Executive Head Teacher
I am Mrs Tracy French. I have been a Head Teacher of a number of primary schools in both Bristol and Wales, I am also an Ofsted Inspector in England and Estyn Inspector in Wales. Having been lucky enough to work in different schools has extended my skills set to all elements of Primary Teaching and Learning, I am then able to use this knowledge to develop all academies within the MAT.
I have four children who have all grown up and two grandchildren on the way. When my children were in education I had very high expectations of the schools they attended, I assume you have those same high expectations of us now and can assure you that our aim is nothing but the best for your children.
Outside school I enjoy travelling,running, during the summer months I work for a charity in Africa building schools and supporting local communities and spending time with my family.
As a former teacher with a background in mathematics and statistics, and data analysis, I can understand and scrutinise school data to monitor standards. I have an interest in Special Educational Needs and work closely with the SENCOs in the MAT. I have two children at Waycroft and regularly volunteer at the school. Becoming a Director has enabled me to gain a greater understanding of the school and MAT, and to contribute at a strategic level.
I bring knowledge and experience from previous roles and my current employment with a professional education firm. I became a Director to help the schools become the best learning environment they can be, where every child prospers and develops across a wide and varied curriculum. My son attends Wicklea Academy. My PP Link role brings me into regular contact with Heads of School and the SLT across all three Academies.
I believe that good education is paramount to the wellbeing of not only an individual but also the whole community, so when the opportunity arose to become a Director it was an easy decision to make. It is a privilege to be involved in the educational journey of our children, and I thoroughly enjoy working alongside like minded people.
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.
I have two children who currently attend Waycroft Academy. I also support the school as a committee member of the ‘Friends of Waycroft’ PTA. I became a Director to ensure Waycroft MAT continues to be a success, providing a high standard of teaching that inspires pupils. I want to make sure that every child in the MAT 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.
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.
I have worked at Burnbush, Which is now Woodlands Academy since 2000 and taught in all year groups. I have a biology degree.
I grew up in Stockwood and during the early 90’s attended Waycroft Infant and Junior Schools. Now some 25 years on my eldest son is also experiencing education at Waycroft Academy with my 2 other children hoping to follow.
As a Managing 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.
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.
Both of my sons are attending Wicklea Academy, and will be joined by my daughter the following year. I understand that the Waycroft MAT is aiming to deliver a high standard of educational outcomes at all three sites. The best way I am able to assist the school MAT is by becoming a Director and lending my knowledge and experience of leading and developing a number of organisations and businesses in senior roles over the past fifteen years.
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.
I have a daughter in Waycroft and I have time to offer and felt I could contribute positively to the MAT, and at the same time gain experience myself.
I have worked as an IT professional for over 20 years, predominantly in the public sector and internationally. As both a parent to two children at Waycroft Academy and a local resident I am keen to see the MAT flourish. I believe the skills and experience of the MAT Directors can greatly benefit the schools through relevant governance in their area of expertise.