Head Teacher – Luci Windle

Luci joined #teamabbey 3 years ago and has always been passionate about working with children who have additional needs. Luci has a special interest in Autism due to starting her career as an ABA therapist, She has 2 young children herself and when she isnt picking them up and dropping them off she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. Luci feels priviledged to lead #teamabbey as Headteacher and thinks she has the best job in the world!

Associate Member – Steven Booth (Acting Chair)

Steve Booth worked for 32 years in Banking. After taking early retirement in 2001 he joined an education charity, Young Enterprise, as Regional Manager, becoming C.E.O in 2005 and finally retired in 2008. Steve has accrued a wide range of business and finance experience. During his second “mini” career at Young Enterprise, Steve worked with hundreds of schools and business across the Yorkshire & Humber region.

Parent Governor – Cara Jones

I am Parent Gov., Foster Carer specialising in Therapeutic Parenting and Attachment disorder, Safe Guarding Gov.

I think that to help my children and those at Abbey that we need to be involved.  Our children are strongest when we all work together: school, child, and parent…together we give our children the most hope and the best chance for a good future.

Parent Governor – Deborah Berry

I am a full time mother of two. In the past I have been a respite foster carer. I have worked for a residential school for children with server learning and behaviour difficulties. I have qualifications in makinton and a btec narional diploma in childcare. I have set up and  run a support group for parents with children on the autistic spectrum. I currently volunteer for Rotherham parents carers forum and Rotherham rise.

I wanted to help Abbey continue to go from strength to strength and to give back to the school.

Staff Governor – Liz Shimwell ( Teacher)

Liz has been a mainstream SENCO and SLT member before she came to Abbey School. She is passionate about SEND and giving students a pathway to a secure future in which employment is meaningful and personalised.

When she isn’t teaching Liz looks after her beautiful grandchildren and can be seen doing a spot of ballroom dancing. Her ambition is to complete a cha-cha-cha with one of the strictly dancers!

Staff Governor – Ian Burns ( Non-Teacher)

Ian Burns has worked in the public education sector for over 17 years specialising in ICT support and development within local authorities and Academy trusts. His current roles include the ICT Manager for Abbey school, Nexus MAT strategic ICT Lead and an SLE for SEN and ICT.

Associate Member – Alan Jones

My 42 years career has been spent in policing. Predominantly in roads policing and dealing with serious/fatal injury collisions.

I’m passionate about achieving high standards and allowing sensible decision making at all levels in public duty.

I joined team Abbey with an open mind as to how I could offer support and help the school achieve outstanding results in the challenges ahead.  I’m still working on how I can make that contribution.

Associate Member – Daniel Buckley

Daniel is a Specialist recruitment consultant for SEND within South Yorkshire. He is keen to gain an insight into how schools work and gain the experience of working within an SEND school. Daniel is keen to provide students with the best possible education and understands the importance of having a lot of understanding, knowledge and patience when working with SEND students.

Associate Member – Jim McIntosh

Jim has extensive experience in delivering employment and training related services for people with disabilities and health issues. He has been a senior management at local, regional and national level with public, private sector and 3rd sector organisations before his retirement a short while ago.

Jim has a strong passion for seeing that everyone has a sense of fairness. Jim would like to offer his support to the Abbey students’ progression from education into employment. Within his working life Jim gave a presentation in the USA in 2009 to an international audience on the UK’S approach to, “Helping the Hardest to help in the 21st century.” The delegates, from USA, South America, South Africa, Canada and a number of European countries worked mainly with people with learning disabilities.

He enjoys spending time with my 3 grandsons aged 14, 13 and 10.

Associate Member – Mary Smith

Mary is a former Early Years Strategic Manager and -before leaving RMBC last year – was one of the Early Help Locality Managers. Mary has extensive experience of working in and around the education system whilst also spending a long time in social care. Her vast experience brings a wealth of advice and support to the school.

Clerk – Diane Hyner

Diane has worked in local government all of her working life and the last 25 years in Safeguarding Children and Families services.  For the last 10 years prior to taking early retirement Diane was the Support Services Manager with responsibility for ensuring appropriate and adequate business support for the service.  Diane has been involved in the many changes and improvements to the service and is proud of the support now offered to the teams.  Diane is looking forward to the new challenge of being part of the Nexus Academy Trust.