Who are the School Governors and what do they do?
Bridgwater College Academy’s Governing body exists to provide strategic leadership for the school in partnership with the Executive Head Teacher and Academy Leadership Team. The Governing Body is responsible and accountable in law and practice for major decisions taken for the Academy and its future. A further key role is to act as a "critical friend" in providing fair and constructive challenge to the Executive Head Teacher and his team. The governors ask searching questions and respect the Executive Head Teacher's position as professional leader of the Academy.
Governing Bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies and the school's development plan. Governors monitor the impact of policies and oversee the use of the school's budget. They report to parents on the school's achievements and respond to inspection recommendations.
The Full Governing Body meets at least termly with its detailed work carried out by the Finance, General Purposes & Personnel sub-committee and the Students and the Standards & Quality sub-committee.
Bridgwater College Academy Governors
Carole Chevalley (Chair)
Mark Champion (Parent Governor)
Moya Hill (Parent Governor)
Peter Elliott (Chief Executive Officer)
Finance, Personnel & General Purposes
Simon Brewer (Chair)
Students, Standards and Quality
Doug Bamsey is a Town Planner by profession, having graduated with a Geography Masters from the University of Toronto. He has over 25 years’ experience in Local Government across a diverse range of Local Authorities in the South East and South West of England. He has been a Corporate Director at Sedgemoor District Council for over 10 years where he has lead responsibility for the Council‟s Economic Development, Planning Policy, Development Management and Housing Enabling Activities
Simon Brewer - Bridgwater College Academy Governor (Chair of the Finance, Personnel & General Purposes Committee)
Simon Brewer started working life as an Engineering Technician Apprentice in Structural Engineering, moved through mechanical and process engineering roles until moving across into the work-based learning sector in 1998, where he has mainly worked since. Holding various management roles across large employers & SME’s including Learndirect and Bristol City Council, he is now National Apprenticeship Manager for TABS Training, responsible for delivery of government funded apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship training programmes to unemployed adults, looking to progress them into sustainable employment.
I taught for nearly forty years and enjoyed a very rewarding career, working with young people. My philosophy has always been that as students only go through the education system once, it must not fail them. It is important that their experience of education is enjoyable, ensures that they reach their full potential and prepares them well for the rest of their life.
I hope that my experience of secondary education and its challenges can be used to the strategic benefit of Bridgwater College Academy. I enjoy the opportunity to act as a positive, critical friend to the Academy and to support the school in its pursuit of excellence for all students.
I act as the link between the Governing Body and the staff team with responsibility for safeguarding. We work to ensure that Bridgwater College Academy is a safe and positive place for students.
I also take an interest in the development of the curriculum, aiming always to support our young people in achieving their ambitions and aspirations.
I joined the Governing Body as a Staff Governor earlier in 2014 and have joined the Students, Standards and Quality committee. I love the changes since becoming an all through Academy and want to work alongside others to enable us to deliver the very best for our children. I also worked within business before teaching and being a Governor is an opportunity to use some of these skills. I work across all the phases, teaching French to students from Years 3 to 11 and now also work with our students for whom English is an Additional Language.
Moya Hill - Parent Governor
I have worked for Somerset County Council for almost 30 years in a variety of Administrative and Management roles. Throughout my career I have always had an interest in learning, development and training and I am fortunate to able to incorporate this into my current role. Outside of work I have an interest in crafting, which I continue to enjoy and share with others.
I was a parent governor at the school prior to achieving Academy status and I am reassured the school’s aspiration is for each student to achieve their potential. I am really pleased to be able to make a contribution and give something back to the school and the community through being a member of the PTA and by being a parent governor. It also provides me with the opportunity to really see all the good work the team of leaders, staff, parents and students contribute and how the school continues to improve for the young people of our community.