Bridgwater College Academy’s Local Governing body exists to provide strategic leadership for the school in partnership with the Head Teacher and Academy Leadership Team, as part of the Bridgwater and Taunton College Trust.
The Governing Body is responsible and accountable in law and practice for major decisions taken for the Academy and its future.
The key responsibilities of the governing body include:
Ensuring the quality of educational provision
Challenging and monitoring the performance of the Academy
Ensuring sound financial management of the Academy's resources
A further key role is to act as a 'critical friend' in providing fair and constructive challenge to the Head Teacher and her team. The governors ask searching questions and respect the head Teacher's position as a professional leader of the Academy. Governing Bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies and the Academy'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 once a term with its detailed work carried out by the Finance, General Purposes & Personnel sub-committee and the Students and the Standards & Quality sub-committee.
Trust governors LoginIf you wish to contact the Academy's Governing Body, please contact Mr G Jones, Clerk to the Governing Body using the email address:
Bridgwater College Academy Governors - Terms of Office, Register of Interests, and Meeting Attendance
Mike Hodson - CBE - Chair of Governors
Mike had a full 30 year Army career reaching the rank of Brigadier. Mike’s main focus was Logistics and Planning for operational theatres. He served in Germany, Northern Ireland and Falklands amongst others. He Initiated Private Finance Initiatives into the MoD. On retiring from the Army he joined a manufacturing company as the logistics director managing warehouses in four countries. Now retired. he is a volunteer caseworker for the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmens` Families Association (SSAFA) and also volunteer for Healthwatch Somerset.
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 Councilâ€Ÿs Economic Development, Planning Policy, Development Management and Housing Enabling Activities
Jonathan Cridge - Parent Governor
It doesn't feel that long ago I was attending Sydenham Community School as a pupil, but looking back a lot has happened since then. After college I gained a bachelor of science degree with honours in design, technology and business from the University of Plymouth. I went on to work at Cannington College, Capita Education Services, Connexions Somerset and since 2005 the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office in Taunton. My career has always been IT based and since 2009 I have been working as a business analyst on projects delivering complex IT systems. I have always known that my school years played an instrumental role in what I have achieved and the person I am. I have always lived locally, my family and friends form part of the local community and I'm passionate about where I come from. As a parent I found being a governor at my children's primary school a valuable experience and always intended that as they progressed to secondary I would follow them as a governor. I am proud to witness the improvements made at Bridgwater College Academy over recent years and playing a part in its continuing success.
Sam Lewin - Staff Governor
I was lucky enough to go to Sedgemoor Manor Infants and Juniors and then to East Bridgwater School before moving on to Chester University to study maths and completing my teacher training in Exeter. Over the last seven years, I have worked as a SEN LSA, a supply teacher and class teacher across Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I have worked in schools with a similar background to Bridgwater College Academy, working on one school's maths development team, also as a member of multiple PTAs and running extra-curricular clubs. I am now fortunate enough to return to the school which gave me such a good start in life. Whilst a pupil at the school, I was privileged to help it reach performing and visual arts college status and develop links with the college. Now back as a teacher, I am able to assist in the further development of the school and am grateful for the chance to help it move from strength to strength. I believe every child, regardless of background, has the right to a quality education and should be given the opportunity to become their best self.
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.
Upon leaving school, I trained in Joinery at Bridgwater College and worked in the wood industry for a number of years. This gave me supervision and management experience that led me to entering retail management for a large UK building merchant. Whilst working in this retail setting I was responsible for training new employees in a wide range of skills and responsibilities.
It was during this time that I realised I had a passion for teaching and learning. As a result, I went back to my roots, and decided to train to teach the art of woodwork.
I started working for Bridgwater and Taunton College as learning support coordinator (LSC), whilst training to become a teacher of wood occupations. During my time teaching, I became interested in and developed strategies to help students with social, emotional and mental health needs and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities). I could see these issues impacted upon an increasing proportion of my learners, and felt that it was important to both students and staff to develop my knowledge on this subject.
I am now working in Foundation studies within Bridgwater and Taunton College where I am able to offer learners pastoral support and care, whilst encouraging and facilitating achievement and the best start in adult life.
I have two daughters, currently at BCA, and decided to become a governor so that I could utilise and take full advantage of my experiences and knowledge, to help enhance the teaching and learning experience of a wider community.