We are always happy to talk to anyone who is interested in joining us as a Governor.

Ms Jo Williams (Principal)
Email: [email protected]

Mr Matthew Symons (Chair of Governors: term of office expires 08/06/2024)
Email: [email protected]

Please do drop us an email using the form on our Contact Us page and we will get back to you.

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To contact the Chair of Governors or Governing Body, please write to:
Clerk to the Governing Body,
c/o Ormiston Rivers Academy,
Southminster Road,
or email: [email protected]
or telephone the school reception to leave a message.

  • Mr David Youngs (term of office expires 31/08/2022)
    Dave and his family have lived in the Burnham area for over 45 years, originally coming from London. Their children and grandchildren all had successful secondary education at Ormiston Rivers Academy (previously St Peter's High School). Dave brings with him over 50 years of commercial business experience, where he has travelled to over 60 countries and experienced wide-ranging cultures and languages. It is this experience that he hopes to share with Ormiston Rivers Academy, where he sits as a local community governor and is the link governor for PPG and LAC pupils.
  • Mrs Patricia May (parent governor) (term of office expires 16/01/2024)
    This is Patricia's first role as a Parent Governor, and she is very keen to learn and support the Academy in what she describes as "the amazing journey that it has been on and is still building so well". Patricia, her husband (Peter May) and her 2 eldest daughters all attended the previous St Peter’s School and Patricia and Peter's daughter is now a pupil at Ormiston Rivers Academy. Patricia believes that she has achieved so much because of the support and opportunities the Academy has given. Patricia has had a variety of jobs throughout her life; including working for Access (the Joint Credit Card Company) and Fiveways, both as a computer operator. She then became a Post lady and also started an Avon round. Being local meant that Patricia could always be around for her children as they grew up which was very important to her. Patricia's Avon business has become very successful, and she is now one of the top Avon Representatives in the country, and also runs a stall at the weekly Burnham market. Patricia believes that being self-employed brings its own challenges but also rewards, but it also has the added bonus of being able to juggle parenthood, work and general family life.
  • Mr Peter May (parent governor) (term of office expires 16/01/2024)
    Like his wife, Patricia, Peter has taken on his first role as a Parent Governor, and says " Bring it on!" Peter was born in Polstead in 1959 and moved to Wales when he was 8 months old. At the age of 13, his family moved to Essex and he attended St Peters High School. At the age of 14, Peter joined a local Youth Club, eventually getting on to the members' committee and later becoming Chairman of Tillingham Youth Club. In all, Peter was involved in the youth club for 26 years. After leaving school Peter joined the building trade, alongside DJing, To the present day, Peter is, in his words: "still building and rock 'n' rolling". Peter and Patricia are very busy people, undertaking many interests and activities in the local community, and hope that they can bring valuable input and local knowledge in their Governor roles in the limited time available to them.  
  • Mr Matthew Symons (term of office expires 08/06/2024)
    Matthew recently retired from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as a Major after 16 years service and now lives in Colchester. During his time with the Armed Forces, he worked in a number of different Defence sectors, from recruitment and training through to engineering and logistics. Currently, on a career break looking after his two young children, he has joined the governing team at Ormiston Rivers in order to support the development of the academy and contribute to the wider community. Matthew has a background in engineering with a Masters Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Bath University. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Fellow with the Chartered Management Institute.

Governor Attendance

2016/17 to 2019/20 Can be viewed here: