Advisory Governing Body

We are building a governance team who will assure 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 via the Clerk to Governors

David Pugh

David has been involved with education all of his life, having been a pupil, teacher, Headteacher, lecturer, Ofsted inspector, school governor, Chair of Governors, a National Leader of Governance, and has been involved in governance of schools for over forty years.   David passionately believes that collaboration between schools and individuals is essential in order to grow. He has chaired Academic Councils, a Co-operative Trust and a school Governing Body, and is currently chairing a Local Governance Committee of a 1300+ secondary Academy which is part of a MAT, he feels that it is clear that honesty and transparency are key to positive working relationships. 

David has always believed that children deserve the best possible environment in which to work and thrive, and that their needs are paramount. Providing that environment is not only down to finances available but more in finding the right people to invest in for the future of our children. Education is then about creating conditions for productive work whilst recognising the challenges which schools meet every day, he is a great believer that there are no problems, only solutions!

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.  

AWS_Advisory_Body_James_WatsonJames Watson

Having experienced a specialist education himself, James is a successful, self-made businessman and a perfect example of an entrepreneurial dyslexic who has channelled his strengths and used his learning difference to his advantage. 

James’ creativity, together with his natural leadership and collaboration skills have supported his journey to where he is today.

Now based in Cornwall, James devotes his time to his outdoor business and entertainment ventures, sport, and his family. He brings energy, aspiration and absolute commitment to Abbot’s Way, with experience of assuring business viability and longevity.


AWS_Governing_Body_Rachel_CooperRachel Cooper

Meet Rachel, our Safeguarding Governor.

Rachel Cooper has over 22 years of experience in education, both state and independent, including a range of leadership roles.

She is passionate about ensuring that high quality, relevant, personalised education is accessible to all.

Rachel is a natural innovator in the use of cutting edge technology to enhance learning, and now works with schools on best educational practice.

In 2020, Rachel left the school environment to support the expansion of Learning3D, an education consultancy company she helped to establish in 2019.

As Director of Teaching and Learning, Rachel works with UK and overseas schools, harnessing the power of technology to improve students’ experiences.

In her spare time, Rachel is a keen musician with an active family life.

Welcome to our team Rachel.