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

Members of the Board


The board is made up of 4 members for Academies, Wycombe High School and Bourne End Academy:

Mr Steve Jordan – Chair

Mr Gerry O’Hagan

Mr David Letheren

Mrs Sharon Cromie – Headteacher of Wycombe High School         

Mr Steve Jordan (Chairman of Trust Board)

Steve Jordan has been a member of the governing board since 1992 when he was appointed as a parent governor. 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 industry. He was a Vice President and Finance Director at Glaxo Smith Kline and is a trustee of the GSK pension scheme. He has experience in marketing, sales, R&D, manufacturing, distribution and of course finance. He has been a member of various committees as a governor and chaired the Finance and Personnel committee for several years. Steve has lived in High Wycombe for over 25 years. He enjoys playing golf and following his favourite football and rugby teams.

Mr Gerry O’Hagan (Deputy Chairman of Trust Board)

Gerry was appointed a governor in October 2012. He is Deputy Chairman of Governors, serves on the Community, Learning & Teaching committee and is liaison governor for the English Department and Careers. He is recently retired from Diageo plc as the Operational Excellence Director in Global Supply. He led a team of functional experts responsible for improving performance for Diageo’s supply chains building individual and team capabilities across the globe. Gerry joined the company as a graduate trainee and has held a wide variety of business leadership roles across Diageo’s supply chains. Gerry graduated from the University of London with a degree in Economics and the University of Glasgow with an MBA. He has been a part-time tutor at the University of Glasgow and served on advisory boards at Strathclyde and Birmingham Universities and has recently become a Trustee of the children’s charity KidsOut.

Mr David Letheren (Trust Board Member)

David Letheren joined Wycombe High School as a Local Authority Governor in 2003 and was Chairman of Governors from 2007 until 2013. He is a member of the Buckinghamshire Schools’ Forum. David graduated from University College London with a degree in Physics and spent his career in the electronics and IT industries, principally in European management at Motorola Semiconductors and more recently with Hewlett Packard. David is a volunteer for the Buckinghamshire Youth Offending service.



Bourne End Academy’s Governors are responsible for the strategic direction of the school.  As we are moving from a small Interim Executive Board to a Local Governing Body we have a few vacancies to fill and are seeking applications from professionals.

Bourne End Academy’s Governing Body will consist of appointed governors, staff governors, parent governors, the Executive Headteacher and Headteacher. Governors share collective responsibility for the effective governance and development of Bourne End Academy, setting our strategic direction and major policies in accordance with the School’s mission, vision and values.

The full Governing Body meets between three and six times a year and one of these meetings is dedicated to training.  There will also be sub-committee meetings; each member of the Governing Body belongs to one sub-committee. In addition, there will be informal, ad hoc contact where Governors input is required in between the formal meetings.  The sub-committees enable detailed consideration to be given to issues within their remit as the basis of advice to the overall Board.

Governors also liaise with subject teams to triangulate information shared and contribute to the recruitment process of the school.  Applicants need to be available from 4.00 pm for all Governor meetings and during the school day from time to time.

The Bourne End Academy Local Governing Body is supported by a Trust Board as the school is part of a multi-academy trust led by Wycombe High School.  The multi-academy trust enables collaborative working across both schools.

The Role of the Governor

The role of governor is not remunerated.  The specific responsibilities and duties of Governors can be outlined as follows:

  • To ensure that Bourne End Academy’s strategic direction, policies and objectives are clearly established and kept under review.

  • To develop positive, constructive working relationships with the Headteacher and senior staff, acting as an objective, critical friend.

  • To consider the organisation as a whole, and its beneficiaries, in all discussion of strategic direction, planning and activity.

  • To ensure the finances of the organisation are managed properly with accurate information.

  • To engage positively and collaboratively in Committee discussions bringing fresh ideas and new perspectives.

  • To question intelligently, debate and challenge constructively and thoughtfully, and determine outcomes fairly.

  • To act with integrity, objectivity and honesty, and promote openness and trust in relationships with other governors.

  • In addition each Governor is a member of one of two sub-committees.

  • Opportunity to gain expertise of a non-executive role.

  • Raise profile of non-executive direction.

The Governors are individuals of exceptional calibre with an ability to contribute to the on-going strategic development of Bourne End Academy and currently working at board level.   Governors should bring a strong understanding, ideally but not essentially, through previous or current experience, of the role of a non-executive.  They should demonstrate a clear grasp of the support and constructive challenge required by the role of governor, and combine good judgement with excellent strategic skills and a capacity to think creatively and offer fresh perspectives.  Members are as follows:-

Mrs Sharon Cromie (Executive Headteacher)

Sharon Cromie was appointed as the Headteacher for Wycombe High in 2009 and Executive Headteacher in September 2013. Since her appointment all Trust schools have developed at pace. Sharon was designated as a National Leader of Education in 2013. Whilst maintaining and improving results she takes a very outward-facing approach, supporting the development of other schools nationally and thus is at the forefront of new developments to the benefit of trust schools. 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.

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 2 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 make a contribution 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.