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 finance@abbeyheyprimary.org.uk 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.

Meet our Govenors

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.

Seb Long,Parent Governor

I am a Father of two children who attend Abbey Hey and I currently study at the University of Manchester where I am pursuing a PhD in Power Networks. My project focusses on the optimal control of future distribution systems. While I am a recent Masters graduate Mechatronic Engineer my background before study was carpentry and building.

I am also a STEMnet volunteer. STEMnet is an organisation based at the Museum of Science and Industry which aims to encourage young people into the study of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths); this is something I am very passionate about.

I believe Abbey Hey is a brilliant school and its transformation since becoming an Academy has been fantastic to see. Like all parents, I want the best for my children. I believe their primary level education plays a massive part in shaping the people they will grow up to be. As such, in my role as Parent Governor, I want to be a friend to the school and help wherever I can.

For other parents, if you see me around and there is anything you want to discuss or to be brought before the rest of the governors, please don’t hesitate to approach me.

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!