Who we are

Joseph Fox-Bowen

Chair of Waycroft LAC

I have lived in Stockwood all my life and I attended Waycroft Academy as a child. It is a great privilege to serve as Chair of the Local Academy Council and the link councillor for Health & Safety.

I pursued the role of LAC because I wish to play a part in ensuring children receive a fantastic education, preparing them for the future and in-turn strengthening our community. I also wish to give back to the Academy for the integral education received and the countless memories made during my time as a pupil.

I am also a Parish Councillor in Whitchurch Village and a student at university, wishing to dedicate my life and career to public service.

Albany Boulter

Local Academy Councillor

I am currently working as a teaching assistant at Wicklea Academy. I love working with children and also have a keen interest in research and development in teaching and learning.

Previously, I have worked in a nursery and as a nanny. Both of these roles required me to adopt a “whole child approach”. I feel this has influenced my style of teaching, particularly with children with SEN.

I also have a daughter in a Waycroft Multi Academy Trust school. First being a parent and then a member of staff will hopefully bring a useful perspective to the board.

Pat Slee

Local Academy Councillor

I live in Stockwood and taught at Waycroft Academy for many years. I taught Reception or KS1 classes until I was invited to train to be a Numbers Count teacher. I supported children in Y2 in this capacity and using this training, supported children throughout the school according to their mathematical needs.

I look forward to being able to bring my experience of EYFS, KS1 and maths teaching to support Waycroft MAT Academies. I am the link councillor for Children in Care and for SEND.
I have now retired from teaching. My time is taken up caring for my grandchildren and also a variety of craft activities. I enjoy singing in a choir and learning to Line Dance. I am an active member of a church.

Jamie Notton

Local Academy Councillor

I have lived in Stockwood all my life and I attended Waycroft as a child. I have many fond memories of my time at Waycroft and the opportunities and experiences that were given to me.

Now working as a Teacher in a local Secondary School, I am very aware of the importance of a well-rounded education. It is perhaps more important than ever that schools are places where students can not only learn, but build character and resilience to ensure that future generations are developing the skills and values that will enable them to become well-informed, confident and successful adults who will be able to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Primary Schools are fundamental in laying the foundations for this.

Through my link role for Safeguarding and Teaching and Learning, I am able to share my experiences of Secondary Education to support the children at Waycroft in many aspects of their education. I am particularly excited to support with and review the implementation of the ‘Principles of Effective Teaching’ within lessons at Waycroft.

Caroline Bishop

Local Academy Councillor

I have lived in Stockwood since my children were born and my two children currently attend Waycroft Academy. I am a teacher myself at Headley Park Primary School where I teach and lead phase 1. I have a keen interest in Early Reading and I work for the English hub as a literacy specialist. I look forward to being able to share my experiences and support Waycroft as much as I can through my link role for curriculum. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and running. You might even see me jogging around Stockwood from time to time!

Mr Paul Benkinsopp

Local Academy Councillor

I have lived in Stockwood for 12 years and both of my children attend Waycroft Academy. I have worked in Further Education for over 15 years, teaching and tutoring on courses ranging from Level 1 to Level 6. I have a keen interest in teaching, learning and assessment and physical education and I am looking forward to being able to share my experiences and support Waycroft through my link roles of Pupil Premium and Sports Premium.