School Advisory Board

The School Advisory Board works within the overall ethos and policy framework of the school and acts purely as an advisory body to the school’s management. As an independent school, the vision, values and objectives of the school, its curriculum and overall school management falls under the responsibility and direction of the Proprietors of the NFSS.

The main responsibilities of the School Advisory Board are to - 

  • Provide ideas and recommendations that could enhance the school…

  • Act as a critical friend to the school, giving constructive criticism and suggesting possible solutions

  • Offer support in addressing issues related to the school – both practical and technical

  • Provide constructive advice and practical support when there are major issues of concern in the school that school management are unable to solve.

The School Advisory Board meets once a term with the head teachers, Nicholas and Alison Alp.

We are delighted to have the following members on the Board, each of whom bring their own specific skills set and experience to the school. ​

Duncan Shiel is Chairman of the School Advisory Board and is a director of his own company and a manager during  day to day activities. In his own words he writes, "I must admit that I don't have vast knowledge of education however I have memories of my school which was Ditcham Park School near Petersfield. It was a relatively young school at the time but the head Teacher always said she had amazing support from the School Governors. It's now a very respected school. It would be great to have that opportunity to help develop NFSS and give our support to you as well." Duncan's contact details are available on the Contacts page.


Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon is a legal academic working at the University of Southampton. She specialises in information technology law, including data protection law, and is passionate about how technology is changing the way young people reason and behave. 

Tom Barnett is an entrepreneur, a pioneer in the field of Web Technology and the Chair of the WSI Advisory Board.  He worked with the Web Science Institute  and the Solent LEP to create and launch the Z21 Innovation Fund  - a £1m fund to back early stage spin outs from the University of Southampton. He works with a number of major projects across the South Coast to promote innovation and growth in the region.  

Clair James has worked at the school (in its various locations) for almost 18 years. She writes, 'I have also schooled all four of my children here, and therefore have a deep understanding not only of the children, staff and the workings of the school itself; but also of the alternative nature of the education offered, and how and why this is implemented. 

I feel that my position as both a parent and a long standing member of staff affords me the ability to offer a holistic and experienced voice to the School Advisory Board.'

Gill Albon writes, "I am now semi-retired however I have more than 30 years knowledge and experience of working within educational institutions, as a Student Welfare Counsellor, Youth & Community Worker and Senior University Lecturer for Child and Adolescent Studies. 

I have experience of working with people. I am someone with good communication skills, professional values and experience of being a critical friend. I have an understanding of safeguarding, the ability to listen, analyse, provide constructive feedback, be creative and I feel that I have the appropriate team skills to work well in partnership with others to achieve the schools goals.

I have a granddaughter who attends the school. I truly believe in the values and culture of the school and am excited to be able to offer my services. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PAGE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION - The structure and remit of the school's governing body and committees will be included here

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