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

Bourton Meadow Academy, Burleigh Piece, Buckingham, MK18 7HX


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.   

Lucy Berry – Headteacher

I have been 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. 

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

Brian Boggie – Community Governor

I am Brian Boggie, a Finance Director in my day job. I have been a Governor since September 2013 and sit on the Finance and Health, Safety & Premises Committees. 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. I also have an IOSH qualification and think that the safety, welfare and environment of the children and staff is paramount to the successful operation of the school.


Anne McGuigan - Appointed Governor 


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Mrs J Sarvasson – Parent Governor

I live in Buckingham and have one child at Bourton Meadow Academy and another who enjoyed an enriched primary education at the school.  I have experienced first-hand how BMA’s inspiring teaching and nurture of each child is clearly part of the everyday ethos and am proud to be a Parent Governor.

I have worked in the field of learning and development for over 18 years and currently hold the role of People Development Manager for a large UK food manufacturer.  I bring knowledge and skills in leadership development, culture and change, and practical coaching & mentoring skills.

I believe that personal development is a lifelong pursuit and am passionate that all BMA stakeholders seek, and are offered, enriched opportunities to learn, develop and grow.


Hannah Batterbee 

With both of my daughters now attending BMA, I am keen to give back to the school. In addition to being a Parent Governor, I volunteer half a day a week to assist in running the school library and, through the School Readers charity, spend one afternoon a week listening to children at the school read. I have a degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology and a Masters in Pathological Sciences. I have an interest in education and previously worked for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals where I was the departmental Training Officer, which included delivering lectures and seminars at Sheffield Hallam University.

Jenny Draper – Community Governor

My name is Jenny Draper and I am delighted to have been appointed to the Governor role at Bourton Meadow. I have two children aged 12 and 16 who thrived during their time attending the school. Now they are continuing their secondary education in another school, I am really keen to remain involved with Bourton Meadow. I have extensive experience working in financial services in a number of roles and I now work with individuals and organisations providing training, coaching and consulting services. I am keen use my skills and experience to support the school in continuing to evolve and prosper, providing every child with the opportunity to fulfil their own potential. 



Robert Askham - Parent Governor

I'm delighted to be able to support BMA as a Community Govenor. Having had a child at the school (which was an extremely positive experience), I hope I can contribute to its continued success and future development. I have worked in Financial Services for over 20 years, and am the Commercial Director for an investment management firm. My professional background gives me a good understanding of governance and performance management, which I aim to bring to my invovlement with BMA. 

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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