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Meet the Governors

Christine Preston
Chair of Governors

 

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
Parent Governor

Hi, I’m Carol Burns.

I am a working Mum of 2 girls who both attended Abbeys, one now in secondary school and the other is in Year 6.

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 parent 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.

Dr Knowledge Mpofu
Parent  Governor

 

I was an elected parent to join the Governing Body in June 2016. I have lived in Milton Keynes since 2007, moving with family from High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire). My two daughters have grown up in Bletchley (Milton Keynes), and immensely benefitted from attending Abbeys Primary School.

I sit on the Leadership and Management Committee of the School Governing body.

I am a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) with a PhD from Brunel University (West London). I have postgraduate training in executive Organisational Leadership from the University of Oxford. An experienced Senior Lecturer and dynamic professional with skills and expertise in Organisational Leadership, Strategic Management and Change Management. The specialist knowledge gained from the Oxford leadership programme and teaching experience motivated me to consider joining the School Governing body, and the interest to take more challenging roles in leadership and community development.

I hope my organisational leadership knowledge, skills and wealth of teaching experience will help with useful contributions to the strategic planning and decision-making responsibilities of an excellent leadership team at Abbeys and the dedicated Board of Governors. I enjoy representing the voice of parents and working with other Governors to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school.

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 6 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.

Michael Lynch
Class Teacher

My name is Mr Lynch and I have been teaching for five years now. I have worked at a range of schools, in three different countries and I believe this has given me a great deal of experience and furnished me with the skills to best deliver the curriculum.

Abbeys is the second school that I have worked during my time in England and I must say, I have loved every minute of it. It is clear to see that all staff work together collaboratively to allow our children to Aim, Aspire and Achieve, and not to put a ceiling on their learning. We all strive, as a staff, to further improve our teaching to allow our pupils to have the best possible start to their schooling. We provide a broad and exciting curriculum which is clear to see in every classroom in our school.  

Sid Hewitt
Governor

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 General Data Protection Regulations Governor.