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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

Ms Tor (Victoria) Jones     - Non Teaching Staff Councillor

Mrs Kate Truscott               - Teaching Staff Councillor

Mrs Margaret Tanner        - Academy Councillor

VACANCY                             - Academy Councillor

Ms Suzanne Richards       -  Parent Representative

VACANCY                            - Parent Representative

VACANCY                            - Academy Councillor

VACANCY                             - Academy Councillor


To contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, please telephone 0117 456 6513 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.

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

Kate Truscott, Teaching Staff Representative

Kate moved to the South West from the South Wales Valleys in 1999. She graduated from Bristol University and then completed her PGCE in RE in the same city in 2002.  She secured a job at a local secondary school teaching RE and put down roots when her first child was born in 2010. During her time in mainstream she held various roles including Head of RE, Head of PSHE, Head of House and Inclusion Manager. 

It was the diagnosis of her daughter's rare genetic condition that prompted Kate to move into Alternative Education. Since joining Lansdown Park Academy Kate has had huge successes with the transition of the year 11 students from KS4 to post 16 education and training ,with all students securing a placement and attending their courses at the start of the most recent school year. She is now working to develop the skills-based curriculum using ASDAN for accreditation so that students at Lansdown Park Academy access knowledge and skills for work, are equipped to live well and secure qualifications for their foundation subjects which helps them compete in an ever-complex job market.       

Tor (Victoria) Jones, Support Staff Representative 

Tor has lived in South Gloucestershire all her life. She is a busy Mum of 3 boys. 

She has worked in Mental Health and Learning disabilities for 24 years, starting her career in Hanham Hall hospital with the elderly who coped with dementia and learning disabilities. She then continued supporting young adults with mental health and learning disabilities to live independently in their local community.

She started working in education in 2005 as a Teaching Assistant in a mainstream secondary school where she stayed for 6 years supporting SEND, EAL and inclusion, sparking an interest in young people struggling to access mainstream education.

In 2012, Tor was successful in her application to join the Special Schools Nursing Team in Bristol, where she stayed for 6 years delivering PSHE, drop in clinics, delivering mental health and well-being support, sexual health advice and continence support.

Tor became a Learning Mentor for Lansdown Park Academy Rush Hill in Sept 2018. With her knowledge of mental health, Tor secured the Advanced Mental Health and Well Being Badge for Lansdown Park Academy via Bristol City Council. She is the Lead for Mental Health and Wellbeing across Rush Hill, embedded the Thrive Approach to support the nurture and emotional wellbeing of students, and is Mental Health first aid trained.

 Being a Lead DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) on site she supports SLT with the most vulnerable students accessing the provision. Tor's vision is to continue with mental health and well-being support at Rush Hill, capturing the voice of the child at the fore front of the provision, and continued  professional development to ensure young people receive the best quality of pastoral support available. 

Tor has achieved Level 3 and  Level 4 "City and Guilds Work with Parents", Roehampton University National PSHE CPD Programme module, alongside many CAMHS courses for supporting Mental Health and attachment.

Tor has a love of nature, in particular hedgehogs, and is an avid bird spotter using photography alongside. 



Please contact Louise Shepherd, Clerk to the Governing Body for further information: or 0117 456  6513 x 2224