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Governors

The Governing body plays an extremely important role at Prince William School.

All governing boards have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

(Department for Education 2017)

All school Governors attend full governors meetings usually held once a term. Governors are also members of one of a number of sub-committees, for example Finance and premises. Governors are also expected to be a visible presence at school events supporting the students and staff through their achievements and successes.

Governors

   
Catherine Burbage (chair)  
Richard Fincher (vice-chair) Trust-board appointed
Debbie Twigger  Trust-board appointed
Emma Tansley  Trust-board appointed
Iona Colvin  Trust-board appointed
Charlotte Krzanicki Parent governor

 

Catherine Burbage

With two children at various stages in the school, I’ve been involved with PWS through some turbulent times. I became a governor in January 2016 because I wanted to help support and contribute to the development of a local secondary school which offers all children the best education it can. I became Chair of the Local Advisory Board (previously the Local Governing Body) in September 2018. I am so pleased to see the rapid improvement of the school since a secure management structure was implemented, which has only been possible because of the commitment, professionalism and determination of all involved.

In my professional life I am a Communications Manager at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, covering strategic planning, incident and crisis communications, campaigns, media, and engagement, and am also involved with cross-departmental projects on change, culture, wellbeing and professional development. At home I enjoy running, swimming and walking in the lovely Northamptonshire countryside, and am trying to get to grips with riding a bike better too!

Richard Fincher

I’ve lived in Peterborough, Northampton, Oundle and the surrounding villages for the past 25 years, working as a journalist, editor and publisher of magazines. Prior to that I was in the Navy for a short stint, and latterly my roles involve running a specialist media business and sitting on the board of a wholesale company.

I’ve had to get up to some degree of speed in a wide range of disciplines and as I get older it’s clearer than ever that learning doesn’t stop. For me, getting a good grounding in HOW to learn and equally how we work successfully with others is a real passion. In many cases it’s those subjects that we have to chew away at which eventually give us the most benefit.

The role of governor is thought-provoking, challenging and engaging; more than I imagined, but also more rewarding as the school progresses onwards.

Debbie Twigger

I have been involved in teaching vocational subjects for many years and am pleased to be a governor with responsibility currently for SEN.  

I believe that all children should have the same opportunities in life and aim to ensure the gap between disadvantaged and advantaged children narrows. I have been a governor at Prince William since October 2017.

Emma Tansley

I have been a governor at the school since 2012 and am alumni to the school.
For the past 15 years, I have worked as an Architect, both in the UK and Australia and now run my own practice locally.

Iona Colvin

I am a career consultant working at the University of Leicester. My particular responsibility is to support students from under-represented groups make the most out of their time at university in order to close gaps in engagement and graduate outcomes between these groups and the wider university population. I also enjoy an outreach aspect to my role and deliver careers and employability workshops in schools and colleges across Leicester. I have a teaching background and am truly inspired by the transformation impact of education.

I am looking forward to becoming a critical friend to the school and supporting in achieving the vision set out for the future.

You can view the minutes from the school's latest governor meeting below.

Downloads

Page Downloads Date  
PWS minutes LAB 18 September 2018 final 17th Dec 2018 Download
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