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.
If you wish to contact the Academy's Governing Body, please contact Mr G Jones, Clerk to the Governing Body using the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgwater College Academy Governors
Carole Chevalley (Chair)
Doug Bamsey (Governor)
Ali Luckins (Governor)
Simon Brewer (Governor)
Anna Jackson (Staff Governor)
Mark Champion (Parent Governor)
Mike Hodson (Governor)
Rachael Fraser (Head Teacher)
Finance, Personnel & General Purposes
Mark Champion (Chair)
Students, Standards and Quality
Ali Luckins (Chair)
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 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.
Mark Champion - Parent Governor
After leaving Sydenham Comprehensive I joined the Royal Navy, where I served for 8 years and was lucky enough to travel extensively whist working with aircraft radar detection systems. On leaving the Navy, I went to work for a Mechanical services company, managing the installations of heating/cooling/gas and steam systems on large commercial projects. In 2005 I set up my own Heating & Plumbing business locally. I did this primarily to ensure I could spend time at home with my children whilst they were growing up. I have employed three apprentices within my business, two of which attended BCA.
Both my children have attended BCA and I became a Parent Governor because I live and work in the local community, meeting parents on a day to day basis which I feel gives me an excellent opportunity to gather feedback to present at Governors meetings. Since becoming a Governor I have enjoyed being a small part of the governance team which make decisions that ultimately affect the day to day lives of pupils attending BCA, thus providing them the best opportunities in their future careers.
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 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.
Ali Luckins - Governor
I am currently working at Somerset Equus which is a therapeutic service working with young people aged between 5 and 16 years, using Play, Forest and Equine Assisted therapy. Our referrals are from Social Care, Private Care Providers and Schools.
Previously I worked for the Local Authority as an Access Casework Officer covering the Sedgemoor Area. My remit was to organise education and support for vulnerable and permanently excluded students across the area, linking in with PEVP (the Panel for Permanently Excluded and Vulnerable Pupils), Pupil Referral Units (PRU's), Children's Social Care and other alternative education providers across the County. Also my remit was to advocate and support young people and their families when they have been permanently excluded, implementing interim education and challenging schools on exclusions through GDC's (Governors' Disciplinary Meetings).
Prior to being a Casework Officer, I worked as a Parent and Family Support Adviser ( PFSA) in the Mendip Area and was a Champion for the local authority working with Schools to enable and assist Support Staff around the County access to furthering their own qualifications, through training and skills days