Academy Council

The Academy Council plays a vital role in the governance and accountability of West Ashton and is comprised of Governors who want to make a positive contribution to the school community.

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Meet our Academy Council 

As Council Members, we are also the protectors of its ethos and it is our duty to ensure that every child can achieve his or her full potential in a safe and caring environment.

Alex Blake-Thwaite - Headteacher

I am a member of the Academy Council in my role as Head Teacher of West Ashton CE Primary School.  I joined West Ashton in April 2018 as the Year 3/4/5 class teacher.  I then taught Year 5/6 until I became the Head.   

I am a mum of four children who are all in higher or further education currently.   In my spare time I am an avid reader and traveller.

Robin Stone - Chair of Academy Council

I am a Foundation governor and joined the Academy Council in Autumn 2018. In January 2019 I became Co-Chair. I am a retired Army Officer and live in Warminster which is where my three children went to school. I was closely involved with my children's secondary school both as Chair of the Parents' Association and assisting them to set up and run a mentoring programme for sixth former's and am enjoying the new challenges associated with assisting at the primary level of education. Although West Ashton has been through some tough times recently, it is now developing rapidly and I am very pleased to be able to play a small part in helping the school to achieve success and reach its full potential. 

To contact Robin, please speak to the school office and they can provide this information. 

Sarah Meehan - Safeguarding Governor

I am a Safeguarding Governor and joined the West Ashton Academy Council in September 2021. I am also the Early Years Lead in West Ashton Primary School. I am an Army wife with two teenage children and have spent much of my adult life managing a nursery in an army garrison in Germany. My hobbies include reading, walking and spending quality time with my family.

Natalie Hillman - Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor and live in Hilperton. I am married and we have one daughter at West Ashton School. As a Foundation Governor, I am a Christian and support the Christian ethos and vision of the school and link with the Church. I also advise on marketing and communications for the school.

I am a marketing manager for a local law firm and have run my own marketing business for the last five years. I have worked in educational marketing (further education, higher education and independent education) for the most part of my career

In my spare time I am a keen photographer and love to explore Wiltshire with my family.

Rev Alan Coutts

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Rebecca Morris

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