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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 now meet three times each term as a Full Governing Body.  One of these meeting focuses on finance, staff, premises and health & safety and another focuses on teaching and learning and pupil welfare.  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:


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

· 1 Co-opted governor (appointed in conjunction with the Great Learners Trust)

· 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 don't have any vacancies on the Board but we are always on the lookout for people who are interested in becoming governors so don't let the fact that we currently have no vacancies put you off!  Therefore, if you are interested, please get in touch with me via the School Office.


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.


I look forward to hearing from you.


Chris Gentry

Chair of Governors






Members of PRPS Governing Body (as of September 2019)



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 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 two part-time jobs which keep 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


Community Governor (September 2018)

Vice Chair of Governors (July 2019)

Areas of Responsibility: Pupil Premium, Safeguarding 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 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 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 one of which is currently 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 Russell Blakeborough 

Parent Governor (Sep 2015 onwards)

Areas of Responsiblity: EYFS

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.






Mrs Amy Howlett


Staff Governor: September 2019

Area of Responsibity: Headteacher

Business Interests: None


Amy has been teaching for 14 years and joined Princes Risborough Primary 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.



James Shapland 

James joined the Governing body as a parent Governor in December 2019. James has two children in the school/Pre-school, and is keen support the learning and development of the next generation. James works for the Met Office specialising in civil aviation, and moved to Princes Risborough in 2015 after being deployed to Heathrow Airport. James enjoys exploring the local countryside, and playing football and cricket with his young family.



Jim Brudenell 

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.



Marie Bell 

Having recently joined the Governing Body, Marie is a local resident and an ex parent of the school. She taught for over 15years in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and now works part time as an exam invigilator. Marie and her husband are enjoying life as the owners of a very active golden retriever puppy called Fred.





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)

Mr P Dollemore

Miss E Bacon (Sept 2017 - Oct 2019)

Mrs S Tallack 



Governors Attendance 2018/2019