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Academy Council (Governing Body)

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NHA Academy Council

Trystan Williams - Chair of the Academy Council

Lisa Cox - Independent Academy Councillor (Wiltshire College Employee)

Tom Linacre - Academy Councillor (NHA Support Staff)

Martyn Watkins - Academy Councillor (NHA Teaching Staff)

Michelle Reysenn - Headteacher NHA

Clare Sampson - Parent/Carer Representative

VACANCY - Parent/Carer Representative

Annette Foster - Independent Academy Councillor

VACANCY - Academy Councillor 

VACANCY - Academy Councillor 

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Notton House Academy Link Councillor Roles
Role Name
Chair Trystan Williams
Vice Chair Vacancy
Finance Councillor Vacancy
Health & Safety Councillor Martyn Watkins
MAT Trustee N/A
Parent Representative Clare Sampson
Parent Representative Annette Foster
Pupil Premium Councillor Trystan Williams
Residential Care Councillor Trystan Williams
Safeguarding, Children in Care / Young Carers Councillor Trystan Williams
Special Educational Needs & Disability Councillor Trystan Williams
Support Staff Representative Tom Linacre
Teaching Staff Representative Martyn Watkins

To contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, Elizabeth Jahn, please email;

To contact the Chair of the Academy Council, Trystan Williams, please email

If you are interested in joining the Academy Council, please contact Elizabeth Jahn, Clerk to the Academy Council,

Michelle Reysenn, Headteacher, Notton House Academy

Appointed by Learn@ MAT Board, Ex-Officio 

Michelle trained as an English teacher in 2001 at Oxford Brookes University, after completing a degree in English Literature at University College Worcester. She has worked in 3 schools previous to Notton House, both mainstream and special education, leading year groups as a pastoral head, and also, being a subject/ department leader. Michelle has experience as Advanced Skills Teacher and a Special Leader of Education,

Michelle has a Post Graduate Diploma in education from the University of Gloucestershire, and has completed a senior leadership qualification (NPQSL).

Trystan Williams, Chair of Notton House Academy Council

Executive Lead, Venturers Trust, Principal, Venturers’ Academy

Appointed by Learn@ MAT Board from 16 April 2021 - 15 April 2024

Trystan Williams is a collegiate leader working at all levels in the educational sector, from the primary and secondary phases to university level.

Trystan held his first position as Principal in Wiltshire for ten years, moving into an Executive Headteacher role and then Chief Executive Officer in Surrey, before returning to the South West to open a Specialist Free School for children and young people with a primary diagnosis of autism, in September 2016. He is also the Executive Lead for Venturers Trust, overseeing 5 Primary Schools and Academy Improvement across his Trust.

A graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, Trystan won Best School Professional UK in 2008. Four years later, under his leadership, his Academy won the TES Outstanding Special School Award and Overall Outstanding School of the Year.

Trystan has chaired national conferences, led on many groundbreaking initiatives such as “The Extreme Classroom”, the subject of numerous documentaries filmed and aired by the BBC, both nationally and globally and achieved recognition at government level for his commitment to the highest standards of care and education for vulnerable young people.

Lisa Cox

Notton House Academy Councillor 

Appointed by Learn@ MAT Board from 01 September 2021 - 31 August 2024

Experienced Practitioner and Manager at Wiltshire College with 12 years experience working within Foundation Learning in a variety of different roles. Currently, as Deputy Head of Access to Landbased Studies based at Lackham, this involves working with and developing curriculum for learners many with SEND and SEMH.

Lisa has a Certificate in Education with QTLS and continues to develop her CPD relevant to her current role, including LANDEX Management training starting in September 2020.

Martyn Watkins, Teaching Staff Representative

Elected by Staff from 01 September 2021 - 31 August 2024

Martyn completed his degree in Sport and Exercise Science at The University of Brighton in 1995 and has a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Oxford Brookes University.  Martyn has worked within Sixth Form College, independent school, mainstream and special education, holding positions including Department Leader and Director of Sport.    

Martyn is currently the Welfare Curriculum Lead for Notton House Academy.

Clare Sampson, Parent Representative

Appointed by Learn@ MAT Board from 26 February 2020 - 25 February 2023

Married with 5 children, Clare’s son attends Notton House as a residential student in Year 10.

She has worked in schools for 5 years now as a qualified Teaching Assistant.

Clare’s school experience began in a mainstream village school in Gloucestershire with a mixed year group class.   Clare and her family then moved to North Somerset 4 years ago where she began at a wonderful Special Needs School.

This is her first time being a parent governor, although she was involved and became chair of a fundraising committee at their Primary School in Gloucester raising thousands of pounds in my time there.

As an Academy Councillor Clare’s aim is to help Notton House Academy progress, whilst retaining things that make our school special.

Clare has a vested interest in children's education and approach to learning so to be able to bring ideas from her own experiences to contribute positively towards Notton House ethos to help continue the excellent work they already do.

In her spare time Clare  enjoys spending time with the family, enjoying days out, visiting new places and walking their 2 dogs at the beach near where they live.

Annette Foster

Appointed by Learn@ MAT Board from 22 September 2021 - 21 September 2024

Annette retired from the legal profession in September 2020 after nearly 40 years in private practice.

She was previously a Governor at Heddington VA primary school and Chair of Governor at Rowdeford School.  Annette recently re-joined the Board of Governors at Heddington and is also a Governor of the Methodist Academies and Schools Trust.

Annette is a member of the Methodist Church and a lay preacher in the church.

She has a particular interest in SEND and Modern Languages.  

In her spare time she enjoys walking the dog and travelling.

Tom Linacre

Elected by Staff from 08 November 2021 - 07 November 2024

Support Staff Representative

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