Tom Baskerville - Headteacher
As Headteacher I am a member of the Governing Body. I have been in Primary education for 15 years, working in 4 different schools, of which I have spent 8 years working as a Deputy Head. I joined as Headteacher of Monks Risborough in January 2014. I undertook my teacher training at University College Northampton, an advanced PGCE and diploma in SEN Coordination at Oxford Brookes University, as well as my National Professional Qualification for Headteachers through the National College for School Leadership. Over the last two years I have sat on the Bucks STAFA Panel, identifying children who require an Education, Health and Care Plan and have also served as a member of the Buckinghamshire Nurture Groups Steering Committee. I am married with two children both of primary school age. As Headteacher, I am a member on all Monks Risborough Governing Body Committees.
Lauren Flaxton - Chair of Governors/Parent Governor
I am a Parent Governor and joined the Governing Body in November 2014. Since joining, I have been involved in the Curriculum Committee, with responsibilities for both the Design and Technology subject area, but also more recently the School Council. I am passionate that the experience our children receive at school is one of happiness, enrichment and self-fulfillment. As a member of the Governing Body, I’m delighted to be able to support the leadership and future direction of our school.
Charles Vint - Vice Chair/Parent Governor
I have been an active supporter of the school since we moved to Monks Risborough in 2010. I have three children, with two of them still attending the school. I am a regular helper at PTA events and I also enjoy presenting to the pupils during language days or STEM week. I became a parent governor at the end of of 2015 and I am now a member of the Finance, Premises, Health and Safety committees, as well as being the Geography governor. Professionally I am an engineering consultant and I am always keen to use the skills I have acquired for the benefit of the school, including supporting the management of continuous improvement. I enjoy spending time with my family, as well as woodland management and tennis.
Sarah Dyer – Vice Chair/Parent Governor
I am a parent governor and joined the governing body in July 2012. As part of the curriculum team of governors, I am involved in monitoring the curriculum at Monks Risborough Primary. My particular governor responsibility is maths which involves meeting regularly with the maths coordinator team and also visiting the children in their numeracy lessons once a term. I enjoy teaching part time in a local primary school and I have three children at Monks Risborough. I feel that this enables a thorough, empathetic and realistic approach to our school's continuous drive for curriculum improvement and enrichment.
Miranda Hollyer - Staff Governor
I am a staff governor, representing the staff on the full Governing Body and Curriculum Committee, a roll I have been in for two years. I am the School Administrator and have worked at Monks Risborough for almost nine years. During this time I have also been a teaching assistant working in KS2 and have had many wonderful and varied experiences of school life. Through both my roles I have a broad understanding of our school and the needs of it's pupils, parents and staff. I am married with two children, who I love spending time with, I also enjoy walking my dog in our lovely surroundings.
Alistair Lumb - Parent Governor
"I have been a Parent Governor at the school since 2011, and currently have a daughter in Year 5 and a son in Year 3. I became a governor as I wanted to make a contribution both to the school and to my local community. I see the role of a governor as to work to support the school to provide the best possible education for each and every child in the school, and to continually challenge ourselves to do better. In my job as a consultant in the NHS, I have experience of providing leadership within a multidisciplinary team to provide a high quality service within a limited budget, and I aim to bring those skills to my work as a governor. I am currently supporting science within the school, and sit on the Finance and Health and Safety committees as well as the main Governing Body."
Jill Rae - Parent Governor
I joined the governing body in 2005 and remain a committed governor with a keen interest in the education and well-being of children. My 3 sons have left Monks Risborough but happy memories of Monks have not left them. Before I had children I taught in Bucks, Outer London and overseas. I now teach Key Stage One and am SENCO at a local Primary School. I believe that Monks Risborough is a fantastic school in so many ways and in my roles as Chair of Curriculum, Literacy Governor and Assessment Governor I hope to ensure that we respect tradition and Christian values while embracing change and moving forward in a positive way.
James Tomkins – Foundation Governor.
I am the vicar of St. Dunstan’s Church and act as one of the school’s three foundation governors appointed by the Oxford Diocese. I regularly take the whole school assembly on a Monday morning and have a number of governor responsibilities including Religious Education and Music. For the last 30 years I have been involved in the Scouting Movement who’s aim is to support young people in their personal development and in making a positive contribution to society. This feeds into my role as the governor with responsibility for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and I frequently support the school on residential trips. I also have the responsibility of ensuring that the school practices an equal and inclusive approach to all children and to encourage the school’s involvement in the local and global community.
Heather Willis - Foundation Governor
I was appointed as a Foundation governor in February 2009 by the Oxford Diocese. My role is to ensure the distinctiveness of the school as a Church of England School. For over ten years I have volunteered at Lighthouse, a christian holiday week for children. I am a midday supervisor at the school and have been a teaching assistant in reception. I am a member of the full governing body and curriculum committees. I feel very fortunate that I and my two children are former Monks Risborough pupils with many happy memories.
Ian Cox - Parent Governor
I was elected as a Parent Governor in January 2011 for a term of four years and thoroughly enjoy being part of a team that makes a recognisable contribution to the education the children enjoy. Currently I have one child at Monks Risborough, however my association with the school is longer than that as both my teenage children are former Monks Risborough pupils. I am currently the Governor responsible for ICT and Chair of the Finance, Property Health and Safety Committees.