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Governing Body
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The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding, promoting the welfare of children and equality of opportunity for all and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Click here to download Governor Register of Business & Pecuniary Interests 2016 - 2017

Click here to download Governor Attendance Register 2015 - 2016

Click here to download Governors' Terms of Office

Click here to download Memorandum of Association

 

THE COMPANIES ACT 2006. COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE. ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION OF ABRAHAM GUEST ACADEMY TRUST

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CONOR DAVIS - CHAIR
DAVID ROSBOTTOM - VICE-CHAIR NORMAN BRADSHAW - GOVERNOR
CONNOR EDWARDS - GOVERNOR  ERNEST HOWELL - GOVERNOR 
BARBARA CLARKE - GOVERNOR STUART PRIOR - PARENT GOVERNOR
CAROL SNAPE - PARENT GOVERNOR MICHELLE WHALLEY - TEACHER GOVERNOR
TRACY BENJAFIELD - STAFF GOVERNOR  

COMMITTEES

 

FINANCE & PREMISES

DAVID ROSBOTTOM - CHAIR

ERNEST HOWELL - VICE CHAIR

TRACY BENJAFIELD

MICHELLE WHALLEY

CONNOR EDWARDS

Click here to download Terms of Reference Finance & Premises Committee

HR COMMITTEE

CONOR DAVIS - CHAIR

BARBARA CLARKE

 

 

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STANDARDS COMMITTEE

NORMAN BRADHAW - CHAIR

CONOR DAVIS - VICE CHAIR

ERNEST HOWELL

STUART PRIOR

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AUDIT COMMITTEE

CAROL SNAPE - CHAIR

BARBARA CLARKE

STUART PRIOR

 

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LINK GOVERNORS

 

CONOR DAVIS - KS3 & KS4

NORMAN BRADSHAW - STANDARDS/CURRICULUM

DAVID ROSBOTTOM - FINANCE

ERNEST HOWELL - HEALTH AND SAFETY

CAROL SNAPE - PASTORAL/SEND

CONOR DAVIS - CHILD PROTECTION

BARBARA CLARKE - PUPIL PREMIUM

Conor Davis Profile
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I am a long term Wigan resident and my children have been educated in the Boroughs schools and colleges.
I taught in Wigan for a number of years and my career includes 25 years of Headship experience in 3 High Schools. I am fully committed to the principles of Academy education at Abraham Guest and consider it an honour to be a governor.  I am currently serving as Chair of the Governing Body and am doing my level best to ensure that the staff and students of the academy are fully supported in all that they do. I am also proud to represent the rest of the governors as their Chair.

 

Norman Bradshaw Profile
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Before retirement I was a schoolmaster for 37 years, teaching Mathematics to all levels including GCSE and A level.  My career progressed through various appointments including Head of Mathematics, Senior Tutor, Assistant Head and Deputy Head.  All my teaching was in 11-18 Grammar/Comprehensive schools.

I possess an upper 2nd BA degree in Mathematics and am fully teacher trained. My experience involves many years as Assistant Chief Examiner at NEAB examination board. Also I undertook responsibility for whole school initiatives: - e.g. monitoring, target setting, value added and benchmarking. The school timetable, CAT testing and Key Stage 3 testing were also part of my duties. In January 2012 I was pleased to accept the post of governor for Abraham Guest Academy.  I currently serve as Chair to the Academy Standards Committee and am the appointed governor with responsibility for Standards and the Curriculum.

 

David Rosbottom Profile
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I am the  proprietor of David Rosbottom & Company (Marketing & Business Consultancy) and Director & General Manager of Cables & Conductors Ltd. (Sales & Distribution of Electrical Conductors : Lamifil n.v.).

Prior to this I held senior roles with Delta Crompton Ltd., as Product Manager and the General Electric Company of England Ltd., (GEC Cables & Wires Group) as Marketing/Commercial Director which also included being the director responsible for the Aluminium Division general management, including financial, sales, production, technical and quality management functions.

Outside of work, as I believe that all our children/students are entitled to the best education we can give
them, I have involved myself with local education in Lancashire and Greater Manchester  to try and achieve these aims as a Governor and Trust Member/Chair at Abraham Guest for 10 months and 4 years respectively, a Governor and subsequently Chair of Governors at Winstanley College for the past 16 years and prior to that I was a parent and then co-opted Governor/Vice-Chair at Upholland High School for 8 years.

I also enjoy sport being involved with, nowadays as a supporter only, Wigan Warriors, Liverpool FC and both of my older grandsons football/rugby teams, and supporting my wife and family in encouraging any activities that all of my grandchildren are involved in.

 

Ernest Howell Profile
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Before I retired I was a Building Surveyor working in local government and the ‘New Towns Commission’ which included local education. Since retirement 14 years ago I have been a school governor in the local area and have served as a school governor for past 12 years on the Governing Body at Abraham Guest High School.

In January 2012 I was pleased to accept the post of governor for Abraham Guest Academy.  I currently serve as governor on the Academy Standards Committee, as Vice-Chair for the Academy Finance and Premises Committee and I am also the appointed governor with responsibility for Health and Safety within the Academy, working alongside key Academy personnel.

 

Stuart Prior Profile
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I am now in my third year as a parent governor of Abraham Guest Academy. Having had two children already pass through the school, and being a Governor at a local Primary school, I wanted to offer some of my knowledge as a governor over the last 8 years as my Daughter is also being educated at the Academy.

I was an Abraham Guest High school pupil and grew up, and still live, in the Kitt Green area where the school is based.

I currently pass my time as a private consultant in the property sector and know that my ability to challenge and question is what keeps myself, the school and the governing body always striving to achieve better.

 

Tracy Benjafield __________________________________________________________________________

I am the Y8 Pastoral Manager and have worked at Abraham Guest for over ten years.  I am responsible for the pastoral care of all Y8 pupils and it is my job to ensure that when pupils arrive at the Academy, they are ready to learn.  I am often the first point of contact between school and home and have built strong, trusting relationships, with both pupils and their families.  I am delighted to have been nominated as staff governor and will serve on the Finance and Premises Committee.

 

Barbara Clarke __________________________________________________________________________

I am an experienced School Business Manager at St Mark’s CE Primary School, Newtown, Wigan, one of the local feeder schools for the Academy. 

I have a good range of educational experience; having worked at St Mark’s for over 11 years and am a member of the School’s Senior Management Team.  I hold the Certificate and Diploma of School Business Management.   My core duties consist of managing the school budget, HR, repairs and maintenance, pupil data and ensuring the smooth running of a very busy school office. 

I have many years’ experience of Governance –  having served as a Staff Governor at St Mark’s for over 9 years and most recently I held the position of Parent Governor at Winstanley College, the Academy’s Sponsor, where I was involved in number of high level proposals that were implemented for the benefit of all stakeholders.

I believe that Governors have an important part to play in contributing to the strategic development at the Academy and strive to deliver a first class learning environment for its pupils and for the benefit of the local community. 

I currently serve on the HR and Audit Committees.   It is a privilege to support the pupils, staff and Governors at the Academy.

 

Carol Snape __________________________________________________________________________

I have been a parent governor with The Academy for a 1 year.  I am a mum of two and have lived in the Wigan area since birth.  I attended School and College in the Wigan area and trained as a nurse in Preston from 1986 & have been a qualified teacher in Higher Education since 2007.


I am currently working in adult education in nursing  but prior to this, I had worked in a team of Health Visitors and School Nurses from 1999 to 2015. I feel this role has given me good insight into the health, social and educational issues that can impact on our children's education, and as a parent governor, I appreciate the chance that I have been given to help our school and children to achieve and be the best that they can be.


As part of my role I have been involved with quality assurance and audit. A role which I have become involved in as parent governor. I am very interested in building the community’s capacity to look  after themselves and have helped start up some community projects, an experience which has taught me skills in negotiating, planning and fund raising and I hope to use these skills within our school and local community.