This is the Governance page of the Bellerbys Colleges. Effective Governance is fundamental to the success of Bellerbys and our students.

Our Bellerbys College Advisory Board (BCAB) has two distinguished external members, Barbara Harrison and Durell Barnes, and two senior executives, Mark Cunnington and Vaughan Leyshon. The BCAB meets six times a year and all members undertake regular visits to our individual colleges. The role of the BCAB is to advise the proprietor, Study Group Limited (SGL).

Full details of how we govern our Colleges are contained in this document, Governance of Bellerbys Colleges.

  • Barbara Harrison

    Former CEO of the Girls’ Day School Trust (and previously Education Director), Barbara Harrison is the non-executive Chair of the Bellerbys College Advisory Board. She has a breadth of experience across both private and public sectors, having been responsible for 14-19 education at a national level, served as Assistant Director of Education for a Local Authority and (prior to that) held senior positions in schools over a 20 year period.

    Most recently, she served on the Mayor of London’s Education Enquiry, for which she has had an ongoing role in evaluating outcomes, is a Governance consultant for the NGA (National Governors Association), sits on a number of Boards (including having advised one of the Public Exam Boards on standards), and works to support emerging federations, free schools and multi-academy trusts. She is also a former Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) Inspector.

  • Durell Barnes (Nominated Senior Safeguarding Lead)

    Durell Barnes is a freelance education consultant, specialising in issues relating to safeguarding and governance. He was until recently Head of Communications/Deputy Director of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) where he was involved in the development of several new inspection frameworks, including the latest, piloted in 2015-6. His responsibilities included quality assurance and safeguarding and involved communication with the Independent Schools Council associations, Ofsted and the Department for Education. Prior to working at ISI, Durell Barnes spent over twenty years teaching in Independent Schools Council schools, for half of which he was a deputy head.

  • Mark Cunnington

    Dr Mark Cunnington is Chief Operating Officer for the UK & Europe at Study Group. He is responsible for Bellerbys College as well as Study Group’s International Study Centres across the UK and Europe, where we prepare thousands of international students for undergraduate and post-graduate university study. As well as sitting on the Bellerbys College Advisory Board, Mark is also a director of the proprietor Board, Study Group Limited.

    With over 20 years of commercial and strategic experience across media and education, Mark’s professional expertise is broad and varied. After a successful career as one of The Financial Times’ commercial directors, Mark has worked in the field of education for the last 10 years. Prior to joining Study Group in 2017, Mark ran Pearson South Africa’s higher education business, which included the running of their higher education institution. As Chief Executive Officer he oversaw an institution with 12 campuses, over 9000 students and more than 1000 staff.

    Mark has a Master’s degree from the Royal Holloway University London and holds a Doctorate from the University of Liverpool in international Higher Education.

  • Vaughan Leyshon

    Vaughan joined Study Group in September 2014 as Centre Director for the University of Sussex International Study Centre, having worked in adult and further education for the majority of his career. In January 2020 Vaughan assumed Director level responsibly for Bellerbys College London and Bellerbys College Brighton and at this time he joined Bellerbys College Advisory Board. Vaughan is also responsible for a group of International Study Centres in Study Group’s UK and Europe network, and manages the relationship with a number of our university partnerships.

    Before Study Group Vaughan worked as a Director in several further education colleges and private training providers, as well as spending time working for the Funding Agency for further education, and a secondment to the Association of Colleges London region. He has also served as Trustee and Chairman of a local music charity and was a Parent Governor of a secondary school in Brighton.

    Vaughan has a modern languages degree and an MBA, as well as numerous teaching and vocational assessment and quality assurance qualifications.

Office for Students

Study Group is a private pathway provider accepted on to the Office for Students (OfS) Register of English higher education providers. This means from 1st August 2019, Study Group was granted the full privileges of the Student visa following our successful registration*. Student visa privileges afforded to Study Group due to this have now been extended to Bellerbys.


Bellerbys Colleges are independent schools that are accredited by the Independent Schools Association and regulated by the Secretary of State. The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the Government approved agency responsible for the inspection of independent schools belonging to the Independent Schools Council (ISC) associations, which is monitored by Ofsted. The Inspections are carried out for the benefit of the pupils and seek to improve the quality and effectiveness of their education and welfare.

The statutory requirements for Bellerbys College compliance at inspections can be found in the schedule to the Education (Independent Schools Standards) Regulations 2014 at the UK Legislation website

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ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate)

ISI is approved for the purpose of inspection under Section 109 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 and reports to the Department for Education on the extent to which independent schools meet statutory requirements.

Accredited by the UK Government

All Bellerbys campuses have been inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). We're very proud of the inspectors' findings.

Bellerbys College Brighton

Bellerbys Brighton achieved top marks in its most recent ISI inspection (September 2018) being fully compliant in all areas. To view the full report, please see here.



Bellerbys College London

In its recent ISI inspection (October 2019), Bellerbys London was judged to be 100% compliant across all areas of the Focused Compliance Inspection and to meet all standards in the schedule to the Education Regulations 2014, the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools 2015, and associated requirements. In addition, Bellerbys London was judged "Excellent" in the area of the quality of students' Personal Development and "Good" in the area of the quality of students' Academic and Other Achievements.

The full Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection Reports can be read here.



Bellerbys College Proprietor

The proprietor of Bellerbys College is Study Group Limited (SGL), whose registered office is at 1 Billinton Way, Brighton BN1 4LF. Telephone 01273 339333

Governance of Bellerbys College

For insight into the Governance of Bellerbys College, please download our Bellerbys Governance Procedures. 

Chair of the Bellerbys College Advisory Board

To assist in the effective oversight of the Bellerbys Colleges the SGL board of directors has established the Bellerbys College Advisory Board. The Board has a non-executive Chair, Mrs Barbara Harrison.

*Study Group appears on the register under the company name Bellerbys Educational Services Limited.