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Senior Leadership Team

The trust’s senior leadership team is the Chief Executive Officer, the Headteacher/Head of School for each school, and the trust’s Business Director.

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) and a Local Authority School Evaluation Partner.

Liz is currently Strategic Lead for Wimborne Teaching School (WTS).  The Teaching School 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 programme leads, she ensures the Teaching School offers a relevant, bespoke service with the aim of enhancing education across Dorset and beyond.  

Liz sits on the Dorset School Improvement Partnership Board consisting of local Teaching Schools, Dorset Local Authority, Teaching School Council and the Diocese, with a focus on leading on outcome based work around school improvement within Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth.  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 is a National Leader of Education (NLE) supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Liz was appointed an educational specialist advisor to support the Regional Schools Commissioner in delivering school improvement across the region in 2015.

 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. 

 Cathie Bolton (Head of School – Witchampton CE First School) 

Cathie has acted as Head of School at Witchampton First School since September 2016 following a successful period as Interim Headteacher at Broadstone Middle School from March 2015.

Cathie started her teaching career in Surrey in 2001 where she taught for three years in a large primary school before spending 12 years at Bishop Aldhelm’s CofE Primary School in Poole, with the last 5 years as Deputy Head. She was instrumental in leading the school to a successful Ofsted in July 2015 (Good with Outstanding features) and in leading Bishop Aldhelm’s to a very successful SIAS Inspection in 2011 (Outstanding).

Prior to teaching Cathie had a wide range of management experience which has provided her with invaluable leadership experience. 

Ross Bowell (Business Director - Wimborne Academy Trust) 

Ross is the Business Director of Wimborne Academy Trust.
He 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, Ross worked for a large social housing group from 2005, and was Finance Director from 2007 until his relocation to Wimborne in 2011.
Ross is 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.

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.

 Pippa Gerrett (Headteacher – Hayeswood First School) 

Pippa became Headteacher at Hayeswood First School in January 2012. For the past two years Pippa has led the Wimborne Teaching School’s NQT programme for first year teachers.

Prior to becoming Headteacher at Hayeswood, Pippa was an Assistant Headteacher and also acted as the Wimborne Wimborne Small Schools Cluster coordinator and a Dorset Leading Teacher for Writing.

Pippa began her teaching career 36 years ago in a small village school in Somerset, teaching EYFS and KS1.

 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.

 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 (Headteacher – Colehill First School) 

Since 2005, Andrew has been Headteacher at Colehill First School, Wimborne, which has twice been rated outstanding by Ofsted. Prior to taking up this post 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.

Andrew is the operational lead for Wimborne Teaching School.