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, Mike Everett and Sam Kneller. 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, Bellerbys Educational Services Limited (BESL).

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


Bellerbys College Advisory Board

Mike Everett joined Study Group in February 2015 as Chief Operating Officer, UK and Europe. He is now Managing Director, Operations, UK & Europe, and also Chair of the Bellerbys College Advisory Board. Mike is responsible for the running of Bellerbys Colleges and International Study Centre campuses. He undertook a thorough review of the governance arrangements in Bellerbys at the end of 2015 which led to the creation of the Bellerbys College Advisory Board and the recruitment of external members to this Board. Full details of the role of the BCAB and BESL, the proprietor, are contained here.

Prior to Study Group, Mike’s previous roles include Global COO at YSC (a business psychology consultancy); Global Head of People and Talent (HR Director) for Ipsos; CEO and COO of Ipsos MORI in the UK; and Global Head of Customer and Employee research for TNS.

Mike has a degree in Industrial Economics from Warwick University. He started his career as a Management Consultant with Ernst & Young, followed by working as a researcher at Sussex University. He is a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Employment Studies.

Former CEO of the Girls’ Day School Trust (and previously Education Director), Barbara Harrison 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 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.

Sam joined Study Group in January 2015 and is the Human Resources Director for the UK and Europe. She is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources, including employee engagement, performance management, partner relations, budgeting, reporting, and day to day HR operations. Sam and her team work to deliver timely and efficient people solutions to the business. Sam sits on the Global Senior Leadership Team, a network of the most senior and influential managers in Study Group. She also sits on the UK Executive Leadership Team and the group of Global HR Directors.

Sam graduated in Industrial Relations in 1992 and, prior to working for Study Group, held a range of roles in generalist Human Resources in the UK and Europe, working across a wide range of industry sectors, for organisations including BT, Ford Motor Company, RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), HemScott and DTZ. 

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 Tier 4 visa following our successful registration*. Tier 4 privileges afforded to Study Group due to this have now been extended to Bellerbys College.


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 Cambridge

In May 2019, the ISI judged Bellerbys Cambridge to be fully compliant in all areas and was judged to be "Excellent" in both the area of the quality of student's Academic and Other Achievements and Personal Development. A link to the full Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection Reports can be seen here.

(28.06.16) – Regulatory Compliance Inspection

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 Bellerbys Educational Services Limited (BESL), 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 BESL board of directors has established the Bellerbys College Advisory Board. The Chair of the Board is Mr Mike Everett, Managing Director, Operations, UK & Europe.

Mr M Everett, COO, UK & Europe, Brighton Study Centre, 1 Billinton Way, Brighton BN1 4LF Telephone 01273 339333

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

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