Governors

Register of Business Interests

Attendance Records 2019/2020

Attendance Records 2018/2019

Governance Structure 2019

Email: clerk@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

Our Vision

An outstanding school that places learning at its heart and inspires everyone to fulfil their potential.

Our Mission
  • Be a professional learning community.
  • Inspire our students, and instil in them the love of learning, inquiry and knowledge.
  • Be a school where all students become confident, independent learners and responsible citizens.
  • Provide the broadest range of opportunities and courses to meet the needs of learners.
  • Develop partnerships with  parents, carers and the wider community.
  • Enable all students to participate in school-based activities.
  • Be a safe, secure and happy school community that promotes well-being.
  • Provide a positive and welcoming learning environment.
We Value
  • Respect, integrity and trust.
  • Natural justice and fair play.
  • Diversity.
  • Pride and responsibility.
  • Inclusiveness.
  • Leadership through service and empathy.
  • Self-discipline and positive behaviour.
  • Independent learning.
  • All types of achievement.
  • High aspirations.
  • Positive behaviour.
  • A positive work ethic amongst all members of the school community.

Robert Osborough

Robert Osborough

Name
Robert Osborough

Category of Governor
Chair, Co-opted

Date Appointed
March 2012

Academic Background
BSc (Hons) Environmental Health
Master of Business Administration

Business Background
Retired from local government in 2010 following 37 years service, mainly in the Midlands and the south coast, specialising in environmental management and business development.

Personal Background
A Ferndown resident for over 30 years. Married with two grown-up children and two grandchildren who live locally.

Why Ferndown Upper School?
Both my children were educated locally and attended Ferndown Upper School. I have formed a close attachment to the school since that time and wish to contribute some of the experience and expertise gained during my professional career to the governance of Ferndown Upper School.

Other Relevant Information
Trustee and committee member of a local furniture reuse charity active throughout Dorset and West Hampshire.
Volunteer garden guide at the Kingston Lacy Estate in Wimborne.
Vice President of Wimborne Rugby Club.
Other leisure interests include reading, walking, running and bread making.

Department Link
Special Educational Needs.

Samantha Moore

Samantha Moore

Name
Samantha Moore

Category of Governor
Vice Chair of Governing Body and Parent Governor

Date Appointed
10th November 2017

Academic Background
Educated in Guildford, Surrey, I went on to study at Guildford College after leaving school. A change of career led me to study accountancy via distance learning whilst working full time.

Business Background
Following my time at college, I worked at the University of Surrey then moved to a local accountancy practice to begin my training. I have worked for several firms in Surrey, Somerset and Dorset. Since moving to Ferndown many years ago I have held directorships in a lettings business and an ecommerce business.

Personal Background
I live in Ferndown with my husband and three children. My youngest child attends a local school and my eldest is at Ferndown Upper School.

Why Ferndown Upper School?
I believe Ferndown Upper School is ideally placed to build on its previous successes and to fulfil its potential to be recognised by Ofsted as an Outstanding school. I am committed to volunteering my time and skills for the greater good of the school community, offering support and challenge and being pro-active in the continuing drive to improve standards and secure positive outcomes for all students.

Department Link
Numeracy and Maths.

Nigel Harris

Nigel Harris

Name
Nigel Harris

Category of Governor
Co-opted, Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding

Date Appointed
July 2019

Academic Background
I took my GCE O Levels and A Levels at Churchers College Grammar School in Petersfield, and then went on to complete my BSc Engineering (Hons) at Camborne School of Mines, Exeter University.

Business Background
1977-82 – Mining Engineer with Consolidated Goldfields Ltd.
1983-88 – Self-employed partner in a firm providing specialist components for the construction industry.
1988-2016 – Science and Technology teacher.
2005-2016 – Deputy Head at Ferndown Upper School.
2016 – Present. Self-employed making bespoke joinery and furniture.

Personal Background
I am married with two children; a son who attended FUS Sixth Form, and a daughter who is currently a student here.

Why Ferndown Upper School?
As a former Deputy Head of FUS, and a parent of past and present students, I feel that I know the school well and can help to make a difference.

Department Link
Safeguarding and Pupil Premium, Health and Safety.

Gary Stone

Gary Stone

Name
Gary Stone

Category of Governor
Co-Opted

Date Appointed
16 July 2013

Academic Background
Honours degree in Social Policy – Associate Chartered Institute of Bankers professional qualification.

Business Background
I have worked for HSBC for over 30 years across a variety of roles both in London and now in Dorset. My recent roles have been predominantly in the retail sector, including people management, risk management, and responsibility for the delivery of the branch operating plan. I am also involved in the local recruitment process, in terms of the interview stage, and I undertake a number of career fairs for local schools.

Personal Background
I live in West Moors and have a son. I moved here from London, and really appreciate the quality of life in this part of the world. The ability and joy of just driving to the beach or the New Forest can not be underestimated.

Why Ferndown Upper School?
I have always had an interest in education and how it impacts on our future generations. In London I was actively involved in Young Enterprise and recruitment, and having now settled in the local area would like to be able to give something back to the community. My son is now in the educational system, and from a personal perspective I am keen for the school to prosper and develop over the coming years. Working in the private sector and being involved with local recruitment I hope to be able to bring a different set of skills to the school.

Department Link
Creative and Expressive Arts.

Kimi Bothamley

Kimi Bothamley

Name
Kimi Bothamley

Category of Governor
Staff Governor

Date Appointed
23rd May 2018

Academic Background
I completed my BSc in Astrophysics at UCL in 2002 and then immediately went on to complete my PGCE in Physics and Science at Homerton College, Cambridge in 2003.

Personal Background
Having grown up in Norfolk, I moved to the South Coast in 2003 where I started my first teaching post and have taught in the local area since. I am married and have a little girl and we have lived in Ferndown since 2013.

Why Ferndown Upper School?
I have now worked at Ferndown for several years and have had the opportunity to work with both fantastic colleagues and great students. The school is a vibrant place with staff and students who strive for excellence, and I am grateful to be a part of that.

Richard Stanbrook

Name
Richard Stanbrook

Category of Governor
Parent

Date Appointed
November 2015

Academic Background
I have a BA Hons Geography and an MSc Water Environment Management.

I am a Chartered Member of the Institutes of Personnel and Development, Safety and Health and Quality Assurance
Business Background.

Director of Retail and Corporate Services at Bournemouth Water
Managing Director of Avon Valley Water.

Personal Background
I have previously been Chair of Governors at Hampreston First School. I am an ex rugby player and coach and a keen surfer.
I attend St Mary’s Church, Ferndown

Why Ferndown Upper School?
My daughter attends the school and I am keen to contribute to the local community.

Department Link
Social Sciences and Humanities.

Clive Dedman

Clive Dedman

Name
Clive Dedman

Category of Governor
Co-opted

Date Appointed
November 2018

Biography
Before retirement, I was the Head of Procurement at Telereal Trillium, a national facilities Management company based in London.

As the husband of a teacher, I believe I have a good understanding of the pressures and needs of an educational establishment. In fact, I have a number of friends in education and some of whom have taught at Ferndown Upper School.

I have managed staff at senior level, controlled large value budgets and projects and chaired and attended meetings for many years. Recently, I accepted a part-time role at Crawley College, West Sussex, lecturing in Procurement and I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (FCIPS).

Currently, I invigilate examinations at a secondary school and undertake student mock interviews at local schools.

Department Link
Sixth Form.

Jason Milsom

Jason Milsom

Name
Jason MIlsom

Category of Governor
Co-opted

Date Appointed
Decemeber 2018

Academic Background
I have HNC in Electronic Engineering which I studied for during my Apprenticeship with the CEGB.
I am member of the Institute of Engineering Technologies
I am a Lead Electrical Engineer for RWE, for the a group called The Distributed Assets. My work takes me all over the country working on diverse projects from 400kV systems to small generators. I also run apprenticeship training programmes within the power generating industry.

Personal Background
I have relocated across the country with RWE starting in Shropshire to the south coast, and have a keen interest in education.
Why Ferndown Upper School?
My daughter attends the school and my two older sons have been through the Ferndown Pyramid.
We have supported the school with many different aspects, this is a chance to make a difference.

Department Link
Communications and Literacy.

Alex Crutchley

Alex Crutchley

Name
Alex Crutchley

Category of Governor
Co-opted

Date Appointed
December 2019

Academic Background
A-Levels at Brockenhurst College
BSc (Hons) First Class in Astronomy at University College London.
PGCE (FE) Greenwich University.

Personal Background
I live in Verwood. My daughter attends Ferndown Upper School and my son attends Emmanuel Middle School. I have been a lecturer at Brockenhurst College for 25 years, and am currently the Principle Examiner for GCSE Astronomy.

Why Ferndown Upper School?
Having seen first-hand the inspirational transition my daughter has taken from middle to upper school, I would like to get involved and play a part in the learning and life opportunities that this school is delivering.

Department Link
TBA.

Toni Moss

Name
Toni Moss

Category of Governor
Co-opted

Date Appointed
December 2019

Academic Background
Currently studying LLB Law (Hons) after originally studying at the University of Southampton i am completing my degree with the Open University. I have also studied Forensic Science, BSc Foundation Science, Hairdressing and Pharmaceutical Dispensing.

Business Background
I’ve had many management positions over the years within retail, hotel, night club and promotional work, but the majority of my experience has been gained through working for the NHS where i have worked as a Medical Laboratory Assistant in the Biochemistry department of Pathology and currently the work I am undertaking with South West Ambulance Service as an Auditor, Coach and Health Advisor. I have also had the pleasure of working on the board of the Innocence Project, a service set up to rectify miscarriages of justice for the wrongly convicted. My experience in crime scene investigation and forensic techniques were an asset in recognising pretrial errors. I have also been a pre-school treasurer and have helped educate my partner whose first language is Arabic to read, write and communicate fully in English.

Personal Background
I moved to Dorset in 2001. I have three boys one of which is undertaking a degree in Gaming Engineering. My youngest is still at school, but my other son is presently studying at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form.

Why Ferndown Upper School?
I am familiar with the excellent standards of education the school provides having had my son here, and I feel it would be an honour to be a part of such a rewarding organisation. I would like to think my experiences would benefit the school overall and be of help to all those needing such support.

Department Link
TBA.

Tonja Ackroyd

Name
Tonja Ackroyd

Category of Governor
Parent Governor

Date Appointed
November 2019

Academic Background
After my completing my A-Level equivalent in East Germany, I came over to England. I combined studying at university with working in parliament. Experiencing politics and diplomacy at such a level was an amazing and useful experience. In addition, adding real life business experience certainly influenced my career path. I have been involved in education since 1998 either as a teacher in mainly secondary schools or initially as a Marketing and Economics lecturer in further education. Currently I work as a German teacher at another school.

Personal Background
As a family, we have been living in the area since 2006, and one of my three children currently attends the school.

Why Ferndown Upper School?
The school has impressed me over the years with its outstanding exam results. I am also pleased with the increasingly positive attitude from local parents towards the school. To achieve these enviable statistics requires huge effort and cooperation from senior management, teachers, pupils and parents. My passion is to enable children of all abilities and backgrounds to achieve their potential.

Department Link
TBA.