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Academy Council

Mr Ray Moorcroft               - Chairman, Finance Councillor

Mr Peter Evans                   - Chief Executive Officer

Mr Nick Lee-Wells              - Head Teacher

Ms Anne-Marie Cray          - Vice Chair

Mr Max Bidmead                 - Non Teaching Staff Councillor

Mr Ben Gentle                      - Teaching Staff Councillor

Mrs Margaret Tanner        - Academy Councillor

VACANCY                             - Academy Councillor

Ms Suzanne Richards       -  Parent Representative

VACANCY                            - Parent Representative


To contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, please telephone 0117 244 9746 x 2224 or email using

The Chair of the Academy Council, Ray Moorcroft can be contacted using


Nick Lee-Wells,  Headteacher

As a Headteacher at Lansdown Park Academy, Nick has developed excellent working relationships with Primary and Secondary Schools in South Bristol and the Local Authority  where Lansdown Park Academy has worked to ensure young people are assessed appropriately to move on to their next educational destinations.   As a result of good working relationships there has been an increase in the number of pupils successfully returning to mainstream and specialist schools (with EHCP’s) and a reduced number of pupils moving onto other alternative provisions. 

Ray Moorcroft, Chair of Lansdown Park Academy Council

Married to his wife Jan. He has two daughters and six grandchildren. Ray retired in 2013 after 40 years’ service with an International Company based in Bristol where he gained a depth of financial and procurement acumen.

Ray now enjoys playing snooker, holidays, going to the gym and child minding.

Peter Evans, CEO of Learn@ MAT

Experienced Leader in Education with over 22 years as a Head Teacher of a range of Special Schools covering specialisms in Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), Social and Emotional Mental Health (SEMH), Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) and Deaf children.

Peter represents local Special Schools on the Bristol Schools Forum and is a member of the South West network of CEOs representing a voice for SEND. Included within his many professional achievements is the realisation of Knowle DGE Academy as an inspirational provision for young people with SEMH or SLCN in Bristol, and the ongoing partnership with a Primary and Special School in Nakuru, Kenya with whom he has lead and supported professional visits and exchanges of staff and students.

He is committed to ensure specialist education has a strong voice locally, regionally and nationally, especially vulnerable young people who experience social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

After graduating from Bristol University in 1966 Margaret completed her PGCE in Cardiff where she remained for a year working in a secondary school with less able students.  Margaret moved to Florence Brown School in Bristol working with young people aged between 5 and 8 years old.  In 1984 Margaret set up a Learning Support Unit for primary schools in South Bristol, observing, supporting and working with children with special educational needs in mainstream schools.

In 1998 Margaret was appointed Deputy Head with responsibility for coordinating the delivery and monitoring of a broad and balanced curriculum, including the developing of assessment policies, mentoring and supporting staff, arranging supply cover and liaising with outside agencies.

Margaret has a love of theatre, regularly seeing plays In Bristol and Bath. Music has also played a big part in her life with Margaret going to concerts at St George’s and seeing Welsh National Opera productions in Cardiff and is a member of a  Good Afternoon Choir” in Bath.

Since retirement, apart from the delights of spending time with three grandchildren in Bristol, Margaret has been a volunteer at Julian House in Bath. She is also involved with “Month in Bath” an audio magazine for visually impaired residents.

Margaret enjoys being involved in her local village activities: baking for the twice a month coffee shop held in the church, joining the walking group every Monday morning (whatever the weather) and supporting a monthly village market.


Anne-Marie Cray (BSc (Hons) CertMRCSLT), Vice Chair of Lansdown Park Academy Council

Anne-Marie qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1989 , from City University, London. She initially worked in community clinics , mainstream schools and nurseries. She then specialised in working with children who stammer and their parents.

Anne-Marie has recently worked in community clinics, nurseries and mainstream schools. She was recently employed by a cluster of mainstream schools to provide support for children and deliver training for the staff. Over the years Anne-Marie has worked with children and young people with a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties, including speech sound impairment, language delay, specific language impairment, and stammering.

She has completed the following courses: Parent-Child Interaction, Lidcombe Programme and is a licensed I CAN Talk Boost and Primary talk tutor.

Anne-Marie is a member of the South West Early Years and Disorders of Dysfluency Clinical Excellence Networks.


Ben Gentle, Lansdown Park Academy Councillor (Teaching Staff Representative)

Ben has worked as a KS2 onsite Teacher at Lansdown Park Academy, Stockwood, for nearly 2 years and loves the challenge of finding a student’s individual interest and using it as a tool to break down their barriers to learning. As Literacy lead for the school, it is also his mission to get every young person that comes through our academy to improve their reading skills around word recognition and comprehension which will in turn open up important opportunities in the future. As a keen reader he hopes that some of his love of stories will rub off as well!
Outside of school his main interest is surfing but he also enjoys running and am a supporter of Exeter Chiefs Rugby team.

Max Bidmead, Lansdown Park Academy Councillor (Support Staff Representative)

Max worked with The National Autistic Society for three years in Somerset before turning to Applied Behavioural Analysis. He spent two and a half years working as a tutor, later integrating pupils from the home environment to permanent placements in appropriate schools.

Max has been at Lansdown Park for nearly three years. In this time he has built strong relationships with the senior staff and proved his reliability and work ethic.


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Suzanne Richards, Parent Representative

Suzanne has worked for the last 19yrs as a sales co-ordinator for a Bathroom Company.  She lives in Bath with her husband and children.  Suzanne  is very aware of how tricky life can be and challenges that are sent us and would love to bring some assistance to the amazing values that Lansdown Park Academy promotes



Please contact Louise Shepherd, Clerk to the Governing Body for further information: or 0117 244 9746 x 2224