Federation of Abbey Schools

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Cleveland Terrace, Darlington,County Durham DL3 8JA


01325 380 748


Welcome to the Federation of Abbey Schools part of the Melrose Learning Trust 


From the 1st February 2024 the directors of the Melrose Learning Trust are accountable to external government agencies including the Charity Commission and the Department for Education (DfE) for the quality of the education provided by the Company in addition to having financial accountability. The directors are required to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of quality, safety and good practice. Further information about Trust governance can be found here: Welcome – Melrose Learning Trust

 The Governing Body has been established by the Board of Directors to assist with the good governance of the Academies within the Trust.  The directors may appoint people with appropriate skills and knowledge to serve on the Governing Body.

Please contact the school office (tel. no. 01325 380748 or email parents@abbeyfed.darlington.sch.uk if you wish to make contact with the chair, Emma de la Motte.

A copy of minutes from each meeting can be accessed from the minutes tab and are added as soon as they are approved and become available.  The Trust's public governance documents are available for inspection on request, please direct any queries to the Governance Professional (contact details below).

There are a number of policies and other documents that the Governing Body is required to hold by law; these can be found in the policy section of this website. Click here to view policies

Executive Pay

No employees of the Federation of Abbey Schools have a gross annual salary and benefits of £100,000 or more.


Contact Information

If you have any queries relating to the Governing Body, or would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact Mr S Leigh (Governance Professional)

Address:        The Federation of Abbey Schools, Cleveland Terrace, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 8JA 

Email:            parents@abbeyfed.darlington.sch.uk FAO Mr S Leigh

Telephone:    01325 380748 


Our Chair of the Board is Mrs Emma de la Motte.  Any correspondence for Emma should be submitted for the attention of Mr S Leigh

The Federation of Abbey Schools signed a funding agreement with the Secretary of State for Education on conversion to an Academy in August 2011.  Follow the links below for further information:


Abbey Infant School Supplemental Funding Agreement

Abbey Junior School Supplemental Funding Agreement 

Deed of Variation

Articles of Association

Memorandum of Association of the Federation of Abbey Schools Academy Trust (Original signed copy held on the school premises.)