Our Ambassadorial Advisory Group is made up of people who share a great passion for our academy.

Led by a chairperson, AAGs meet once per term, and will have at least two parent ambassadors elected to the group. They work closely with headteachers, regional and national staff as well as our trustees, and focus on the four Cs of Communication, Celebration, Complaints and Community.

AAG Charter

Please note that the board of trustees is the governing body for E-ACT and all E-ACT academies. The AAG is an advisory body only.

Attendance of trustees at meetings is published on the trust website within E-ACT’s annual report which also contains information on the structure and responsibilities of the board and its committees.

Other important documents that can be found on the trust website include:

  • Trustees’ business and financial interests
  • Articles of Association
  • Master Funding Agreement and Supplemental Agreements
  • E-ACT’s Scheme of Delegation which shows all delegated authorities from the board of trustees
  • E-ACT’s detailed governance overview, showing how we continue to meet all our statutory and regulatory requirements under our regionalised governance model

All of these documents can be found by clicking here.

Our AAG members are:

  • Amanda Davies, Parent Ambassador
  • Claire Arnott, Parent Ambassador
  • Sam Bush, Chair and Parent Ambassador
  • Sanae Bikali, Parent Ambassador
  • Miss Hilary Dunford, Headteacher

Pen Portraits

Sam Bush

My name is Sam Bush and I have lived in Knowle for the last seven years. I have three children (all girls). The oldest one attends Oasis Academy John Williams but attended Ilminster Avenue from yr 2. My other two girls are in years 2 and 4. They all love Irish dancing and attend a variety of clubs: karate, gymnastics, drama and singing. They keep me very busy indeed!

I have been an academy ambassador for the last three years and I have now taken on the role of chairperson. We have just set up a brand new Pupil Council to work closely with on exciting new projects and to maximise the school’s potential. I am also a SMSA which I love doing! I also volunteer in and around the school. You can normally find me in year 1 where I read and practise keywords with the children. I am also an active member of the Parent Council, which I have been doing for five years now. We organise fundraiser events and put on events for the children and the school community. We love new members! I am always in and around Ilminster so please come and say hi!


Claire Arnott                                                                                         

I am married with four children, all of whom are at Ilminster Avenue. I have lived in Bristol since I was 9 years old, moving here from London. I graduated in archaeology from The University of Bristol, and have also studied paleontology and geology. Currently an active member of our Parent Council here at Ilminster Avenue we organise a weekly coffee mornings and fundraising events, I also volunteer within the school as well helping children with everything from reading support to maths. In my spare time I can be found crafting including, painting, drawing and jewellery making. I also enjoy catching up on the most recent archaeological finds and theories. Outside of archaeology, other academic interests include chemistry, forensic science and psychology.

I have a special interest in SEND policies and procedures within not only a school setting, but other everyday settings as I have personal experience of supporting children on the autism spectrum and feel that given the right tools and environment many children can be helped and understood.


If you would like to become an Academy Ambassador, please contact Miss Dunford or speak to any of the Parent Ambassadors.

You can contact the Academy Ambassadors through the office.

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