Meet the Governors

Headteacher:  Jeanette Lovejoy

Clerk: Alison Garrett

Staff Governor: Danielle Lindon

SBM: Justine Tucker (Co-opted Governor)

Debby Short – Chair of Governors

Debby has been a governor since September 2010 and is currently the Chair of Governors and link governor with the Junior School.  She has previously covered the roles of SEN governor and Patch Governor. Debby has 2 children who have both attended our school, one is currently at the Junior School and the other is in year 8 at Ashlawn.

Debby is an administrator for Nissan and her skills include customer service and credit management. She has a good knowledge of both the infant and junior school and the local community.

Faye Padfield – Vice Chair

Faye has been Parent Governor since September 2012 and holds the roles of vice chair and chair of the resources committee. Faye has been responsible for the parent questionnaire analysis since 2013. Faye has two children who have attended and currently attend the school respectively.

Faye is a Research Project Administrator at the University of Warwick and coordinates research activity in the area of Energy, a global research priority for the university. Her skills include strategic planning, event management, website content design and maintenance, report writing, data analysis, social media marketing and budgetary management.

Liz Gascoigne- LA Governor

Liz has been a LA governor since 2012 and is also a parent of a child at the school, and one at the junior school.  She holds the position of vice chair of the Performance and Standards committee.

Liz works as at Rugby Visitor centre at the museum and art gallery and library in Rugby town centre, and is passionate about celebrating Rugby town and its history, both as a sporting and cultural centre of interest.  She was heavily involved in the recent Rugby festival and Fanzone, and helped to arrange a visit to the Fanzone with year 2 children.  She has also worked in travel and tourism in various previous roles, including managing her own small business.

Liz’s skills include organisation and planning for events, small business management, trouble- shooting and customer liaison. 

Elaine Skates - Co-opted Governor

Elaine has been a governor since September 2010 (chair from Sep 2010 until Sep 2014) and is currently the governor responsible for Special Educational Needs (SEN). Elaine also is one of the governors responsible for monitoring progress in the following development areas: Achievement for All, Writing, Vulnerable Groups and Quality First Teaching. Elaine currently has one child at the school.

Elaine is the Chief Executive at the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, a national charity that provides support for schools and campaigns to get children out and about more often for learning. She has knowledge of education policy and the curriculum and her skills include marketing and communications, fundraising, management and organisational governance.

Nik Rhodes – Parent Governor

Nik has been a governor since September 2014 and holds responsibility for the monitoring of the pre-school and ICT matters. Nik has 2 children currently at the school.

Nik is the Chief Information Officer at Rivo Software and runs the ICT, infrastructure and information security aspects of the business.  Nik’s skills include enterprise level IT management, team leadership, budgeting and finance, strategic planning and information security.

Heidi Salisbury - Co-opted Governor

Heidi has been a governor since 2012. She is the nominated Child Protection Governor and sits on the Performance & Standards Committee. She also works with the teaching staff and children as part of the e-safety Committee.

She has been a civil servant for 12 years and has expertise in Child Protection, Protecting Vulnerable People and Safeguarding matters. She works closely with other agencies in the community such as Children’s Services and has good knowledge of current issues affecting our communities such as Child sexual Exploitation, antisocial behaviour, bullying, substance misuse and Radicalisation. Her daily role at work involves supervising a large team of investigators. She is used to working under pressure and making time-critical, life-changing decisions. She has specialist child interviewing skills and plans and leads strategic operations relating to threat, risk and harm utilising strict government legislation.

Heidi lives in the local community and has 2 children (one of which attends the school and one who has recently left the school) and therefore has a vested interest in keeping ALL of our children safe from harm when in education! Her hobbies include participating in various kinds of sport and coaching Mini Rugby. She has completed various RFU courses including Safeguarding in Sport.

She is prepared to have difficult conversations when needed and put the school under scrutiny in order to achieve the best and safest possible futures for our children!

Rebecca Payne - Co-opted Governor

I have recently joined as a Governor and I am looking forward to being part of the local community school. I am a mum of two children, both of whom enjoy attending Abbots Farm Infant School.

Currently, I work as a Deputy Head teacher in a Warwickshire Primary school. I am committed to children’s education, believing through excellent teaching and learning, all children will achieve their potential. I am delighted to be able to strategically support the school in my role as Governor.

Ceri Marriott - Co-opted Governor

Ceri has for many years worked in purchasing for several original equipment manufacturers where she was responsible for managing suppliers, achieving cost down targets, creating purchasing strategies to achieve the targets set and implementing supply agreements. More recently she has retrained to become a self-employed postnatal doula, where she supports new families both practically and emotionally in their home after the birth of a child.

She has two children who both attend Abbots Farm Infant School.  Since they have joined the school she has seen many positive changes and is keen to support the school further in her role as a governor.

Paul Ormsby - Co-opted Governor

Paul serviced within the Armed Forces for 12 years, since leaving the forces He has been employed within the field of Health & Safety, working across Europe in a variety of environments from Logistics to Schools providing advice and guidance on safety and facilities management. In addition, he has been a youth worker within Rugby and is currently a Coach for Hillmorton FC.

Paul has two children one who attends Abbots Farm Infant and the Junior School. Paul Joined the Board of Governor as he has seen the changes that the school has gone through over the last 2 years and would like to support the school in developing further.


Click here to find out more about what our Governing Body does.

Click here for our Instrument of Government

Click here for our Declaration of Interests

Click here for our Training Record



Latest News

This is what is happening before the Christmas break:

Thursday 14th December: Reception Dress Rehearsal at 2:15pm

Friday 15th December:  Reception Performance at 2:15pm

Monday 18th December:  Year 2 Performance at 2:15pm

Tuesday 19th December: Christmas lunch

Preschool's Christmas Craft afternoon from 2-3pm in the hall

Wednesday 20th December: Yr 2 stable trail at St John's

Carols Around the Tree 5-6pm

Thursday 21st December: Christmas party (pm)


Contact Us

Headteacher: Mrs Lovejoy
Office Staff: Mrs Tucker
& Mrs Poole
Abbots Way
CV21 4AP
Tel: 01788 543093
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