WINNER: David Bye, Lowestoft Sixth Form CollegeExcellence in Governance - winner

The governors of Lowestoft Sixth Form College, including David Bye as the founding chairman, have demonstrated huge amounts of determination and commitment since the College’s inception five years ago. David, leading the corporation, has worked tirelessly to ensure that the College achieves its mission of ensuring that students exceed expectations. David has been hugely influential since the College opened in establishing its values and ethos and strategic determination to support young people in Lowestoft. The college has achieved this; in the last academic year, every cohort of students achieved success rates above the sector national average.

PHOTO: Keith Hunter representing David Bye, Lowestoft Sixth Form College, winner of Excellence in Governance, with Sue Cook, Corporate Director Children and Adults at Suffolk County Council.

Shortlisted Finalists

  • James Hargrave, Stradbroke CEVC Primary School

James has been Chair of Governors at Stradbroke CEVC Primary School for more than ten years. During that time he has helped the school progress and grow in its capacity to support others. He successfully helped to create a collaboration with All Saints Laxfield Primary, and after just over a year the two schools federated. James is a Governor for the Steering Committee of the Suffolk and Norfolk Teaching School Alliance, and has recently been designated as a National Leader of Governance by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. He is a very experienced and strategic Governor who is committed to improving education for all children in Suffolk.


  • Nigel Burgoyne, Alderwood Pupil Referral Unit

Nigel is the Headteacher of a successful secondary academy and as such has great demands on his time. However, he has for the last five years taken on the challenge of being the Chair of Managers of Alderwood PRU. During this time, there have been a great many successes, but also challenges to overcome. He has been an integral part of challenging the unit’s leadership to achieve year on year improvement in outcomes, and excellent results in terms of pupils returning to mainstream education. Nigel deserves recognition for his determination to continue to support young people during the challenging times as well as the good times.