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.

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.

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.


Trina Shane


 Katie Maule


Andrea Pearson


Fiona England

Jon Parsons