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Meet The Governors

 Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


Sarah Cooper

I have been involved in the Governing Body since October 2007 and in September 2014 I became Chair of the Governing Body.  I became a Co-opted Governor from February 2015.  I have three children, one of whom is still at Burford in KS2.  My eldest child left in July 2013.  My primary reason for becoming a Governor was my belief that all children deserve a great primary education to prepare them for the next stage of school.  Over the years, I have been actively involved in the Curriculum and I am still responsible for Assessment and Literacy throughout the school.  As the Chair of Governors, I sit on all Committees.


We are always interested to hear from parents who may want to consider becoming a Governor and should you wish to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Governing Body.


Ian Garner

As Headteacher, I am a member of the Governing Body and serve on all Committees.  I have taught at Burford School since September 2008 having been employed as a member of the SLT.  I became Assistant Headteacher in 2012, Deputy Headteacher in May 2015 and Headteacher in April 2016.  I undertook my teaching degree at the University of Reading where I achieved my B.Ed and QTS.  I am married with two children and enjoy spending time with my family and attending sporting events such as T20 cricket and London Irish rugby games.


Tracey Marshall

I am delighted to have been appointed Burford School’s Deputy Head and SENDCo in September 2018, and I am enjoying getting to know you and your children. I have been teaching since I gained my BA (Hons) and QTS in Primary Teaching Education in 2007. During my teaching career to date I have had many roles in school such as being an English, Humanities, Assessment and Gifted and Talented Coordinator. I have taught across KS1 and KS2 and therefore have an understanding of pupils’ learning journey throughout primary school education. In both my previous schools, I have been part of the Senior Leadership Team, working as an Assistant Vice-Principal and Lower School Phase Leader (Years 1, 2 & 3). I live with my husband and three children, two of which are at secondary school and my youngest in KS2. I enjoy spending time with my family going on dog walks with our miniature schnauzer and relaxing with a good novel and a cup of tea.


Kevin Ford

I am very pleased to be a parent governor at the school and I have been in this position since September 2017. I have lived and worked in Bucks for almost 20 years, teaching in two secondary schools in the county. Since 2010 I have worked at Great Marlow School, firstly as the Deputy Headteacher and since 2016 as the Headteacher. I have a very keen interest in sport and particularly team sports but recently my own participation has been reduced to a weekly recreational run and occasional gym visit! I hope during my tenure as a parent governor I can use my experience to make a positive contribution to the further development of this excellent school.


David Caldwell

I have two children who attend Burford School and became a Governor in October 2013.   I am currently the Chair of the Management Committee as well as being the Governor responsible for Early Years Foundation Stage and Outdoor Learning and Reception Year Group Governor.


Andrea McCubbin

I was re-elected as a Parent Governor in 2017 and thoroughly enjoy being part of a team that makes a recognisable contribution to the education of our children.  I have one child at Burford. However, my association with the school is much longer as both my teenage children are former Burford pupils.  


Professionally, I have spent many years working in the charity sector and I am the Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Mind.


Reverand Graham Watts

I moved to Marlow Bottom in 2014 when my wife and I were appointed Vicars (we job share) of St Mary’s Church in Marlow Bottom.  I became a Co-opted Governor at Burford in February 2015.  Two of our children have already gone through Burford and we have one child still here.  I am the Equalities Governor, I sit on the Management Committee and am also the Humanities Governor. We love Marlow Bottom – the community and the surrounding countryside - and it is great being involved at Burford.


Jason Batten

I joined the Governing Body in 2013 and was Co-opted in February 2015.  I currently sit on the Management Committee and have Governor responsibility for premises.  Both my children attended Burford School and have now left secondary education.  My primary reason for joining the Governing Body was to represent the local committee on the Governing Body as I also serve on the Parish Council.


Jane Hawksworth

I was co-opted onto the Governing Body in April 2016, to sit on the Management Committee as the Development Governor.  I have three children, two currently attend Burford.  Previous to this I was involved in the local Pre-school committee and was delighted to join the Burford Governing Body to be able to continue to contribute as much as I can. I am a member of Friends of Burford and also a member of the Village Hall Trust Committee.


Kevin Steele

I was delighted to be Co-opted to the Governing Body in 2017.  I have two children, one still attending Burford.  I recognize what a fantastic school we already have, but there are always opportunities for improvement!  I am excited to utilise my industry and management experience to the benefit of the school to help make it even more successful with safe, happy and thriving children.  I am currently the chair of the Curriculum Committee.