13th May 1999




A school bursar from Swindon was among the first to graduate from a new national registration scheme for bursars this week.


Ann Parry of Kingsdown School was in Westminster on Tuesday 11th May to receive her certificate from Charles Clarke MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for School Standards.


Mrs Parry is one of the first six to successfully complete the National Bursars Association’s Registration Scheme which has been developed by the NBA in association with the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


The university ensures the academic integrity of the scheme while the National Bursars Association ensures its professional integrity. Successful completion of the scheme earns post-nominal letters, credit points at Masters level, an entry in the National Register of Licensed Bursars and the award of a Certificate of Bursarial Licentiateship.


“To revisit and reflect on the work you’ve done and on your own strengths and weaknesses is a sobering experience and very good from a developmental point of view,” said Mrs Parry.


“It’s absolutely essential that we show ourselves to be professional,” she added. “To be deemed professional in education you need a qualification, and at last there’s something that’s specific to school bursars. I definitely feel that this is the way we need to be going.”


Charles Clarke MP, whose official duties include responsibility for school standards and the Teacher Training Agency, congratulated the graduates on successfully demonstrating not only their own abilities but also the link between effective bursars and effective schools.


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