Abbey CE Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
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.
Michael HalesChair & DRET Appointed Governor
David HuckinDRET Appointed Governor
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.
David PautschDRET Appointed Governor
David was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on the ASC on 5 May 2021. He is very passionate about education and the power of it to transform lives. He feels being a governor at the academy is a privileged position to help the early educational journey of all the pupils and keep challenging everyone to improve outcomes for everyone at Abbey. David has worked in education for almost 20 years, teaching and managing in an FE college and is now creating new qualifications for an awarding body. He brings that knowledge and commitment to his role as governor. David loves running, travelling and spending time with his family exploring new places.
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
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.
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
English - David Pautsch
SLT Mentor - Angela Watts
Geography, History, MFL and PSHE - Michael Hales
Contacting a Governor
To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing email@example.com
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
What skills, experience and commitment are required?
Governors attend six Academy Scrutiny Committee meetings a year (this may vary slightly depending on the academy) and are asked to support and enrich the academy in a range of other ways including:
- 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.
We are looking for local people who would be committed to supporting the Trust’s goals. You need time, enthusiasm and a deep commitment to support these academies to be the best they can for their communities. A programme of induction, training and support is provided and expenses are covered. The Academy Scrutiny Committee role outline can be found here.
How does governance work at DRET?
At DRET, the Academy Scrutiny Committee provides support and challenge to the Principal in ensuring every child makes good or better progress and that the Academy is achieving targets and continually improving. To maximise the ability of the local governors to focus on this key area the Academy Scrutiny Committee is not required to set strategy or policy, manage financial resources, staff performance and pay, Health and Safety or many of the other areas traditionally associated with a maintained school governing body as these issues are dealt with at Trust level. This means that governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – pupil progress, school outcomes and aspiration.
The Academy Scrutiny Committee consists of a group of people who could be parents, community nominees, academy staff, Trust staff and Diocesan members. Each Academy Scrutiny Committee normally consists of 11-15 governors creating a balanced group of experience, skills and connections to support the academy in achieving exceptional performance.
In summary, the key responsibilities of the Academy Scrutiny Committee are:
- 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 difference between a DRET Academy Scrutiny Committees and a traditional school Governing Body
By comparison to a traditional school Governing Body:
- 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.