I am very proud to be the Chair of Hans Price Academy Council and really enjoy the opportunity to work with a strong team of fellow councillors in supporting the school on its exciting journey to becoming the most improved school in North Somerset.

My wife and I recently retired to Hutton.  Having been involved in schools and education all my working life I felt I wanted to use some of that knowledge and experience to support my local secondary school and offered myself to Hans Price Academy.  I have been most impressed with the positive attitude & behaviour of the pupils and with the dedication & hard work of the staff & the leadership team.

It is clear that the school is making excellent progress in its endeavours to raise standards and I am delighted to support the staff in their endeavours to encourage every student to achieve the very best they can – they are given so many opportunities in which to grow in confidence and make progress.

Our job as an Academy Council is to be a critical friend to the school and challenge the Principal to ensure that every student is safe and given the support to achieve the best that they can possibly can.  We scrutinise every aspect of school life and leave no stone unturned!

Hans Price Academy is an excellent school and its future is bright.  I am proud to be associated with its progress.

David Jordan – Chair of Hans Price Academy Council

My daughter is a student at Hans Price Academy and I joined the Academy Council because I feel very passionate about promoting the work that staff and students are doing to make our school one of the best in the area, and  I want to support the Academy in their continuous quest for improvement and achievement.

I work as a senior administrator during the day, within an area that crosses over between education and social care.  This means that I have some understanding of the significant challenges that education settings face, and the importance of ensuring that students are supported so that they can learn and achieve.

I have taken on the role of link councillor for Safeguarding and Children in Care, and have recently been appointed Vice Chair of the Academy Council.

Becky Farler – Vice Chair & Safeguarding Councillor



Steve Taylor – Chief Executive Officer, Cabot Learning Federation



Tony Searle – Academy Principal



I am owner and director of two companies in the South West area, I feel it is a privilege to have the opportunity to help make a difference to all students within Hans Price.

My responsibility within the Academy Council is to understand and ensure that the school is managing the budget for Pupil Premium in the correct manner.

The reason I joined the academy is it was clear to me that when interviewing candidates for employment, their ability to articulate why they want the job and what they can bring to the business is severely lacking.  I want to be able to make a difference and allow all school leavers to have a better understanding of the commercial world.

Marcus Puddy – Councillor



In my day to day role as Head of Sixth Form at Weston College I have always found working with Hans Price students and staff both interesting and rewarding.

The opportunity to become a councillor at Hans Price provided me with an alternative role within education that has given me a better insight to the challenges facing the secondary school sector and thus respond to them as a councillor and Head of Sixth Form.

The role also appealed to me on a personal level as it gives me opportunities to listen and discuss issues of a diverse nature, and also allows me to contribute to the community that I have worked in for the previous eight years.

Wayne Richards – Councillor



Joanne Harper – Councillor



Paul Marsh – Councillor



I am the Engage Centre Manager at Hans Price Academy.  I transferred to HPA from Wyvern School following Academy status and have been a member of support staff for 17 years.

I have a varied role supporting many young people at HPA through the Engage Centre.  Through individualised support and programmes, students have the opportunity to reintegrate back into mainstream successfully and reach their full potential.

I am married and have four children all in their late twenties to early thirties.  In my spare time I like to read, take walks, watch sports and go on theatre trips.

Sandra Bray – Support Staff Councillor



I was born in the Netherlands, and spent the first 8 years of life in the Dutch education system before moving to the New Forest area and attending a boys’ state grammar school. After a year of an MEng in Aeronautical Engineering, I changed tack to start a BSc in Politics and Sociology, still at the University of Bristol. I followed this with a part-time Masters in Socio-Legal Studies at the same university.

At HPA, I’ve been the teacher councillor since 2015. I’m also the STEM enrichment co-lead and represent HPA at the CLF Key Stage 3 Maths curriculum development meetings. I became teacher councillor because I wanted to ensure staff wellbeing issues are effectively communicated at Academy Council level.

Oliver Edwards – Teacher Councillor


My name is Rachel Allchurch and I’m the Student Advocate on the Hans Price Academy Council.

I am the Learning Resources Manager and a tutor at Hans Price and I also have responsibility for student voice, running the student council and student interview panels. On the Academy Council I ensure that student voice is represented and heard and that the students at Hans Price Academy are provided with the highest level of education, opportunity and support.

Rachel Allchurch – Student Advocate Councillor

Each academy in the CLF is overseen by its own Academy Council and is represented at the CLF Board level by the Chair of the Council. The Academy council is responsible for the following:

  • Being the critical friend of the Academy Principal and the leadership team.
  • Assuring the quality of the educational experience for all staff and students.
  • Performance managing the Principal & senior leaders with the support of the Executive Principal.
  • Approval and monitoring of local Academy Budget and monitoring its implementation.
  • Appointing on behalf of CLF all staff who will work at the Academy.
  • The monitoring of teaching and learning, curriculum delivery and Academy performance.
  • The Development Plan of the Academy.
  • Providing support for the CLF and the quality of education at the other Academies.


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