Advisory Governing Body

Our governance team assures external scrutiny and accountability across all areas of the school; safeguarding, finance, education and pastoral outcomes, HR, Health & Safety, school self-evaluation and development.

Abbot's Way will report to the governing body termly, with subsequent meetings to discuss the content and any queries raised.

If you would like to contact our Governing Body please email office@abbotsway.co.uk via the Clerk to Governors

Richard Walker

Having spent his formative years living at ‘The Lakes’ when it was a boarding house for a former SpLD school, working for the school through his latter education and having a head teacher and teacher as parents, Richard has been immersed from a very young age in the world of education.

Since leaving university with a degree in Computer Network Management & Design in 2004 Richard runs a successful ICT consultancy and contracting business specialising in the education sector. Working with a large number of schools and multi academy trusts in Somerset and beyond he has developed a wide understanding of what schools require to deliver ICT across the curriculum, how to keep children safe whilst using technology (e-safety) and what ICT is required to run a successful school office.

His experience running this business and being a qualified electrical contractor enable him to bring knowledge of all aspects of ICT along with health and safety, building management, employment, marketing and financial management to Abbots Way.

Outside of work, Richard is married to Claire, a Maths teacher, has 2 young children and enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, DIY, Bell Ringing for his local church and playing skittles for a local pub team.

Katie Mines

Katie is a Chartered Management Accountant by profession and is currently the Bursar at Warminster School in Wiltshire, a co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 2 - 18.   

After leaving University Katie worked for ten years in the NHS qualifying as an accountant and rising to Senior Management level.   In 2011 she moved away from Healthcare into Education and has worked in both the Independent and State sectors.   

As Bursar she is responsible for all the operational and business aspects of the School from catering and domestic services to HR, Health and Safety and Finance.  

Katie has been involved in School Governance for a number of years as a Governor in an Academy and currently as Clerk to the Governors at Warminster School.

We welcome Katie onto our governance team - she will bring much expertise, accountability and innovation.  

AW_Advisory_Governing_Body_Helen_Atkins_BioHelen Atkins

Helen Atkins (also called Nellie) is a mum of two children, aged 28 years and 15 years, who she is very proud of.   Helen also has two grandchildren. 

Helen has been retired for four years now.  Her working life has always been within care and education, her last role was as an Assistant Head of Care for 17years within a large company providing residential and day schooling.  This role was within the SEN and specialist care needs of children under ASD support packages, assisting young people with ages ranging from 6 years to 18 years to access an education for them that was built around individuals needs and goals.

Helen had varied roles within the school -  staffing, training, HR, Behaviour Support, shift work, working with children and the team,to name but a few,  however her main role was as a Safeguarding Lead, Trainer and coordination of all aspects of compliance.

She has developed training packages, reporting processes and procedures to create outstanding embedded practices within the school, liaising and cross working experiences with Families, children,  County Councils, Social Services, Police, and Advocates to create an ethos of Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

After retiring, Helen has spent time with her family, supporting her partner in looking after his elderly parents who have now passed, and advocating for past colleagues and present friends with their own Safeguarding journeys, enabling them to have a voice and support in looking at procedures and taking to professionals.