Changes at top for growing Wellsway Multi Academy Trust

Published on: 08 Jul 2016

Andrea Arlidge has stepped up to become chief executive officer of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust (WMAT).

Mrs Arlidge was at the helm of Wellsway School as head teacher for 11 years, a role she has now handed to new principal Matthew Woodville.

As well as Wellsway, the trust now includes another secondary school – The Sir Bernard Lovell School in Oldland Common – three specialist academies and a primary school, with two other schools currently taking steps to join.

Mrs Arlidge said: “We are a genuinely local trust and have strong roots and connections across the region. My role is to oversee the collaboration both between our academies and with neighbouring schools and trusts so we can offer the best possible opportunities for all the young people in our area.”

Mrs Arlidge is also a director of the Bath Education Trust, chairman of Wesport, the County Sports Partnership for the West of England, and is vice-chair of governors at Bristol Grammar School among other roles.

Mr Woodville has moved from his post as principal at Oldfield School in Bath to join Wellsway, working in a number of leadership roles at St Laurence School in Bradford-on-Avon and Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Bristol after switching to teaching from a career in law.

He said: “It is a privilege to be the principal of a respected school at the heart of its community and to work with other talented leaders within the trust, particularly Andrea Arlidge, who is an exceptional role model for us all.”

Simon White, head of school at Wellsway, is moving on in September to become principal at John Cabot Academy in Kingswood.

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