7th May 1999

 

GROUND-BREAKING BURSARS TO MEET MINISTER

 

Two school bursars from Slough are to be among the first to graduate from a new national registration scheme.

 

David Wheen of St Bernard’s Convent School and Jackie Wardle of Slough Grammar School  will travel to Westminster on Tuesday (11th May) to receive certificates from Charles Clarke MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for School Standards.

 

The pair are among 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.

 

“The scheme has been very helpful,” said Mr Wheen. “It has defined the areas of strengths and weaknesses and where I would like to develop further skills and competencies. Putting together my portfolio has also increased my knowledge and therefore improved my contribution to the life of my school.

 

Jackie Wardle commented: “For me personally the scheme has been more about getting other people to take accredited courses to raise their profile and their confidence. I wouldn’t ask other people to do it without doing it myself, and by graduating from the scheme we’re raising the profile of all bursars in the area.

 

“The scheme has been very useful - it’s been reflective, allowing us all to step back from our day-to-day work and think more about what we do and how we do it,” she added.

 

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

 

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Photographs of the ceremony will be made available after the event. Please advise me if you’d like a print.

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042