Anthony Cherry – Chair of Academy Council

Tony is married with three teenage children living in Clevedon. They moved to the South West from London just before their youngest child was born in 2002. His hobbies are sailing, helping his wife with bee-keeping and honey production and spending as much time as possible in their bolt home on the Scillies.

He is a solicitor, Regional Senior Partner (Chairman Role) for DAC Beachcroft LLP in Bristol and Head of Legal Practice and Head of Finance and Administration (regulatory compliance roles) for all regulated DAC Beachcroft entities.


Rebecca Curtis – Academy Principal

I am delighted to have joined Summerhill Academy as the Principal in January 2018. This is my second Headteacher/Principal role, my first was in Gloucestershire from 2013 to 2017.  I have been teaching for 17 years and have worked across the  birth to 11 age range in schools and  Children’s Centres in Cornwall, Bristol and Gloucestershire.  I am married and have 2 stepsons, a son and a daughter.

I am passionate about:

  • Children’s social, emotional and mental health, as a  qualified Thrive trainer I can deliver this approach at Summerhill and across the wider community by training other practitioners.
  • Developing teaching and learning through a creative and engaging curriculum.
  • Developing future leaders.
  • All children receiving the best possible education which prepares them for the next stage of their school careers and for life.



Megan Redwood – Teacher

My name is Megan Redwood and I have been a staff Academy Counsellor for oneyear. I have been part of Summerhill Academy since 2012, when I was fortunate enough to be appointed as an NQT. I now teach a year 5 class and have responsibility for leading our Line of Enquiry curriculum. My passion for improving outcomes for all children is why I love my job!


Ebrima Bojang – Safeguarding Councillor

Ebrima has significant experience of NHS finance, having worked in Primary Care Trusts, Acute Trusts as well as in a Foundation Trust. He was previously Management Accountant for Primary Care Services, Trust Headquarter Service (Finance, Estate, Human Resources, Estate and Facilities and IM&T). He also worked as Assistant Accountant for a Mental Health Trust with Learning Disability, Psychology and IAPT, and Drug and Alcohol services in his portfolio. Ebrima enjoys working on his own initiative, managing complex situations and working as a team.



Hanifa Tazaoui – Support Staff

I am a mother of three teenage children and have taught in schools. I am therefore interested in educating young people to take an active positive and successful part in education. I am fully committed to improving education standards for all students regardless of background and ethnicity. Also my background in law, will enable me to serve effectively as an Academy councillor because I work within the framework of justice and fairness to all.


Louise Davey – Pupil Premium Councillor

I am the parent of 2 children at Summerhill Academy and a 3rd who is at Summerhill Infant School. I believe that every child has the right to learn in a safe and enabling environment that recognises their individuality and supports them to realise their potential. I have joined the Academy Council because I want to support the school in providing this to the children of our community.
I work part-time as a counsellor in the NHS and am training as a counselling psychologist. This reflects my fascination with the ways that children and adults grow and change, and my belief in equality and social justice. I previously worked in ethical finance for 7 years and before that taught English in Japan. I hope that this mixture of experience, together with my insight as a parent, will enable me to support Summerhill Academy in being a place where all our children can flourish.


Thomas Hope – Vice Chair

Thomas moved to Bristol to attend university here about twenty years ago and has never left.  He lives in St George with his wife and two young sons and is a member of a local church, where he has helped run Sunday school classes for over ten years.

He is a former solicitor and has practiced in a Bristol based firm and in-house.  As a result, Thomas has experience of working in commercial environments of various organisational sizes and structures. He now works for Lloyds Banking Group.

Thomas is passionate about helping people achieve their potential and believes investing in children is the best time to do it.



Graham Wilkie

I have lived in Bristol for 17 years and I live in Fishponds with my wife Jane and our two children, Jim and Elsie.  Jim started school this year at Begbrook Primary Academy, which has prompted my interest in becoming an academy councillor.

I have 17 years’ experience in the public sector, which has provided me with experience, skills and knowledge that will be helpful for this role.

I have worked for Bristol City Council in a variety of roles for the last nine years, mostly within children’s services,

Out of work I like to spend time with my family and friends, and I enjoy being outdoors.



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