Lynne Fletcher, vice principal for business at Swindon Academy, recently completed the new School Business Director (SBD) qualification through the National College for School Leadership.
She’s one of only 26 out of the 55 who started the course.
The 18 month masters-level programme is designed to help participants provide direction, exercise sound judgement and manage resources efficiently in some of the most innovative and challenging settings in the education sector.
Lynne said: “Participants completed the course whilst holding down their full time positions. As part of the qualification, I greatly benefited from being able to spend five days working with Honda which is one of Swindon Academy’s sponsors.
“It was invaluable to study strategic management and long term planning within an industrial setting. Honda management were incredibly generous with their time in giving me the opportunity to understand production processes and systems in every aspect of the business.”
Lynne started as an administrator at Even Swindon Primary School then moved to Haydon Leigh primary before being appointed business manager at Greendown School.
When Swindon Council’s education department failed an Ofsted inspection in 2002 she joined the borough’s school finance restructuring team before secondment to Headlands to assist it out of special measures.
When the school became the first in Swindon to be taken over by an education trust and relaunched as an academy, Lynne had responsibility of overseeing the £34 million budget to build and equip the new school at Pinehurst. This project also included refurbishing Pinehurst and Penhill primary schools.
At the academy she is responsible for all aspects of management outside the classroom including school finance, asset management, health and safety, staff appointments and IT.
Lynne is the only person in the South West with the SBD qualification and is now being commissioned to mentor other business managers in order to raise the standards of school management.