Hello and welcome to the Bourton Meadow Academy website.

The role of the Governing Body is an interesting one.
We have three overarching stipulated tasks, which are:
  • To provide a sense of direction for the work of the school
  • To support the work of the school as a 'critical friend'
  • To hold the school to account for the standards and quality of education it achieves.
Each year we sit down with the Head and the leadership team and agree what should be the school priorities for the coming year. Always the key question is "What can we do to further improve teaching and learning for everyone at Bourton Meadow?"
Teaching and learning is after all the core business of our school. As a Governing Body we bring a variety of different experiences to the school- marketing, personnel, local government, finance, the health service etc. so although none of us are educational specialists we can, hopefully, contribute usefully to the running of the school. Many of us also have children at the school!
I hope, having looked at our website, you will agree with me that Bourton Meadow has a well deserved reputation as a caring school which promotes the highest aims and expectations and where the pupils come first.
All governors can be contacted at post address: Burliegh Piece, Buckingham, MK18 7HX.
Bourton Meadow Governors

Penny Croucher – Chairperson

I am currently the Chair of the governing body having been an communicaty governor for many years, I am also part of the Personnel and Curriculum committees.  I work for a traded service within the local authority which gives HR support to Head teachers and Governing bodies for schools within Milton Keynes. I have one child at Bourton Meadow Academy and currently support the Friends of Bourton Meadow.   


Patrick Fealey: Governor, Chair of Premises Committee & BMET 

I am family man living in the local area. Having worked in telecommunications for 35 years and retired as head of UK Operations in 1999. Before this retirement I was asked to become a member of Buckingham School Governing body and became chairman in 1997, having served on a number of committees.

I then joined the school as the Senior Business manager. I then went on to join Bourton Meadow Academy. For 5 years I was chair of premises and Chair of Governors. I am a very instrumental and hands-on governor I have driven forward the conversion to Academy and Multi Academy Trust.

Lucy Berry – Headteacher

I have been Acting Headteacher of Bourton Meadow Academy since November 2016. It is an incredible privilege to be part of such a progressive success story and each day that passes, I am amazed and invigorated by the pupils and staff that make the academy what it is. I have trained with Bourton Meadow, been a deputy here and a Head at George Grenville. The message to our pupils is to do your best to prepare yourself for the future and to set out to be the best person you can be.  That message is a lifelong objective that we can all embrace and I firmly believe that if that’s where you set your sights, no one can ask for more. 

Leigh Handley – Staff Governor & Deputy Head

My name is Leigh Handley and I am one of the Deputy Heads at Bourton Meadow Academy. I am responsible for Teaching and Learning, School Improvement and Professional Development. I work very closely with the Assessment Deputy Head to ensure all children are provided with inspirational and innovative teaching that enables explorative and autonomous learning. Every day, I feel extremely lucky to work with such dedicated and outstanding teachers who really think about the needs of each and every child. 

Debra Bowden – Teaching Staff Governor

Following a previous career in both the public and private sectors, I retrained as a primary school teacher a few years ago. I am now the Year 4 year group leader at Bourton Meadow Academy.


I am married and am mum to two teenage children who both previously attended Bourton Meadow

Scott Rogers – Community Governor & Chair of Finnace

My name is Scott Rogers and I have recently been appointed as a parent governor. With my financial background I have a specific interest in numeracy, and have therefore volunteered to be the numeracy governor for the school. I have two young children who benefit from the great work the staff do here at BMA and I look forward to enhancing the learning experience for all our children during my term as governor. Outside of work, I have a keen interest in football and running.

Brian Boggie – Community Governor

I am Brian Boggie, a Finance Director in my day job. I have been an Associate Governor since September 2013 and sit on the Finance Committee. I am keen that school funds are managed efficiently, budgets are realistic and any variance is investigated thoroughly. I feel I have the skill set to help achieve those targets."


Juliet Hodgson – Community Governor



Katie Du-Preez– Parent Governor




Anne McGuigan



Mrs J Sarvasson – Parent Governor



Peter Deakin  – Co-opted Governor



Jenny Draper – Community Governor



Robert Askham - Parent Governor


Declaration of Interests (Pecuniary Interest)

At Bourton Meadow Academy we have one Governor's that have declared a Business Interest (Pecuniary Interest). It is recorded at all meetings and signed once year (last recorded in October 2018). Please see here to view.

Close Personal Relationships

At Bourton Meadow Academy we have no Governor's that have declared a 'Close Personal Relationship'. 

Interested in becoming a Governor

If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact us via the following link 

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