Meet Our Governors

Who are the Govenors?

The Governors here at Abbey Hey Primary Academy work closely with the Principal and other staff to ensure that we are providing a high quality education in which children are able to thrive in every way and where we encourage the best in everyone. Whilst the Principal is responsible for the day to day management of the school, the Governors' responsibilities include inputting into the setting of the school's strategic direction and monitoring the curriculum and standards.

To ensure that the views of the Governing Body are balanced and cover the full scope of the school, there are a range of different types of Governors. Currently, there are two staff Governors, two parent Governors and two community Governors who work alongside the Chair, Karin Connell, who is from the Local Authority.

You can contact the Governors in person at drop off and pick up, or by email to or, if it is a private matter, via letter to Karin Connell, Chair of Governors via the school office. Though it is important that if you have any issues that are directly concerning your child, you should first speak to the class teacher.

Karin Connell, Local Authority Governor and Chair of Governors

I have lived and worked in Manchester for most of my life and through my work, I have developed a real interest in making sure that Manchester children and their families benefit from the growth of the city. There are so many opportunities for Gorton children to be a part of making Manchester an even better place to live and work. I hope that I can help to make the links and support Abbey Hey school to make that happen. By becoming a governor at Abbey Hey, I have been privileged to be part of a rapidly improving school. I have really enjoyed getting to know the school and I am looking forward to working with everyone over the next few years to build on the success to date.

Catherine Horton-Hale,Staff Governor

Barry Harrison,Staff Governor

Jennifer Rodney,Parent Governor

I am a mother of five, my eldest four have all left school and my youngest Tiarnay Rodney is currently in year 3 at Abbey Hey Primary Academy.I have been involved around the school for the past 3 years. Two years ago I was approached by the previous head of school about becoming a governor, as I've always shown an interest in Abbey Hey. My role as a governor can be demanding but it is very rewarding. I can see the vision, ethos and strategic direction the school is heading in and as a governor I want to be able to make a positive contribution to children's education.

Steven Broom,Community Governor

Deidre Brower Latz,Community Governor

I live in Levenshulme and have worked since 2000 in Longsight, Manchester as a combination of a community youth worker and local church Minister while also teaching at a college. In 2012 I was appointed Principal of NTC - a college that is validated by The University of Manchester and I teach in the subject area of justice. I feel really passionately about education for all - and wanting people to have opportunities to flourish and thrive in their school environment. I also wanted to stick with some community involvement and so applied to become a Governor. I was delighted to be asked to support Abbey Hey Primary - and love its atmosphere and admire all it does! As hobbies I play netball (when I can), allotment garden, watch sports, enjoy running and generally love life. I'm originally from Canada, and so a lot of my passions involve things related to snow!

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