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Meet the Team

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  • Liz West


    I am currently the Strategic Lead for WTS and CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust.  Together with WTS Operational Lead, I ensure the Teaching School offers a relevant, bespoke service with the aim of enhancing education across Dorset and beyond.  This is done through professional development opportunities and school to school collaboration and support.

    I am a National Leader of Education with the main objective of supporting schools in need of improvement.  I am also an educational specialist adviser supporting the Regional Schools Commissioner in delivering school improvement across the region.  I am part of the Dorset School Improvement Partnership Board which identifies school support priorities throughout Dorset, prepares bids to assist schools requiring support and developing a network to improve school to school support throughout the region and beyond.

  • Katharine Anstey


    I have been teaching for over 20 years, working in authorities across the country: East London, West Sussex, Southampton and Devon. I have taught predominantly in Primary Schools teaching all year groups from Reception to Yr 6.  I have been Headteacher at St John’s First School since 2015. Throughout my teaching career I have led curriculum subjects, with a focus on Maths, Humanities and RE.

    I am currently part of the Jurassic Maths Hub Strategic Board.  I have led the implementation of the Maths – No Problem! material within St John’s First and across Wimborne Academy Trust.

    I am currently leading a cohort for a SSIF Project, Developing Pedagogical Expertise in Key Stage 2 Mathematics.

    St John’s is a Church of England school and I have led the school worship curriculum and church school distinctiveness. We gained an Outstanding SIAMS rating in June 2014 and I have subsequently supported other church schools.

    I am a SLE for Maths and Church school distinctiveness.

  • Andrew Turrall


    I have worked in education since 1988 in six very diverse school settings across Devon, Hampshire, Bournemouth and Dorset. I have experience of first, primary and middle schools, teaching all year groups from year 1 to year 7 inclusive. Since 2005, I have been Headteacher at Colehill First School, Wimborne, which has twice been rated outstanding by Ofsted. Prior to taking up this post I held Deputy Headships in schools in Bournemouth and Winchester. My areas of subject expertise include mathematics, geography, history and English. Since 2009 I have provided school to school support, firstly as a School Improvement Partner and latterly as a Headteacher contributor to Teaching School support packages, working alongside an NLE.  Since 2015 I have led the School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme for Wimborne Teaching School.  In January 2018, I gained accreditation as a Local Leader of Education, and also undertook the role of operational lead for Wimborne Teaching School from January to December 2018.  In January 2019 I was appointed Executive Headteacher of Hayeswood First School in addition to Colehill First School, and divide my time equally between the two schools.

  • Jo Hancock


    I have been teaching for 22 years across three different authorities: Dorset, Hampshire and Bournemouth. I am currently Head of School at Witchampton C of E First School. I am also currently Pupil Premium and English lead.  During my career I have taught across all age ranges from reception to year 6 in first, infant and primary schools.  Whilst teaching in Hampshire I was a Deputy Headteacher and also Acting Headteacher for a short while. During this role I gained my NPQH.  I have been a NQT Mentor/Co-ordinator for most of my career and I have also been involved in many ITT programmes including SCITT and PGCE’s. Whilst teaching in Bournemouth I was a Lead Teacher for Phonics and had the privilege of working with many different schools. I also took part in the Every Child a Writer Project. During this time I also had significant experience as a local authority moderator for Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.

    Most recently I have been providing school support for schools with a particular focus on Early Years and English. I am also the EYFS lead for Wimborne Academy Trust.

  • James Rielly


    I have been teaching for 20 years in Dorset schools. In my first 7 years, I was science coordinator within two Dorset middle schools, whilst also being part of Dorset's Leading Teacher Scheme. Following this, I spent five years as a science consultant within the Local Authority's Secondary Strategy Team.

    Alongside my science responsibilities, I also led the county's approach to 'Leading in Learning', which was a whole school initiative to develop thinking skills across the curriculum. I was an assessor for Dorset's Graduate Teacher Training Programme and I have been a visiting tutor for their NQT induction scheme. Alongside my current rewarding role as Headteacher of West Moors Middle, I continue to facilitate Dorset’s Middle Leader Network, which is now on its third cohort. I also provide bespoke packages of support for middle leaders in their school settings.

  • Matt Golding


    I am a primary trained teacher and have worked across the age-range of KS1, KS2 and KS3. Previously working in Bournemouth, I was a Literacy Subject Leader and Head of Year before moving to Allenbourn Middle School.  I have worked as a professional mentor, been a part of the KS2 writing moderation team in Bournemouth and Dorset and delivered English subject training and moderation events in a range of contexts, including the Dorset Subject Leaders Conference.

    I have been an SLE for Wimborne Teaching School since September 2016. My areas of expertise are English leadership, curriculum design and assessment. 

  • Cindy Pritchard


    I have been teaching for 17 years and have worked in three local authorities – Hertfordshire, Hampshire and Dorset. Prior to teaching, I worked for the Local Authority in Hertfordshire as a Special Educational Needs Officer. I then trained as a secondary History Teacher and worked in secondary schools for nearly ten years in a range of roles including Class Teacher, Head of Year, Head of Department, Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Pastoral Care and Designated Safeguarding lead.

    In September 2010, I became Deputy Headteacher at West Moors Middle School (WMMS). Having been at WMMS for two years, I then became Headteacher there in September 2013, leading the school from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in April of 2015. I have been Head at Allenbourn Middle School since September 2015.

  • Ross Bowell


    I qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG in Manchester in 2004, and volunteered as a school governor through the firm's links with SGOSS. Having specialised in housing and further education audit, I worked for a large social housing group from 2005, and was Finance Director from 2007 until I relocated to Wimborne in 2011.

    I am an experienced school business professional, having spent three
    years as a member of the senior leadership team at Ringwood School, a large secondary academy and teaching school in Hampshire, before joining Wimborne Academy Trust in 2015.

    I am an SLE specialising in finance, risk and procurement.

  • Caroline Boyes

    I have been teaching for 23 years in Bournemouth and Dorset across the primary age range, with experience of all year groups from Reception to Year 6. Throughout my teaching career I have led curriculum subjects including Art, Maths and RE.

    Since September 2016, I have been an SLE for Wimborne Teaching School specialising in English and curriculum leadership and development. I am currently seconded to Wimborne Academy Trust to lead English across the Trust and lead the School Improvement Team.

    I am an Assistant Head Teacher of a large primary school in the centre of Bournemouth, with over fifty percent of children having English as an additional language. In this role I have held responsibility for Key Stage 2, curriculum development and led the English team.

  • Louise Frier

    I have been teaching for over 25 years, working in Junior, Primary, First and Middle Schools in Hampshire and Dorset.  I have taught all Year Groups from Reception to Year 6 and have worked as an SLE supporting Heads, Maths Leads, Phase Leaders and class teachers with the teaching, learning and assessing of Maths. Throughout my teaching career, I have led curriculum subjects with a focus on Maths, Computing, Art & Display, Music and PSHE. I have been a Consultant Leading Teacher for Dorset, supporting and moderating teachers’ judgements at Key Stage 1. Over the last 10 years, I have led teacher focus groups, researching areas in Computing, PSHE and Maths and presented the outcomes at conferences in the South West of England.

  • Vicky Brooks


    I joined Wimborne Academy Trust as an Administrative Officer at Colehill First School in September 2015 and as Administrator for the Teaching School in January 2018. 

    I have a BSc (Open) and a HND in Business Computing. 


  • Rachel Farrow


    I joined Wimborne Academy Trust as an Administration Officer at Lockyer's Middle School in September 2016 and as Administrator for the Teaching School in January 2019.