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Meet the Team

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  • Liz West


    Liz is CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust.  She was previously Headteacher at St John’s First School from 2008 (Ofsted Outstanding July 2009, SIAMS Outstanding June 2014).

    From its inception until May 2019, Liz was Strategic Lead for Wimborne Teaching School (WTS) supporting schools requiring improvement, NQTs, those on initial teacher training and teachers requiring specific professional development support across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth.

    Liz sits on the Dorset School Improvement Board consisting of local Teaching Schools, Dorset Local Authority, RSC, Diocese, phase association representatives and MAT CEOs with a focus on leading on outcome based work around school improvement within Dorset.  Linked to this is the key role she plays in collaborative working with colleagues within the South West teaching school arena focusing on increasing standards across the region in the medium term via the Department for Education’s Strategic School Improvement Fund.

    Liz was appointed to the Regional Education Partnership Board (previously SRIB) as a sub region MAT CEO Representative. The main role of this group is to oversee, shape, and inform the Team South West Regional Delivery Plan. The Team South West Regional Delivery Plan seeks to provide strategic coherence, through a single South West improvement plan that enables system leaders to collaborate effectively in a self-improving system. The core goal being that of improving outcomes at regional, school and classroom level. 

    Liz is a National Leader of Education (NLE) supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

  • 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 Merley First School since September 2019 and before that Headteacher at St John’s First School. 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 was the strategic lead for a cohort 2 SSIF Project, Developing Pedagogical Expertise in Key Stage 2 Mathematics from March 2018 to April 2019.

    In October 2018, I gained accreditation as a Local Leader of Education and supported a school from March to July 2019 during a period of change. I undertook the role of operational lead for Wimborne Teaching School from January to July 2019.


  • 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 over 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. In recent times, I have facilitated training and support for Middle Leaders.

  • Ben Jose

    Operational Lead, Teacher Training at Wimborne Teaching School and Lead Practitioner of Teaching and Learning, Queen Elizabeth's School

    I am the operational lead for teacher training (NQT and initial teacher training) at the Wimborne Teaching School.  I work in alliance with Ambitions and Linwood teaching schools to provide NQT assessment and training for staff in their induction year from schools across the area.

    I am also a teacher of Music and at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne Minster and have had previous roles as Head of Community Music and lead for technology in the Art at the school.  

    I am also a lead practitioner of teaching and learning at QE with current responsibilities for all staff CPD and managing teacher training at the school, including the recruitment of trainees for the next academic year.  The current programme of teacher training includes a successful School Direct programme in partnership with Exeter University as well as university based PGCE training models with Exeter and Southampton Universities.

    The first years of my career were spent in Bristol and South Gloucestershire before moving to Dorset in 2016.  I have worked extensively with ITT, NQT and staff development in addition to Music teaching, involving close partnership with various providers and institutions including Bath Spa University, University of Bristol, Network for Learning, Exeter University and more recently the Wimborne Teaching School.  I have always been driven by improving teaching and learning through sharing ideas and finding better ways of doing things. I have had teaching resources and articles published by Guardian Teach and GCSE BBC Bitesize.

  • 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.