The role of the Governing Body is to offer a mixture of challenge and support to the school through the powers, responsibilities and duties delegated by the Trust Board as set out in the Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation. Which includes;

1. to carry forward the Trust’s vision in ways that are appropriate to the academy’s status, pupils, staff and community

2. to implement policies, plans and actions to comply with statutory regulations, the Trust’s policies and procedures and the decisions of the Directors

3. to hold to account the academy leadership for the academic performance, the quality of provision and the quality of care

4. to recommend and monitor the Academy Performance Targets and Performance Review

5. to approve and monitor the Academy Development Plan to achieve the approved Academy Performance Targets

6. to oversee the financial governance and operation of the academy to comply with the Trust’s financial regulations, policies and procedures, including proposing and monitoring the academy’s annual budget

7. to oversee the strategic management of staff to comply with statutory regulations, the Trust’s HR regulations, policies and procedures

8. to establish the Local Governing Body Committee structure and to regulate their proceedings

As part of the role it is useful for the Governing Body to receive feedback from stakeholders, including parents, and we would be happy to hear from you.

Please note that in accordance with the school’s Complaints Policy, the Governing Body will only deal with issues that remain unresolved following direct contact with the school. All parents are therefore encouraged to approach the school in the first instance. Please contact the Governing Body via the School Office.

Our Governors come from a range of backgrounds bringing valuable resources to support the school. If you would like to know more about the role or are interested in joining the Governing Body please contact the Chair of Governors, Mr Paul Jay, via the school office.


Paul Jay - Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor at Abbots Green for 12 years and have been Chair for the last 4 years. I am also the Chair of Governors at Sybil Andrews Academy. I have seen the school grow and been involved in many of the changes in its journey so far, and I am proud of what the school has achieved. 

I have two children at the school in KS2 and in my spare time I am a keen cyclist and race most weekends. My background is in the financial and banking sector where I have worked for over 20 years. My experience has been useful in helping with school budgeting and overall strategy. 

You can contact me via the school office or by email at 

Jo Moore - Vice Chair

I have been a governor at Abbots Green for 6 years. Currently, I am vice chair and safeguarding governor. I also sit on the curriculum working group. I am committed to supporting the school's progression and the continuing provision of an engaging and inclusive learning environment.

My son attended Abbots Green. I work at a local secondary school in an administrative capacity. 

Adrian Jordan

I have been a Governor at Abbots Green for two years. My area of responsibility is reading, and I am the Chair of the Resources Committee. 

My daughter is a teacher so I have an interest in education. I worked in banking for 38 years and this has been useful in assisting Abbots Green with finance and employment issues in particular.

 Ian Goodchild - Parent Governor

I have been a Governor at Abbots Green for a year. My area of responsibility is Maths and I also sit on the Resources Committee.

I have two children at the school in KS1 and Early Years. I am also currently Chair of the Friends of Abbots Green through which we look to further enrich the school journey of our children.

My background is in Investment Management and Financial Planning where I have over 18 years' experience working for large and small businesses in senior management roles. Using this experience, I look to assist with strategic planning, operational management and financial supervision

Please find below details of how the Governing Body is structured including names, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Current Governors
Name Category of Governor First Appointed  Term of office Expires Responsibilities   Sub Committees  Pecuniary Interests Membership of another Governing boby Any Relationships with Staff Meetings Attended 2019/20
Paul Jay Trust


(continuous Governor

since Jan-08)

July-23 Chair of Governors, Governor Training,  Head Teacher Performance Review  Wife works at Sebert Wood Primary School Sybil Andrews Academy None 6/6
Jo Moore Trust


(continous Governor

since Feb-14)

Feb-22 Vice Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Curriculum - Chair      None 6/6
Ang Morrison Head Teacher Jun-17         Langer Primary School  None 6/6
Jenna Duncan Parent Jan-20 Jan-24 SEND       None 2/3
Ian Goodchild Parent May-19 May-23 Maths Resources     None 6/6
Adrian Jordan Trust Jan-18 Jan-22 English Resources - Chair     None 5/6
Natalie Punchard Trust Feb-20 Jan-24         None 3/3
Trenica King Community Sept-20 Sept-24 None
Megan Loane Staff Dec-20 Dec-24         None
Laura Arfi Staff Dec-20 Dec-24 None
Joe Benford  Associate Member Sept-20 Sept-22 None
Ruth Goodchild Clerk              None  
Previous Governors
Name Category of Governor First Appointed  Term of office Ended Responsibilities   Sub Committees  Pecuniary Interests Membership of another Governing boby Any Relationships with Staff Meetings Attended 2019/20
Joe Benford Trust Feb-17 Jul-20 EYFS, Health and Safety. Resources     None 4/5
Jane Bunton Staff Dec-19 Sep-20   Curriculum       None 2/5
Jim Cleever  Trust Apr-18 Jun-20   Curriculum     Wells Hall Primary School None 4/5