Our Governors

The Governing Body is as follows:-


 

REBECCA CLIFFORD

CHAIR

CO-OPTED GOVERNOR

Term expires July 2023

I have served as a governor since my eldest daughter started at Theale Primary School in 2011. Both my children have now moved on to secondary school, however, I am in the privileged position of being able to continue to serve on the governing body as a co-opted governor.

I work in the Finance team of a large multi-national company and hold degrees in both Economics and Law from the University of Adelaide in Australia.  I am passionate that the pupils of Theale Primary continue to receive an outstanding education, preparing them for the years ahead and appreciate having the opportunity to serve as a governor and work with the school as it continues to grow and face new challenges.

I became Chair of Governors in Autumn 2018.

 

MICHAEL CARPENTER 

CO-OPTED GOVERNOR

Term expires October 2023

 

 

We have lived in Theale for 14 years now, and I have been a Governor at Theale since 2006 when my oldest daughter Emily was at the school – she is now at University! We have two younger children, one of whom is now at Theale Green, having had a very successful time at Theale Primary, and the other who is in Year 5 now, and thoroughly enjoying all the opportunities Theale has to offer.

 

I work in Reading Borough Council’s Property Services department particularly dealing with property and health and safety related issues. I hope that in particular, I am able to bring some of this experience to assist in making the school the excellent environment for learning that is so beneficial to current and future pupils.

MARJORIE BURRINGTON

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Term expires  August 2021

I am currently employed as part-time Parish Young People's Worker at Holy Trinity Theale. As a committed member of the church, I feel very privileged to have been appointed as a Foundation Governor of Theale Primary School since September 2017. I have attended many of the church services that the children have been involved in, as well as running an After School Club which is attended by around 30 of the school's pupils each session. I never cease to be surprised at the talents and enthusiasm of the children and the care and professionalism of the staff.

I have a degree in West European Studies and in my professional life have worked as a Finance Manager of a Clinical Research Organisation and Operations Director of a small Travel Company. I am confident that some of the skills that I have acquired in these fields over the years may prove beneficial to the Governing Body.

 

JON HOUGHTON

CO-OPTED GOVERNOR

Term expires October 2021

Jon  is now retired but worked in or with primary schools for 40 years. He was a head teacher for over 25 years in three schools, the largest of which had over 500 pupils.

He was seconded to Ofsted for 12 months and continued to do some inspection work as both lead and team inspector for a number of years. He worked for West Berkshire as a School Improvement Adviser for over five years before becoming an independent consultant and trainer.  He has developed and delivered a range of training programmes mainly around school, system and people leadership.

CATHERINE MORLEY

HEADTEACHER

It is a pleasure and privilege to be the headteacher of Theale CE Primary School.  I started my teaching career over 20 years ago and have been a headteacher, serving in two schools, for over 13 years.  In addition, I am a National Leader of Education, providing help and support to other schools locally and sometimes further afield. 

I have four children and believe passionately that schools make a difference to children’s life chances. I value tremendously the work of our talented governors and the leadership, expertise, support and guidance they provide.

 

SUE KEDAR

STAFF GOVERNOR

Term expires November 2022

 

 

I have been employed at Theale C of E Primary School as Teacher in Charge of the ASD Resource since 2005. It has been a privilege to be part of this vibrant and dynamic school as it has grown and developed over the years. I have worked in many schools over the years, including some overseas. I have worked with children in both mainstream and specialist settings. I have a Masters Degree in Education and am a qualified Teacher of the blind and visually impaired as well as a teacher of children with Autism.

I am currently the Special Needs coordinator at Theale and Enborne School and a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) for the BTA.

I have two children. My daughter is currently studying for a PhD. My son, who has autism, is also at university. I firmly believe that a good Education can make a real difference to our children’s lives and their ability to make the most of the opportunities that life presents to them.

FRANCOISE WOOLLEY

PARENT GOVERNOR

Safeguarding

Term expires November 2022

I live in Theale and I currently have two children at the school. I am proud to be a Parent Governor of such a great school, and to have the opportunity to help support staff to ensure that the decisions relating to the running of the school lead to the best possible outcomes for all the children. I originally trained as a Psychologist, working for a number of years in prisons and educational settings, with children with behavioural difficulties. This experience will help me focus on the safeguarding and special educational needs of children at Theale Primary School.

My role in the last few years as a Senior Adviser/Conciliator for ACAS, involves working with organisations, including those in the educational sector, to improve productivity and workplace relations. This involves negotiating between management and unions in conflict, conducting mediations, writing and delivering management training, advising on employment law, policies and procedures and on how to improve health and wellbeing in the workplace.

 

MARTIN DAVY

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Term expires 2023

 


 

As the Rector of Holy Trinity Church it is a privilege to be a foundation governor of Theale Primary School, especially as I have a daughter attending the school. I am especially excited to join the team as the school gears up to move to its new site.

Previous I trained in law, worked in Parliament for a few years as a parliamentary aide, and then worked in charity law before re-training to get ordained. I have been ordained since 2016 and love that I have the opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with our young people in Theale in a fun and accessible way.

 

SANJIV ANAND

PARENT GOVERNOR

Term expires 2023

I became Parent Governor of Theale Primary School in October 2019 and am very excited to be joining, especially as we move to a new building in the very near future.

Having studied Economics and Business & Finance, I have worked for several well-known companies including HSBC and Virgin as well as smaller local firms.
With over 20 years’ experience within Financial Services and the Digital sphere, I bring several skills sets with me that will benefit the Children and School.
I have strong Commercial acumen with a real drive for accelerating growth and performance across an enterprise.
I have also spent the last 10 years of my career working within the Digital arena and I am very keen to drive the overall Digital Agenda of the School; it is key that the children understand the capabilities of the digital world in a safe & secure environment.

I also believe that exercise and fitness is a key part of life and am keen to drive ‘health and well-being’ initiatives for Theale Primary School.

My eldest son currently attends the school and my youngest will be joining in the next academic year. 

 

Our Clerk to Governors is Julie Mures and she can be contacted via the School Office on 0118 930 2239 or office@theale.w-berks.sch.uk