Who we are

Mrs Stella Sage

Executive Head Teacher

I was born in Bristol and brought up in the Chew Valley. I have had varied employment including working for 15yrs in Bristol University’s Medical School. I entered teaching in my thirties and have been at Waycroft since then. I have been lucky to have had many opportunities and spent 14 years as Deputy Head and Acting Head before being made Executive Head of the MAT in September 2016. Interests include Art, Photography, Travelling and spending time with family and children, especially my grandsons.

Mr Phil Cottrell

Mr Kevin Edinborough

Mr Mark Rogers

In my working life, I am currently Partner Relationship Manager for UK Trade and Investment, which is a government funded programme helping UK business sell their services and products abroad. I enjoy this role immensely and get great satisfaction from being able to help these businesses grow and develop.

I started school at nearby Burnbush Primary, before moving on to Tyning School and then finally Hengrove Comprehensive. At school, I was always keen on sports, especially Rugby, Football and Athletics. In my teens, I was lucky enough to represent Bristol at Rugby and my county at football. Academically, I enjoyed any subjects that allowed me to write creatively and explore ideas and theories.

My children both attended Waycroft and it was when my daughter was here at nursery that I first joined the Governing body. It was a very new experience for me, but as a parent I wanted to fully understand what was happening in the school my children attended. I also wanted to be able contribute to my local community in some way and felt that the role of governor would enable me to best use the various skills and abilities that I had developed over the years.

Although sometimes there were difficult decisions to make, overall, I found the role of governor very rewarding. I felt privileged to be involved with an academy that has such an excellent reputation and as well as contributing where I could, I have also been able to learn from the many others that have been involved with Waycroft's continuing success over the years.

It is always satisfying to see Waycroft sitting at the top of the latest table for performance, or learning that we have been accredited with another educational standard of excellence. But what is equally as satisfying is being able to witness just how much the children enjoy attending the academy and how much they want to learn and expand their experiences. Now as a Founding Member I enjoy being fully involved in the development and decision making of all the schools in the Waycroft MAT.

Mr Oliver Feeley

I have always loved a child's enthusiasm for learning and exploring the world.

I have worked in many, many different industries all of which I have enjoyed greatly. There is however no job as fulfilling as being a Governor/Director of Waycroft MAT. To see pupils across the MAT's enthusiasm for learning, life and the friendships they make is a wonderful opportunity, a privilege. Recently when I am not working for Bristol City Council or in the school, I am a keen spectator of sport, enjoy cryptic crosswords and spending time with my family.

Mr Andrew Bowden

I have worked in the Telecomm & IT industry for over 25 years. Currently employed as a Technical Training Manager\IT consultant for a global software company. Interests include ICT & curriculum.

Mr Dave Knight

I have been a landlord of 20 years. I used to be a Civil Servant and worked for the MoD for 16 years. I enjoy skiing and am learning to paraglide.

Mrs Andrea Laity

Mrs Pat Black

Mrs Lisa Craig

Head Teacher

I completed my degree prior to teacher training in Mathematics and Statistics at Southampton University. I have worked in schools in Hampshire and Bristol and my main areas of interest are inclusion, mathematics, assessment and safeguarding. In my free time I enjoy going to the theatre, gardening and socialising with friends.

Mr Matthew Morgan

Head Teacher

Working within education since 2010, first as a teacher, now as a Head of School. Previously worked within the Life Assurance industry. Interests – ancient history, reading and most sports.

Mrs Heather Morris

Head Teacher

I have worked at Burnbush, Which is now Woodlands Academy since 2000 and taught in all year groups. I have a biology degree.

Mr Christopher Osborne

I grew up in Stockwood and during the early 90’s attended Waycroft Infant and Junior Schools. In the year 2005 I brought my 1st house in Whitchurch and by 2007 was back in Stockwood (I just can’t seem to stay away). Now some 25 years on my eldest son is also experiencing education at Waycroft Academy with my 2 other children hoping to follow.

While at school I was sport mad. I loved football, rugby, anything with a racket and especially bench ball (introduced to me by my favourite teacher Mrs French).

All the way through education I was convinced I would be eventually be a PE teacher, how things change! My sporting dream crashed when I did not obtain the grades to attend my university of 1st choice in Sheffield. I spent weeks considering my options and decided to defer my place at university and re take some of my A levels in order to improve my grades. During this additional year studying I started to think about what other possible careers were available and someone suggested construction. With that I was lucky enough to obtain a job with the largest privately owned construction company in the UK, who sponsored me through a part time degree course in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management.

As a senior quantity surveyor, I have experience of working as part of a team effectively managing all contractual and financial matters relating to large scale building projects (from £5m to £100m). This includes setting and maintaining budgets, agreement of building contracts, and the recruitment and mentoring of staff.

I still do believe in the benefits of an active lifestyle and I regularly play squash and ride my bike to work. I am a qualified level 2 squash coach, and in the past have coached numerous adults and children who have since excelled in the sport.

As initially a parent governor and now a MAT Director I am relishing the challenges ahead. Having such a history with the school I hope my experiences will enable me to make the right contribution to the decision making and direction of the MAT in the future. I also look forward to the continual learning which will no doubt be obtained from meeting and speaking with the professionals employed in all three schools.

Mrs Gail Lynn

As a child I attended Waycroft infants and junior schools as they were then. I really enjoyed my time there and was especially influenced by one particular teacher who made me realise how interesting and even fun(!) mathematics could be. This is where I first decided I wanted to teach mathematics too.
I went onto Brislington School where I decided that a career in teaching wasn’t for me after all, as I didn’t feel I had the creativity and patience required. I was however, further encouraged to follow my interest in mathematics at A-level. Having achieved this, together with A-levels in Physics and Chemistry, I attended the University of the West of England (UWE) where I studied Mathematical Sciences; basically mathematics and how to apply it using computer technology. Whilst at UWE I completed a placement with UK Transplant, which involved using statistics to analyse data concerning transplants. This is where I realised the full potential of mathematics in the workplace without having to go into finance!

After achieving my degree I moved to Southampton to do a Masters in Statistics with Applications in Medicine, which confirmed my career choice. After completing this I began a career in the pharmaceutical industry, designing and analysing data from clinical trials as a Biostatistician, which I’m still employed in now. As an addition to my employment I’m also involved in the Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry (PSI) organisation and am an active member of the Careers and Academic Liaison Committee (CALC). Here we raise the profile of the pharmaceutical industry statistical profession to schools and universities, and I’m involved in organising yearly career events for university students studying mathematics or statistics. We also attend the yearly ‘Big Bang’ UK young scientists and engineers fair, which aims to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics alive for students.

Education at a primary level is still an interest for me though, and when I moved back to Stockwood I wanted to get involved in Waycroft Academy as it was so significant to my life choices. When the opportunity arose to join the governing body and then the Directors I was pleased to be successful and enjoy being involved in all three Multi Academy Trust Schools.
Ultimately I want to be involved in the schools to ensure they continue to build on successes, providing a high standard of teaching that inspires pupils in a similar way that it did for me. I want to make sure that everyone has a wide variety of good quality resources available to enhance their learning and overall achievement, in order that they can reach their full potential.

Miss Emma Beese

Teacher

I am currently a year 6 class teacher and Phase Leader at Waycroft. I have previously worked at Natwest, where I began to study for my financial planning exams before deciding to go into teaching. I enjoy spending my free time camping in either Devon or Cornwall where I am often found in the sea trying my best to surf.

Mrs Amy Sage

Middle Leader

I have been working in education since 2001, within both middle and primary schools as a class teacher, Key Stage Leader and now Middle Leader here at Waycroft MAT. My role here has given me the opportunity to focus on the health and well-being of the children and how this enhances learning. I am a mum of 2 girls and enjoy spending my free time with them exploring parks, farms, museums and enjoying the many events Bristol hosts.

Mr Trevor Passingham

I was a primary school governor for more than 15 years in Coventry. When I moved to the South West I sought a position on a Bristol governing body and was directed by the Governor service to Burnbush (now Woodlands).

My governor experience includes time as vice chairman, chair of resources committee, escorting year 6 pupils on outward bound residentials, reading with pupils including the reading recovery programme.
Interests: In school include, providing best quality staff and resources, improving opportunities for all pupils to read, and having high expectations of all children.

My interests outside school include walking, camping, and sport (watching most and playing bowls).

Mr Andy Scully

Mrs Zena Barnes

I have a son in year 4 at Wicklea Academy, and became involved in the governing body there to be part of Wicklea’s journey to becoming the learning environment that I believe it can be. I want all the children to have the opportunity to realise their potential, and to enjoy a rich and challenging curriculum where all learning styles can be accommodated, and where they have the chance to pursue many and varied interests.

I held a number of roles including HR and resource management at my previous employer PwC. I was also part of a team which managed the professional exam training for trainee accountants. I really enjoyed seeing them become qualified and reach their full potential.

I now work at BPP Professional Education, and my role is to support the network of overseas partners who market and sell BPP’s online training programmes to students all over the world.
In my spare time I love to read, and I also enjoy designing and sewing the costumes for the street dance studio which my son attends.

Mrs Julie Clements

Mrs Kirsty Bright

Married, mother of 2, working full-time. Previous work in NHS and MoD, now working at University of Bristol in the Faculty of Health Sciences, liaising with Health Education England on funding for medical students. Hobbies include cycling, crafts, American history, literature & film. Member of National Trust and English Heritage. Keen to learn crochet, archery and roller-skating.

Mrs Cathryn Atkin