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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.


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

Jay Mitchell-Bunce

Staff governor
Duncan Furey Co-opted


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.

Charlotte Krzanicki

Having a child join Prince William in year 9 and one child join year 7 in September 2019, I felt empowered to support my children’s education and represent the voice of the parents.

I am currently a Senior Education Adviser for a large Nottingham Academies Trust with responsibility for the development of a number of primary academies. I have extensive experience in special educational needs, Ofsted, school improvement and leadership. Whilst my expertise is primary I felt my skills were transferrable to secondary. I was therefore delighted to have been appointed a parent governor and relish the challenge to continue to support the rapid improvements the school have already made on it’s journey to success.

I passionately believe that all pupils deserve a good education and should be well supported, not just by the school but the whole community so they are given every opportunity to achieve their very best. 

Jay Mitchell-Bunce

Jay is a teacher at Prince William School.

Duncan Furey

To follow.

Below you can find information about governance across the Trust, including details of our Members and Trustees.


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


Page Downloads Date  
PWS minutes LAB 24 January 2019 08th May 2019 Download
PWS minutes LAB 6 November 2018 08th May 2019 Download
PWS minutes LAB 18 September 2018 08th May 2019 Download
PWS minutes LAB March 2019 18th Jun 2019 Download
Governor Attendance 2018 19 PWS 20th Aug 2019 Download
PWS minutes SP February 2019 29th Aug 2019 Download
PWS minutes SP April 2019 31st Oct 2019 Download
PWS minutes LAB 24 September 2019 17th Dec 2019 Download
PWS minutes SP 22 October 2019 03rd Mar 2020 Download
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