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Princes Risborough Primary School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



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.


A few years ago, instead of having a Resources Committee and a Learning, Teaching & Curriculum Committee each meeting once a term, we decided to have three Full Governing Board meetings each term.  One of these meeting focuses on finance, staff, premises and health & safety, another focuses on teaching and learning and pupil welfare whilst the other is a general meeting.

This worked for us and therefore we have continued with the format. Over the last academic year, each of our governors has had a good attendance record at these meetings.




Currently the Governing Board comprises:


· The Headteacher

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

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

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

· 1 Co-opted governor (selected by other governors for a one-year term).


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.


We currently have a vacancy on the Board for a community governor and if you would be interested in filling this vacancy please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.


Chris Gentry

Chair of Governors




Members of Governing Body (as of September 2022)


Mr Chris Gentry

Community Governor

Chair of Governors (July 2019)

Business Interests: None

Chris has been a school governor for just over 30 years but only joined our governing board in October 2016.   Chris is the Chair of Governors as well as being responsible for Health & Safety and Data Protection.  Chris worked in local government for 42 years but is now retired although he has a part-time job which keeps him occupied for 2.5 days a week.   He lives in High Wycombe with his wife and two sons and, in his spare time, he enjoys running and reading and tolerates gardening.


Mrs Kerri Byrne

Parent Governor 

Vice Chair of Governors (July 2019)

Business Interests: None

Kerri joined the governing board in 2018 and has a background in performance and contract management, as well as project management and commissioning.  Kerri is the Vice Chair of Governors as well as being responsible for Pupil Premium and Safeguarding.  She lives in Princes Risborough with her family, and loves singing.  


Mr Russell Blakeborough 

Community Governor 

Business Interests: None

Russell joined the governing board 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. 


Mrs Amy Howlett


Business Interests: None

Amy was appointed Headteacher of Princes Risborough Primary School in early 2020 but has been teaching for 14 years and joined the school in 2016. Amy has always taught in the local area and her 2 children attend the school. Her background is in Foreign Languages, having lived abroad in both France and Germany. In her spare time, Amy enjoys eating out and going to the gym and exercise classes.


Mr Jim Brudenell 

Community Governor

Business Interests: None

Recently retired RAF engineering officer with a background in strategic planning, international defence sales, project, safety and personnel management.  Had the lead for the introduction of new tri-Service bomb disposal (EOD/IED) training programme in 2011.

Became a specialist in delivering effective military aviation safety management in the UK and for overseas governments.  Used to lecture on 'achieving cultural change in large organizations' for international Advanced Staff Courses.

After 40 years in the RAF he needed to decompress. Now a smallholder/builder/sheep farmer he lives locally at Alscot. Married for over 30 years to Becky (an ex-PRPS pupil) they have 3 grown up children.

Jim enjoys most outdoor pursuits, particularly hill walking with his Transylvanian hound Moni.  He plays guitar, keeps bees and is a life-long biker who can be seen out and about riding his much loved Triumph Daytona when the weather is good.


Mrs Kat Warner

Staff Governor

Business Interests: None

I have been teaching for 3 years and joined Princes Risborough in October 2019. I have a passion to inspire children in engaging with their learning and become independent thinkers. I studied English at University and trained as a Forest School Leader in 2017. In my spare time I enjoy running, walking my dog and spending time with my family watching films and playing games.


Mrs Katy Jones

Parent Governor

Business Interests: None

Katy joined the Governing Board as Parent Governor in November 2020. She has a son in Reception and is keen to work alongside other Governors and Parents.

Katy works as a Payment Security and Governance Director, and is looking forward to understanding how she can contribute toward the strategic direction at the school. In her spare time she loves singing with her son, exploring his creativity and learning new skills to support her career


Mr Chris Priddis

Parent Governor

Business Interests: None.

Chris joined the Governing Board as an Associate Governor in February 2021. He has one child in the school, and a toddler at a local nursery. Chris works as a petroleum economist and realises the importance of primary education as a cornerstone of learning and development.

Chris enjoys living in Princes Risborough and spends his spare time walking and cycling with his family.



Mr Alex Durao

Community Governor

Business Interests: None

I am a Chartered Architect living in Naphill but with my own firm operating from offices in High Wycombe.  I am originally from Portugal and still have family there which means that I make quite frequent trips to visit them.  My partner is a Deputy Headteacher doing her Headship in a school in Leighton Buzzard and I have taught for many years in Portugal and Angola. In my spare time I like enjoy running, cycling, cars and boating


Mr Bans Sagoo

Community Governor

Business Interests: None

Bans joined the governing board as a community governor in 2022. Bans has had a long career in technology and has worked for Enterprise software companies all his life.  He lives in Great Missenden with his wife and 2 children and loves enjoying the great outdoors.



Mrs Anna Newbold

Parent Governor

Business Interests: None

Anna has been a secondary English teacher for over 15 years. She moved out of mainstream education in 2014 to manage a medical referral unit in London. She moved to Princes Risborough in September 2021 with her husband and two young children and now teaches in the secondary mental health provision in Bucks. Anna is passionate about education and making learning accessible to all. In her spare time, Anna enjoys spending time with her family, days out in the countryside, baking and running.



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.


Governors leave the Governing Board for a number of reasons and the following have decided to step down during the past twelve months

Adam Jackson - Governor from 2020 to 2022 - work commitments

James Shapland - Governor from 2019 to 2022 - work commitments

Marie Bell - Governor from 2019 to 2022 - other commitments

Katie Holder - Governor from 2020 to 2021 - work commitments







Governors Register of Interest 2022-23

Governor Attendance 2021/2022