Bourne End Academy is part of Wycombe High School Academies Trust (WHSAT), an educational trust led by Wycombe High School to promote high academic standards for its schools.

Currently there are two schools within the Trust, Bourne End Academy and Wycombe High School. Information about the school’s funding agreement and articles of association can be found on the Wycombe High School’s website using this link: Wycombe High School. Each school has its own Local Governing Body. Our Local Governing Body at Bourne End Academy meets as a complete group for regular meetings throughout the year.  At present there are no sub-committees.  The Governors of Bourne End Academy are proud of the opportunities offered to its students to develop the values and skills essential for their future.  We are determined to appoint highly dedicated teachers who have the interest of every student at heart.  It is our wish that our students achieve their full academic potential whilst developing the personal qualities of initiative and self-confidence.

Parents and Staff are represented on the Governing Body, working closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to set the aims and targets for the school and provide a broad and balanced curriculum. We recognise support at home is an essential part of learning for young people and we are always ready to receive the views of parents and hope some parents can consider standing for election as Parent Governors when the situation arises.

Should a parent or carer want to make representation to the Local Governing Body or discuss issues, please write to the Chair of Governors via the Head’s PA using and she will forward the mail to the relevant member of the Governing Body.

You are assured of a warm and friendly welcome when visiting the school.

Mr Mike Curtis
Chairman of Governors


Financial documents and articles of association: Wycombe High School Academies Trust




The Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The charitable company’s memorandum and articles of association are the primary governing documents of the Academy Trust. The Trustees of Wycombe High School Academies Trust are also the Directors of the charitable company for the purposes of company law. The charitable company is known as Wycombe High School Academies Trust.

The Trustees retain authority and responsibility for:

·            Compliance with the Master and Supplemental Funding Agreements with the Department for Education (DfE), the Academies Financial Handbook and all statutory regulations and Acts of Parliament governing the operation of the Trust and Trust Schools;

·            Determination of the Admissions Policy and arrangements for the Trust Schools in accordance with admissions law and DfE codes of practice;

·            Determination of the corporate planning, strategy and educational vision of the Trust and Trust Schools, including the Trust Schools’ Development Plans;

·             Agreement of the Trust School’s annual funding in consultation with the Local Governing Bodies;

·             Determination of the Trust’s procurement, finance and reporting policies and procedures;

·             Determination of the Trust’s human resource policies and procedures, terms and conditions     of service and pay ranges for all staff;

·             Preparation and approval of the Scheme of Delegation under which the Trust Schools are governed and subsequent amendments.

The Executive Headteacher, who is the Trust’s Accounting Officer, is delegated by the Trustees to implement the policies and procedures listed above. The Headteacher of each Trust school reports directly to the Executive Headteacher (who is also the Headteacher of Wycombe High School).

The Local Governing Body (LGB) has delegated responsibility for implementing the actions required to comply with statutory regulations and the Funding Agreements and the Trust’s policies and procedures, and to manage and expend all monies received for the purposes of the school, less a percentage agreed annually. The LGB is responsible for oversight of the school’s activities and the production and maintenance of the school’s Self Evaluation Form (“SEF”).

The Headteacher at each school is responsible for the leadership and management of the School, the admission of pupils and managing the delegated budget and resources agreed by the LGB. The Headteacher will appoint the school’s senior management team in conjunction with the LGB.


The Bourne End Academy Local Governing Body has the following members:

Mrs Andrea Jacobson (Headteacher)

Andrea Jacobson was appointed as the substantive Headteacher at Bourne End Academy in February 2014, after being the Acting Headteacher from September 2013.  Since starting at Bourne End Academy the school has been through a period of rapid change and this continues.  Andrea is determined that all students in Buckinghamshire receive a first class education.  Andrea has worked at a senior level in a variety of educational settings - selective and non-selective mixed and single-sex schools. Andrea graduated from Cambridge University with an honours degree in Mathematics and Education.

Mr Mike Curtis (Chair of Governors)

Mike Curtis has lived in Flackwell Heath since 1992, apart from a 3-year secondment to France. He is a science graduate of Nottingham University and has worked for many years for a multi-national chemical company in manufacturing, marketing and sales. His daughter received all her secondary education at Bourne End Academy, and is now studying for a degree. She really enjoyed her time at the school and Mike and wants to ensure that all children attending Bourne End Academy have an equally positive experience.

Mr Alan Armstrong

Alan Armstrong moved to High Wycombe when he was four. He was educated in local schools, as well as forces schools in Germany and Singapore. He trained as a teacher and worked in Hampshire and Bucks. The final 22 years of his career were spent as the Head of a secondary school. He then worked as a school improvement consultant. He is married to a teacher and has two adult children, who were educated at local schools. These days he spends time cycling, travelling and supporting QPR. He hopes that his professional experience can contribute to the success of BEA.

Mr Jonathan Fairley

Originally from Nottingham, Jonathan has spent the last twenty years based in Marlow. His work is in health care, heading pharmaceutical and medical device companies and more recently acting as business consultant to smaller organisations. Both of his daughters, now grown up, work in the charity sector in disaster relief.  In addition to his new role as governor with Bourne End Academy, Jonathan also acts as an independent director with Healthwatch and Young Enterprise. His sporting interests include supporting Nottingham Forest and spending time looking for his wayward golf shots in bushes and lakes around Bucks.

Mrs Karen Hayns

Karen was appointed parent governor in November 2015 shortly after her eldest son joined Bourne End Academy.  She runs an Executive, Group and Life Coaching practice and works with a range of business and private clients.

As a coach, Karen is excited by the Growth Mindset agenda that BEA is adopting because it is a subject close to her heart.  Prior to setting up her practice, Karen spent 26 years in business, initially in retail where she gained considerable commercial experience living and working in a number of locations across the UK&I. She then moved into outsourcing / offshoring where she specialised in delivering change programmes within the professional services sector, working with complex organisational issues concerning fear, uncertainty, loss of control and mis-trust. In the summer of 2015, Karen graduated from Henley Business School with an MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change where she coaches leaders from different cultures, sectors and disciplines as part of school’s Executive MBA programme.

Mr Roy Page

Roy Page has been at the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe since 1972. He was appointed Headmaster in April 2006 having previously been Senior Deputy Headmaster.  The Royal Grammar School is a State Boarding School and was designated an Academy in February 2011. Roy has been a National Leader of Education since February 2011 and has been involved in supporting schools since then.  He is Vice Chairman for a Governing Body in another Upper School in Buckinghamshire and is passionate about inspiring and providing the opportunity for young people to achieve their full potential.  He is also involved in providing safe and secure boarding opportunities for vulnerable children.  Roy graduated from London University with an honours degree in mathematics.

Mr Junior Richards

Junior Richards was appointed as a parent governor at Bourne End Academy in November 2011 shortly after his eldest daughter started at the school (both his daughters now currently attend).  A chartered management accountant with over 25 years of providing commercial decision-making insight and support to senior management across a range of business sectors. He has spent the last 12 years as a freelance accountant working on a number of organisational change and strategic initiative projects within both private and public organisations. Past employers / clients have included Honda, BBC, Serco, Centrica (British Gas) and Whitbread.  Born and raised in High Wycombe, being a product of the upper school system himself, Junior is very aware of what can be achieved within that environment and keen to support the school on its journey to success using his personal and professional experiences. He is extremely keen on sport, coaching a local junior football team in addition to playing tennis and running competitively.

Mr Grant Sheehan

Grant was appointed as a Teacher of History at Bourne End Academy in June 2014 following a six-week placement back in the Spring of 2014. Prior to this he undertook his teacher training and taught History at Wycombe High School. Grant graduated from King’s College London with a degree in History and worked as a Retail Manager for Waitrose and then ASDA before making the career change to education.


Wycombe High School Academies Trust Board Members

Mr Stephen Jordan

Chairman for the Board of Trustees


Steve was appointed to the Wycombe High School Academy Trust Board as a Director and Member on its creation in 2014. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  He is passionate about education and hopes that the Trust can expand to an optimum size to better serve the educational needs of young people in the High Wycombe area.  He was a member of the governing board at Wycombe High School for over 20 years having been appointed initially as a parent governor.  He served on several committees and was chairman of governors for a couple of years.  His two daughters have both been educated at Wycombe High School.  


He is a science graduate of Manchester University and a chartered accountant.  His business career was primarily in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry where he had a variety of international roles.  He was a Vice President and Finance Director at GlaxoSmithKline and is a current trustee of the GSK pension scheme.  He has experience in marketing, sales, R&D, manufacturing, distribution and of course finance.  He was recently appointed to the Audit Committee at Buckinghamshire New University.  Steve has lived in High Wycombe for 30 years.


Mr Gerry O’Hagan 


Gerry was appointed a governor in October 2012. He is now Chairman of Governors and is liaison governor for the English Department and Careers. Gerry is Managing Director of Fairholme Consulting Ltd which provides business advisory services and executive coaching to companies and individuals, specialising in innovation and supply chain management. He acts as an Adviser for Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Scheme, Europe’s leading programme helping businesses improve competitiveness and profitability through better use of the technology and skills that reside within UK Universities. For most of his career Gerry held a variety of global business leadership roles in Diageo plc who he joined as a graduate trainee.


Gerry has a degree in Economics from the University of London, an MBA from the University of Glasgow and is currently studying part-time for a post graduate qualification in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School, part of the University of Reading.  Gerry is a Member of Council at Royal Holloway, University of London and Treasurer of KidsOut a children’s charity.


Mrs Sharon Cromie (Executive Headteacher)


Sharon Cromie was appointed as the Headteacher for Wycombe High in 2009. Since her appointment the school has developed at pace, culminating in its designation by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ in June 2012. Sharon was designated as a National Leader of Education in 2013 and Wycombe High School as a National Support School. Whilst maintaining and improving results at Wycombe High the school has taken a very outward-facing approach, supporting the development of other schools nationally.


Prior to joining Wycombe High School, Sharon worked at a range of other schools and colleges and has experience of selective, non-selective, F.E and H.E institutions. Sharon graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with an honours degree in Law and worked as a Management Consultant with Accenture before retraining as a teacher in the early 1990s.


Mr David Letheren


David Letheren joined Wycombe High School as a Local Authority Governor in 2003 and was Chairman of Governors from 2007 to 2013. Since that time he chaired the Finance and Personnel Committee and has been liaison governor for the Mathematics Department. He also represented the grammar schools on the Buckinghamshire Schools Forum. He stood down as governor in 2017.


David helped steer Wycombe High School to Academy status and subsequently to a Multi Academy Trust along with Bourne End Academy. He is currently a member of the Multi Academy Trust.


He graduated from University College London with an honours degree in physics and spent his career in the electronics and IT industries, principally in European marketing management at Motorola Semiconductors and more recently with Hewlett Packard.


David is a member of the High Wycombe Town Twinning Association and a volunteer for the Buckinghamshire Youth Offending service.


Mr Malcolm Peckham


Malcolm served on the Council of Keele University 2004-2014 having graduated from the University in 1969 in Economics and History with the Certificate of Education. He was appointed Deputy Pro Chancellor/Deputy Chair of Council in 2008 and Pro Chancellor/Chair of Council in 2012.  After a period of training as an accountant with the Milk Marketing Board he taught in secondary modern , technical ,comprehensive ,grammar schools and an FE college before entering education administration. He held senior posts in Buckinghamshire and Croydon before being invited to establish the new LEA In the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, a post he held with great distinction for 9 years until retirement.


Since that time he has provided consultancy across England and Wales whilst retaining numerous interests in local educational matters. He recently stepped down from Chairing the Wycombe and Marlow Teaching Schools Alliance.  He is a trustee of the Wycombe Child Contact Centre and a trustee and governor at the London School of Theology where he does some teaching.  Malcolm recently retired as a Magistrate after 22 years service, latterly sitting in West London Magistrates Courts and the Crown Court in Isleworth.