Abbey CE Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
David HuckinDRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
David was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on the ASC on 27 June 2019. He grew up in the area and is thankful for all the opportunities he now has and appreciates how the community helped to steer his future when he was young. After a number of years working away, David settled back into the area and wanted to give back to the community in which he lived. His daughter was a pupil at Newnham Primary School and he decided to become a governor there as he had a background in Education. His daughter has now moved on to secondary school but David's work for DRET has continued to expand. He is now Chair for 3 of the 4 schools in the area and he has occasional involvement with other schools in the Trust as well. When David joined as a governor, he was an Education Consultant and worked with schools in Special Measures to make improvements. He therefore has a long history of looking at all aspects of school life in order to drive change and improve outcomes for the students of those schools. His subject specialisms were Science, Maths & ICT. David is also very passionate about the Rewards and Sanctions systems, Safeguarding and Data/Results. These are the areas he continues to keep a very close eye on as a governor.Â In more recent years David left the education system and went back to university to retrain. He is now a frontline NHS Paramedic, where he continues to serve the community. In his spare time David enjoys spending time with his family, Walking and Kayaking.
Angela WattsTrust Senior Link
Angela is the Headteacher at The Arbours Primary Academy, and was appointed the Trust Senior Link on the Abbey CE ASC on 27 June 2019. As a Headteacher, she is fully aware of the need to have a governing body who provide challenge and scrutiny to the Senior Leadership Team. She is pleased to be able to offer this to Abbey CE Academy as part of their ASC. As an experienced Headteacher, she brings the first-hand knowledge of school leadership and developing school improvement. All things education! She is an avid reader and enjoys Zumba. Angela also enjoys travelling abroad and spending time on holiday with her family.
Tobias BretschneiderDRET Appointed Governor
Tobias was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 13 January 2022. Having only recently been through the school education system himself, he came across many areas where he thought schools could work and perform better. This coupled with a strong desire to improve children's opportunities and chances made him decide to become a governor. Currently still reading Mathematics, Tobias is proficient at statistical analysis and has a sound understanding of IT systems and software used in the education system. In his spare time Tobias likes to play the piano, row and hike in the Lake District.
Chris LonsdaleFoundation Governor
Chris was appointed a Foundation Governor by the Diocese on 2 July 2020. He decided to become a governor and share his expertise, faith and long experience of working with young people. His current employment as an NHS Finance Director, sees Chris regularly sitting on the panel of Committees, dealing with Governance and seeking assurances. Chris is very passionate about his faith and has been a Charity Treasurer, also involved in youth group leadership and other Church related activities. Chris has two delightful daughters who have received schooling in Daventry. He still enjoys his computer games and has a black belt in Karate.
Gail CoombsStaff Governor
Gail has been teaching at the academy in years 3, 4 and 5 since 2014, and led on RE and PSHE. She was appointed a Staff Governor on 5 November 2018. She decided to represent the staff on the Academy Scrutiny Committee as she wanted to be a link between staff and the ASC. She also wanted to understand more about how the academy was supported by the ASC and to be a part of that team. She wishes to raise the profile of RE. Gail is also very passionate about wanting all children to succeed and live life in all its fullness.
Julianna HallStaff Governor
Julianna joined the ASC on 17 November 2021 and has been teaching at the academy since 2019. She leads on Maths and Science, and has been teaching years 4 to 6. Julianna has been a staff governor in her previous settings, and has also been a member of SLT and a Headteacher. This experience has equipped her to support the ASC. Julianna's interests include reading, visiting the theatre and cinema. Travel is another passion of hers. She enjoys spending time investigating other cultures and the history of the places she visits.
Miroslaw MalinowskiParent Governor
Miroslaw was elected and appointed a Parent Governor on 26 October 2020, and he has since been appointed Vice Chair.Â His son has been attending the academy since September 2020. Miroslaw is a Senior Cyber Security Specialist at the University of Warwick and brings to the committee valuable skills and IT knowledge. His passions and interests include CrossFit and Football.
Jacek KarusParent Governor
Jacek was appointed a Parent Governor on 10 November 2021. He wanted to join the ASC to obtain an understanding of how the academy operated within the Trust and become more aware of the future strategies. Jacek is currently working in Cummins Engine Plant in Daventry as a Quality Engineer in Metrology Laboratory. His daily duties involve making important decisions based on data analysis, which is a useful skill to have on the ASC. Jacek enjoys DIY, reading books and travelling.
Teresa Elkin has been clerking academies within the Trust since 2014. As a former Chair of an Outstanding primary school and part of the governance teams at Northamptonshire County Council and the David Ross Education Trust, she decided to become an independent clerk to support governing bodies. Teresa also supports other maintained schools and academies in the county. Teresa's initial career was in advertising and marketing but a move into education, governance in particular ensured that she had a wide range of skills to bring to governing bodies. Teresa is an experienced governor and Chair, a governor trainer and mentor to individual governors and Chairs. Her passions and interests are the Theatre, literature and international travel.
Governor Assigned Responsibilities
Safeguarding - David Huckin
SEND and ICT - Miroslaw Malinowski
RE - Chris Lonsdale
SLT Mentor - Angela Watts
Geography, History, MFL and PSHE -
Contacting a Governor
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Scheme of Delegation
Information about the David Ross Education Trust’s scheme of delegation is available here.
Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee
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Are you interested in becoming an academy governor?
We are looking for new governors to support our academies. Our governors work closely with their academies to support the Trust’s goal of broadening the horizons of young people through a world-class education, equipping our students with the skills and experiences to become their confident, academic best, no matter what.
If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our governor application form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at email@example.com or review our information pack.
What is it like being a Governor with DRET?
To understand what it is like to be a governor with us, take a look at our testimonial booklet and videos which contain insights from serving governors.