Dr Tony Hoare/ Chair of Governors/ Foundation Governor
Our first contact with our School came with the snows of January 1982, when our son joined Reception, followed by his sister two years later. Both had a great education, learnt lots, made many good friends (as we did) and excellent rounded foundation for their later.
My own professional background is also in education, lecturing and researching at the University of Bristol. I became its research director in widening participation, encouraging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to thrive at ‘uni’. It became all too obvious how quality education at primary school plus home support, is critical to their living longer, healthier, wealthier and happier lives, so the invitation to become a Foundation Governor in 2004 was much welcomed.
Since then I’ve served on all the Governors’ various committees and chaired some of them, becoming in turn Vice Chair and then Chair of the FGB in September, 2011, a month after we became an Academy. Since then we’ve appointed two new Heads and two new Deputies, enjoyed a couple of Ofsted visits and one SIAMS inspection, and had our site transformed by two major building projects. So a busy, fascinating but very rewarding time.
Mr Mark Hibbitt /Vice Chair of Governors/ Parent Governor
Mr David McGregor/ Chair of Ethos /Foundation Governor
I have been a Foundation Governor ( elected by the Church Council of Holy Trinity Westbury-on-Trym) for several years and have strong historic links with the school as my wife and her father attended earlier incarnations of the school many years ago, our three boys were pupils in the 70s and 80s, and a grandson was the most recent attendee having now left to join BFS.
I have has a passion for education over the whole of my career and in particular Church School education, believing that exposing all to the stories of Christ and encouraging exploration of faith makes for young people who are 'fully alive'. Having been a teacher of physics I was headteacher of two secondary schools before taking up the role of Diocesan Director of Education in Bristol Diocese and retiring in 2008 to be a part time education consultant.
In my time as Governor I have supported the appointment of several senior staff, overseen the period of the rebuild of the school as Chair of the Resources Committee and am now chair of the Ethos committee holding the school to account for high standards of pupil behaviour and engagement with a distinctively Christian education.
Mrs Clare Warbis /Staff Governor/ Online Safety /Ethos
I have been a member of the Westbury community since 2002 when my eldest of three children started in reception. From there I became heavily involved in the PTA, chairing the committee for 7 years. Then in 2012 I became a parent governor, followed by a community governor, then foundation governor and now staffing governor!
I have been a member of the Ethos Committee for 6 years and have been involved in two Ofsted Inspections and more recently our SIAMS inspection.
I am committed to delivering an outstanding education to our school family and also work part time in the school as a Communications Officer and SEND admin support.
By profession I am a registered nurse specialising in Out of Hours Urgent Care and work for Brisdoc.
Alex Hirst /Parent Governor/ Ethos
I am a Parent Governor and a member of the Ethos committee. My daughter is a pupil at the Academy.
I was very fortunate with my schooling and education, with many fond memories of my time as a pupil, so my desire is to ensure all children at our Academy enjoy their time and studies.
As a Hospitality professional I am involved within the Education sector daily and manage various contracts providing balanced meals to pupils and adults alike. Within both Primary and Secondary schools across the country.
Being a Father to both a 2 and 7 year old my spare time is managing the various activities and family commitments.
Mrs Jane Johnson/ Chair of Standards/ Parent Governor
I have a child in Year 3 and another starting in September. I have been a Parent Governor for over a year and in that time have sat on panels to appoint various members of staff and am now Chair of the Standards committee.
I was a Primary teacher for 14 years before having children and regularly help as a volunteer in my son's class.
My experience in Education and having my own children has made me want to support the school to be the best it can be for each child.
Mr Francis Edwards/ Parent Governor/Vice Chair Standards
I am a parent governor with four children currently at the school, two in year six and two in year one. I have been a Governor since 2016. During this time I have mainly been involved with work on the standards committee, including using my professional skills as an actuary to analyse school data. I have also worked previously as a teacher of mathematics at secondary school, supporting my understanding of schools, how our children learn and the journey that our children are on through to adulthood.
I have been privileged to see my children flourish in their time at Westbury and I hope to do my bit to help ensure that Westbury is a place where all children can thrive in their learning and begin their journey to being happy, responsible young people.
Mrs Jude Graham/ Community Governor /Standards
I have been involved with Westbury-on-Trym CE Primary/Academy since my eldest son attended Trym unit in 1985. Mrs Langdale was the headteacher then. I counted that I spent 16 years taking and collecting my five children from the school as my youngest left in 2001 when Peter Bentley was headteacher.
Whilst a parent I was a governor for a total of 8 years. I served on the PTA and attended and supported a number of Red Squirrel Days. I also did some supply teaching and occasionally taught my own children.
I served as a SenGo at Westbury and worked as a SenCo in local primary schools in Stoke Bishop and Southmead.
I am now retired from teaching after nearly 40 years. I worked latterly as a Reading Recovery teacher and have considerable experience in the teaching of reading.
I am particularly interested in the development of literacy standards in my role as governor and aim to use my SEN experience in a supportive way too.
Dr Matthew Baker /Parent Governor /Standards Committee/ Governor for Child in Care, Vulnerable Learners and SEN
I have participated as a Parent Governor from 2016, and I am the named governor for Children in Care, Vulnerable Pupils, and Special Educational Needs. I participate in meetings associated with these areas and am also part of the Standards Committee. In my roles I hope to support positive outcomes for all in the school community on our quest to strive for excellence.
I have worked in education in varying capacities for the past 20 years and I am currently employed as an Educational Psychologist for a Local Authority. I have two children at the school and another who will hopefully attend in a few years. Most of my time away from work and Governor duties involves various activities with them.
Mike West Foundation/ Governor /Standards
My background is in secondary education, and sixth form mathematics specifically. I have four children and four grandchildren aged 4-9, (none in our catchment area), and take and collect them from their schools when I can. Apart from sixth form mathematics, my interests include all history, rugby, and A Capella singing. I have lived in Westbury for 20 years and am an active member of the Parish Church.
Richard Sloper /Deputy Head Teacher /Staff Governor /Standards
I am deputy head at the school having joined the staff in January 2017. I am extremely proud to be part of Westbury-on-Trym CE Primary Academy as we have an exceptional community of children, parents, staff and governors. We have a real family atmosphere and are a school that is going places.
I have been a teacher for over thirty years and have taught all ages across the primary age range. I have been a deputy head for around fifteen years in various schools. I am committed to making sure that all our children achieve the best that they can, feel that they have a real sense of belonging in the school and enjoy their time at our school. I sit on the standards committee, which has a real focus on making sure that all children achieve and make the best progress they can.
Away from school, I live with my wife, also a deputy head in a local school, and two sons who are both passionate about their chosen pathways and hope that all our children can find something they are passionate about too.
Mr Paul Jenkins/Resources/Co-opted Governor
I am co opted as the Health and Safety Governor and brings a wealth of health and safety experience from a 39 year career as a marine engineer in the Ministry of Defence.
Health, safety, environment and and well being are within the remit of the Resources Committee of the governing body of which I am a member. My focus is supporting the Head Teacher, Site Manager and Business Manager in discharging their Health and Safety obligations, whilst providing the governing body with assurance that its obligations are in turn being met. A significant proportion of my activity is in undertaking and reporting on site safety inspections and auditing of statutory health and safety documentation for compliance.
Mr Joe Littlejohn /Parent Governor /Safe Guarding Governor /Ethos Committee
I have been a governor since 2017, joining the Finance & Premises committee for my first year and now serving on the Ethos committee. I am also the governor for Safeguarding.
I am a parent governor with one child at the school in Year 3 and another soon to join reception. My professional background is in Computer Science and specifically Software Engineering. As a parent governor I'm keen to help WoT Academy remain a great place to be for pupils and teachers alike.
I have been a governor since 2017, joining the Finance & Premises committee for my first year and now serving on the Ethos committee.
Mrs Sarah Steer/Community Governor/Resources Committee
I am a community Governor and sit on the Resources committee, which deals with finance, HR and facilities management. I feel that I can bring my accountancy background and HR experience to this role.
My own two children attended the Academy between 2006 and 2018, where I was a recorder teacher, led the school gardening club and assisted with the management of the After School Club.
I am a keen sportswoman and regularly play league netball. I have a passion for gardening and music.
Father Andre Hart/Foundation Governor/Vice Chair Ethos Committee
I moved to Westbury on Trym in 2002 and have been a governor of the school from that time onwards, so I have seen the school grow and develop over that time. Both of our children came through the school and are now at university. I have served as a Foundation Governor through all this time with various portfolios as the chair of governors, vice chair and also chair of the Ethos committee and currently serve as vice chair of the Ethos Committee. Being the vicar of the parish church I also have a pastoral responsibility in the school and have been keen to see the school deepen its Christian distinctiveness in every aspect of school life.
The past 17 years has seen much change in the world of education but at the heart of my commitment to the school has been to provide an excellent education for all our children in the broadest sense possible, where they can make the most of every opportunity to grow and flourish academically, emotionally and spiritually. This has been my passion over these years. It has been a privilege to serve the school and community and will continue to do so.
Mrs Verity Thomas/ Community Governor /Resources Committee
I have strong historic links with Westbury School as both of my maternal grandparents taught at the ‘Boys School’ during the First World War. In addition, I worked alongside my sister for 14 years of my 21 year teaching career at Westbury-On-Trym CofE Academy.
Over the years, I worked for 4 different Headteachers and saw many changes in both personnel and the ‘fabric’ of the school. I worked with some incredible children, parents and colleagues and was the Teacher representative on the PTA for over 15 years. During my time on the Senior Leadership Team, I was involved in teacher recruitment, planning and reviewing the SDP and in working alongside governors and parents on the Promotions and Marketing group.
As a resident of Westbury and a long-standing supporter of the school, I feel it is important to strengthen our Community links and reinforce one of the school’s Core Values in ‘Cherishing our Community’. With my past and current knowledge of the school, and the children, staff and parents within it, becoming a governor is one of the new challenges I have decided to undertake in my retirement.