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Welcome to the Governors' of Princes Risborough Primary School section.


The Governors are part of the school’s leadership team and have three key roles.


1. Working with the Headteacher, we set the vision, ethos and strategic direction for the whole school.

2. We hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff.

3. We monitor the effectiveness and evaluate the impact of school strategies and policies and oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.  We have to account for the school’s overall performance to Ofsted, the local authority and parents.


Our remit covers the whole school - buildings and staff as well as education and learning - but particularly: educational achievement, breadth and balance in the curriculum, how (in broad terms) the school should be run, and how the budget allocated to the school should be spent.


We meet twice each term as a full Governing Body, plus a number of times each term in committees, one focusing on finance, staff, premises and health & safety (aka Finance+), and another focusing on teaching and learning and pupil welfare (aka Curriculum+). All governors are members of and welcome to attend both committees. Over the last academic year, each of our governors has had a good attendance record at these meetings. 



The Governing Body agreed to re-constitute in June 2015 in line with changes to the law and LEA advice. As a result, the Governing Body now comprises:


The Local Governing Body comprises:


· 4 parent governors (parents or carers of pupils at the school, elected by the other parents)

· 1 MAT appointed governor 

· 1 staff governor (elected by teaching and non-teaching staff)

· 4 community governors (selected by other governors to represent the local community and provide specific skills)

· the Headteacher.


We currently have vacancies for one parent governor and one co-opted governor (recruitment underway) 


Our Governors are a broad mix – some teachers, some working in the non-academic/educational world, and some retired.

We all have one thing in common – to make sure our school is the best of its kind in the area. If you'd like to join us, please get in touch with me via the School Office.


Angela Kent

Chair of Governors (May 2016-present)





Members of PRPS Governing Body (as of November 2016)



Mrs Victoria Williams


Parent Governor from March 2017

Areas of responsibility: SEND, Marketing

Business Interests: None


Victoria joined the governing body as a parent governor in March 2017 and her twin daughters started in reception at PRPS in September 2016. Having spent 13 years in marketing management for a variety of multinational companies, Victoria is now a recruitment consultant for an American asset management company based in Mayfair. Since moving to Princes Risborough in 2012, she has discovered the joys of off-road running in the Chiltern Hills.




Mrs Val Firth

Co-opted Governor from October 2016

 Areas of responsibility: Numeracy

 Business Interests: None


Val has lived in the local area for all of her life.  She has recently retired having worked in Governor Services for Bucks County Council and the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust (BLT) for 11 years.  Prior to that Val worked in various roles mainly in the Financial Services industry.  Val has retained her links with the BLT as an Associate Clerk to Governors.  Val has many interests amongst which are training her dogs, horse riding and gardening. 



Mrs Heather Golla


Parent Governor: November 2016

Area of Responsibility: Joint Literacy Governor

Business Interests: None


Heather recently joined the Governing Body as a parent governor, and has two children in the school.  She is a long standing Risborough resident with a keen interest in education. Heather is a teacher and Director of Learning in a secondary school in Hertfordshire, in her spare time she competes in Triathlon. 



Mr Chris Gentry


Chair of Governors: July 2019

Area of Responsibility: Development and GDPR

Business Interests: None


Chris has been a school governor for over 25 years but only joined our Governing Body in October 2016.  Chris is the Development Governor, looking at the training needs of fellow governors, and has recently become the governor responsible for GDPR.  Chris worked in local government for 42 years but is now retired although he has two part-time jobs which keep him occupied for 3.5 days a week.  One of these jobs is as the Health and Safety Manager in a primary school in High Wycombe where he was formerly the Chair of Governors.  He lives in High Wycombe with his wife and two sons and, in his spare time, he enjoys running and reading and tolerates gardening.



Mr Russell Blakeborough 

Parent Governor (Sep 2015 onwards)

Areas of Responsiblity: EYFS, LTC

Business Interests: None


Russell joined the governing body as a parent governor in September 2015. Russell runs a software development company specialising in open source software and has a particular interest in the ‘internationalisation’ of websites. He lives in Princes Risborough, has 2 children and enjoys cycling, gardening and learning languages. As the Early Years (EYFS) governor, Russell maintains regular contact with the EYFS leadership and wider team, and chairs the Learning and Teaching Committee.




Mr Keith Carmichael

Associate Member (2006 onwards)

Areas of Responsibility: Community Relations

Business Interests: None


Appointed a governor in 2006, Keith leads on any local community relations requirements on behalf of the school. Having retired from a life time in the hospitality industry Keith now dedicates any spare time to a number of voluntary roles – one of the more interesting of which involves driving the community bus!  Keith lives in Askett and is married with three daughters, all of whom were educated within the Bucks educational system. Leisure activities mainly involve fly fishing, golf and travel.




Ms Sarah Tallack


Co-opted Governor (February 2016)

Areas of Responsibility: Equalities

Business Interests: None


Sarah has been a Personnel Support Officer in the Royal Air Force for over 14 years.  Her roles within the Organisation have been wide-ranging, and have included recruitment, financial and human resource management.   She is currently the Head of Human Resources and Community Support at RAF High Wycombe.  She is also the Equality and Diversity lead at the Unit.  She is a qualified Project and Programme manager (PRINCE 2 and MSP Practicioner), and Workplace Mediator.  She has undertaken a significant amount of Higher Education over the last 8 years in her spare time, including an MSc in Leadership Studies (Cranfield University) and Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Human Resource Management (Staffordshire University).  She has most recently just completed her Masters in Business Administration with Cranfield School of Management.


She has two sons, aged 5 and 3.  She volunteers for Buckinghamshire Girl Guides, where she is a District Commissioner as well as a leader at a local Rainbow unit.  She also enjoys the gym, walking and cinema when time allows.




Mrs Kerri Byrne


Co-opted Governor (September 2018)

Areas of Responsibility: Pupil Premium and Music

Business Interests: None


Kerri recently joined the governing body and has a background in performance and contract management, as well as project management and commissioning.  Kerri lives in Princes Risborough with her family, and loves singing.   




Mrs Amy Howlett

Staff Governor: September 2019

Area of Responsibity: Headteacher

Business Interests: None






Miss Emma Bacon

Staff Governor: September 2017

Area of Responsibility: 

Business Interests: None


Emma recently joined the governing body as a staff governor, she has worked at the school since September 2015 and has taught in Reception and in Year 1.  Emma has co-ordinated Art, Design and Technology in the school and now leads the science curriculum within the school. Before joining us, she taught in other Buckinghamshire schools as well as schools in Plymouth. Emma is passionate about education and always strives to achieve the best for all the children.



As school Governors, we carefully consider whether we have any conflict of interest between ourselves and the good of the school. In addition to a register of interests, we are required to declare any interests specifically addressed by the agenda of each meeting. Governors are required to declare any relevant business and pecuniary interests, such as governance roles in other educational institutions and any material interests in the school. 


The extent to which the school provides a curriculum of suitable depth and relevance to meet both statutory requirements and the needs and interests of the students is a key judgment when evaluating the leadership, management and governance of the school.


Previous Members of PRPS Governing Body


Mrs Kirk (Jan 2015 - July 2017)

Mr Graham Free (Jan 01/01/2017 - 23/05/2017)

Mr Richard Thompson (June 2012-Dec 2016)

Mr Jonathan Lonsdale (Mar 2015 - Dec 2016)

Mr Ian Churchill (Dec 2013 - Mar 2016)

Mr Nick Haydon

Mr Mike Thay

Mr Gary Wilson

Ms Jill Bushaell

Mrs Abigail McLarty

Mrs Zoe Stevens

Mr P Douglass

Mrs Baughan August 2019

Mrs Kent (Jan 2017 - July 2019)



Governors Attendance 2018/2019