrutiny Committee member, your view as a parent, member of staff or as part of the community is vital in this discussion.