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 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.
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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The Chair or Clerk may be contacted via the academy, or via
The Clevedon Learning Trust
Telephone: 01275 876744