Senior Leadership Team

Please find below details of our Senior Leadership Team.

Dr Dorian Lewis (Headmaster)


I started teaching in 1994, shortly after obtaining a PhD in Chemistry from Southampton University.

I became the headmaster of Bournemouth School in September 2009.  The best part of my job is how every day is different, with each one having its own successes and challenges. 

Bournemouth School is very much like the grammar school I attended in Pontypool, South Wales.  I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have in later life thanks to the foundations laid at school.  I believe that education can change lives for the better – for both individuals and society as a whole.  I want as many as possible to benefit from being part of our community.  All three of my children have attended the school; and my wife has undertaken a number of roles over the years, most recently as an Exam Invigilator.  Bournemouth School has become an important part of all our lives.

On weekends and during the school holidays, I enjoy spending time with my family (including our unruly black labrador) walking in the Purbecks or further afield.  I am a keen DIYer and like nothing more than spending my spare time improving the house or garden.  (My wife despairs at the consequent state of my garage!)

Mr Jamie Anderson (Deputy Headteacher)

JDAI started teaching in 2000 and should, if I had realised my ambition at the time, be teaching in a prison by now.

My plan was to teach in mainstream education in order to ‘cut my teeth’ and then move into educating prisoners at a later date.  Needless to say since starting my first job in education I have never looked back.  I am passionate about school life enriching the whole student with academic progress and extra-curricular opportunities being of equal value.

I thoroughly enjoy the vibrant community at Bournemouth School and am proud to work with such fine young people.  I am fortunate enough to run the Student Council and I am always impressed with their commitment to their school and their desire to help shape its future.

I moved down to Bournemouth from Guildford, in Surrey, with my wife and two children in January of 2014 and in my spare time can be found paddle boarding up and down the river or, if lucky, enjoying some of the local surf.

Mrs Katie Ateaque (Deputy Headteacher)


I joined the teaching profession in 1998 shortly after completing my degree in French and Spanish at Cardiff University.

I find Bournemouth School a very special place to work as student-teacher relationships are very strong and I particularly enjoy the challenges and rewards that working with our young people bring.

I live locally with my husband and four daughters and usually walk to and from school.  My eldest daughter attended the sixth form at Bournemouth School.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family in the New Forest or visiting local beaches.

Mrs Clare Wood (Assistant Headteacher)

Mrs Clare Wood Assistant Headteacher

Having grown up in the North-East and obtaining a Bachelor of Education in 1993, I began my teaching career in Milton Keynes.

I have gradually moved south, holding a variety of positions from Head of Department, Head of House to Assistant Headteacher at Rossmore Community College. I joined Bournemouth School in 2010 and I have found this to be the most rewarding and enjoyable experience of my career. 

I live in Wimborne with my husband and two children (when they are on breaks from their respective Universities!).  My daughter studied for her A-levels at Bournemouth School and my son studied for his at another local school.  Other than my allegiance to, and passion for, Newcastle United football club, I enjoy travelling and visiting new countries.

Every day for me is different but one thing remains the same; the fantastic, engaging, intelligent students that I am fortunate enough to teach each day.

Mrs Rebecca Issott (Assistant Headteacher & SENDCo)


In 2012 I moved with my family to Bournemouth and started working at Bournemouth School in 2013, becoming the Head of Biology in 2015. In 2021 I moved into my current role as SENCo. 

I am proud to be call myself a member of Bournemouth School and value working with all the students and staff. I thoroughly enjoy how two days are never the same.

I currently live in Christchurch with my husband and our 3 children and can often be found walking at Hengistbury Head, enjoying the beautiful scenery and views. I also find DIY rather relaxing and I am currently renovating my home, a 110-year-old Edwardian house which seems intent on falling down! 

Mrs Julie Wheatley (Business Manager)

JAW1I have worked at Bournemouth School since 2000 and feel extremely honoured to be a member of the school community.  Supporting the staff to enable the students to fulfil their potential means that every day is worthwhile. 

My working days are spent trying to provide the best services and facilities possible for the students which, unfortunately, is severely hampered by the lack of funding.  My job is made easier by the unsung stars - the very dedicated support staff who work at the school who always put the students first. 

My children are now working adults but attended local primary and grammar schools prior to studying at university.  I studied for my degree as a mature student and obtained my degree in School Business Management whilst working full-time. 

I do not have much time for hobbies but enjoy gardening and cycling.  I successfully completed the 100km 'Woman V Cancer Ride the Night' cycling event through London to raise money for three cancer charities.