Our Governing Body

We are pleased to welcome you to Atwood Primary  Academy!

In this school the safeguarding, wellbeing and needs of the children are the top priority for all of us and we are really proud of the progress and achievements made by the children.

We are fortunate to have extensive playing fields, an orchard and a large garden area where the children experience all the stages in growing flowers and vegetables. The school is close to Kingswood and open common land which provides opportunities for all kinds of outdoor exploration and activities that enrich the curriculum. In the Early Years classes the children take full advantage of the great outdoors in the Forest School activities that are an innovative addition to the curriculum.

Atwood Trustees and staff believe in strong partnerships with parents/carers in order to help each child reach their potential, both academically and personally. Our main focus is on the skills of literacy and numeracy which underpin all learning, but the children experience a wide, exciting curriculum that gives them stimulating and enjoyable ways of learning.

The Headteacher, Leadership team and Board work in close partnership; together we set the vision and strategic direction of the school which is implemented through the School Development Plan.

The Governing Board also has the responsibility for overseeing the financial performance of the school and for holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance in the school. All these responsibilities have sharpened over the past few years since the school became a ‘stand-alone’ academy.

The team of trustees on the Board has a range of skills and experience- we have extensive business experience, accounting and finance, banking, law, HR, teaching, education management, learning support, IT and health and safety. We have parents, community trustees and staff representatives- all sharing a commitment to ensuring that Atwood children receive the best possible start in life.

The school is fortunate to have a really strong staff team who provide excellent teaching and learning for the children, led by our head-teacher Rob Veale, who has been at Atwood since 2015. During this time the school has undergone significant change as Rob has put in place structures and improvements that have raised expectations, skills and accountability of senior leaders and staff.

We all want your children at Atwood to have exciting learning opportunities and experiences and we welcome your comments and suggestions for improvement.


Atwood Board of Trustees


Who are our Governors?

Community Governors

Barbara Alcaraz, Matthew Irvine, Cameron Jones, Siva Ranjan & Andre Sarvarian

Parent Governors

Anna Carroll, Carl Knightly & Matthew Nolan

Staff Governors

Rob Veale, Amanda Lawrence & Becca Smith

Clerk to Governors

Anna Jaye

Click on the link below to view their biographies.

Meet the Governors


Atwood Business Interests and Attendance Summary