Governor Descriptions

Ann Harris
Ann HarrisChair and Personnel Governor

I am delighted to be the Chair of Governors of Bearwood Primary and Nursery School. My working life was spent in education as teacher, headteacher, adviser and inspector. My passion for providing children with the best education possible remains.  I believe effective governance makes a difference and so am happy to be the National Leader of Governance Advocate for Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset which gives me the opportunity to work alongside other governors.

At home, I am married to a very patient husband, with whom I share three children and eight grandchildren. I enjoy painting, walking (particularly by the sea) and gardening in my spare time.

Laura Bennett
Laura BennettHeadteacher
Laura completed her degree at Westminster College in Oxford and is in her eighth year of headship at Bearwood.  In recognition of her successful leadership, Hamwic Trust have seconded her to support other schools across the Trust this past year.

She feels lucky to work in the role of Headteacher at Bearwood Primary and Nursery School and is proud of the journey that the school is taking as a ‘good’ school moving towards ‘outstanding’.

Laura has gained her experience in a number of primary schools in Reading, Birmingham, Berkshire and Bournemouth.

She is a firm believer in education being about the whole child. She believes that every child should reach their full potential in all areas of school life knowing that they are cared for and supported by a mutually supportive partnership between home, school and the wider community.

Nicola Best
Nicola BestPupil Premuim and Safeguarding Governor

I feel privileged to be part of the Governing body at Bearwood Primary and Nursery school, being part of a group of likeminded people who work together to ensure the best education and opportunities for the children who attend Bearwood.

I worked as a Nursery Practitioner for many years and am currently working as a Teaching Assistant within a school for children with special educational needs.

I have been married to Pete for 20 years and we have 2 children who both attended Bearwood School.

I have very little free time but I enjoy reading and walking and cycling.

Rebecca Bridger
Rebecca BridgerTeaching and Learning Governor
Hello, my name is Rebecca. It is a privilege to be made part of the governing body at Bearwood and I look forward to working with all members of staff who enable the school to go from strength to strength.

My background is firmly rooted in education, although recently I have completed studies in Psychology.  Before that I taught English and Drama at a local secondary school until the birth of my first child.  Since then I have been involved with intervention teaching and supporting pupil premium students.

I have three children.  The eldest two attend Bearwood Primary where I truly believe they thrive and excel within the positive atmosphere of the school.  As a family we enjoy exploring the local countryside and coastline as well as being involved in our local church. My hobbies include gardening, theatre and cake decorating, although I wish I had more time to enjoy them sometimes.  I hope I will be able to support staff and make a positive contribution to Bearwood School community.

Simon Hart
Simon HartParent Governor

I have worked as a teacher for several years in the local area, teaching in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  Before this, I was lucky enough to work overseas in New Zealand and Kenya before making a career switch into teaching.  My wife and I have two young children, one of whom has recently started at Bearwood, and I am pleased to say he is really enjoying himself.

I am delighted to be a part of the Governing body at Bearwood Primary School and I hope I can contribute to the excellent work they have done for the children and local community.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking and where possible, further travel.

Shauna Mansbridge
Shauna MansbridgeStaff Governor
As a teacher of seven years, I have worked across counties, in a range of different settings.  Much of my experience has been teaching in Upper Key Stage Two, meaning that I know exactly what children should be achieving by the time they leave us at the end of Year 6.  This knowledge, combined with my recent experience of supply teaching in all year groups across schools in Bournemouth and Poole, puts me in excellent stead to be able to support the governing body with ensuring that Bearwood is the best it can be.