Governors

Excalibur Academies Trust is committed to ensuring that all schools within the Trust maintain their individuality whilst benefitting from the support of being part of a multi academy trust. Every school has a Local Governing Body, governors are volunteers from the parent body and local community. The purpose of the LGB is to support and challenge the Principal to ensure that the best outcome is achieved for every child.

The focus of the LGB is on the standard and quality of education, the welfare, behaviour and attendance of students and the relationship between the academy and the local community. Parent governors are elected by and from the parent community, staff governors are elected by their colleagues, community governors are local people appointed by the LGB and foundation governors appointed in conjunction with the church.

The governors of Burbage Primary School are:-

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Christina Stewart – Chair

Joining the LGB in December 2015 I was elected as Chair in September 2018. I have one child currently at the school. In addition to being Chair, I am the Link Governor for both finance and maths. As a Governor I have been involved in the introduction and integration of Burbage Preschool and seen and supported continuous improvement throughout the school.

A mathematics graduate I am a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax advisor and have worked in finance for over 20 years. I use the skills and experience I have developed in these roles to support the school.

I believe that every child has a right to an education that allows them to reach their full potential and I intend to support and challenge the school and its staff, to ensure this is the case at Burbage.


David Rose

David Rose – Vice-chair

I was elected as a  Parent Governor at Burbage Primary School in December 2015. I live in Burbage and have two children at the school, with another due to join in the future. I really want to help the school in the governor role and will be working closely with the other governors and staff to continue Burbage Primary School’s success. I am excited about the work that is going on at the school and its prospects for the future.


Jo Brook

Jo Brook

With a degree in Geography and Environmental Science from Lancaster University, I trained as a teacher in the north west of England. I have worked at St. John’s, Marlborough, for over 15 years, holding various positions including head of year and head of department. Living in Burbage with my partner and two young  children we enjoy getting outside to enjoy the great outdoors.​


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Clare Cox

I have been a parent governor at Burbage since January 2019, and I am the link governor for SEND and Vulnerable Learners. I believe that all children should have the opportunity and encouragement to achieve their full potential at school.

I have two children, one at Burbage, and my eldest is now at St John’s Marlborough.

I have been involved in agriculture throughout my working life and own a local agricultural engineering business with my husband. I am passionate about children growing up to fully enjoy and respect the beautiful area that we live in.


Julia Dowdeswell

Julia Dowdeswell

I was pleased to join the Governing Body at Burbage School early in 2020.

I have enjoyed a long career in Primary Education, starting as a classroom teacher, then as a Headteacher in three UK Primary Schools and three SCE (Service Childrens’ Education) schools, working with British Forces children in Germany and Cyprus.  During this time I qualified as an Ofsted Inspector and worked with a number of inspection teams.

I have a passion for education and enjoy nothing better than supporting the work of a school community to enhance the learning experiences offered to children.


Michelle Jeal

Michelle Jeal

A Burbage resident since 1999 my children have attended both the Burbage Preschool and the Primary School. They went on to St John’s Marlborough where my youngest is studying A levels in the 6th Form. I joined the Governing Body in July 2019 as a Community Governor and will be the Health and Safety Link Governor.

I am a Health & Safety Consultant for a consultancy and ex Environmental Health Officer. Having worked in both enforcement and advisory I hope to use my experience to provide advice and support to the school and LGB.

I believe that every child has untapped potential and that the school environment should be a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment to help them learn about themselves, each other and their place in society. I hope to support the committee and staff of the school to ensure all pupils receive the best possible start to their educational journeys.


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Martin Lockwood

A community governor since 2015 I have held a number of roles at including being Vice Chair of Governors. All my three children attended Burbage Primary School before moving on to St John’s Marlborough.

As Safeguarding governor it is my responsibility to hold the school to account in relation to safeguarding procedures, and ensuring it adheres to the required standards.

During my time as a governor, I have witnessed the school continuing to improve and evolve, and in particular the enhancements made to the all-through education provision which now encompasses pre-school through to A-levels within the Excalibur Academy structure.

From a professional perspective I have worked in the supply chain software industry for the last 25 years, focusing in the last decade on selling software solutions to companies in growing economies around the globe.


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Thomas Moore

I joined the governing body as a parent governor in June 2018, and both my daughters attend the school. I am the designated link governor for Pupil Premium and PE grant at the school.

It is great to have the opportunity to join the school as a governor and support the Principal in making the school a great environment for our children to learn and develop.

In my working life, I am a chartered engineer and have a passion for science and maths. I would like to see all children engaging and enjoying the sciences and maths and have an interest in pursuing these subjects further in their education.