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Meet the Governors

Sid Hewitt

Chair of Governors

I’m Sid Hewitt, I am retired after working for many years in Finance and Commercial Management. I am married to Beverley, and we have one grown up son.

In the past I have been a parent, a Community Governor and Chair of Governors for a number of years in a primary school on Neath Hill in Milton Keynes, where I gained some valuable experience in how a school is organised and led.

I became a volunteer in 2017 at Abbeys, assisting with English and Maths, and I am really enjoying my time working with the children and the team. I also became a Governor at Abbeys in 2017 and have now taken the role of Chair as well as General Data Protection Regulations Governor and Health & Safety Governor.

Christine Preston

 

I have been on the Governing Body since 2010 and have seen at first hand the progress that has been made by everyone associated with the school.

As we move into the next exciting phase of our school's development you can be assured that myself and my fellow governors will continue to work together with the Headteacher and the team, to provide the best possible outcomes for all our children.

I look forward to sharing with you all aspects of your children's success, and hope I have the opportunity to meet you all in my role as Chair of Governors.

Carol Burns

Carol Burns

Governor

Hi, I’m Carol Burns.

I am a working Mum of 2 girls who both attended Abbeys.

I have seen many changes at Abbeys since my eldest daughter started and I believe that the school has gone from strength to strength.

In my opinion the teaching and support staff do an excellent job and work extremely hard to provide the best education possible for every child whatever their ability.

I am really enjoying the role as a governor as it’s a chance for me to give a little something back to such a fantastic school!

 Sophie Good

Sophie Good
Headteacher

Abbeys is a great school to work for, and I particularly like to spend time out on the playground with the children first thing in the mornings or at breaktimes.  I also enjoy our Friday morning Abbeys Awards assemblies, when I get the chance to share the children’s successes with the whole school and celebrate their achievements.  My team and I work hard to secure the best possible progress and attainment for our children, because we know what we are doing works.

Since I joined Abbeys I have seen the children develop so many skills, including learning to play a musical instrument or take their first unaided swimming strokes, as well as developing academically and growing in confidence and independence.  The children’s enthusiasm for learning and resilience never fails to impress me.  I feel very privileged to be in this role, and am determined to ensure the pupils at Abbeys receive the education and experiences which they are both entitled to and deserve.

Jess Fellowes
Deputy Headteacher

My name is Mrs Fellowes and I have been teaching for 16 years now. I have worked in four different schools and this has given me a wealth of knowledge and experience. I have two children of my own, that are Primary school age, this gives me understanding of parenting, balancing life and work, like many of our families do.

It is a pleasure to work at Abbeys, the whole team are driven and work well collaboratively to ensure the best possible outcomes for children. We are working hard together to improve our school, ensuring that our pupils are taught life skills, like resilience and perseverance, as well as access to a broad and balanced curriculum, that meets the needs of all learners.

Sue Lisanti
School Business Manager

I am the School Business Manager and an Associate Member of the Governing Body. I bring a skill set of knowledge and experience of school and corporate finance and planning, site and facilities management, human resources and administration to the team. I have worked at Abbeys for the past 9 years and enjoy being a part of the school leadership team working to ensure the best use of our resources to benefit the children’s education and development.
   

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Glover

Governor

I joined the Governing Body in 2019 as a community governor. I am now retired having had over 35 years in a variety of roles in education including; Principal of a large secondary school and community college, Chief Education Officer for a nearby local authority, and Project Director of a £350m school building project. I also spent a number of years working in the private sector for Project Management companies. I want to bring the experience I have gained in these roles to benefit the children and staff at Abbeys.

Tim Jones

Parent Governor

I'm Tim Jones, and I've been an Abbeys parent for 7 years. I have an extensive background in Customer Service Management and HR. I was also an independent primary school ICT teacher for a short time in my early career.

Having seen huge variety in the time I have been a parent at Abbeys, I decided it was time to give something back to the school, and that is why I am delighted to have been accepted to the board as a Parent Governor.

Jamie Chu

Parent Governor

 

I am Jamie Chu and a parent Governor at Abbeys.

My daughter currently attends Abbeys. I enjoy hearing her describe her day at school which fills me with confidence that my child is attending the right school.

I have spent 10 + years within the legal, risk and compliance industry and currently working in the financial industry.

I bring my professional knowledge and experience to the board as well as providing the parent's viewpoints when entering into Governor discussions. This will help the board make right decisions balancing the needs of the student and parent with the schools.

I believe strongly the needs of the children must be top priority and this will be in the forefront of my mind in my role as Governor.