Senior Leadership Team
The trust’s senior leadership team is the Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Headteacher/Headteacher/Head of School for each school, the Trust’s Business Director and School Improvement Lead.
Liz West (CEO - Wimborne Academy Trust)
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).
Liz is currently 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, she ensures the Teaching School offers a relevant, bespoke service with the aim of enhancing education across Dorset and beyond.
Liz currently chairs the Dorset School Improvement Board consisting of local Teaching Schools, Dorset Local Authority, RSC, the 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 also recently 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.
Katharine Anstey (Headteacher – St John’s CE First School)
Katharine has been Headteacher of School at St John's CE First School, Wimborne since May 2018, a revised position from Head of School since 2015 reflecting the nature of the role. She is also a Speciaist Leader in Education for Maths and Church school distinctiveness.
Katharine is the Strategic Lead for the Singapore Approach to Maths in the Jurassic Maths Hub. She helps schools across the county and beyond develop a mastery approach in Maths and has led the implementation of Maths – No Problem! within St John’s and across Wimborne Academy Trust.
St John’s gained an Outstanding SIAMS rating in June 2014. Katharine has subsequently supported other schools with the worship curriculum and church school distinctiveness.
Katharine has been teaching for over 20 years, working in authorities across the country: East London, West Sussex, Southampton and Devon.
Katharine is the operational lead for Wimborne Teaching School.
Ross Bowell (Business Director - Wimborne Academy Trust)
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.
Caroline Boyes - School Improvement Lead
Since qualifying in 1994, Caroline has been teaching in Bournemouth and Dorset across the primary age range with experience of all year groups from Reception to Year 6. Throughout her teaching career she has led curriculum subjects including Art, Maths and RE.
In September 2016, Caroline became an SLE for Wimborne Teaching School specialising in English and curriculum leadership and development. She was seconded to Wimborne Academy Trust to lead English and the School Improvement Team in 2017 from her role as Assistant Head Teacher of a large primary school in the centre of Bournemouth, which has over fifty percent of children having English as an additional language.
From July 2018 Caroline's position became permanent and she now has responsibility for leading School Improvement across all subjects and across all age ranges.
Rob Christopher (Head of School - Emmanuel CE Middle School)
Rob is Head of School of Emmanuel CE Middle School.
Rob began at Emmanuel in September 2009 as Assistant Head with responsibility for PE. This quickly expanded to the Pastoral systems in school. In September 2013 he took on the role of Deputy Head with responsibility for Curriculum. The experiences provided him the platform to take on the role, initially interim, as Head of School at Emmanuel.
Rob began his teaching career in a Bournemouth Secondary school, spending 9 years at Portchester School for Boys. He was Head of PE and responsible for Initial Teacher Training before taking on the role of Advanced Skills Teacher. In this role, he supported schools across Bournemouth and Poole with Assessment for Learning (AfL) techniques and assessment in addition to running teacher training within his setting.
Jo Hancock (Head of School, Witchampton First School)
Jo has been teaching since 1994 across three different authorities: Dorset, Hampshire and Bournemouth. She is currently Head of School at Witchampton First School.
Whilst teaching in Hampshire Jo was a Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher for a short while. During this role she gained her NPQH. She has been a NQT Mentor/Co-ordinator for most of her career and has also been involved in many ITT programmes including SCITT and PGCEs.
Whilst teaching in Bournemouth Jo was a Lead Teacher for Phonics and had significant experience as a local authority moderator for Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.
Jo is the Standards Lead for Early Years across the Trust providing support for schools with a particular focus on Early Years and English.
Jo is currently seconded to Witchampton First School within the role of Head of School, prior to this she was Deputy Headteacher at St John's First.
Jeremy Harrison (Headteacher - Hillside First School)
After working for a time as an archaeologist with the Museum of London, Jeremy decided to share his love of history and learning with future generations and trained as a teacher at Christchurch College in Canterbury. He has been a teacher since 1989 and since 2005, Headteacher of three different schools in Dorset.
At Hillside Community First School, Verwood, Jeremy has been Headteacher since September 2014. Prior to taking up this post Jeremy was Headteacher at St. Mary’s CE VC First School in West Moors and before that at St. Mark’s CE VA First School in Swanage.
Jeremy is passionate about education and ensuring that all children regardless of background or ability receive the best educational chances. He looks forward to the partnership opportunities that working with the Wimborne Academy Trust will bring.
Ron Jenkinson (Headteacher – St Michael’s CE Middle School; Executive Headteacher -- Emmanuel CE Middle School)
Ron is Headteacher at St Michael’s CE Middle School, Colehill, and from January 2018 is also Executive Headteacher at Emmanuel CE Middle School.
Ron has been in education since 1991 and a Headteacher since 1999, taking one school from satisfactory to good and another from good through to two consecutive outstanding inspections.
Ron completed his Masters in Education covering the topics of Learning and Leadership. He is a Local Leader in Education who has previously worked as a School Improvement Partner in Dorset and is currently supporting Emmanuel CE VA Middle School through Wimborne Teaching School.
Between 2009-11 Ron was Director of the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership, an innovative and pioneering partnership of 19 schools in the Dorchester area.
Recently, Ron has developed considerable experience in the Academy sector. As well as leading St Michael’s to become a founder school of Wimborne Academy Trust, he had previously led a school to become a standalone convertor academy and has been a Director in the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust since its inception in August 2013.
Mark Legge (Headteacher - Lockyer's Middle School)
Mark has been Headteacher at Lockyer’s Middle School since 2011.
Mark began his career in education in 1997 teaching in a successful Primary School setting leading subject areas and worked as an assessment co-ordinator. After moving to a large Middle School to work as a Head of Year, Mark was appointed Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Key Stage 2 and Assessment. Whilst working as an Assistant Headteacher the school achieved an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade.
Mark completed his NPQH prior to taking his first Headship at Lockyer’s Middle School. Having led the School from ‘Requiring Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in 2015, Mark became a School Improvement Partner in Dorset.
In 2017-2018 Mark led Lockyer’s Middle School through the academy conversion process with the school joining Wimborne Academy Trust in July 2018.
Adam Parsons (Headteacher - Verwood CE First School)
Adam has been a Headteacher since 2002. He has been the Headteacher of a primary school in North Dorset and is currently the Headteacher of Verwood CE First School. Ofsted judged Verwood CE First School as Outstanding in May 2009 and SIAMS judged the school to be Outstanding in May 2014.
Adam has held a range of roles such as a director of the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT), a School Self-Evaluation Partner (SEP), a Professional Partner for new Headteachers and is a Local Leader of Education (LLE). Adam is passionate about leadership, personal and professional development of self and his staff and ensuring that the children get a great educational opportunity. Adam has taught in a wide range of settings across six Dorset schools and is excited about the partnership working opportunities that the WAT will bring.
Jane Phillips (Headteacher – Merley First School)
Jane has been Headteacher at Merley First School, Wimborne, since April 2015. Prior to taking up this post Jane was Headteacher at Spetisbury CE Primary School in Dorset for 7 years.
Jane has several years' experience in providing school to school support, firstly as a School Improvement Partner in Dorset and latterly as a Headteacher linked to Wimborne Teaching School.
Jane started her teaching career in Bolton, Lancashire over 30 years ago and has subsequently taught in five very diverse school settings across Lancashire, Germany, Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset. She has experience of first, primary and combined schools, teaching all year groups from year R to year 7 inclusive.
Cindy Pritchard (Headteacher – Allenbourn Middle School)
Cindy has been Headteacher at Allenbourn Middle School since September 2015. Before joining Allenbourn, Cindy was Head at West Moors Middle School from 2013, leading the school from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in April 2015.
At the start of her career, Cindy worked for the Local Authority in Hertfordshire as a Special Educational Needs Officer. She 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.
Andrew Turrall (Executive Headteacher -Colehill First School and Hayeswood First School)
Since 2005, Andrew has been Headteacher at Colehill First School, Wimborne which has twice been rated outstanding by Ofsted and from January 2019 Executive Headteacher at Colehill First and Hayeswood First School. Prior to joining Colehill First he held Deputy Headships in schools in Bournemouth and Winchester.
Andrew has taught for 29 years in five very diverse school settings across Devon, Hampshire, Bournemouth and Dorset. He has experience of first, primary and middle schools, teaching all year groups from year 1 to year 7 inclusive.