Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher / principal - Dr Dorian Lewis
Dr Dorian Lewis (Headmaster)
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!)
Chair of Governors' - Mr David Sidwick
Mr David Sidwick
Chair of Governors'
I joined the governing body in 2005 as a parent governor. Since then I have been passionate about advancing the vision of Bournemouth School and helping to ensure that the school delivers the excellent educational experience and personal growth that our pupils deserve and expect from our hard won reputation.
Three generations of Sidwicks have attended Bournemouth School and I am therefore keen to ensure that it continues to offer a superb Grammar School education for the parents of Bournemouth and the local area.
My background is that of being a senior executive in a major pharmaceutical company, chairman of a technology company and having run my own consultancy for the last 17 years. Now semi-retired, I have the time to devote to various endeavours.
I have a son and daughter who have now started their professional careers having attended Royal Holloway and Sheffield Universities. My wife Ruth and I live in Southbourne when we aren’t on holiday.
My hobbies are being far too interested in good food (my wife is a foodie and extremely good cook), playing board games (far beyond Monopoly – more Betrayal in the House on the Hill / 7 Wonders etc), collecting toy cars and walking on the cliff top and beach.
Vice Chair of Governors' - Mrs Sally Burrows
Mrs Sally Burrows
Vice-Chair of Governors'
Vice-Chair of Student Experience Committee
I have been a Governor at Bournemouth School for fourteen years and in that time, I have certainly seen some changes!
Before I retired, I worked as a nurse and midwife in a hospital setting for around 20 years. I then set up and ran a nursing home for 11 years which was a very challenging time, particularly as I also had two young boys who both subsequently became pupils of BS.
I used to play a guitar and the piano and have sung a lot over the years and in a moment of madness, took up trombone playing at the age of 50! I now play in my local brass band.
I enjoy swimming and sailing but particularly love cooking so am rather addicted to Master Chef and trips to Padstow to check out the shellfish!
Chair of Student Experience Committee - Mr Simon Spendlowe
Mr Simon Spendlowe
Student Experience Committee
I am a co-opted governor with a particular interest in overseeing the School’s policies, with regard to Health and Safety obligations. Professionally, I work as a Funeral Director and Area Manager for Tapper Funeral Service, a local independent firm; I’m based in Christchurch.
As a direct result of the School’s ethos, values and continued encouragement, my son is thriving at the school.
My career commenced within the funeral profession in 1989. I have obtained professional qualifications through the National Association of Funeral Directors - Diploma in Funeral Directing (Dip FD) and Diploma in Funeral Service Management (Dip FSM).
I am a former president of the Bournemouth and District Association of Funeral Directors, twice elected (2006 – 2008).
I graduated from the University of Portsmouth, achieving a Post Graduate Certificate (PgCert) and Master of Science (MSc) degree, with Merit, in Occupational Health and Safety Management. My academic research focused on safe working practices within the UK funeral industry, the first of its kind to be carried out in this country.
I also serve as a trustee for Age Concern Christchurch.
I reside in central Bournemouth. I enjoy spending time with my two children, sea kayaking, walking, running and classical music.
Chair of Resources Committee - Mr Noel Smith
Mr Noel Smith
Chair of Resources Committee
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991 with Grant Thornton in Hampshire. Now I work as the Head of Finance for a Hampshire company in the Defence and Aerospace sector.
I joined the schools governing body shortly after it became an Academy, to support the school with its increased financial independence. I also enjoy developing the schools future strategies.
Outside of work, I enjoy an active life style, independent travel and researching family & World War 1 history.
Chair of Audit Committee - Mr Mike Jones
Mr Mike Jones
Chair of Audit Committee
I attended Bournemouth School from 1979 to 1986, and this provided me with the opportunity to study and qualify as a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) aged 22. I have 27 years post-qualification experience, the bulk of it as Finance Director of a Group of Companies that includes property development, property investment, care homes, student accommodation and pubs. My role covers HR, Marketing and IT as well as Finance, and I believe all of this experience and knowledge can help Bournemouth School to make its resources stretch as far as possible.
I have two teenage boys who are both currently at Bournemouth School. The boys have very different personalities, and the atmosphere offered at Bournemouth School enables them both to thrive academically, and pursue sport and music at a very high level.
In 2016 the School was looking for new governors and I felt it was only right that I should give something back. I believe strongly that grammar schools offer the opportunity for gifted children to fulfil their potential. The Senior Management Team and teachers at Bournemouth School care deeply about all of their pupils and I am very pleased to support them in my role as a governor.
Governor - Mr Eugene Brunet
Mr Eugene Brunet
I attended Bournemouth School from 1975 to 1982 leaving to go to University College London to study Microbiology and Genetics. My wife, Merilee worked for 10 years at Bournemouth School, supporting Sixth Form students as they prepared for life beyond A levels. Both of our children have been lucky enough to attend Bournemouth School and now have successful careers. I have even taught there for a few weeks, covering one of the science staff in the run up to the exams.
Following my degree at UCL, I realised that I had a vocation to teach and make a difference in the lives of children. It has been my privilege to work in education since 1986, raising standards in every school I have worked with, and being part of the Senior Leadership Team in three different schools. I also expanded my experience to Local Authority level, playing a major role in three school improvement teams. I am currently an independent educational consultant, working directly to support leadership and management in over 300 schools nationwide.
My experiences across all sectors of education have taught me the value of sharing best practice and it is my mission to continue this work as I believe that as educators we are stronger working together than existing in isolation. Despite increasing levels of bureaucracy and the pressures of exam success we can never lose sight of the fact we are all here to serve the students and they must be at the heart of every decision we make. Grammar schools like Bournemouth School face unique pressures and success can be difficult to gauge as evidently most students do very well. I have been excited to see many positive initiatives put in place at Bournemouth School, stretching the most able to achieve their potential and supporting those who may struggle with an excellent SEN provision.
The balance between the highest possible aspirations and realistic expectations is one that I can offer as an independent educational consultant. I feel that I am uniquely qualified on the governing body to challenge and support the Senior Leadership Team and the staff. I am excited for the future of the school and look forward to celebrating the success of the students in its care.
Governor - Miss Michèle Gosling
Miss Michèle Gosling
I undertook my Teacher Training at Bournemouth School and was delighted to then be offered a job, initially part time and then full time in the Modern Languages Department. I have been happily teaching here since 2013.
I have five children ranging from 27 years old down to 16 years old (3 boys and 2 girls). I have worked in and around education since falling pregnant with my eldest son in 1990. I began teaching dress-making and design to adults and worked with adults with learning difficulties teaching craft and cookery. I followed this up with Montessori training and spent 10 years in Early Years Education. As my children grew up and became less dependent I decided to take the plunge and become a full time teacher in mainstream school.
In my free time I enjoy playing the flute, walking - the remoter the better and am planning to undertake the West Highland Way next year – 94 Miles from Glasgow to Fort William
Governor - Mrs Caroline Kelleway
Ms Caroline Kelleway
I joined the governing body in 2016 as a co- opted governor. My son having attended the school as a pupil until 2017
I have run a property management company in Bournemouth since 1995 specialising in the management of residential and commercial service charges and I believe that the experience and knowledge I have gained can be of assistance to Bournemouth School.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, walking and spending time with my family.
Governor - Mrs Cara Lloyd-Hopkins
Mrs Cara Lloyd-Hopkins
I am a member of the support staff team at Bournemouth School and became a Governor in October 2017. My son has been in the school since year 7 and is now a student in the Sixth Form.
I have a degree from Bournemouth University in Retail Management and worked for BHS first in their graduate training scheme and then in a management role in Oxford Street, London, before moving back to Bournemouth.
As well as my role as support staff I also run my own business from home. I have been running my own design company for over 15 years now which included a period when I successfully ran my own shop in Bournemouth.
With a combination of my business experience and creative background I look forward to contributing towards the development and direction of this outstanding school in these challenging times as a Governor.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family in the New Forest or visiting local beaches.
Governor - Mrs Jennifer Roche
Mrs Jennifer Roche
I joined Bournemouth School as a Teacher of Business & Economics in September 2019, becoming a Governor soon after.
I obtained a degree from Bournemouth University in Business Studies and worked for various companies in Sales & Marketing based roles, including Wave 105 and Zoopla. However, after having my daughter I decided that I wanted to have a more fulfilling career and pursued my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.
I believe my industry knowledge coupled with my passion for education will enable me to contribute well towards the development of this outstanding school.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my young daughter. In addition, I am very active and am a keen netball player, playing 3 times a week in the Poole, Bournemouth and New Forest leagues.
Governor - Mrs Kate Shaw
Mrs Kate Shaw
I’m married to Paul and have two sons, 14 and 16. We used to live in Nottingham but fell in love with Bournemouth whilst visiting on our regular holidays here and decided to relocate back in 2011.
I run a successful PR company in Bournemouth and enjoy working with a diverse mix of clients across various sectors including tourism, marine, accountancy, insurance and education.
My weekends are spent watching our youngest play rugby. I’m a loyal Nottingham Forest supporter and of course AFC Bournemouth too. I enjoy jogging on the beach front several times a week and keeping fit. I go to French conversational classes in an attempt to retain my school girl French standards - I’m a bit of a Francophile. My husband is an excellent cook and eating great food has to be high on my list of pleasures.
My eldest son has been at Bournemouth School since year 7 and is now in the sixth form. He has certainly reaped the benefits of all that Bournemouth School has to offer and really enjoys his school life. I’m looking forward to helping to positively contribute to the school community and using my experience of working in the education sector in alumni relations and fundraising.
Governor - Mr Alan Turle
Mr Alan Turle
I was a student at Bournemouth School and I left the sixth form ( 6. 2 A Arts ) in 1969 with three A levels and subsequently qualified as a Solicitor in 1977 and I have been in private practice here in Bournemouth since then.
I am married to Patricia who was a student at the School "down the hill" and we have three children and five grandchildren.
In 1985 I was firstly a Parent Governor when our three children attended at what is now Winton Primary School and for almost 14 years I was Chairman of Governors there.
Since joining the Governing body almost two years ago I have been glad to play my part on the Governing Body and until recently I was vice chair of the Resources committee.
Governor - Ms Karen Turton
Ms Karen Turton
I enjoyed a terrific career in HR, working in the retail sector then starting my own HR consultancy, helping local businesses with recruitment, employee relations and training. This involved dealing with people from all walks of life, often managing difficult situations in a sensitive and tactful way to reach a positive solution.
After 10 successful years, my business is taking a break and I am developing my upholstery hobby into a new career.
I’m a Cub Scout leader which is very rewarding and great fun. I have a son at Bournemouth School and a daughter who went to Bournemouth School for Girls. I am very active and am a regular runner - I’ve done over 100 Park runs and compete in half-marathon races.
Governor - Ms Danielle Watts
Ms Danielle Watts