Beeches Learning and Development Trust

The Beeches Learning and Development Trust's vision is to build an ethos of:

For Students:

  • Focus on nurturing the individual
  • Developing a Growth Mindset and resilience in students is at the heart of all we do
  • Embracing Challenge – every lesson, every day
  • Learning in context
  • Developing students’ broader skills to thrive in both current and future learning environments
  • Raising aspirations to make dreams a reality
  • Developing the skills of Responsible Learning

For Staff:

  • Developing the current and the next generation of teachers through exceptional CPD
  • Developmental Performance Management
  • Bespoke, tailored & targeted CPD to maximise teacher development & impact
  • To provide opportunities for cross phase development and experience
  • Nationally recognised development programmes through IIP Gold and IIP Champion status

For the community

  • Preserving the ethos and ‘flavour’ of member schools where sensible & possible
  • Building links between students, teachers, schools and the communities they serve
  • Exceptional and challenging outreach programmes to put learning into context with priority given to MAT schools


The Beeches Learning and Development Trust (BLDT) is a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). The MAT is a single legal entity and is the employer and holder of land titles and the trust board is accountable for all academies in the group. BLDT is governed by the Board of Trustees who are accountable to the BLDT Members. 

The structure is outlined in the Scheme of Delegation diagram below:

New governors first handbook scheme of delegation image

By forming the MAT we are ensuring that we will retain control of our own destiny and preserve the unique ethos and aims of the schools, the core principles of which will extend over all of the schools within the BLDT. 

Through our various outreach programmes Burnham Grammar School is already supporting primary schools in a number of ways and through the School Direct programme we are training the next generation of both primary and secondary teachers in the local area.  Formation of the BLDT formalises much of what we are already doing and provides opportunities to extend this work where we feel it is beneficial and appropriate to do so.

Working across key stages 1 to 5 will also offer fantastic opportunities for Beeches Learning and Development Trust staff to broaden their experience and will also provide first hand and direct experience of the standard of work that KS2 students are completing prior to and KS3 students are completing after their transition to secondary school.  This will also help us in retaining our best staff for longer by being able to offer them additional opportunities to develop their practice and experience.  

The quality of training and support that the BLDT provides to member schools is indicated by the Investors in People Gold Award and Champion Status that are held by Burnham Grammar School.  In addition, the Wellbeing Award has ensured that we develop and look after staff and students, with our status of holders on the Inclusion Award and National Champion status will also ensure that our disadvantaged and vulnerable students are supported to fulfil their potential by embracing all of the opportunities the BLDT has to offer.

Burnham Grammar School is part of the Beeches Learning and Development Trust which is an exempt charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with registered company number 7769232. 

Registered Office: Hogfair Lane, Burnham, Bucks, SL17HG


Members of the Beeches Learning and Development Trust 

Alison Bell

Andy Frith

Jill Watson

Nick Walker


Trustees of the Beeches Learning and Development Trust 

Trustee Committee Membership Office Held


Date of Appointment


Term To
Alison Bell Audit (chair), HT Pay/ Performance, Personnel Pay Review (chair) Data Protection 09/02/2021 31/05/2025
Andy Frith Audit, Finance, HT Pay/Performance Chair 09/02/2021 31/05/2025
Andy Gillespie Finance, Personnel Pay Review     ex officio
Lola Owolabi HT Pay/ Performance, Personnel Pay Review   07/10/2022 08/10/2026
Nick Walker Audit, Finance (chair), HT Pay /Performance    09/02/2021 31/05/2025
Eric Hollis Audit, Finance   01/09/2023 31/08/2027
Katja Stout     08/12/2023 07/12/2027

Please note the below Member/Trustee membership changes to date.  

  • 09/02/2021 Alison Bell, Andy Frith, Liz Green, Raj Keshvara, Nick Walker and Charlie Whieldon reappointed until 31/05/25
  • 05/08/2021 Liz Green (Trustee) resigns 
  • 31/12/2021 Raj Keshvara (Trustee) resigns 
  • 03/01/2023 Charlie Whieldon (Trustee) resigns 
  • 01/09/2023 Eric Hollis Appointed as a Trustee
  • 29/11/2023 Joy Morrissey (Member) Resigns
  • 08/07/2023 Katja Stout Appointed as a Trustee

To view attendance at trustee meetings for 2021/2022 please view the link below : 

Trustee Meeting Attendance 2022-23

For the Academic Year 21-22, the number of employees in the Trust whose employee benefits exceeded 100K* (including pension costs) were as follows:

In the band £140,000 - £150,000: 1

*For comparative purposes, figures published on the website for academic years prior to 21-22 did not include pension costs.

Data Protection - Beeches Learning and Development Trust 

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Governance Documents and Annual Reports - Financial Statements

To view the Articles of Association, Memorandum of Association, ESFA Funding Agreement, Scheme of Delegation, Register of Interests, Annual Reports and Financial Statements, please click on the downloads below: