Bedminster Down School

Our Governors

Steven Weeks

SONY DSCChair of Governors

I am a married man with two children and live close to the school. Both my children attended Bedminster Down School and have moved on, one is now a qualified Engineer and one at University. I work for a large Energy Company and have a variety of skills such auditing, health and safety, project management and critical analysis which help with the role of Governor at the school. I have watched the school develop and move forward over the years and I look forward to seeing its success continue to grow as all involved strive to do the best for the young people who go there.

Graham Knight

Graham editedLink Governor – Achievement and Children in Care

Graham has been the Exams Officer at Bedminster Down School since September 2011. Prior to this he spent 20 years engaged in educational research at national, regional, and local levels with the Further Education Development Agency, Learning and Skills Council, and both Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils. He has been a governor at the school since 2008.

Helen Styles

SONY DSCLink Governor – Achievement & Chair of pupil learning.

Helen is a community governor who joined the board in 2005. She is the Head of Safeguarding at City of Bristol College and has worked in the education sector for 18 years. Additionally she has significant experience in the voluntary sector and is also a staff governor at city of Bristol college. Her key areas of expertise are: safeguarding, student support and welfare. Aside from work Helen has a keen interest in sport and fitness and often competes in fitness events. She has two young children and lives in the Bedminster Down area. Helen serves on the Pupil and Learning committee.

Jason Worlock

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Jason is the schools IT manager and has worked for Bedminster Down School for over 11 years.  Prior to this Jason has worked in IT for Bristol City Council, Orange & Axa Sun Life. Aside from work he has a keen interest and is qualified as a local youth and community worker. He currently volunteers for a youth organisation working with young people to develop self-esteem and confidence through the arts. Jason serves on the financing and staffing committee.

Stewart Gimber

stewart Gimbert editedGovernor

Studied History at the University of Bristol 1971-74. Lived in the city until 1993, teaching at Backwell and Patchway High School. Moved to Cumbria where he taught in 3 schools including 12 years as a Headteacher of two large comprehensive schools, both with very high SEN profiles, one being a “School in challenging circumstances” in Workington. While a Head he studied for a Masters in Inclusive Education at the University of Sheffield. Recently he has been working to develop collaborative activity among 14 schools and colleges in West Cumbria. He and his wife moved back to Bristol in November 2013. Their 3 children have all studied at university and are now working.

Michelle Tett

SONY DSCGovernor

My name is Michelle Tett and I joined the governing body in July 2013.
am a parent governor with a child in the current year 8 and another child about to join Bedminster Down in September.

I am a primary school teacher and I teach at Wansdyke Primary School in Bristol.
As a governor, I am interested in how a smooth transition from y6 to y7 is managed and in development of a clear reward and sanctions system.

Peter Ralls

IMG_0064Governor (pending appointment at next FGB)

Peter is a qualified accountant who has worked in finance for over 6 years, currently working as a finance business partner for a large UK dentistry and before this spent 3 years as a finance analyst at a UK bank.

He studied at Bedminster Down between 1998 – 2003 and continued studying at collage before going on obtain his BA at Plymouth University.

As a governor Peter is particularly interested in ensuring a fair distribution of resources and the continued development of a learning culture for the school.

He is also a large sports fan and will spend most of the weekend watching any sport he can.

Allison Braybrooke

KM_0044Staff Governor

Allison gained an honours degree in French and Spanish at Bristol Polytechnic (now UWE),  prior to which she lived in France for two years.  After leaving university she worked in industry, primarily managing the day to day running of offices in small businesses.  Alongside this she also ran a freelance fitness business, teaching a variety of fitness classes to adults and children all over Bristol. She trained as a teacher over 10 years ago and has been working at Bedminster Down since, currently holding the post of 2nd in the MFL Faculty.  Although her primary subject is French, other subjects she has taught include: Childcare, ICT, PSE and Travel & Tourism.

Simon Dowland


Simon grew up in Manchester and, after studying Maths and Sport Science at Chester University, moved to Bristol in 2005 to do a PCGE and work for a church in North Bristol.  He taught maths at St Mary, Redcliffe for six years before finishing in 2012 to begin working for Headley Park Church.  After completing a training period he now works full time for the church, overseeing the youth and children’s work and looking to support local families who live in the community.  As part of his work for the church he has been coming into BDS since 2012 to support the maths department, as well as writing lessons for the RE department and mentoring some students.  Simon serves on the Pupil and Learning committee.

Paul Jeffrey 

BDS GovsGovernor

Paul has worked in primary education across Bristol for over 26 years and has been headteacher of three schools. In 2002 he became headteacher of Cheddar Grove Primary School, a major feeder school to Bedminster Down Secondary School.