The David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust schools create a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires students to become their confident, academic best.

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The Arbours Primary Academy

Our outstanding school has over 390 children and we are continually improving and developing what we offer to our pupils as one of the best primaries in the area.


Our Governors

The Arbours Primary Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Our governors are:

  • Angela Watts
  • Susan Deane
    DRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
  • Georgia Williams
    DRET Appointed Governor (Vice Chair)
  • Clair Mills
    Trust Senior Link
  • Dave Young
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Andrew Mayze
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Elise Serrell
    Staff Governor
  • Janet Pinnock
    Staff Governor
  • Gifty Beckley
    Parent Governor
  • Lucy Tidd
    Parent Governor
  • Teresa Elkin

Governor Assigned Responsibilities

Early Years - Gifty Beckley

Early Reading and Phonics - Gifty Beckley 

Pupil Premium - Georgia Williams and Lucy Tidd

Safeguarding -  Dave Young 

Attendance - Andrew Mayze 

Curriculum - Clair Mills  

Inclusion (consisting of SEND, EAL and Curriculum) - Susan Deane 

Contacting a Governor

To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing

If you are looking to contact a Governor to make a complaint or share a concern, please note that as per our Complaints Policy, governors do not investigate complaints at Stage 1 or Stage 2.  This enables them to be impartial should a complaint be escalated to a Stage 3 governor panel. If you wish to make a complaint, please complete this form and your complaint will be investigated accordingly.

Scheme of Delegation

Information about the David Ross Education Trust’s scheme of delegation is available here.

Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee

Should you wish to view a copy of the minutes of the ASC at this academy, please contact the Trust Governance Team, who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.

Are you interested in becoming an academy governor?

We are looking for new governors to support our academies. Our governors work closely with their academies to support the Trust’s goal of broadening the horizons of young people through a world-class education, equipping our students with the skills and experiences to become their confident, academic best, no matter what.

If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our governor application form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at or review our information pack below. 

governor recruitment booklet summer 2023.pdf


What is it like being a governor with DRET?

To understand what it is like to be a governor with us, take a look at our testimonial booklet and videos which contain insights from serving governors.

governor testimonial booklet.pdf


 Emma Bennett 

Angela Watts 

Stephen Platten 

Garry Allen 

What training do Governors receive? 

We offer an extensive range of training opportunities. Take a look at what is on offer for the current academic year. 

governor and trustee training programme 2023 24.pdf


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