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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.

  • Brian Boyes


    Brian is Director of School Improvement at Wimborne Academy Trust. He was previously seconded as Acting Headteacher at All Saints’ Church of England Secondary School when it was placed into special measures in 2018.

    Brian is also Strategic Lead for Wimborne Teaching School (WTS) which supports schools requiring improvement, NQTs, those on initial teacher training and teachers requiring specific professional development support across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth   Together with WTS operational and programme leads, he ensures the Teaching School offers a relevant, bespoke service with the aim of enhancing education across Dorset and beyond.

    Brian trained as a Science teacher and has taught Physics in Key Stage 3 through to 5. He became an Advanced Skills teacher in 2010 and has also worked as a lead practitioner. He has successfully led Science and Mathematics departments and has held a number of senior leadership positions in schools, most recently as Deputy Headteacher at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne. In 2018 Brian successfully completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

    Brian is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

  • 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 Freir

    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 8 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.  I am a 'Maths No Problem!' Trainer for 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.