Our Chair of Governors, Mr David Alston can be contacted via the Academy.


Mr David Alston – Chair of Governors

David has worked in schools for over 36 years and was a Headteacher, a Principal and an Executive Principal in Stoke on Trent for 22 years. During his time in the city, David has been a School Effectiveness Officer, a Headteacher Consultant and more recently a Local Leader of Education, supporting schools and their leadership teams. He is a training provider and a facilitator accredited by The National College. Since his retirement in 2019, David has been delivering training packages and coaching school leaders and enjoys very positive feedback from all course participants.


Mrs Julie Birchall – Principal of Weston Infant and Junior Academies

Mrs Birchall joined Weston Infant Academy in 2002 as a newly-qualified teacher and spent many enjoyable years working as a class teacher in Key-stage 1 and in the EYFS.  She moved into leadership roles within the school and was later appointed as the Head of School, working closely with Weston Junior Academy when the two schools became federated as The Weston Federation.  She is now proud to be the Principal of Weston Infant and Junior Academies and continues to be very passionate about achieving best outcomes for all pupils; working in partnership with St Bart’s Multi-Academy Trust, the Local Governing Committee, parents and the community.

Mr Paul Berridge - Head of School (Weston Junior Academy)

Mr Berridge has been a Primary School Teacher for 21 years and has been Head of School at Weston Junior Academy since 2018. Prior to that, he was Deputy Head teacher at Weston Junior Academy having spent fifteen years as a Senior Leader in Cheshire East. Mr Berridge has been a member of the Governing bodies of four different schools in a variety of different roles.

Mrs Allison Walters – Parent Governor

Ms. Vikki Botham - Parent Governor

Mr Matthew Cliffe - Co-opted Governor

Mrs Lisa Sarikaya - Trust Representative