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Meet the Governors

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each current Governor and for those whose term of office ended during the past year.
 

GB Composition : 2 x Parent Governors, 1 x Local Authority Governor, 1 x Staff Governor, 1 x Headteacher Governor.

We are also extremely fortunate to have the assistance of guests and Associate Governors on Committees who do not have voting rights as such, Margaret Lucey - appointed School Business Manager in March 2020. 

 

We are pleased to introduce our Governors: 

 

Tony Wilson, Chair of Governors from the Oxford Diocese, appointed in January 2022. Declared interest : none

About Tony .... 

I am the Director of Education for The Diocese of Oxford overseeing 284 schools across Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire. The Oxford Diocesan Board of Education is the largest Diocesan Board of Education in the country and works in partnership with 9 local authorities and 20 multi academy trusts. Currently over 93% of ODBE’s schools are Ofsted designated as either good or outstanding with over 95% being judged as being good/excellent by SIAMS.

My extensive headship experience including providing intervention for schools in challenging circumstances as well as leading a school designated as outstanding. During a four-year period, I gained international school improvement and system leadership experience from my role as Principal Education Consultant in The Kingdom of Bahrain.

Outside of my formal roles, I have extensive experience as a trainer and published author of school improvement manuals, and I was a member of a national education think-tank. In addition, my experience as an elected member of several local authorities imbues me with a clear grasp of the machinery of government. In my spare time I enjoy acting and playing cricket and following unsuccessful sporting teams!

 

 

Stephen Johnston, Local Authority Governor, appointed in February 2022. Declared interest : Governor at Keep Hatch Primary School. Our Inclusion Governor.

About Stephen ....

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Paxton, Foundation Governor, appointed in January 2022. Declared interest : none

About Katie ....

 

 

 

 

 Robin Sharples, Foundation Governor, appointed in January 2022. Declared interest : none

About Robin ....

 

 

 

 

Andrew Butler, Vice Chair of Governors and Parent Governor has been reappointed by All Saints Governors, term of office to October 2024, a member of Resources and Admissions Committees. Designated Governor for Safeguarding.   Declared interest : none

About Andrew ....

I am an Architectural Designer and Planning Consultant and a company director of a family practice based in Wokingham. I am married and have two boys who attend the school. My wife and I were born in Wokingham and have lived here pretty much all our lives. We were married at All Saints Church and as babies we were both Christened there, so it was appropriate that both our boys were also Christened there to join the All Saints Church family. I have always been a keen sportsman although in more recent years the pace has slowed a little but I still enjoy getting out onto a golf course whenever possible. I was voted in as Parent Governor in October 2016 and I am currently a member of the Resources Committee and also the Safeguarding Governor.

 

 

Rebecca Reed, Staff Governor, appointed in January 2022Declared Interest: none.

About Rebecca ....

After studying History of Art and Science at Leeds and Oxford Universities, I worked as a conference, exhibition and project organiser and administrator in the public sector in London for many years. In 2005, I began to specialise in legal aspects of administration and moved to Wokingham to start a family.

Both of my, now teenage, children went to All Saints Primary and when they were at school full-time, I volunteered and then worked at the school as a part time TA and Nurture Assistant. After some years combining this with working as an Adviser and Supervisor at Citizens Advice, I completed my PGCE at Reading University in the summer of 2019. Since then, I have been teaching in Key Stage 1 at All Saints, getting to grips with in-person and virtual teaching simultaneously. I am passionate about teaching and believe firmly that our children deserve the best learning experiences and opportunities we can offer to give them very best possible start in life.

My hobbies are reading, exploring museums and galleries, walking with my friends and family and karate.

 

 

Yvonne Nyamapfene, Parent Governor, appointed by the parents and Governors of All Saints Primary term of office December 2018 to December 2022.   Declared Interests: none.

About Yvonne ....

I was born and raised in Zimbabwe, migrated to England in 2000.   I am married to Andrew and have 2 vibrant children who attend All Saints.  I am a Qualified Mental Health practitioner working for the NHS in Berkshire and actively involved in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network. There are areas where my knowledge, skills and experience would be of benefit to the school. I’m open to learning and developing in the governor role. I enjoy travelling, cooking and playing sports.

 

 

Tracey Stanton, Headteacher, term of office commenced September 2017, member of all committees.  Declared interest : none.

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Marr, Clerk to Governors. Declared interest : Clerk to Governors at The Colleton Primary School and The Piggott School.

 

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Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to Governors, at clerkg@allsaints.wokingham.sch.uk

 

The governing body is responsible for making important decisions that enables our school to improve and develop. The governing body works closely with Wokingham Local Authority, Oxford Diocese and the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.

The governing body works as a team; individually governors have no powers or responsibility. They work collectively to support the school and improve the quality of education in our school. Governing is about opening doors to education opportunities. It is challenging and rewarding work.

The All Saints governing body consists of volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds across the whole community. They are people with an interest in education who simply want to make a contribution, and include:

  • Parent Governors elected by parents of children at the school;
  • The Headteacher;
  • Staff Governors, elected by the school staff;
  • Foundation Governors, appointed by the Diocese of Oxford;
  • Local Authority Governors, appointed by the Wokingham Local Authority;
  • Associate Governors, appointed by the school they actively support the team of Governors but do not have voting rights. If you are interested to learn a little more about this role, observe a meeting or inquire about offering your professional skills to the team voluntarily please contact the Clerk to governors.

It is not necessary for every Foundation Governor to be an active member of a local Church as long as they have the relevant skills, experience, energy and interest. Foundation Governors do need to have a clear commitment to upholding and fostering the school’s distinctive ethos and values.

What do our governors do?

The Governing body makes decisions about:

  • Setting the schools aims and policies;
  • Raising standards of achievement;
  • Making sure the money is spent wisely;
  • Appointing senior staff;
  • Improving the school environment;
  • Making sure all pupils receive rights to all education opportunities.

Governors also:

  • Support school activities;
  • Visit the school on behalf of the governing body;
  • Promote their school in the community.

Being an All Saints School Governor

School governors are people like you. Your contribution can make a difference to the future of children in our school.

What qualities do I need?

Commitment and common sense are the important qualities that governors bring to their schools - you do not have to have formal qualifications or experience in education, finance or management, although these skills will always be welcome.

To be an effective governor you need to:

  • Have an interest in education, schools and young people;
  • Be able to listen to other people's views, to discuss them and then to form your own judgements;
  • Be willing to support the decisions taken by the whole governing body;
  • Have time to play your full part in the work of the governing body;
  • Be willing to learn.

If you have any of these qualities, you will almost certainly enjoy being a school governor.

What will I get from being a governor?

Most people who become governors find they get a great deal of satisfaction from it. They feel they are making a contribution that has a real effect on the education of local children and young people, they meet a lot of new people and learn new skills which are useful in other aspects of their lives.

What does it involve?

The governing body meets at least once a term. We also have sub-committees to deal in more detail with specific aspects of the School’s activities – such as Teaching & Learning, Resources and Admissions. Whenever possible we ask teachers to come and talk to us at our meetings, so we can learn from their expertise. We also try to visit the school when we can. Apart from governing body meetings, which are held at the school, usually in the evening or late afternoon, governors also need to set aside time for reading papers, visiting the school and attending training.

Many employers value their employees giving something back to their communities and as an employee, you are allowed reasonable time off for governor duties.

How do I become a governor?

Parent Governor - parents or legal carers can put their name forward for election. School will inform all parents and carers when a vacancy arises.

Staff Governor – put your name forward for election in school when a vacancy arises.

Foundation Governor – contact school, All Saints Church or the Oxford Diocese to register your interest.

Local Authority Governor – contact Wokingham Governor Services to register your interest.

The Clerk to Governors can help you find out more.

Historic (governors who left within the last 12 months):

Nathalie Moss - 18/10/2017 to 17/11/2021.

Steve Smith, Chair of Governors, - 10/01/2020 to 23/01/2022. Rob Dawson - 17/10/2018 to 24/01/2022. Amanda Morris - 16/12/2019 to 20/01/2022. Mandy Wilton - 26/11/2018 to 20/01/2022. Marina Burdyga - 18/10/2017 to 20/01/2022. Sandra Symms - 16/12/2019 to 20/01/2022. Krissie Sutherland - 16/12/2019 to 19/01/2022. David Hodgson - 01/09/2008 to 14/01/2022.

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