Governors

Our Ethos

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Our Ethos

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Our Ethos

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Meet our Governors

  • Robert Osborough
  • Nigel Harris
  • Samantha Moore
  • Gary Stone
  • Kimi Bothamley
  • Richard Stanbrook
  • Clive Dedman
  • Jason Milsom
  • Alex Crutchley
  • Tonja Ackroyd
  • Toni Moss

Name

Robert Osborough

Category of Governor

Chair, Co-opted

Department Link

Special Educational Needs.

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

Name 

Nigel Harris 

Category of Governor 

Co-opted, Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding 

Department Link 

Safeguarding and Pupil Premium, Health and Safety.

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

Name 

Samantha Moore 

Category of Governor 

Co-Vice Chair of Governing Body

Parent

Department Link 

Numeracy and Maths

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 e commerce 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

Name

Gary Stone

Category of Governor

Co-Vice Chair of Governing Body, Co-Opted

Department Link

Creative and Expressive Arts

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

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.

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.

Name

Clive Dedman

Category of Governor

Co-opted

Department Link

Sixth Form

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

Name

Jason MIlsom

Category of Governor

Co-opted

Department Link

Careers

Date Appointed

December 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 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

Name

Alex Crutchley

Category of Governor

Co-opted

Department Link

Science

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 a local middle school. I have been a lecturer at Brockenhurst College for twenty five 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.

Name

Tonja Ackroyd

Category of Governor

Parent

Department Link

Communications

Date Appointed

December 2019

Personal Background

I have been living in the area since 2006. I combined studying at University with working in Parliament. Experiencing politics and diplomacy at such a level was an amazing experience. Also adding real life business experience certainly influenced my career path. I have been involved in education since 1998, both as a teacher in secondary schools and as a Marketing and Economics lecturer in further education. I currently teach German at a local school.

Why Ferndown Upper School?

This school has impressed me over the years, not just because of the excellent exam results, but also the increasingly positive attitude from parents towards the school. To achieve these enviable statistics requires huge effort and cooperation by the senior management, teachers, pupils and parents. My passion is to enable children of all abilities and backgrounds to achieve their potential. Encouraging children to achieve their best is a challenging task for schools and is something I am looking forward to contributing towards.

Name

Toni Moss

Category of Governor

Co-Opted

Department Link

Literacy

Date Appointed

December 2019

Academic Background

I am currently studying LLB Law (Hons)

I have also studied Forensic Science, BSc Foundation Science, Hairdressing and Pharmaceutical Dispensing.

Business Background 

I have worked 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 bio chemistry department of pathology, and currently with the work i am undertaking with the South West Ambulance Service as an auditor, coach and health advisor.

I have worked on the board of INUK, better known as the Innocence Project; it's a service set up to rectify the miscarriages of justice for the wrongfully convicted.

My experience in crime scene investigation and forensic techniques were an asset in recognising pre-trial errors.

Personal Background

I currently live in West Moors with my family. One of my three boys is currently taking his A Levels at Ferndown Upper School following a successful and happy period during his GCSEs.

Why Ferndown Upper School?

I am familiar with the excellent standards of education this school has provided for my son, 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.

 

Meet our Governors

  • Robert Osborough
  • Nigel Harris
  • Samantha Moore
  • Gary Stone
  • Kimi Bothamley
  • Richard Stanbrook
  • Clive Dedman
  • Jason Milsom
  • Alex Crutchley
  • Tonja Ackroyd
  • Toni Moss

Name

Robert Osborough

Category of Governor

Chair, Co-opted

Department Link

Special Educational Needs.

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

Name 

Nigel Harris 

Category of Governor 

Co-opted, Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding 

Department Link 

Safeguarding and Pupil Premium, Health and Safety.

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

Name 

Samantha Moore 

Category of Governor 

Co-Vice Chair of Governing Body

Parent

Department Link 

Numeracy and Maths

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 e commerce 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

Name

Gary Stone

Category of Governor

Co-Vice Chair of Governing Body, Co-Opted

Department Link

Creative and Expressive Arts

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

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.

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.

Name

Clive Dedman

Category of Governor

Co-opted

Department Link

Sixth Form

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

Name

Jason MIlsom

Category of Governor

Co-opted

Department Link

Careers

Date Appointed

December 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 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

Name

Alex Crutchley

Category of Governor

Co-opted

Department Link

Science

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 a local middle school. I have been a lecturer at Brockenhurst College for twenty five 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.

Name

Tonja Ackroyd

Category of Governor

Parent

Department Link

Communications

Date Appointed

December 2019

Personal Background

I have been living in the area since 2006. I combined studying at University with working in Parliament. Experiencing politics and diplomacy at such a level was an amazing experience. Also adding real life business experience certainly influenced my career path. I have been involved in education since 1998, both as a teacher in secondary schools and as a Marketing and Economics lecturer in further education. I currently teach German at a local school.

Why Ferndown Upper School?

This school has impressed me over the years, not just because of the excellent exam results, but also the increasingly positive attitude from parents towards the school. To achieve these enviable statistics requires huge effort and cooperation by the senior management, teachers, pupils and parents. My passion is to enable children of all abilities and backgrounds to achieve their potential. Encouraging children to achieve their best is a challenging task for schools and is something I am looking forward to contributing towards.

Name

Toni Moss

Category of Governor

Co-Opted

Department Link

Literacy

Date Appointed

December 2019

Academic Background

I am currently studying LLB Law (Hons)

I have also studied Forensic Science, BSc Foundation Science, Hairdressing and Pharmaceutical Dispensing.

Business Background 

I have worked 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 bio chemistry department of pathology, and currently with the work i am undertaking with the South West Ambulance Service as an auditor, coach and health advisor.

I have worked on the board of INUK, better known as the Innocence Project; it's a service set up to rectify the miscarriages of justice for the wrongfully convicted.

My experience in crime scene investigation and forensic techniques were an asset in recognising pre-trial errors.

Personal Background

I currently live in West Moors with my family. One of my three boys is currently taking his A Levels at Ferndown Upper School following a successful and happy period during his GCSEs.

Why Ferndown Upper School?

I am familiar with the excellent standards of education this school has provided for my son, 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.