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Knowle DGE Academy Council


Kate Lee-Wells                  Head Teacher, Knowle DGE Academy

Ben Pickett                         Teaching staff Representative

Asha Abdi                           Support Staff Representative 

Caroline Down                   Academy Chair

Nick Taylor                         Academy Councillor

Jo Newman - Academy Councillor




Knowle DGE Academy Link Councillor Roles
Role Name
Chair Caroline Down
Vice Chair  
Children in Care / Young Carers Councillor Caroline Down
Finance Councillor  
Health & Safety Councillor  
Parent Representative  
Parent Representative  
Pupil Premium Councillor Caroline Down
Safeguarding Councillor Caroline Down
Special Educational Needs & Disability Councillor Nick Taylor
Support Staff Representative Asha Abdi
Teaching Staff Representative Ben Pickett

The Chair of the Academy Council, Caroline Down can be contacted using




Kate-Lee Wells, Headteacher

She studied Psychology and then Teaching in Bristol and Devon and has worked in Special Education for the last 15 years. Kate lives in South Bristol with her husband, toddler and cat. Kate is passionate about ensuring that pupils coming to KnowleDGE have a positive experience and make progress socially, emotionally and academically and that staff is happy and healthy.

When not at school, Kate enjoys family time, walking, reading and visiting nice cafés for tea and cake. 







Caroline Down

Safeguarding Councillor/Chair

Caroline has 30 years experience as a teacher. Most of her career was served in East Bristol where she also opened an Alternative Provision Free School. For the last three years she was head of an SEMH school in Swindon, before taking early retirement.

She has a passion for children who struggle with mainstream settings and an in depth knowledge of trauma and SEN.

Caroline is also a trained therapeutic foster carer and enjoyed the challenge of fostering teenagers.

She now works for the NHS on the COVID vaccination programme and enjoys travel, reading and playing tennis in her spare time.

Asha Abdi

Asha is a higher level teaching assistant at KnowleDGE  Academy where she has been for the past three and a half years.

Asha has  been given the opportunity to step up which has fuelled her desire to become a teacher. She has  returned to  university to get her degree and hopefully become a teacher soon.

Nick Taylor

Nick has worked in Human Resources for over 20 years, mainly with financial and professional services both locally and globally and has more recently stepped back and now takes on mainly short term consultancy projects. Whilst studying for his Masters in HR, Nick briefly taught human resource management at a local college. 
Born and bred in Bristol Nick is married and has a young son still at primary school. His main interest is travelling and has on occasion taken extended breaks between roles to spend time abroad. 
Nick has an interest in special educational needs and hopes to share  his personal and professional experiences within this role. 


Ben Pickett

Elected by Schol Staff 27 February 2023 - 26 February 2026

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