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Governors

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

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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 Board. 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.

 

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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)

· 2 associate governors (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 vacancies for Associate Governors and if you would be interested in taking on this role please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Chris Gentry

Chair of Governors

 

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Members of Governing Body (as of September 2020)

 

 

Mr Chris Gentry

Community Governor

Chair of Governors (July 2019)

Business Interests: None

Chris has been a school governor for just under 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.

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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, Safeguarding and Music.  She lives in Princes Risborough with her family, and loves singing.  

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Mrs Victoria Williams

Parent Governor

Business Interests: None

Victoria joined the governing board 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.

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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. 

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Mrs Amy Howlett

Headteacher

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.

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Mr James Shapland 

Parent Governor

Business Interests: None

James joined the Governing Board 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.

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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.

 

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Mrs Marie Bell 

Community Governor

Business Interests: None

Having recently joined the Governing Board, 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.

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Miss Katie Holder

Community Governor

Business Interests: None

With a keen interest in education, Katie works as a Chemistry teacher in a secondary school in Oxfordshire and as an Athletics coach at a preparatory school. In her spare time she enjoys trail running and walks with her dog.

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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.

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Mr Adam Jackson

Community Governor

Business Interests: None

Having been a staff governor since early 2020, upon leaving PRPS in September 2020 I was keen to remain on the board to continue to see the school grow. I have been teaching for 6 years and have recently qualified as teacher and I am now working in a local SEMH school. During my spare time I enjoy playing sports and I am a football referee at Semi-Professional level.

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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 Register of Interest 2020

Governor Attendance 2019/2020

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