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John has been a Co-opted (previously Community) Governor at Buckingham Primary School since 2010, having previously had a long spell as a parent governor. He is Chair of the Governing Body and via Chair of the School Development Committee. He also sits on the Resources committee and has governor responsibility for Curriculum, Science, and Design & Technology. He has lived opposite the school for over twenty years, and all four of his (now adult) children attended Buckingham. He is married to a local councillor, and works as a professor at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham. For relaxation, he follows cricket. 


Dianne has been a Staff Governor since 2007 and sits on the School Development Committee. She has worked at Buckingham for 16 years, 9 years as a Reception Class teacher and more recently as Early Years Phase Leader.  At the school Dianne is responsible for the delivery of Phonics. Over the last few years, Dianne has regularly organised and run Buckingham Primary School’s prize winning stall at Hampton Carnival and always is to be seen at the school’s community events. Family is an important part of her life; she is married with three grown up children and a beautiful granddaughter. When she is not at school she enjoys travelling the world with her husband. She has lived in Hampton with her family for 25 years.


Martin was elected to the Governing body as a co-opted Governor in February 2015 and became our Local Authority Governor in February 2019. He has taken up governor responsibility for KS2 and Creative Arts and Music. He is Chair of the School Development Committee. He has been associated with Buckingham as a volunteer for a number of years working with years 4 and 5. He has also assisted in a number of school trips including Hindleap Warren. Aside from that his wife Jane worked at the school for many years prior to retirement. Martin is currently employed as a Law Enforcement Officer for Spelthorne Council. Prior to this he was employed as a Detective Sergeant with the Metropolitan Police until his retirement in 2011. When not working Martin enjoys time with his 6 grandchildren and singing. Martin recently passed his Associate of Trinity College London Diploma (ATCL) in Music Performance and is now currently studying for a Licentiate of Trinity College London Diploma again in Music Performance.


Sarah is a Co-opted Governor, previously having been a Staff Governor, since 2009.  She sits on both the Resources and School Development Committees. She currently teaches in Year 2 as well as being the Assistant Headteacher responsible for Safeguarding and Pastoral Care.  Sarah manages the school’s volunteers and helping parents and supervises the professional development of the staff.  She is also responsible for developing public relations and links with the local community as well as Health and Safety. Sarah has been at the school for 20 years. In her spare time she loves to read and spend time on her computer. She enjoys learning Spanish, looking after her vegetable patch and her pets and is a keen photographer.


Chris was a Parent Governor when elected in October 2014 and is now a Co-Opted Governor. He sits on the Resource Committee and is Lead Governor for PSHE, Early Years and Special Building Projects. The eldest of his three children attends Buckingham Primary School with the others hopefully following suit. Chris is a Chartered Building Surveyor with Surrey County Council delivering maintenance and improvement building works for a diverse range of public properties. Chris was previously a volunteer Special Constable for 10 years. In his spare time Chris enjoys going on adventures and exploring the countryside with his family, tinkering with his 1968 Mini Cooper and is the proud owner of a Brentford FC season ticket!


I graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. My  current job is working as Road Safety and Active Travel Team Manager for Surrey County Council. The aim of the team is to reduce death and injury on Surrey’s roads, and to encourage more walking and cycling. An important part of this is leading teams who provide of a range of road safety skills, training and educational interventions to several hundred schools throughout Surrey. The team also assist schools in creating School Travel Plans which are a list of actions that schools will undertake to promote sustainable travel. I have two children at Buckingham Primary School. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family including supporting Chelsea Women’s football team, days out in the countryside and cycling. He is Chair of the Resources Committee.


I am the newly elected Parent Governor. 

I studied history at university. I have two children at Buckingham Primary School. I work for a housing association, responsible for gas safety and other areas of compliance. I love football, travelling and learning new languages. I am looking forward to working with other governors and playing an active role within the school.



Having graduated with a degree in gemology from Gemology Institute of America, I developed great expertise for managing demand for the natural resources, at the forefront of valuing and delivering rare precious stones and metals to some of the worlds exclusive communities. I learned to appreciate the true value of it and so progressed my studies to MSc in Environmental Affairs. I live in Hampton with my husband and three daughters with the two eldest attending Buckingham Primary School. We love outdoors, music and swimming.

 One of my main motivations for my role as Parent Governor would be supporting and nurturing school community with the aim to serve my skills and enthusiasm to continue developing BPS vision, success and ambitions to its highest standard.


I have joined the governors at Buckingham Primary School having had two children attend the school so being involved as a parent. They have now both moved onto secondary school but still look back with fond memories of their time in the school. I am looking forward to taking on this role and supporting the school as they carry on their journey.  I am a Year 6 teacher and Maths Leader, working in the local area, so understand the challenges schools face. Outside of teaching, I am involved in Scouting in Spelthorne and hold the role of Deputy District Commissioner with a lead on growth and development as well as the cub section. I enjoy spending as much time as possible out and about and exploring new places. I am very lucky that my family also share this interest! 

Governor Newsletter

The Governing Body

At Buckingham Primary School, the Full Governing Body is comprised of thirteen governors, including parents, teachers, volunteers from the local authority and the community. We are an energetic and ambitious group that work together to provide independent oversight of the management and operation of the school, with the aim of improving the quality of education provided and raising standards.


The Governing Body:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community overall and does so by holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

  • plans the school's future by setting the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing including the performance management policy
  • makes sure the agreed Curriculum is well taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupils' spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • makes sure the school provides for all pupils including those with special needs.

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It is important we get things right. How we do our job effects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the school in the community. Governors support and challenge the head teacher by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what is best for the school. We are not there to rubber stamp decisions. We have to be prepared to give and take advice and are often described as a “critical friend”.


At Buckingham Primary School, the Full Governing Body meets six times a year, but most of the work is carried out via two main committees, which again meet six times a year. Both committees may then further delegate to smaller groups as required.


Resources Committee

This brings Finance, Staffing and Premises together in one committee.


School Development Committee (SDC)

This deals with Teaching and Learning, Achievement and Progress of Pupils and Curriculum Development


Both Attendance and Pupil Premium are reviewed at both committees.


If you would like to contact the Governors please email: Chairofgovernors@buckingham.richmond.sch.uk



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