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Governors

Excellent teaching ensures pupils success whatever their ability

ISI Report 2012

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Contact the Chairman

In cases of need, the Chairman of the Godstowe Council can be contacted through the school in writing: Mrs K. Allner, Chairman of the School Council, Godstowe School, Shrubbery Road, High Wycombe, Bucks HP13 6PR. You may also contact the school office to arrange a meeting by telephoning 01494 529273.

Kate Allner, Chairman

A former parent, Kate has three children, all of whom attended Godstowe at some point, including her son. All continued onto Haileybury as boarders and they now all work in London. 

Having lived locally, Kate went to Wycombe High School and Bath University before pursuing a career in the City until the arrival of her children. Currently she is a committee member of the Chiltern branch of Action Medical Research. Kate enjoys sailing and tennis.

Nikki Annable

A former Godstowe pupil who went on to Roedean, Nikki has three children who all attended the school. She is the Deputy Chairman of Council and Chairman of the General Purposes Committee. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development with an MSc in Strategic Personnel and Management. She is an HR Director for a charity giving support and care, which has commercial operations including independent schools.

Martin Ashworth

Martin and his wife Alison have two daughters who both attended Godstowe and are now at Headington School in Oxford.

Martin is a Chartered Accountant, specialising in European capital policy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London, whilst Alison has recently retired from the Oil and Gas industry.

Outside of work Martin’s interests include skiing, running and trying to sail a small dinghy on the Thames at Cookham.

Janet Brent

Janet Brent has been on the School Council since 2000 following three years as Chairman of The Friends of Godstowe, and was Deputy Chairman of Council and Chairman of the General Purposes Committee for several years before stepping down from these positions in July 2015. Janet has had two daughters at Godstowe, both of whom were initially day girls and subsequently full boarders to the top of the school. Her elder daughter, Catherine, is now a Vet, and her younger daughter, Pamela, a City lawyer.

Professionally, Janet qualified in medicine at The Royal Free Hospital, London, and holds a postgraduate diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Her most recent post was as a company medical adviser, but she has now retired. Her husband is a chartered accountant and for 38 years was Chairman of an international manufacturing company, and she has a son in business in the USA. 

Janet is particularly aware of the pressures and responsibilities that arise within a school community as she comes from a family with a strong educational background: her father was Headmaster of a 1,500-pupil school in which her mother also taught.

Tom Bunbury

Tom Bunbury joined the School Council in November 2008. He has been Headmaster of Papplewick School in Ascot since January 2004, a prep school for boys aged 6-13 which a number of Godstowe brothers attend. Prior to his teaching career, Tom was a solicitor in London working in criminal law.

Tom is married to Sallie and they have four children, Harry, Mollie, Lily and Archie aged 11, 10, 9 and 8. Fatherhood and headmastership have restricted the time available for Tom’s former interests of tennis, golf, theatre and travel but he still harbours hopes of returning to them one day!

Rachel Owens

Rachel Owens joined the School Council in June 2012. She was Headmistress of St George's, Ascot from 2011 to 2016, and is currently Headmistress of St George’s, Weybridge - she can't cope with name changes! When Headmistress in Ascot, she was always very impressed by the former Godstowe girls at the school. Rachel has been a teacher for 25 years, and believes firmly that happiness is the key to a successful school career - hence she is a huge supporter of the environment and ethos at Godstowe.

Rachel is married to Tom, a fellow historian and teacher, and they have twin boys, Arthur and Willem, aged 11. The boys (all three!) are sports mad, so she also spends a great deal of time practising her forward defensive in the hallway….

Linda Poore

Linda joined the School Council in November 2010. She is married to John and has 4 daughters, all of whom attended Godstowe as day girls.  Three of the girls consequently went onto Wycombe High School and the other to Beaconsfield High School before going to university.

Founder member and subsequent Secretary of  FOG. Took over the running of the Second Hand Uniform Shop from School for the Friends on a weekly basis for several years.

Former member/Chairman/Secretary of the High Wycombe branch of the NSPCC and has been a former member and Secretary of both Beaconsfield High School PTA and Amersham Swimming Club. 

Currently Ladies Secretary of Hazlemere Golf Club.  Apart from golf, Linda also enjoys theatre, tennis and travel.

Michael Tebbot

Michael was elected the inaugural Chairman of the Friends of Godstowe and served on the Fundraising Committee for the new £1m Music School, completed in 1999. He was Chairman of Council from 2002 until his retirement in 2007.

Michael is married to Merelina and has four children, all of whom attended Godstowe at one stage. The youngest, Ruth, left in July 1999.

Professionally, Michael is Director of Garrett McKee Tebbot and Wells Architects based High Wycombe.

Charles van den Arend

Charles joined the school Council in the spring of 2012. He is married to an old Godstowe girl and has three young children aged 14, 12 and 9. 

Charles and his family currently live between Oxford and Reading. All three of his children currently attend boarding schools. He is a partner in a firm of accountants based in London

Tara Leaver

Tara joined the School Council in 2016. She has two daughters, both of whom attended Godstowe. The youngest left Godstowe in 2015 and both girls now flexi-board at Queen Anne’s, Caversham.

After leaving school, Tara joined Barclays in London, initially working in Corporate Lending before moving into the Human Resources field within the company and taking on a variety of roles. More recently, Tara was a member of Friends of Godstowe for seven years including two years as Chair.

Tara is a keen gardener and cook and also enjoys riding and walking her dogs.

Excellent teaching ensures pupils success whatever their ability

ISI Report 2012