About Our sponsor – The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT)


At Fishponds Church of England Academy, the Local Board reports directly to a Multi Academy Trust, which is called the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT).   

The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT) was founded in 2012, enabling the Diocese of Bristol’s Board of Education to sponsor academies. It currently sponsors a number of primary academies in the region.

At the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust, our academies work together in the same way that a family works together, sharing good ideas and resources with everyone’s best interest at heart. Everyone on our team – including staff, teachers and governors make sure every child knows that they will be supported and challenged to achieve their very best. We will work quickly to get results and we won’t waste time – we know that children only get one chance at their education and we are committed to making every lesson count. Our goal is to make the academy ‘Outstanding’ as soon as possible.

 

We believe in offering a Christian education which is accessible to children of all faiths and none.  Our pupils and staff should have the very best in their teaching, learning, leadership, management and safety.  All our academies and schools share experiences and skills to make sure that everyone learns from each other constantly and that pupils and staff all benefit from each other.

 

Core Aims of DBAT:

 

  • Focus on improving the educational experiences, employment prospects and life chances of young people, especially those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

  • Demonstrate that children’s life-chances are improved when their formal education is within the context of an academy that is founded in the Christian tradition, establishes an ethos that is distinctively Christian and embraces the very best practices in teaching, learning, leadership, management and safety.

  • Accelerate students’ levels of attainment and achievement, and raises student, teacher and parental aspirations and ambitions.

  • Help to create more cohesive communities enhancing opportunities for social mobility by striving to eliminate the attainment gap between students from disadvantaged backgrounds and young people who by circumstances of birth and inheritance take for granted their automatic right to a good education.

  • Transform the overall performance of underperforming schools in deprived areas, helping to improve and innovate in all aspects of teaching, learning and leadership and promoting the development of future leaders.

Here are links to a few of our important documents, to find out further information about the Trust, please view the policies or business information.

DBAT's Scheme of Delegation

Articles of Association

DBAT register of interests 2017-18

Directors Attendance at Meetings for 2016-2017.docx 

Annual Account 15/16

Financial Statements Annual Report 2016-17.pdf

 

 

Sponsor:

Diocese of Bristol Academy Company 

(DoBAC)

Multi Academy Trust:

Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust

(DBAT)

Local Board:

Fishponds Church of England Academy

  • Five Members appointed by the Diocese
  • Four Members appointed by the school including the Principal, two parent Members and one staff Member

Local Boards of other Academies:

Christian Malford CE Primary School, Wiltshire

Easton CE Academy, Bristol

St Mary Redcliffe CE Primary Academy, Bristol

St Peters CE Academy, Chippenham

Tadpole Farm CE Academy, Swindon

Seagry CE Academy, Wiltshire

Somerfords’ Walter Powell CE Academy

Lydiard Millicent CE Primary Academy, Swindon

Ridgeway Farm CE Academy, Swindon

 

Coming soon - The Deanery, Swindon

 

Directors of DBAT

 

John Swainston Ex Officio CEO

John Swainston is the Chief Executive Officer of DBAT and the Director of Education for the Diocese of Bristol.

Previously John was Assistant Director of Children’s Services in Cumbria County Council, a DfE Adviser and a Project Director in inner-city Newcastle. For 29 years prior to that John was a teacher and Head teacher in 3 schools in Northumberland and Newcastle. He is passionate about School Improvement and Effectiveness, and currently chairs the PCC in his local church.

 

 


Iain Craig

 

Iain Craig

Iain is an accountant by profession, and a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.He spent over 30 years of his career working in various financial management roles for Vodafone plc both in the UK and abroad. Recently retired, he has become more active in his village and church communities, serving as churchwarden at All Saints Church, Sutton Benger in Wiltshire. Although not previously involved in education, he brings a wide range of financial experience (specifically around company start ups and transformation) to the Board of Directors.

 

 

 

 

 

Lynda Fisher

 

Lynda has spent many years working in senior management positions in social care, including managing residential services for looked after children in local authority care. She has co-ordinated a number of community services for children with disabilities and their families.Now retired, she has increased her knowledge of the education sector through her membership of the Diocesan Board of Education and her role as a Foundation Governor in a primary school in Swindon. She is very involved with her church community, both as a member of the PCC and many of the church leadership groups. Lynda is passionate about seeing children develop their unique gifts and qualities in environments where learning for life is embraced.

 

 

 

 

Andrew Gubbins

 

Revd Andrew Gubbins is Priest-in-Charge at St Peter’s Church in Chippenham. Prior to training for ordination in 1996, he managed Unemployment Benefit Operations and then Research and Evaluation functions for North Yorkshire Training and Enterprise Council.Andrew is a Governor of community and Church of England schools and, as Chair at St Peter’s Primary, oversaw the school’s transition to an academy within the DBAT family (2014). He has served on the Diocese of Bristol Board of Education since 2010 and is most passionate about the significant shared purposes of school and church for contemporary life in Bristol Diocese’s local communities.

 

 

John Morison 

 

 John works as a Business Change & HR Strategy Consultant. He has many years experience of leading and facilitating change in complex and demanding environments in the private and public sectors. Prior to moving into consulting, he worked as an HR Director for a large multinational organisation. He served for 5 years as a Non-Executive Director of a large London based NHS Foundation Trust. John is married and lives in Bristol. He and his wife worship at Bristol Cathedral. They are both active in a range of environmental and charitable causes.

 

 

 

Christine Dursley

Chris retired in December 2016, having worked in a variety of primary schools in North Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire as a class teacher, Deputy Head and Head Teacher.

As a Local Leader of Education, Chris served 2 terms of office as a Consultant Head Teacher developing and promoting the work of the Local Authority’s Leadership Academy and then between 2013 and 2015 she was seconded part time, to support a school in challenging circumstances.

A committed Christian, Chris has always played an active part in the life of the church, leading Bible Study groups and Discipleship courses. She is a member of the PCC and Churchwarden of her local church and is also Lay Chair of South Bristol Deanery. Since 2015, Chris has also been a member of the Diocesan Board of Education.

 

Rachel Clarke

 

 

Following an early career in health research and research management at the University of Bristol, Rachel joined the NHS where she has worked for more than 18 years.

During this time Rachel has supported and enabled research, innovation and improvement, and enterprise development working in acute and mental health care. Rachel has held two executive Director positions in Organisational Development and Strategy and a non-executive director position for an innovation company. Rachel’s passion is enabling people and organisations to achieve their potential.

Rachel lives in Bristol, is married to Graham, an experienced teacher, and has two teenage children. She is actively involved in her local church and committed to expressing her faith values in all areas of personal and professional life.

 

                                        Tanya Arkle

Tanya has been a Civil Servant for 29 years. She started her career as a microbiologist but moved to a policy role to advise and support a number of Central European countries apply to be members of the EU. She then had a short spell in China assisting UK companies establish export opportunities. She worked in a number of Government Departments before joining the Senior Civil Service in 2008.

She currently works in the Education and Skills Funding Agency as Territorial Deputy Director (South) and has responsibility for Academy funding in the South West and South East.

Tanya is a strong champion of improving diversity within the Civil Service. She lives in Bath and has two boys who keep her very busy. She enjoys hearing her eldest boy sing in the Senior Chapel Choir and watching her youngest play rugby.

 Ann Holt

Tanya has been a Civil Servant for 29 years. She started her career as a microbiologist but moved to a policy role to advise and support a number of Central European countries apply to be members of the EU. She then had a short spell in China assisting UK companies establish export opportunities. She worked in a number of Government Departments before joining the Senior Civil Service in 2008.

She currently works in the Education and Skills Funding Agency as Territorial Deputy Director (South) and has responsibility for Academy funding in the South West and South East.

Tanya is a strong champion of improving diversity within the Civil Service. She lives in Bath and has two boys who keep her very busy. She enjoys hearing her eldest boy sing in the Senior Chapel Choir and watching her youngest play rugby.

 

Norma McKemey

Norma spent 35 years teaching in the secondary sector in Swindon – Religious Studies and Philosophy being her two primary subjects – and loved it. She was ordained 11 years ago and spends a good deal of her time working as an associate minister at Christ Church, Swindon. Education remains a field that Norma has a passion for. She serves as Vice-Chair of Governors for a local maintained school and has been part of the Swindon SACRE for many years.

 

        Jill Yeomans

 

Jill is a member of the DBE and the DBE Standing Committee. She was Vice Chair and Chair of the Resources Committee of the Local Board of Easton Academy for 5 years and is currently Chair at St Barnabas CEVC Primary in St Paul’s where she has been a governor for nearly 14 years. She is Lay Chair of the Parochial Church Council in St Paul’s Parish, Bristol.
Before her retirement she was an Emergency Duty Social Worker in the LB Hackney in East London and was also privileged to serve as a JP in Bristol for 20 years.