Abbeywood Community School



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 School Improvement Committee (SIC) made up of Trust Governors which is accountable to and reports to the Olympus Board of Trustees.

The secondary lead Trustee often attends the SIC meeting and some Trust Governors in Olympus also attend the Board’s sub-committees. This means Trust Governors can be directly involved in decision making at Board level, and have the opportunity to input and collaborate in all key areas that may impact schools.

Click here to learn more about The Olympus Academy Trust. 

Abbeywood Community School Improvement Committee

The Trust 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 and so is an integral part of the running of the school. The School Improvement Committee consists of people from a variety of backgrounds who represent different areas of the school and local community. Each Trust Governor is appointed for a four year term with all their work being done on a voluntary basis. Currently our Trust Governors have extensive experience in Education, Business, Engineering and Technology.

Governors meet as a full team at six meetings during the school year but as well as having a commitment to attend these meetings, Governors will also meet with students and parents, carry out Governor walks around the school, monitor the school improvement agenda, and meet with staff.

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

SIC Pecuniary Interests and Terms of Office 2022-23

Olympus scheme of delegation

Terms of reference

Attendance 2021-2022

School Improvement Committee composition 2022-2023

Surname First name Governor status Appointed by Start of term End of Term
Underwood Martin Trust Governor and Chair of the SIC Olympus Board 26.04.2022 25.04.2026
Padgett Steve Trust Governor   Governing Body 07.10.2021 06.10.2025
Stedman-Braun Gabi Trust Governor Governing Body 01.05.2019 30.04.2023
Bartlett Peter Trust Governor Governing Body 08.06.2022 07.06.2026
Locke Gary Trust Governor Governing Body 26.04.2022 25.04.2026
Forte David Trust Governor Governing Body 26.04.2022 25.04.2026
Dilley Ben Headteacher Ex Officio   n/a
Marsden Isabel Olympus Lead Trustee- Secondary Olympus Board   n/a