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and become a Member or Trustee of The Burgate School and Sixth Form 


Are you interested in becoming a Member or a Trustee of The Burgate School and Sixth Form? If you have recent Board level experience, an interest in education and a passion for improvement we would like to hear from you. Join us in our journey from Good to Great!  For further details please click here.

The Burgate School and Sixth Form is an Academy Trust which operates as an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, not having share capital. The objective for which The Burgate School and Sixth Form was established is 'to advance for the public benefit education in the United Kingdom, in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing by establishing, maintaining, carrying on, managing and developing a school offering a broad and balanced curriculum'.

The Academy is governed by a board of trustees who are the directors of the Academy Trust constituted under the Memorandum and Articles of the Academy Trust. The Trust currently operates one mixed comprehensive secondary school. 


Responsibilities of the Trustees


The Academy Trust is responsible for setting and monitoring the overall strategic direction of the school and to provide overall governance. They are not responsible for the day-to-day management of the school which is delegated to the Headteacher who manages the school through a Leadership Team comprising of three Deputy Headteachers, two Assistant Headteachers and a School Business Manager. 


The Department for Education's Governance Handbook states that the Board of Trustees needs to have a strong focus on the following three core functions: 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 

  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its students, and the performance management of staff; and 

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent. 

Full Board and Committee meetings

The Board of Trustees meets six times each year, once each half term.

There are also two committees, the Education and the Resources, Audit and Risk Committee which each meet six times a year to give detailed consideration to strategic issues within their remit. The Headteacher and Deputy Headteachers are fully involved in the work of these committees and work in partnership with the trustees. 

The Education Committee (chaired by Mrs Arnold) is responsible for academic performance; student progress; the school's curriculum policy; the pastoral care of students and safeguarding. 

The Resources, Audit and Risk Committee (chaired by Mr Mowbray) is responsible for ensuring sound management and planning of the academy's finances and resources; maintaining the academy's land and premises; health and safety; and staff welfare.

In addition to the above there are committees which meet as and when required to deal with admissions arrangements; student and staff appeals. 


Meet our Trustees

Mrs Heather Arnold, Trustee

I am a retired education professional with over 22 years experience in secondary schools, mostly with a strategic focus on disadvantaged students and communities in areas of significant deprivation. My last role before retiring was working in a Bristol academy to support a developing safeguarding and pastoral care team.

Before moving into Education, I had worked as a trainee for Marks and Spencer and as a contracts officer for Cobham.

We settled in Fordingbridge four years ago after a period in Canada. I am fortunate to have my young grandchildren living close by and their arrival has motivated me to think about how I can best support young people and schools today.

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Miss Carolyne Connolly , Staff Trustee

Being part of The Burgate School Team really is a privilege. Aside from fantastic exam results and Ofsted inspections, being part of a team that is so committed to delivering the very best education and support to our young people is so rewarding. The Burgate team also extends to our amazing students too. Their enthusiasm, talent, hard work and imagination is utterly inspiring. It was therefore a no-brainer for me to take the step to support the strategic direction of the school by becoming a Trustee. I feel passionate about supporting innovation at The Burgate across all its functions, in order that every student and staff member can fully embrace all that the future holds and to help develop sustainable ways to fulfil a forward thinking vision that continues to be creative, inspirational, collaborative and which truly takes Burgate forward.


Mrs Wendy Gregoire, Trustee

As a Chartered Clinical Psychologist I have worked for over thirty-five years in NHS children’s services, independent practice and special education. For eight years, I was chair of a Wessex-wide service development group for autism and have held honorary teaching posts at two London medical schools and Southampton University. As a specialist in neurodevelopmental disorders I am passionate about all children enjoying and engaging in education. I have lived with my family in Woodgreen for over twenty years and both of our daughters were students at The Burgate School and Sixth Form. I have been a member of the Board of Trustees for several years now and currently sit on the Education Committee. I am also the trustee with responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disability and sit on the committee that oversees the Headteacher’s Performance Management. In my spare time I am a keen painter and potter and take part in the Hampshire Open Studio programme.



Mrs Jenny Hair, Trustee

I am a recently retired Chartered Human Resources professional, with 38 years experience within the NHS, mainly in Salisbury. For most of this time my team provided day to day HR services and developed strategies to improve the working lives of staff and thereby deliver outstanding patient care. I saw how people’s employability was dependent on their social as well as their academic skills and I’m proud that the Burgate School embraces this in its ethos and vision.

 I have lived in Fordingbridge since 1986 and my three children all attended the Burgate School. I first became a parent Trustee in 2006 and was Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2013 to 2019. I believe schools play a vital role in developing young people’s personal skills as well as academic attributes to enable them to be successful in their future life and have been passionate about championing the ‘Learning for Life’ culture at Burgate.

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Mr Matthew Hughes, Trustee

After a career in the Civil Service and as a public affairs consultant I retrained as a primary teacher in 2006. My teaching career started in Hampshire, but I moved around the country as my career progressed with experience in a range of schools. My children were all born in Salisbury so it feels like we've now come home and I'm enjoying being back in this wonderful area. I am excited by the opportunity to play a part in the development of this fantastic school, to participate in the local community and make a difference by helping to improve school life for children and staff. I look forward to using my skills and knowledge, but also to develop my own educational understanding beyond primary level.

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Mr David Millar, (Chair) Trustee 

I moved from Downton to Fordingbridge in 2016, at least in part because my daughter was already at The Burgate School and thoroughly enjoying it. During the week I work for a large actuarial and pensions consultancy firm called LCP, as the Head of Communications. It’s a role I enjoy because it brings me into contact with a whole host of organisations that have some sort of employee communication challenge that my team can help them resolve. I am hoping that my background in strategy, communications, marketing, PR and corporate governance can translate into the education sector and help me to support The Burgate School in its ambition to provide every child with a love for learning. I spend my weekends with the family and enjoy running around Ringwood Forest with our tireless dog, Pepper, who mostly comes back when I call her.


Mr Jim Mowbray, Trustee

I have recently retired from a 42-year career in Business and Operations Management within large multinational companies. For the last 15 years I have been General Manager of the worldwide activities of a pump manufacturing business. I believe strongly in teamwork and people development. My career has exposed me to dealing with many different ways of working together with different cultures. I hope to use my experience to date, particularly in the areas of governance and strategy, to help the school make an enduring difference to each and every child and young person.

I have had a home in Sandleheath for 34 years. I have two sons who both attended The Burgate School and Sixth Form. I enjoy travel, hill walking, reading, limited gym work and my grandchildren.

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Mr Ian Newman, Trustee

I was born and raised in Fordingbridge and have lived here all my life. I was a pupil at The Burgate School from 1966 to 1971 and Head Boy in my final year before I transferred to Brockenhurst Sixth Form College. I have been a trustee of the school since 1995 and have been involved in many of the changes that have taken place since then. My wife and I run I N Newman Funeral Directors with branches here in Fordingbridge and in Salisbury. Both of our children were pupils at the school. I am involved in many local organisations and in the business communities of Fordingbridge and Salisbury. I am the Lay Chairman of the Diocese of Winchester. I am passionate about the development of the school within the community and firmly believe in promoting "Learning for Life" for every student in The Burgate School and Sixth Form, regardless of their background and ability.


Mr Pover, Headteacher

Having joined The Burgate in 1992, I am now in my eighth year as Headteacher and the school has continued to grow and thrive based on its ethos of Learning for Life. I am very pleased with our two recent record examination results, equally delighted by our wonderful sporting and creative success, but most of all - extremely proud of Burgate students who are well behaved, happy and successful at their school. It is our talented students with the dedicated staff who make the school the special place it is: their boundless enthusiasm, burning desire to succeed and unwavering good humour are refreshing every day we come to work. When I walk around our school it fills me with a great sense of pride: to think that we have achieved this together and, therefore, what we have is special and matters to all of us. We will continue to make The Burgate a great place to study, where we work as a team and look out for each other, because, above all, we enjoy what we do.


Mrs Alice Richardson, Parent Trustee

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Mr Robin Townsend MBE, Trustee

I am married with two children and have lived in South Wiltshire for the past 30 years.
I have over twenty years senior managerial experience in local government, the last seven were as a Director in one of these largest unitary council’s in the country, being responsible for a range of corporate services.              
In 2018 I was awarded and MBE for services to the community for my contribution to supporting Salisbury recover from the Novichok incidents.     
I believe that every child deserves the very best education that can be provided. I am enthusiastic about using the skills and experience gained over my career to support the school to continue to grow and develop and to provide students with the best possible opportunities for their future growth and development.

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Dr Richard Wagland, Parent Trustee

Originally from Essex and London, my family and I moved to Fordingbridge in 2005 because we loved the area. I chose to become a parent trustee at The Burgate school because my two children are both currently students here, and I want to do what I can to help the school to excel. I was previously a governor at Fordingbridge Junior School for five years, and for four years was Chair of Governors (2013-2017). In that time, I experienced two Ofsted inspections, the second when the school moved from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in 2016. I have a clinical background as a registered nurse, but now work as an academic. Since 2009, I have worked at the University of Southampton as a senior research fellow and lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and before that, I worked at the University of Hertfordshire. My research interests involve ways to explore and improve the experience of cancer patients.  I teach on the MSc Clinical Leadership in Cancer and Palliative Care programme, and lead and co-lead several undergraduate and postgraduate modules in research methods.


Mr John Whitmell, Trustee

I served for over 30 years as an RAF Officer which has provided me with a large amount of leadership, management and budgetary experience; my last appointment in the Service being that of Provost Marshal (RAF).  Since leaving the RAF I have worked in Wiltshire schools in a variety of roles including governance. I have also previously been a trustee of a sports charity. I have a Masters Degree in Education and have been both a governor and clerk to the governors for Local Authority schools. In my spare time I continue to be a keen sports enthusiast and volunteer with the RSPB.

From my perspective, every child really does matter and my long-held interest in Education matches well with The Burgate School ethos of learning for life. I aim to utilise my life experiences to help and support the school in all of its goals and ambitions.

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List of Trustees, Terms of Office, Link Roles

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Overview of Trustees' Business and Pecuniary Interests 

Summary of the business and pecuniary interests of the Board of Trustees on The Burgate School and Sixth Form Academy Trust. This list also includes those individuals who have been a trustee within the last 12 months. A full register is kept and held at the school and is updated on an annual basis.

Overview of Trustees' Business and Pecuniary Interests


Committee Membership 2022/2023

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Trustee attendance at full board and committee meetings

A record of the attendance of all trustees at both full board and committee meetings in 2021 – 2022. This list also includes those individuals who have been a trustee within the last 12 months.

Full Board and Committee Attendance 2021-2022

Contacting the Board of Trustees

We hope you will be very happy with everything at our school and would welcome positive feedback at any time. It is always good to know what you feel we are doing well. Equally, if you ever have a concern about an aspect of our school it is important that you let us know. Your first contact should always be with the relevant member of staff, please click here for a link to the key members of staff, but if necessary you can contact the trustees. Any queries should be directed to the Chair of Trustees, Mr David Millar through the Clerk to the Trustees, Mrs Linda Williamson, at The Burgate School and Sixth Form, Salisbury Road, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1EZ or via email at:


We feel it is important for parents to understand the role of our Board of Trustees and what we do to support the school, its students and its staff. You can keep up to date with our efforts by reading our regular contributions to the school's termly Newsletter.

Are you interested in being a Trustee?

We are always happy to hear from individuals who are interested in becoming a school trustee. When there’s a vacancy for a parent trustee all parents will be informed and have a chance to stand for election, however anyone over 18 can be a school trustee, you don’t have to be a parent with a child at the school to become involved. 

Why should you become a School Trustee?

  • Help to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people;

  • Develop new skills, such as board-level leadership, strategic planning, chairing, financial planning, and team working, skills that are valued by employers and can help your own career development.

  • Use your skills and expertise to contribute to making schools more effective.

The most important qualities for being a school trustee are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. The board of trustees relies on a variety of skills, experiences and perspectives and training and support is available for both new and existing trustees. 

School trustees have a term of office of four years. However, as a volunteer you can resign at any time if your circumstances change. 

If you would like to know more about the role and/or register your interest in becoming a school trustee, please contact the Chair, Mr David Millar, or the Clerk, Mrs Linda Williamson, at The Burgate School, Salisbury Road, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1EZ or email at: