Welcome to the governors’ section of the Acland Burghley website. The school’s Governing Body governing board includes parents and co-opted governors, a local authority governor, a staff governor and an associate or associates.

Together our role is to help shape the overall direction and character of the school, monitor progress and standards, review and approve the budget, appoint and support the headteacher and senior staff, review policies and procedures and ensure the school fulfils its statutory duties.

Our key priorities for this year are

  • raising attainment and achievement for all students;
  • securing the financial future of the school and all its services;
  • extending the range, visibility and quality of arts activities and student participation in them;
  • and developing the school culture and ethos.

We meet regularly and non-staff governors also visit the school, making contact with the different departments and attending events and performances. We welcome contact with all those involved in the school and will be happy to hear your views on any matters of concern.

Minutes of full Governing Body meetings are available on request from

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Clerk to Governing Body

Mike Hutchinson

Local Authority nominated governor

Sarah Hayward

Co-opted governors

Julian Turner (Chair of governors)

Dr John Clark
Sheila Chapman
Alan Chesters
Jonny Shipp

Parent governors

Sebastian Camisuli (joint vice chair of governors)
Dr Claire Melamed (joint vice chair of governors)
Steve Carr
Noella Bello Castro
Dr Kim Issroff
Paddy Sutton
Mathew Anthony

Staff governor

Christina Louka


Nicholas John

Associates of the Governing Body

Josie Smalling
Madeleine Holt