The David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust schools create a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires students to become their confident, academic best.

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Abbey CE Academy

Abbey CE Academy offers a high quality primary education to children aged 7-11 years with two classes in each year group.

Together, anything is possible
"Everything is possible for one who believes"

Mark 9:23

Governors

Our Governors

Abbey CE Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Our governors are:

  • Deborah Godfrey
    Principal
  • Sol Johnson
    DRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
  • Angela Watts
    Trust Senior Link
  • Ignacio Bas Soria
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Julianna Hall
    Staff Governor
  • Miroslaw Malinowski
    Parent Governor (Vice Chair)
  • Jacek Karus
    Parent Governor
  • Emma Cadle
    Staff Governor
  • Nicola Shaw
    Foundation Governor
  • Teresa Elkin
    Clerk

 

Current Governors 

Name Governor Type Appointed By Term of Office  Term From

Term To

Declarations of Interest and other Governance Roles as at 3 April 2024 

Governor Assigned Responsibilities  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
Ignacio Bas Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First 09 Jun 2022 8 Jun 2026
  • Trustee of Campion School & Language College
  • Owner/Director of Stuart Spencer Professional Services Ltd.
  • Director of Centre of Hispanic Studies Ltd.
  5 of a possible 6 4 of a possible 4
Emma Cadle Staff governor Elected by school staff First 05 Dec 2022 4 Dec 2026
  • Nothing to declare
  4 of a possible 5 2 of a possible 4
Deborah Godfrey Principal Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/
principal
Not applicable  07 Jun 2022 Ex Officio
  • Nothing to declare
  6 of a possible 6 4 of a possible 4
Julianna Hall Staff governor Elected by school staff First 17 Nov 2021 16 Nov 2025
  • Nothing to declare
  5 of a possible 6 4 of a possible 4
Sol Johnson Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First 03 May 2023 2 May 2027
  • Nothing to declare
  • Safeguarding Link Governor
  • Attendance Link Governor 
1 of a possible 2 4 of a possible 4
Jacek Karus Parent governor Elected by parents First 10 Nov 2021 9 Nov 2025
  • Nothing to declare
  4 of a possible 6 2 of a possible 4
Miroslaw Malinowski Parent governor Elected by parents First 26 Oct 2020 25 Oct 2024
  • Wife is an employee of St James Infant School. 
  • SEND Link Governor
  • ICT Link Governor 
4 of a possible 6 3 of a possible 4
Nicola Shaw Foundation governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First 17 Oct 2023 16 Oct 2027
  • Nothing to declare
  Not applicable, not in post  3 of a possible 3 
Angela Watts Trust Senior Link Appointed by foundation/Trust Not applicable  27 Jun 2019 Ex Officio
  • Nothing to declare
  • SLT Mentor
4 of a possible 6 3 of a possible 4

 Former Governors 

 Below is a list of Governors that have served in the past 12 months. 

Name Governor Type Appointed By  Terms Served  First Appointed Leaving Date Declarations of Interest and other Governance Roles  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
Tobias Bretschneider Appointed governor Appointed by Foundation/Trust  1 13 Jan 2022 26 Oct 2023
  • Nothing to declare 
3 of a possible 6 Not applicable, not in post 
Tanya Becker Appointed governor Appointed by Foundation/Trust  1 7 Mar 2023 28 Nov 2023
  • Nothing to declare 
2 of a possible 3 1 of a possible 1 
Jackie Hibbert Appointed governor Appointed by Foundation/Trust  1 7 Mar 2023 14 Dec 2023
  • Nothing to declare 
3 of a possible 3 1 of a possible 2 

Contacting Us

The Governance Officer for Abbey CE Academy is Victoria Linthwaite. Victoria can be reached at governance@dret.co.uk

To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing governance@dret.co.uk.

If you are looking to contact a Governor to make a complaint or share a concern, please note that as per our Complaints Policy, governors do not investigate complaints at Stage 1 or Stage 2.  This enables them to be impartial should a complaint be escalated to a Stage 3 governor panel. If you wish to make a complaint, please complete this form and your complaint will be investigated accordingly.

Scheme of Delegation

Information about the David Ross Education Trust’s scheme of delegation is available here.

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 (governance@dret.co.uk), who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.

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 governance@dret.co.uk or review our information pack. 

march 2024 governor recruitment booklet.pdf

 

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.

governor testimonial booklet .pdf

Emma Bennett

Angela Watts

 

Stephen Platten

 

 

Garry Allen

 What training do Governors receive?

We offer an extensive range of training opportunities. Take a look at what is on offer for the current academic year. 

governor and trustee training programme 2023 24.pdf