Abbeywood Community School

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Governance operates at two different levels at Abbeywood Community School as it is an academy and part of The Olympus Academy Trust.

The school has its own Local Governing Committee but this is accountable to and reports to the Board of Trustees of the Academy Trust.

Two of our Governors are also Trustees on the Board of the Olympus Academy Trust and some Governors also attend the Board’s sub-committees. This means some of our Governors are directly involved in decision making at Board level, and have the opportunity to input and collaborate in all key areas that may impact schools.

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Abbeywood Community School Local Governing Committee

The Governors at Abbeywood Community School work closely with the school’s Senior Leadership Team and Staff to develop the vision and aims of the school community. They seek to raise standards and achievement through the appropriate use of all available resources.

The Governors’ responsibilities are to:

  • Provide strategic direction for the work and improvement of the school.
  • Support, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school.
  • Ensure accountability for standards and quality of education in the school.

Governance is assessed by OFSTED in its Leadership and Management judgement about the school.

The Local Governing Committee consists of people from a variety of backgrounds who represent different areas of the school and local community. Each governor is appointed for a four year term with all their work being done on a voluntary basis. Currently our Governors have extensive experience in Education, Business, the Health Service and Technology.

Governors meet as a full team for at least six formal meetings during the school year but as well as having a commitment to attend these meetings, Governors are involved in many aspects of school life such as recruitment interviews, meetings with students and parents, lesson visits, monitoring the school improvement agenda, and meetings with staff.

Minutes of meetings are available on request by contacting Hugh Wilson, Clerk to the Local Governing Committee, via the school.

The school is always keen to hear from people who may be interested in finding out more about our work or in becoming a School Governor themselves. Initial contact can be made with the Headteacher or Chair of the Local Governing Committee via the school.

Currently, Abbeywood Community School’s Local Governing Committee is made up of the following members:-

Parent Governors

Community Governors


Scot Butcher

Gabi Stedman-Braun

David Howe (Headteacher)


Matthew Nolan

 Sian Betts

Albert Gardiner

 Isabel Marsden


Jenny Okoye

Vice Chair of the LGC



Neil Dix



Steve Padgett


LGB Pecuniary Interests and Terms of Office 2018-19

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