Naphill and Walters Ash School




Message from the Co-chairs of Governors

A school should be an aspirational place. Welcome to Naphill and Walters Ash School. We are ambitious for every child. We value all our children and encourage them to believe in themselves and reach their full potential.

Marc, I and the rest of the Governing Body, work closely with the Head Teacher and all the staff to set high standards and expectations in teaching, learning and extracurricular activities for all our children and the highest standard of behaviour across the school.

Our ambition is that your child leaves Naphill having achieved the very best that they are able to. Partnerships are vital to achieving that ambition and this is where as parents and carers you can help your child.

Our continued feedback from the Head Teacher, staff and from other Governing Bodies is that reading at home is absolutely vital to children’s education. It may appear mundane, but time spent with your child reading or doing homework is never wasted. Reading is a cornerstone of education. From reading comes comprehension, not just in English, but in ALL subjects taught across the curriculum as well as in the wider world.

10 to 20 minutes each day, reading to or with your child, checking their understanding of what they read, encouraging them to explore subjects more deeply. As well as reading, helping them learn spelling and times tables will have a positive impact that will help them make steps towards their aspirations.


Kind regards

Paul Riglar and Marc Millar


Role of the Governing Body

  • To set the aims and objectives for the school
  • To define the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • To set the targets and plans for achieving those aims and objectives
  • To monitor the progress that the school is making
  • To be a source of support and challenge to the Head Teacher


Structure of the Governing Body

There are 14 governors; the Head teacher, 1 staff governor, 1 local authority governor, 4 parent governors and 7 co-opted governors.

There are two committees that meet once a term:

  • Finance & Resources
    Responsible for the school budget, staffing, premises etc.
  • Teaching & Learning
    Responsible for curriculum matters.
  • The committees make recommendations to the full Governing Body, (all 14 governors) who also meet once a term to formally adopt the policies and to approve any other decisions taken at committee.

Paul Riglar – Chair and member of the Finance and Resources Committee

Paul Riglar was elected a parent governor in October 2012. He was last appointed as a co-opted governor for a 4 year term on 1 September 2020.
He became chair of the Finance and Resources committee in May 2014 and is currently Chair of Governors.
Both of his children went to Naphill with his younger daughter still at the school.
He lives locally and is the school’s representative and a trustee of the Naphill Village Hall and Playing Fields Council.
He has no governance roles in other educational institutions or any material interests arising from relationships between other governors and/or the school.
Martin Burch – Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee


Martin Burch was elected as a co-opted governor in February 2017 and re-elected for a further term until 2025.

He currently serves as chair of the Finance and Resources Committee.

He moved to Naphill in 2007 when his company relocated to High Wycombe. He has three adult children, none of which attended the school.

Martin retired in 2016 after a 40-year career in international marketing and business management and has several years previous experience in governance for an employer pension scheme.

He now spends a lot of time playing golf and enjoying his grandchildren.

If you don’t see him at the school you might run into him on one of his regular walks around the village.

He holds no governance roles in other educational institutions or any material interests arising from relationships with other governors and/or the school.

Dani Bowman – Co-opted Governor and member of the Teaching and Learning Committee

Dani Bowman is a co-opted governor and sits on the Teaching & Learning committee, she also is the designated governor for Child Protection/Safeguarding, Early Years, SEN, Pupil Premium and Pay review and liaises between the school and the RAF.

Dani has been involved with the school since 2009 when she and her daughter moved to Walter’s Ash as the RAF High Wycombe Community Development Officer.  She has four children and has been a foster carer, she travelled around with the army, her sons attended a total of 19 schools during this time so she is very aware of the military lifestyle and the positives and negatives this can bring. Dani is a qualified youth worker and has a second degree in play work and has sat on governing boards at several schools while moving around.

When not at work Dani enjoys live music, festivals, camping, reading and spending time with her family

Shelley Bowyer –  Co-opted Governor Shelley Bowyer is a co-opted School governor who was elected in October 2018 and is a member of the Finance and Resources Committee.

She and her family live locally in Walters Ash, and her son currently attends the school, which he loves and enthusiastically tells his friends that his mum talks to Miss Gwynn in her governor capacity.

Shelley is an Applications Team manager at Buckinghamshire Council, working in IT dealing with contract and supplier management.  She has extensive experience in Adults and Children’s Social care and working knowledge of SEN and Admissions.

In her free time Shelley enjoys reading and crafting, although the latter does not always go to plan!

Jennifer Kate Mitchell – Co-opted

Governor / Development Governor


Jennifer was elected as a Co-opted Governor in June 2021 and took on the role of Community Governor.  Jennifer was appointed in January 2022 as the Development Governor on a 4 year term.  Jennifer is a member of the Finance and Resources committee and has no governance roles in other educational institutions or any material interests arising from relationship with other Governors and/or the school.

 Jennifer was born in South Wales. She has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and a BSc (Hons) in Human Resource Management.

Jennifer joined the RAF as an airman and trained as a Dental Nurse, later achieving a Commission as a Personnel Officer. She recently retired from the RAF after 22 years service and is now a Contracts Officer in the Civil Service.

Jennifer is married to a Civil Servant and lives in Walter’s Ash. She has a daughter who is a pupil at NAWAS, and a son who attends Toddle In nursery.

Jo Lavender – Staff Governor


Jo Lavender has been teaching for over 30 years in schools in Berkshire and Oxfordshire and has been the Deputy head at Naphill and Walters Ash school since 2010. As a child she frequently moved schools with her RAF family and so has good empathy with the transient life of a forces schoolchild. 
She is a long-standing staff governor and attends the Teaching and Learning and Safeguarding committees. She has taught all age ranges,  but mostly in KS2, and is currently job sharing in Year 4. Her teaching passions are art, maths and ICT and she has a natural curiosity about science and “big questions”. 
She lives in Oxfordshire with her family and enjoys walking in the Chilterns, nature and a range of arty pastimes.
Rob McMurray – Parent Governor and Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Rob McMurray was elected as a Parent Governor in January 2021 and has been an Associate Governor since 2019.  Rob is chair of the Teaching and Learning committee.

Rob and his wife Christine live in Walters Ash with their two sons and daughter, 1 of whom attend Naphill and Walters Ash school and 2 in secondary school.

Rob has worked in medicine and pharmaceuticals for twenty years doing a variety of commercial and medical roles and is now a training manager for a global company.

As well as being a Governor, Rob is a volunteer coach with the local Naphill football club and still enjoys a game of Rugby with Princes Risborough.

Sarah Elliott – Parent Governor


Sarah was elected as a parent governor in December 2021 and is a member of the Finance and Resources Committee.

Sarah and her husband Nick live in Naphill with their two children who both attend Naphill and Walters Ash School, in Reception and Year 6. 

Sarah has experience in working with and supporting vulnerable children and families and children and young people with SEN. Sarah has extensive knowledge and 10 years’ experience of practice in safeguarding legislation, policy and procedure. 

At the weekends, Sarah can be found running between muddy football pitches and loud dance classes as part of the children’s taxi service, fan club and entourage! 

Philip Arnold – Parent Governor


Philip was elected as a parent governor in December 2021.  Group Captain Arnold was elected as a parent governor in December 2021.  He joined the RAF in December 1992, following university.  His first tour was as a flight commander at RAF Coltishall, followed by posts at RAF Stations Brize Norton, Lyneham, Mount Pleasant and High Wycombe. He has been fortunate to serve overseas four times, in: Kenya, the Falkland Islands, Germany and Alabama. As a Wg Cdr, he was Station Commander at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, before promotion to Group Captain in the Standing Joint Force HQ in Northwood.

Operational tours have included: Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kuwait. He also has broad staff experience, most notably in operational-level planning at Standing Joint Force HQ, the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and the UK Joint Force Air Component; but also, in Strategic Planning at HQ AIR Command and MOD, where he worked on major Defence Logistics programmes. Recently, he was detached to the Cabinet Office to support cross-government contingency planning to prepare for the possibility of a No-deal Brexit.

He gained an MBA from the Open University and a Masters in the Operational Art and Science of War in 2012 from the USAF Air University at Maxwell AFB; he came top of the course, achieved Distinguished Graduate status and won the Deans prize for Academic research.

Married to Allyson, who is a COO for a medical NGO, he has two young children: Charlotte (8) is in the local Naphill and Walters Ash School and Ben (12) who weekly-boards at Cheltenham Preparatory College. In his spare time, he retains a degree of sanity by reading, running (slowly) and flying – predominantly Powered Paragliders.