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Academy Trust

The members of the Beaconsfield High School Academy Trust are:

  • Rachel Smith, Headteacher
  • Lorraine Couves, Chair of Governors and Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee
  • Clare Lewis, Chair of the Student Learning and Wellbeing Committee

Academy Articles of Association 

Academy Funding Agreement 

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 31 August 2015 

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 31 August 2016

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 31 August 2017

Directors' Interests

Governing Body Structure and Appointment Dates 

Governors' Committee Membership and Responsibilities Grid

Governors Meeting Dates 2017-18    



Parent Governor

Joined : November 2012

Vice Chair of Student Learning & Wellbeing Committee

I was born and lived in Birmingham until I was 14 when I moved to Ruislip, Middlesex and attended Bishop Ramsey C of E Comprehensive School. After that I went to Christ Church College, Canterbury and did a combined religious studies and teaching degree.

During the following 15 years I taught at a number of schools in the London Borough of Hillingdon and Slough. My responsibilities ranged from class teacher to Maths and PE Co-ordinators to Heads of Years and finally to Assistant Head Teacher.

After resigning from full-time teaching to bring up my own family, I couldn’t stay away from education for very long and for the past ten years have run my own private tuition business as well as working in Film, Theatre and TV as a tutor. I also spent eight years as a governor at another Bucks school.

Sporting activities that I have enjoyed include gymnastics, ballroom, Latin American and modern dance, netball and walking.

Education has been a huge part of my life and I am very grateful to all of those parents who voted for me to be a parent governor.

I live in Beaconsfield with my husband and 3 children, one of whom is at BHS. 


Appointed Governor

Joined : 2010

Chair of Governors, Member of Staff & Communication Committee, Member of Student Learning & Wellbeing Committee, Finance & Resources Committee and Chair of Fundraising Working Group

I have been a governor at Beaconsfield High School since 2010 and I am currently Chair of Finance. I have been involved in school Governance since 2001 and was Chair of Governors at a local primary school for 6 years. Currently, I also support another infant school in the South Bucks region. I am passionate about education and I have always strived to use my own skills for the benefit of the schools I have served. In 2008 I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education which focussed on Leadership and Management. I am currently participating in the national Chairs of Governors Leadership Development Programme.

Originally from Yorkshire, I studied Chemistry at University and after achieving a PhD in Chemistry I started my career as a Research Chemist at ICI in Slough. In the ensuing years, my career has taken an interesting journey through Research and Development, Business Analysis, Project Management, IT and now I operate as a Business Change Consultant and Leadership Coach.  I am married with 3 daughters, two of whom have left school but my youngest is in Y13 and is planning to study Biochemistry at University next year.

The governors have been working hard to respond to the financial challenges that we (as with many schools) are increasingly facing but with commitment of staff and governors and our partnership with parents we are able to continue to provide some of the best educational facilities in the county (and probably the Country!) and year on year our students celebrate exceptional achievements in and beyond academic results. This is what makes being a governor so rewarding!  



Staff Governor

Joined : January 2016

Member of the Student Learning & Wellbeing Committee



Staff Governor

Joined : November 2016

Member of  Finance & Resources Committee  

I am originally from a small town in South Wales and attended Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, a mixed comprehensive school. I completed my undergraduate degree in Product Design where my continued passion for design flourished. After completing my degree I moved on to begin my PGCE in Secondary Design and Technology, training in mixed rural and city comprehensive schools; these a lot different to Beaconsfield High! I moved to the Bucks area just two years ago to begin my teaching career and haven’t looked back since.

I’m currently a teacher of Graphics at BHS and love to see the constant creative flow from each of the girls within our lessons. I truly believe teachers can have a great impact on the lives on young people. If it wasn’t for the belief one of my teachers had in me somewhat time ago, I wouldn’t be where I am now. This makes me passionate to be the best teacher I can be and strives me to be a small part in making BHS a remarkable place for our students to learn and grow in. It’s a true pleasure to be a part of the BHS Governance team.


Staff Governor

Joined : April 2015

Member of the Student Learning & Wellbeing Committee

I was born and grew up in Belfast and attended Grosvenor Grammar School which was a mixed grammar school. After which I went to Leicester University to read Geography and Geology and then attended Leicester School of Education for my PGCE in Geography with Mathematics. I remained in Leicester to teach Geography for six years in a 14-18 mixed Community College, during which time I was on a part secondment to Leicestershire County Council to introduce and develop the use of ICT in Humanities Education. After that I moved to Beaconsfield High School and have had a wide range of roles and responsibilities especially in the achieving of our various specialisms and writing successful bids for further specialist college funding and for new funding.

Geography is my passion and as a result I have a real love of travelling especially to places where few have visited, most recently to North Korea where only about 2000 people each year. During my visit I had the privilege of teaching English to a group of 15 year old students and sharing my knowledge of the “outside world”. This knowledge and understanding of different places and people enriches my teaching and gives the students a wider view of the world.


Co-opted Governor*

Joined : October 2015 

Member of Staff & Communication Committee 

Having attended Watford Boys Grammar School, I am a passionate believer in the grammar school system and specifically about engagement in science by young people. I have 3 daughters, one of whom is at BHS and is extremely happy. My younger two daughters attend St Nicholas CoE School in Taplow and I hope will follow their sister to BHS. Being a governor enables me to play an active part in ensuring that the school’s future is secure and that the high standards achieved over the years are maintained.  

I was in born in Radlett, Hertfordshire where I grew up with my parents and two brothers, one elder and one younger. I moved to Berkshire in the mid-90’s and have lived in Maidenhead for a few years before moving to Taplow where the family home remains.

I have a 20-year background in healthcare, including experience in practice and as a pioneer of e-learning in eye care, I currently head up emotive., a multi-award winning healthcare communications agency working with leading global and EMEA life sciences companies including medical device and rare disease specialists

Having previously founded one of the largest providers of Continuing Education & Training for the optical profession and the pioneer of e-learning in this market, I now sit on the boards of two healthcare focused companies involved in training, publications and conferences. I am also on the Executive Committee of the PM Society, an industry body promoting excellence in pharmaceutical medical communications and marketing.


Appointed Governor*

Joined : February 2015 

Vice-Chair of Governors and Member of Student Learning & Wellbeing Committee

I grew up in Kent, and went to Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys. At school I was heavily involved in sport; particularly athletics, cross-country, and rugby.

I studied Chemistry at University College London, and then joined a pharmaceutical company as a graduate trainee in marketing and sales. I spent five years there, before joining a management consulting firm, and have been in that industry for the last 18 years. I have worked on science and health issues with a wide range of businesses, governments and institutions; on their major strategic questions. This has taken me across Europe, the US and Asia; but we spent that time living in West London. We moved to Beaconsfield in 2011; to enjoy the space, the countryside, and of course the great schools!

Outside of work I have stayed involved in sport. Over the years this included rowing, triathlon, climbing and a lot of cycling. I have cycled all over the world; including to Mount Everest and into the Sahara Desert. I am now part of the local legion of middle-aged cyclists. I am also in the u10 coaching team at Beaconsfield Rugby Club.

I live in Beaconsfield near the school with my wife and two children, one of whom is at BHS. She is a fourth generation grammar school pupil! I am delighted to be part of the Governor team and contribute to making the school as good as we can for all of our daughters.  


Appointed Governor*

Joined : October 2015 

Member of  Finance & Resources Committee  

It is a privilege to be appointed as a Beaconsfield High School governor and I am committed to contributing as strongly as possible to the continued development of the school.  

I attended Norton Knatchbull School in Ashford, Kent; to my mind, a very similar school to Beaconsfield High in terms of ‘feel’, values and ambition. After a gap year on a Goethe Institut work placement in Mainz, I then went to St Hild & St Bede College, Durham to study French and German. Ironically, given my language knowledge at the time, I then spent the first year of my working life in Venezuela!  

At school, I represented Kent at football, cricket and basketball and continued the running about after a ball at university. On graduating, I joined a global textiles company, Coats (Coats Viyella at the time) and still work for them nearly 3 decades on. Over that time, I lived and worked in South America, Western and Eastern Europe and Asia before finally returning from Singapore to the UK so that our daughter could attend BHS!  

Travel is an extensive part of my work and I enjoy being able to experience many different countries and cultures. It reminds me of those ‘compare and contrast’ questions we used to have at school. I am pleased that our family has had the opportunity of living in different countries; the world is a big and fascinating place. It also leads us to appreciate our own country and the opportunities we enjoy here more fully.  

Indeed, as a Beaconsfield High School governor, I aim to help ensure that all of our pupils are able to take advantage of the opportunities this fine school presents. 



Parent Governor*

Joined : April 2016

Member of Staff & Communication Committee and Finance & Resources Committee

Born in Leicestershire, I moved to London 25 years ago. I now live in South Bucks with my wife and two daughters, the eldest being a student at BHS. Qualified with an MSc Degree in Criminology, I embarked onto a career with the Police Service 23 years ago, working within both operational and strategic roles. Currently, I am a Detective Inspector/Senior Manager working within Cyber Security for the last 5 years.  

My police experience is particularly strong in areas of managing resources, operational delivery, risk management, and strategic capability development at a national level. I am a firm believer that relationships yield far wider benefits that policy and process can alone. 

I have always volunteered my time and services in activities such as Leadership Training for SME and Charities, assisting in ‘Equalities’ and ‘Fairness at Work/Mediation’ related initiatives for some 15 years. These have contributed to my personal growth and enhanced my Leadership skills.  

I regularly contribute to various charity endeavours, am a keen Golfer and have recently developed a passion, learning to play the Piano. 

I am looking forward to learning from the Parent Governor role and working together with the other Governors, in contributing to develop the school further.  


Co-opted Governor

Joined : January 2016

Member of Finance & Resources Committee

Born in Bristol and brought up in Newport, South Wales I was inspired by my dynamic Art teachers to pursue a career in the creative arts. On completion of my Art Foundation Course I moved to Birmingham to study for a BA Hons In Graphic Design where I discovered a thirst for Animation and Motion Graphics. This followed 21 years working for BBC Television as a Senior Graphic Designer where managing large budgets, staff recruitment, training, appraisals and scheduling was fitted around my real passion for designing. I worked on a diverse range of TV programmes such as Crimewatch, The Money Programme, Grange Hill, Numbertime and the Sky at Night to name but a few. After winning numerous International Design Awards I decided that I wanted to put something back into the community and thus my teaching career started.

I am currently Head of Art at Maltmans Green School, but I started my teaching career in 2010 as a Design Technology Teacher and Year 7 form tutor at Beaconsfield High School.

I passionately believe that all students are entitled to a complete education; this means furnishing them with opportunities so that they can first discover where their strengths truly lie, and then develop these talents fully, therefore it was a privilege to be asked to remain part of the Beaconsfield High School family as a Co-opted Governor.

I am married with two sons and live in Gerrards Cross.  


Appointed Governor*

Joined : October 2015 

Chair of Staff & Communication Committee  

As a governor, I aim to bring my business experience, energy and passion to support and encourage our students to be the best they can be.   

During my career, I have worked with some amazing women. It's often those with a good educational grounding, breadth of interests, as well as strong values and the confidence to be themselves, that are most able to fulfil their potential in the work environment and make a real difference.  

I grew up in Beaconsfield, before going to Frensham Heights School, in Surrey and working for The Body Shop in my holidays. The founder, Anita Roddick was a huge inspiration, encouraging free thinking, hard work and taking responsibility for yourself and the world. I later did voluntary work with a Romanian orphanage charity she founded. I also spent my gap year working for The Body Shop opening team in New York and then went travelling in America, Australia and Asia.

I loved the excitement of work and was offered a great opportunity to join Cable and Wireless. They sponsored me to study marketing and I later became a chartered marketer. After 8 years, including having twin boys, I joined BT in 1998, leading various marketing teams and also had a daughter. In 2005 I became Director of Regulatory Affairs for BT and in 2012 moved to HR, to lead employee engagement and a culture transformation programme.  From 2014 to 2017, I was on Openreach's executive team, initially as Director Communications and Public Affairs, where I was responsible for external communications, public affairs, sustainability and charity and volunteering work.   I then led governance changes for Openreach to become legally separate from BT, as part of a regulatory agreement between BT and Ofcom.

In 2018, I joined Camelot, operator of the National Lottery, as Director of Regulatory Affairs - I love that our business purpose is to 'change lives', both for winners and to maximise returns for good causes.

My husband and I live in Gerrards Cross, with our 3 children, who are all very involved in sport. Our boys are now at university and our daughter is in sixth form at Becky High.


Appointed Governor *

Joined : July 2016

Vice Chair of Staff & Communication Committee  

I am excited to be appointed as a governor at Beaconsfield High School – it is a big responsibility, and I hope to be able to contribute to the ongoing success of the school.  

I was brought up on the Wirral and attended The Queen’s School, Chester.  I went on to study Biochemistry at Queen Mary Westfield, University of London and then headed off to travel.  After running a research project for the Dean of Dentistry at Sydney University, my boss moved to the USA and I decided it was time to come back to the UK.  I took an MSc in Intellectual Property Law, and then requalified as a solicitor, working initially in private practice as an IP specialist then moving in-house to the biotech/pharma sector.  After three years in the USA with my husband and two children, we moved back to the UK in September 2013 and my daughter started in Year 7 at Beaconsfield High School (still jet lagged I suspect!).  We now live in Beaconsfield and I currently work part-time as legal advisor for a small biotech company based in London.  And along with some other green-fingered mums, I also look after the pots outside BHS reception!  

The significance of teaching was brought home to me when my daughter was at primary school.  I volunteered at her school to provide maths support for older year groups, and realized that without the support of some truly committed teachers, some children would always think they were ‘no good at maths’ and it was fantastic to see these children gain in skills and confidence at such a key age.    

As a governor, I am committed to helping the growth and development of BHS, and help all our students to achieve the best they can, both academically and in other fields.  


CLARE LEWIS Claire Lewis

Parent Governor

Joined March 2008; re-elected March 2012

Chair of Student Learning & Wellbeing Committee and Member of Staff & Communication Committee

I have lived in Beaconsfield for eleven years and have three daughters and one son.  Two of my daughters are at Beaconsfield High School in years 9 and 11.  My oldest daughter graduated from Beaconsfield High School in 2014 and is currently studying medicine.

Prior to having children, I worked at British Petroleum plc as a Business Analyst, and have lived with my husband in London and Buckinghamshire.  I also lived in Chicago for three years and am familiar with expatriate schooling issues.

There are several reasons why I wished to become a parent governor, not least to maintain a degree of personal challenge and development outside of a full time role as a parent.  I believe that schools need the support of community members to help maintain their standards but also as a ‘critical friend’ to ensure the needs of the community and parents are being addressed as well as the needs of the school itself.

I have also served as a parent governor at Butler’s Court School, where I was also chair of the governing body. I believe that there should be good communication between the parents and the school on all aspects of school life, and that schools need the help and support of parents. 

Beaconsfield High School has a very high reputation with an excellent academic record and I feel it is important to maintain this and also to prepare the girls for the modern adult world they will enter.

I always try to represent parents’ interests as far as possible but also recognise and accept the broader spectrum of activities of the governing body. I am chair of the Student, Learning and Wellbeing committee and a member of the Staff and Communication committee.


Appointed Governor

Joined : May 2017 

Vice Chair of Finance & Resources Committee  

Brought up in the North East of England, I attended the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle and then, after spending a ‘Year in Industry’, followed in a family tradition of reading Engineering at St. John’s College, Cambridge. On graduation, I took a change or direction going on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young before moving on to a number of Finance and Strategy roles in the Television Broadcast and Home Entertainment industry.  

My interest in serving as a governor stems from a lifelong love of learning, which was nurtured in particular by my mother and two of my aunts all of whom are teachers. Moving out of London to Beaconsfield with my wife and two young sons acted as the trigger for me to seek out an opportunity to contribute to a local school and put down roots in the local community and I am delighted to have the chance to do so at as remarkable an organisation as Beaconsfield High School.


Appointed Governor

Joined : February 2017 

Member of  Finance & Resources Committee  

I am honoured to be a governor of Beaconsfield High School and very much hope I can contribute to the further development of this wonderful school.

I grew up in family of four children in Surrey and Devon, taking A’levels in maths and sciences, and rowing competitively for my school including at Henley.

Following school, I read law at Exeter University, and on graduating changed course and joined KPMG as an articled clerk to train as an accountant. I stayed with KPMG for 25 years and one of my first roles was on the audit of Eurotunnel while it was still being built, which involved taking the ferry to Calais at the start of every week and following the tunnelling progress (and associated costs!). That led to a career working on the financing of major infrastructure: schools; hospitals; telecoms, IT, and defence projects, which included three years in Hong Kong and two years in New Delhi, India, where among many other things, we had our first child, a girl. After KPMG, I joined central government, working for the Department of Energy and Climate Change running a scheme for the development of renewable energy projects, and more recently advising on the funding of railways.

On our return from India, we moved from West London to Maidenhead for more space for ourselves and our dog, a dachshund we brought back from India, and our second daughter who was born in Reading. We live in Bray, just outside Maidenhead, and our two girls are currently at school in Windsor. Outside of work we enjoy travelling, mainly to Europe, boating, cycling, occasional fishing in Devon, and supporting the Maidenhead branch of the Royal British Legion.



Joined : April 2015

Member of Staff & Communication Committee, Student Learning & Wellbeing Committee, Finance & Resources Committee and Fundraising Working Group

Debbie Starrs

Appointed Governor 

Joined : December 2017

I was born in Kent, and attended Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School, where I was heavily involved in the drama department, performing in a number of plays, which cemented a life-long interest in the theatre.  

I went on to Somerville College, Oxford, where I read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Whilst there, I rowed for college, produced a play, and wrote for the university paper. I harboured aspirations to be an actress, but harsh reality led me into management consultancy instead. I worked for many years for Accenture, a global consulting services company, where I specialised in strategic planning and leadership development.  

After a career break to raise a family, I decided to change direction, and became involved with two local primary schools, both as a governor, and working with children with special educational needs. I believe education should be about providing students with great opportunities to develop their talents in a positive environment. I am excited about being part of the governing team at Beaconsfield High, supporting the staff to provide all girls with a remarkable education.   

I am married with a daughter at university, a teenage son and an extremely badly-behaved Labrador. In my spare time, I enjoy running and spinning, and have recently been attempting to reconnect with my creative side through an art course and creative writing classes. 


*       also a current parent at the school