Meet the Team
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- Liz West
STRATEGIC LEAD, WIMBORNE TEACHING SCHOOL
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.
- Andrew Turrall
OPERATIONAL LEAD, WTS + HEADTEACHER, COLEHILL FIRST SCHOOL
I have worked in education since 1988 in five 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.
From January 2018 I have taken on the additional role of Operational Lead for WTS as well as leading the School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme.
- Jo Hancock
DEPUTY HEAD OF SCHOOL, ST. JOHN’S CE FIRST SCHOOL
I have been teaching for 22 years across three different authorities: Dorset, Hampshire and Bournemouth. I am currently Deputy Head of School and Early Years Lead at St. John’s 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.
- Katharine Anstey
HEADTEACHER, ST. JOHN’S CE FIRST SCHOOL
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 and have been part of the team at St John’s First School since 2010. 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 Steering Group and Strategic Lead for the Singapore Approach to Maths. I work with schools across the county and beyond providing CPD opportunities to support understanding of how the Singapore approach, using high quality textbooks, develops a mastery approach in Maths. I have led the implementation of the Maths – No Problem! material within St John’s First and across Wimborne Academy Trust.
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.
- James Rielly
HEADTEACHER, WEST MOORS MIDDLE SCHOOL
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
ASSISTANT HEADTEACHER, ALLENBOURN MIDDLE SCHOOL
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
HEADTEACHER, ALLENBOURN MIDDLE SCHOOL
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.
- Pippa Gerrett
HEADTEACHER - HAYESWOOD FIRST SCHOOL
I began my teaching career 36 years ago in a small village school in Somerset, teaching EYFS
and all of KS1 in a class of 35 children. My husband and I moved to Hampshire where I taught one of three EYFS classes in a very large Infant School.
After a 6 year break to have my daughters, I returned to work at a Dorset First School, again teaching in EYFS. I then moved to a village school where I taught across the age ranges and stayed for 17 years. During my time there I became the Wimborne Small Schools Cluster coordinator, working with 8 headteachers to manage the Small Schools Cluster budget and organise events for the 8 schools. With the Deputy Head being promoted to the post of Headteacher, I became Assistant Head. We led the school to Outstanding in our Ofsted inspection and I was asked by Dorset to become a Leading Teacher for Writing. In this role I
supported staff in 2 schools and worked with them to raise standards in Writing.
I became Headteacher at Hayeswood First School in January 2012. Since September 2016 I have led the Wimborne Teaching School’s NQT programme. In collaboration with two other teaching schools, we organise conferences and quality assure the provision the NQTs receive in their schools.
- Ross Bowell
BUSINESS DIRECTOR, WIMBORNE ACADEMY TRUST
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 Jeffs
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.
I am currently working full time as Specialist Leader of Maths for Wimborne Academy Trust and also Wimborne Teaching School.
- Vicky Brooks
ADMINISTRATOR, WIMBORNE TEACHING SCHOOL
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.