Excalibur Academies Trust is committed to ensuring that all schools within the Trust maintain their individuality whilst benefitting from the support of being part of a multi academy trust. Every school has an Academy Committee, governors are volunteers from the parent body and local community. The purpose of the Academy Committee is to support and challenge the Principal to ensure that the best outcome is achieved for every child.

The responsibilities of the Academy Committee encompass: –

Culture, vision and ethos – working with the Principal to formulate the culture, vision and ethos for the school in
keeping with the values of Excalibur Academies Trust

Personal development and welfare of the pupils and staff welfare – supporting and challenging the Principal
to ensure all activity effectively contributes to personal development and welfare and report to Excalibur’s Board of Directors.

Behaviour and Attendance – supporting and challenging the Principal to ensure behaviour is effective in encouraging learning, inclusion and welfare and report to the Board.

Extra Curricular provision – ensuring extra-curricular provision is appropriate and good quality and report to the Board

Safeguarding – monitoring to ensure that the school is carrying out its statutory duties and supporting and challenging the Principal to do so effectively

Engagement and promotion of the school within local community – promote and champion the school in the local community; helping to build productive links between the school and community, including parents.

Parent governors are elected by and from the parent community, staff members are elected by their colleagues and community members are local people appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the Academy Committee.

The governors on the Cabot’s Academy Committee are:

James Almond – Community Governor

Gemma Davis (community governor)

Gemma Davis – Community Governor

I have been a governor at Cabot Primary since summer 2022. I have worked with schools for most of my career.

I was a primary school teacher for a number of years teaching in and around Bristol. I have worked in the charity sector since leaving teaching in 2015.

For a while training front line professionals such as police and social workers on their statutory duties responding to Modern Slavery.  But more recently I have worked in education again.

I am currently the programmer director for an education charity working in partnership with Primary Schools around the UK to support and improve Parental Engagement.

Gemma Davies –  Staff Governor

I am the Reading Recovery teacher and Reading lead at Cabot.  I have worked at Cabot for nearly ten years and love being part of the community.  Before that I was a class teacher in a range of Bristol schools.  I have worked with children and young people aged 4 to 20 with particular expertise in KS1. I have been a governor for some years  and enjoy working with professionals from a variety of backgrounds, sharing with them the achievements of our children and staff.

Elfreda Kebbie – Parent Governor & Chair of Governors

Jean Lee-Wright – Community Governor


Felicity Llewelyn-Hodgson – Principal

Rafael Mitchell

Dr Rafael Mitchell – Community Governor

Currently Lecturer in Education, University of Bristol, I have worked in education for 20 years and previously served as a secondary English teacher in Bristol. Much of my work focuses on education in Africa, with collaborations in Ethiopia, Somalia and elsewhere. I also work with networks of teachers and schools in the Southwest to support professional learning and action for racial justice in education.

Robin Nash – Community Governor

Faisal Rahman – Parent Governor

Albert Gardiner – Community Governor

Daniel Brown – Staff Governor