Welcome to the Governors Page

What is a School Governor?

Core Functions of Governing Body

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

As members of the governing body of Long Crendon School, we work very much in the background, supporting the busy day to day life of our thriving, very successful and very happy school.

Children are at the very centre of our school community – and rightly so: they are the reason for the very existence of the community, and they are the focus and priority in all that we do. The parents, staff and the head teacher then form successive layers of support for the children.

The governors form the outermost layer of support, furthest removed from the child in the middle of the day to day life of the school, but nonetheless we too have an important role to play in the education and welfare of the children. In fact our main aim is to maintain and improve the standards of education in the school.

Minutes of Governor meetings are available on request. Please contact the school office to request these.

If you wish to contact the school governors please email the chair using chairofgovernors@longcrendon.bucks.sch.uk or via the school office using office@longcrendon.bucks.sch.uk

If you wish to know when Governing Body meetings are taking place or would like access to any of the previous minutes please contact Lesley Leith at the School Office.

Our Current Long Crendon School Governors

Tim Kidd

Tim Kidd

Chair of Governors

I first became engaged with the governing body when my two daughters were pupils at the school, although they have long since left. My eldest daughter now works for the DWP in Operational Research, and my youngest is studying Biochemistry at Birmingham University.
My membership of the governing body started in 2008 and I am currently its chair. Amongst my responsibilities, I am a member of the Finance, Premises and Performance Management committees. I also have responsibility for monitoring the school development plan for science.
Some people ask me why I am still involved with the school. It’s simple; it gives me the opportunity to work with a great group of people both in the governing body and the wider school staff who are determined to give all the children who come to the school the best education possible to prepare them for their future lives.
Outside of the specifics of the governor role, I recently retired from working life in a market research agency based in London, have lived in Shabbington for over twenty years (the village was in catchment when my daughters were of primary school age) and try to keep fit by cycling and horse riding.

Liz Guerin

Liz Guerin

Vice-Chair of Governors

I became a Governor in 2011 because I wanted to do some volunteering in my local community. My husband, Mark and I had moved to Long Crendon a couple of years earlier and I wanted to feel part of the community which is not always easy when you work full time and don’t have children as we didn’t when I first registered an interest in becoming a Governor.

When the role was advertised it jumped out to me because it was an opportunity to contribute to something at the heart of our village community and because as an HR professional I passionately believe in education in the widest sense and the importance of learning and growing throughout life. I loved the idea of helping our school be the best it can be because I am personally very grateful for the opportunities, happy memories and strong start in life a good education in a great school has given me. Now that I have a daughter at the school I want the same for her. I also thought the skills and experience I have gained in my 20 years in HR would enable me to make a useful contribution.

I chair the Personnel Committee and am the Co-Ordinator for Literacy. My daughter, Georgia is in Year 1.

Eleanor Gordon-Martin

Eleanor Gordon-Martin

Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor after moving to Thame. I have always worked in education and wanted to volunteer in my local community. I have always loved learning even when I found other aspects of my education difficult. The opportunities that became available to me as a result of my education were exciting and I relished the challenges that education provided. My career has particularly focused on the use of education as a vehicle for social mobility. I currently work to support students from a range of social and ethnic groups to progress through their studies into courses and employment which they hadn’t thought were possible for them. Throughout my career the importance of primary education has become more evident and I am so pleased that I can be part of a Board which is championing education and opportunities for children from such a young age. I am thrilled to have been appointed the Wellbeing Governor as matters surrounding wellbeing and mental health are close to my heart.

Moving to Thame in early 2021 has been a test and starting as a governor during a global pandemic has provided further obstacles when getting to know the school, staff and its pupils. Now that children are returning to school, I’m looking forward to getting to know them and the local community better so that I will be able to support them as best I can.

Amanda Cook

Interim Head Teacher
Anna Bowden

Anna Bowden

Deputy Head Teacher

Having been in schools for over fifteen years in a variety of roles, I have a huge amount of experience of not only the day to day running of a school but also the strategic development that needs to take place. I particularly enjoy working with our school community, ensuring that our school is tailor made for the children in our care. As staff governor, currently I am on the Curriculum and Standards committee and the Resources committee. I enjoy bridging between the staff of our school and the Governing body.

Alexandra Turnbull-Brown

Alexandra Turnbull-Brown

Co-opted Governor

Hello, I am a F/T class teacher at Long Crendon School. I thoroughly enjoy working at Long Crendon and have been a part of the team for 6 years now. I am currently on Maternity Leave, however, my presence on the Governing Body continues.

Throughout my 14 years in teaching I have been fortunate enough to teach across both Key Stages as well as be a part of, and lead, in different areas within this rewarding profession.

As a Governor I form part of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Here I am able to engage with our curriculum across a wider vision from Foundation Stage to Year 6.

Helen Smith

Helen Smith

Local Authority Governor

Having been on the Governing Body for twenty years now, I have helped to structure and oversee an ever changing scene as well as maintain some stability, where each child’s learning and well being have remained key. I still live in the village with my husband and our two sons attended the school before setting out on their own amazing pathways. I sit on the Teaching & Learning and Resources Committees as well as the Eco School Working Group and chair the School Travel Plan Working Group.
To these, and the whole Governing Body, I can bring my current experience as an Early Years Advisor, previous teaching experience as a science teacher and my fascination with how children learn - both in school and through their wider experiences. As part of the School Development Plan, I am the Early Years Governor. Through getting involved directly, as well as at a strategic level, governors can enable children, families and staff to work together to build strong foundations for learning and exploration.

Karen Pinel

Karen Pinel

Co-opted Governor

I feel very privileged to join the Long Crendon school governing body as a parent Governor. I took up the role in 2021 when my daughter started at Long Crendon school. I saw this as an opportunity to be able to work with the school and Governors to support and continue to develop the schools high standards of learning, behaviour and achievement.

I have worked in the NHS for nearly 20 years, specialising in paediatrics. I believe many of the specialist leadership skills and working knowledge of governance I have developed, are transferable to my role on the governing body. I am committed and motivated both at work and within the governing role, to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.

As family we are very much a part of long Crendon village life and have lived in the area since 2011. I play hockey for Thame in my spare time

Jane Crawshaw

Jane Crawshaw

Parent Governor

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in November 2016 because of a passion for seeing young people develop inquiring and creative minds. I pursue this passion in my working life as a University Lecturer and Historian. My research explores the sophisticated systems of public health developed in Renaissance Italy. I hold an MA from the University of Edinburgh and an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. I have worked at the University of St Andrews and joined Oxford Brookes University in 2009. In 2011, along with a colleague, I received a teaching award for University learning outside the classroom from the Higher Education Academy.

The more I work in education, the more convinced I am of the essential role of the early years’ provision and I am a particular supporter of Long Crendon School’s emphasis on Outdoor Learning. I love to see children finding out about the people and places of the past through architecture and heritage sites, as well as enjoying the fun and wonder of the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside on its own terms. I have two children who attend Long Crendon School.

Beyond my work and spending time with my family, I love reading, engaging with art and travelling to the seaside or to Italy (and the Italian seaside best of all). I am particularly interested in equal opportunities and experiences of education for all children.

I chair the Governors’ Curriculum and Standards committee.

Thanks and all good wishes,

Olly Minton

Olly Minton

Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor after recently moving to Long Crendon. I have worked with and alongside young people for a number of years, most recently in my role as Head of Finance for Great Ormond Street Hospital, where I have seen first hand the strength, creativity and passion for learning of hundreds of children in really challenging situations.

I am also the Treasurer and a Trustee of Doorstep Library - a literacy charity operating in some of the most disadvantaged areas of London where volunteers carry backpacks of books to visit families to read stories with the children, lend them books, and ultimately instill a love of reading and a passion for books.

I’m really looking forward to getting involved with the school governing body and supporting the organisation, its students and the wider community.

Howard Beveridge

Howard Beveridge

Co-opted Governor

We moved to Long Crendon in 2003 and both my children went to Long Crendon school and really prospered from their time at the school. I have been involved with the school for many years as a parent, on the PTA and helping with organising various events including a couple of village fetes.
I joined the Governing Body in 2015 as I was just starting out on a new career as a professional School Business Manager. Having enjoyed the local school community for many years I was keen to add something back to the community with the new skills I had developed. I am currently Chair of Finances and also a Vice Chair of the Governing Body. It is great experience working with such a dedicated, enthusiastic and professional bunch of people who work at the school and manage the Governing Body.
I currently work as a School Business Manager at a large secondary school in Aylesbury.

Ian Leigh

Associate Governor

My wife and I moved to Long Crendon after retirement in 2021 to be near to our new grandson and his family who live in Haddenham.

A scientist by training, with a doctorate in Physics, the first half of my lengthy public sector career was spent in research, science policy and project management. The second half focussed on consumer protection, regulation and corporate governance – chiefly in the varied fields of postal services, immigration and accountancy.

My wife spent her career teaching Mathematics in a leading girls’ school (and our daughter has followed in her footsteps, although our son moved into IT following his music degree!).

Prior to arriving here I spent seven years as governor/trustee of a successful (“outstanding”) open access sixth form college in Surrey in order to become practically involved in the world of education myself. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to maintain this interest and to serve the local community of Long Crendon in a similar role.

Becky Honour

Parent Governor

I seem to have been in education my whole life - school, college, university and then as a teacher, as a parent of school aged children (my children are currently in Year 3 and Year 6) and most recently I completed an MA Education (Leadership and Management) in December 2021.

We moved to Stone from Oxford in 2015 and our son was fortunate to be allocated a place at Long Crendon school, as was our daughter in 2018.

I have been a teacher since 2004 in the sixth form sector, starting in Oxford, then in Banbury and finally in Henley on Thames. My specialist subjects are Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science and Teacher Training.

I am passionate about developing and enhancing the teaching and learning experience for both the student / pupil and the teacher. I hope to bring the skills I have developed as a teaching professional to the role to support parents, other governors and the teaching team at Long Crendon school. Sport (especially running, Hockey & Rugby) is a key feature in my everyday life and I can normally be found running around Buckinghamshire training for a long run or pitch / track side supporting my children. I am particularly looking forward to supporting this area of the curriculum.

Welcoming our new governors

It is important that the governing body has people in the roles necessary to meet its constitution, and to include people with the skills and capabilities to help the school most effectively. 

We are pleased to welcome the following members to the school’s governing body to meet both those needs.

Debbie Kratt – associate governor; Debbie also works in education and is the head of sixth form at a school in Ascot, with a professional interest in being involved in school governance. Debbie lives in the village and her children attended the school previously. 

Donna Woodward – staff governor; Donna will take on the vacancy we had for a staff governor as our year 4 teacher and key stage 2 lead. She will be known to many already and her experience combined with her energy will be a great addition to us.

Sarah Buckley – associate governor; Sarah is a parent with children in school and is very keen to be involved in governorship and to help the school in that context. Sarah will develop her understanding of the role and be ready to be appointed formally as a parent governor in the future, should a vacancy arise and with there be no others volunteering to take on the role.

We are currently working on creating more complete biographies together with photos for addition to the website.

Please click below for:

Our Governor details and meeting attendance.

This data also includes a list of our previous governors.

This is for the year 2020 / 2021

2020 / 2021 Key Gov Information