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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


At Willowdown, we have a supportive governing body, who strive to work hand in hand with the school to assist in raising standards. They play a key role in developing and supporting the school. In order to do this effectively, they meet regularly to discuss every aspect of school development and improvement; with them they bring a wide range of skills and experience! These are the people who are currently on our board of governors. 


Chair of Governors: Mrs Kate Bown

Clerk to Governors: Mrs Helen Roper


Mrs Kate Bown



My professional background is in nursing & midwifery, having worked in Nottingham & Birmingham, where I did my training.

I’ve worked abroad for 18 years, first in Senegal, West Africa & then, in Pakistan, after Paul & I got married.

When we returned to the UK in 2008, both of our children started at Westover Green primary school & I became a parent governor there the next year. I am still on the governing body at that school & have also been a governor at Northgate School for the last 2 years. Both of the children went on to Chilton Trinity school & now Lydia is in her 3rd year of biology studies at Southampton university, our son Chris is in his second year of A level studies at Strode college in Street.

I do hope that, by joining the governing body, I can support the Head Teacher & all school staff to take the school on even further forward & continue to give the pupils many & varied opportunities to learn & grow as young people.





Mrs. Ro Roberts - Head teacher of Willowdown Primary  Academy      

My name is Rosanna Roberts and I am the  Head teacher of Willowdown Primary. I grew up in North Newton, Studied for my BEd Primary with Art & Music in the Midlands and have taught in Bridgwater since then. My experience spans Reception to Year 6, but the majority of my experience is in Years 1 and 6. I taught at St. Mary's in Bridgwater, Cannington and then had my first Headship at Nether Stowey. I am a keen believer in supporting Social & Emotional Mental Health in my school community. It is my role to ensure every pupil achieves to the very best of his / her ability and have opportunities in all areas of the curriculum which inspire them to feel great about themselves and their abilities. I am incredibly proud to be the leader of Willowdown Primary Academy and intend to lead it in offering the very best learning experience for all pupils and staff. I live in Bridgwater with my son William who is six years old. We love to travel, go to the cinema and spend time with family. In my spare time I love to run, draw and do charity work.




Leigh Redman


Leigh Redman is a life-long Bridgwater resident, now living in Hamp with his wife Tracey. After attending Sydenham School, Leigh worked as a Retained Fire-fighter for over twenty years as well as holding down a fulltime career as a Contracts manager. Following a serious accident he was forced to retire from the fire service and became a local councillor helping and supporting the Bridgwater community.

Leigh has served as a County Councillor for 4 years & chairs the Children and families scrutiny committee, he sits on the corporate parents board and is a volunteer for the in care council, he is a passionate advocate for young people.

He says ‘volunteering as a governor for such a wonderful school is a great opportunity and one I am loving, Willowdown is full of such wonderful children and staff



Denise Rogers – Staff Governor

I have recently joined Wiilowdown Primary Academy as the Finance & HR Administrator having previously, worked for Birchfield Primary School in Yeovil as the Finance Manager. I started my career at Barclays Bank, Bridgwater in 1987 and moved around Somerset as a Branch Manager, until moving to Bristol in 2005 as a Relationship Support Manager in Corporate Banking. In 2011 I took voluntary redundancy and then made the decision to study School Business Management at the National College gaining my Diploma in Business Management in 2013. I live in a small village on the outskirts of Bridgwater and play an active part in the local community organising village events, fitness classes and fund raising. In my spare time, I enjoy running and participate in the Burnham on Sea Parkrun most weeks. I have previously been a Community Governor at Blackbrook Primary School in Taunton and very much enjoyed being involved with school life. I am looking forward to this new role, as Staff Governor and working with the rest of the Governing Board.



Helen Roper

Education in all its aspects has been central to my working life. I originally trained as a Chemistry teacher and in too many years than I care to mention, I have taught in various parts of the UK as well as abroad. I have also worked as an in-service teacher trainer, an education project manager, an adviser and the executive officer for the Somerset Governors’ Group. Becoming clerk to the governors seemed a natural progression and I have to confess provides me with an interesting view from “the other side” as I also a governor in a junior school in another part of the county.


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