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L-R: Andrea Arlidge and Matthew Woodville

Two new appointments at Wellsway MAT

Academy trust near Bristol strengthens leadership team with CEO and Principal

Posted by Stephanie Broad | June 19, 2016 | People, policy, politics

Andrea Arlidge has stepped up to the full-time post of Chief Executive Officer of the expanding Wellsway Multi Academy Trust in the West of England. 

Andrea has been a headteacher for 16 years, with the last 11 at the helm of Wellsway School in Keynsham, near Bristol. 

She has handed over the leadership of Wellsway, one of the best-performing state-funded schools in the country, to the new Principal, Matthew Woodville. 

Wellsway was a founding member of WMAT, which now includes another large secondary academy - The Sir Bernard Lovell School in Oldland Common - as well as three smaller specialist academies and a primary school. Two other local schools are taking steps to join the trust in the coming months and further expansion is expected.

Andrea said the WMAT’s aim was to serve schools in the community between Bristol and Bath, which takes in part of South Gloucestershire as well as Bath & North East Somerset.

“We are a genuinely local trust and have strong roots and connections across the region,” she said. “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.”

Andrea is a founding member of Keynsham Area Family of Schools (KAFOS); a partnership between nine primaries and two secondaries. She is a director of the Bath Education Trust, chair at Wesport, vice chair of governors at the independent Bristol Grammar School and has a number of regional roles including being a member of Ofsted’s South West scrutiny committee. 

Matthew Woodville comes to Wellsway from Oldfield School in Bath, where he was Principal. He began his working life as a lawyer and switched to teaching, rising rapidly through a series of leadership roles at St Laurence School in Bradford-on-Avon and Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Shirehampton, Bristol. 

Matthew said he was thrilled to be part of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.

“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,” he said.

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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