Governing Body

The Purbeck School Governors – September 2021

The Purbeck School Governors – Updated May 2022

Parent Governors

Michelle Nash: I live in Swanage and attended TPS myself. I am married and have a daughter who left TPS 2 years ago to read Psychology at The University of Winchester and a son currently in year 9. Having always worked in education, I am currently an HLTA working in a Purbeck Primary School. I am passionate that all young people should receive equal opportunities and am particularly interested in Special Educational Needs and Disability as well as the pastoral care and wellbeing of Purbeck students. In my spare time I enjoy being the welfare officer at Swanage Cricket Club and watching the game

Andy Burnet: While growing up I often spent my holidays in Purbeck with my grandparents as my parents worked abroad and it wasn’t always possible to get home. After graduating from St Andrew University with Honours in Biochemistry & Microbiology, I trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen, London.

My wife and I moved our family to Purbeck in 2002 to set up our own business – Chococo, The Purbeck Chocolate Company. Since then, we’ve continued to grow and develop Chococo across the south of England.  We’ve recruited students from TPS over the years and helped them develop their skills within the workplace and also their future careers.

I’ve also continued to pursue my interest in sport and have been involved in number of sports clubs in Purbeck. Through this I’ve supported my 2 children and other junior club members to achieve amazing things and realise their potential.  The key objective being that they can enjoy and reap the benefits from developing a lifelong enjoyment of sport. They also benefit from developing skills and friendships outside of the school environment.

Being a Governor, gives me the opportunity to develop my understanding of the superb work TPS does and to share my experiences with students to help them prepare for the important transition into the working environment.

Jonathan Wasey: I was born in Dorset and was educated in local schools including Purbeck, prior to undertaking a degree in metallurgy and materials at Birmingham University, where I graduated with a BEng.

Post university I began my career within the automotive sector operating as manufacturing manager at Chamberlin and Hill PLC. The plant specialised in the manufacture of power steering pumps for the international motor industry.

In 2001 my career changed direction and I joined Dorset Police, something that I was interested in for many years given family members had also been part of the service.

I have operated across most areas of the county in a variety of roles and rank which includes: Custody sergeant, EPT (enhanced policing team) which was a proactive unit that primarily focused on drug networks.

I have worked in non-operational roles including the staff officer function supporting senior police governance and in 2018 I worked as a member of the merger team, a small team dedicated to manage stakeholder engagement and the business case development for the proposal to merge Dorset with Devon and Cornwall Police.

Until September 2020 I was responsible for Bournemouth South neighbourhood policing, leading efficient service delivery to the community which enabled me to work closely with statutory partner agencies and develop joint operational delivery plans to make Bournemouth safer for residents, businesses and visitors.

I am currently supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner as a staff officer having returned to assist the previous PCC with national portfolio work, and I remained, post-election to support the new Commissioner.

I am a married father of two, with a son and daughter currently studying at Purbeck School.

I passionately care that the school continues to improve on its excellent performance, and deliver exceptional education to all students, equipping them to achieve their best in their adult life. This inspired me to become a parent governor.

Leon: I was born and raised in Swanage and attended the Purbeck School before leaving to study Humanities at university.  Post-university, I was fortunate to be able to spend six years living and working in Mexico, which has helped foster my love of learning languages and discovering other cultures.  I am a primary school teacher (with a subject leadership role for MFL and History), and have two daughters (one currently in Year 9 at Purbeck and one who finished Year 11 in July 2021).   I have served as a school governor before at my daughters’ primary school, first as a Parent Governor before being becoming a Foundation Governor. I held this post for seven years, and had the additional responsibilities of being link governor for English and Humanities. Working in education, I feel passionately about schools providing a high-quality education for pupils of all backgrounds and abilities.   In addition, I know the importance of parental involvement in school development, and this is one of the reasons I became a school governor so that I can support my daughters’ school in any way possible, while also representing the views of parents.

Local Authority Governor

Jane Zoega: 

Staff Governor

Claire Allen: Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, I completed my undergraduate degree at Durham University and then my PGCE at Exeter University. I began working at The Purbeck School in 2019, during my interview I was drawn to the fact that students seemed happy, inspired and supported in their learning. I was fortunate enough to gain a position teaching History across all the different year groups. In my role as staff governor, I hope to help The Purbeck School improve performance and outcomes for all students, enabling them to achieve their fullest potential.

In my spare time I am studying for my Masters in Medieval History at Birmingham University, with a particular interest in disability history. I am Head Referee for the Open-to-All team at Dorset Roller Derby, as well as being the owner of one of the largest collections of abandoned crafting material.


Adam Darley:  I have been the Headteacher at The Purbeck School since April 2018, having joined the school in 2014 as Deputy Headteacher, and previous to this I had been an Assistant Headteacher at Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester.

The Purbeck School is a fantastic place to work and I am very proud of the achievements of our students. The watchwords of the school are ‘respect, aspiration, and perseverance’ and I truly believe that students thrive when in a caring, happy, and challenging environment.

On a personal level I enjoy current affairs, history, reading, and sport – where I show considerable perseverance on a regular basis by being a Yeovil Town fan.

Co-opted Governors

Peter Scupholme: My wife Di and I have lived in Wareham since 1985 and our two children attended The Purbeck School. I was grammar school educated and graduated from Sheffield and London Universities as a physicist.

My working life involved a career with BP as an environmental adviser with a range of operational and international roles in the UK, including at Wytch Farm oilfield in Dorset, and a couple of years in Cleveland, Ohio and finally in London.  After BP I worked as an independent consultant for a major mining company before joining Dorset Wildlife Trust as their CEO.

In retirement I enjoy walking (I’m a trustee of the SWCP Association), golf, DIY indoors and outside, but best of all spending time with our family in London and Derbyshire.

I’ve been a governor at Purbeck since 2007 and Chairman since 2009, and proud to be able to support our thriving and successful local school.

Ashley Pellegrini: Born in Hove, East Sussex, resident in Ridge for 30 years, since moving from London to become a secondary school headteacher in Poole. Now retired from headship. Experience of educational consultancy, working with schools on various national government initiatives and mentoring potential school leaders. Mad keen on dogs, owning a Briard, a French cattle herding dog, necessitating many long rural and seaside walks. A strong advocate of comprehensive education.  Passionate that education should provide the route for students of all backgrounds and abilities to aim for and achieve the very best. Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee.

Rosemary Lewis: I have lived in Dorset for most of my life. I qualified as an accountant whilst working for Hamworthy Engineering, where I held roles both as Accountant and Company Secretary. Prior to my retirement, I worked for Humphries Kirk solicitors in Wareham where I held the role of Practice Manager for 12 years. As Chair of the Finance Committee and member of the Pay & HR Committee, I am able to use my work experience. I am also a governor of an independent school in Dorchester and a Trustee and Treasurer for Forest Holme Hospice Charity. My interests include walking with friends and bird watching.

Tracy Drake: I am a single parent with a family history of attending The Purbeck School. I have one son who has completed all of his educational life at the various schools in Wareham (Lady St Mary, Wareham Middle and now Purbeck). He achieved a good level of success in his A levels in the Upper Sixth at Purbeck and is now attending Bath Spa University studying Business Management.

On leaving The Purbeck School at 18, I attended Portsmouth University where I achieved a BA (Hons) in Politics and then joined the Civil Service. I have worked for the Ministry of Defence for 34 years carrying out a variety of jobs including; finance, HR, management training, commercial and property management. I currently work at the Armour Centre in Bovington Camp where I am the Senior Budget Manager, HR and Business Advisor. I have served as a Governor for 10 years now, initially at Lady St Mary as a Governor then as the Chair prior to joining The Purbeck School in 2014.

I have no specific education expertise other than as a parent but am using my work experience as a member of the school Finance Committee and Chair of the Pay & HR Committee. I firmly believe in giving back, getting involved and supporting the local community where I live. I have a special interest in supporting the needs of children of Serving Personnel as I represent the Bovington Garrison population as a Governor at the school.

Anna Daniels: I have lived and worked in Wareham for over 25 years. Both of my boys attended the Purbeck School and thoroughly enjoyed their time at the school. Following university my eldest son has gone on to become a secondary school teacher in the local area and my youngest son is currently at the University of Chichester just about to start his third year reading Sports Science.

I have been a governor at the Purbeck School for 8 years and currently chair the Student Development Committee and am a member of the Finance Committee. I am also the designated Safeguarding and DSEN governor.

In my spare time I am studying Law with the Open University and am also involved with my local rugby club, where you will find me in the kitchen on a Sunday morning cooking everyone’s bacon rolls.

Steve Clarke: We moved to Purbeck in 2011 but our relatives have lived in Swanage for over 40 years and our great nieces and nephews have attended the school. I was Deputy Director of Education for Surrey County Council, then Chief Executive of a large school improvement and support company, and after that a DFE consultant on academies and a specialist in school reorganisation and regeneration. My wife and I now run the galleryat41 in Corfe Castle specialising in Dorset artists. I am currently Chair of the Corfe Castle Parish Council.

Richard Bond: I was born in 1947 and brought up in Purbeck. In 1970 I qualified as a Barrister and practised in London. My work mainly concerned cases involving children whose families were in difficulty and where the local authority had applied to the Court for a care order.

In 1997 I was appointed a Circuit Judge. From 1999 I worked in the Courts at Bournemouth. My workload consisted mainly of care cases. In 2001 I was appointed the Designated Family Judge for Dorset, a position which I held until shortly before my retirement in 2015. From 1999 until 2006 I was also Course Director for Family Law of what was then called the Judicial Studies Board. This involved devising and delivering both introductory and refresher courses for family judges.

Since retirement I have remained a Trustee of the Etches Collection (The Kimmeridge Trust), a museum of marine life at Kimmeridge. I am a member of the local committee of the Country Land and Business Association. I am a Vice President of the Wareham and Swanage Rugby club. I also owns a farm which I let and am in the process of restoring the woods and hedges. I am interested in 19th Century European history and in historic buildings.

My interest in the Purbeck School was stimulated when about 2 years ago I attended an evening which launched the appeal. I was later invited to consider whether I would become a governor and was given a tour of the school. The commitment of the Head teacher and staff illustrated how important it is that the nation gives a sound education to our young people. It will both give them self- esteem, contribute to a local society and ensure that the country can prosper in the very competitive global world. It will be a privilege to be of help in achieving this. 

Clerk to the Governors

Karen Hall: Having grown up in Somerset throughout the whole of my child-hood, I moved to Dorset in 1994 to make a new life with my husband Andrew. We have been married for 25 years and have two children, Michael and Christopher. My eldest son is in his second year at the University of Surrey studying Chemical Engineering and my youngest son is in Year 12 at The Purbeck School.

I have always worked in local government, spending 16 years with Dorset Probation Trust and then in 2011 I undertook a home study course to become a teaching assistant and qualified in 2011. In 2013, I took a change in career path to become a Teaching Assistant at a local Purbeck Primary School and I have been there for 8 years now.  I love my job and I am very passionate about being able to make a difference to the children’s education.  I am currently working towards HLTA status and also embarking on a BA (Honours) Education Studies (Primary) degree with the Open University in order to fulfil my dream of becoming a Primary School teacher one day.

Being involved with school life is very much a part of me- I started off as a parent volunteer within the Reception class when my eldest son started school in 2006 and I continued to play an active part within school by becoming Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair of school PTA over the years.

Outside of work I am a keen Short Mat bowler and have played for Dorset County for the last 26 years.  In 2019 I trialled for the England Ladies team and was successful. I also enjoy card-making in my spare time.