Evendons Primary School is run by a Governing Body which is comprised of parent governors, trustee governors, a staff representative, co-opted governors and the Head teacher.

The whole Governing Body meets once a term and is divided into two committees – Children & Learning and HR, Finance & Operations; these committees also meet on a regular basis and are supported by various working parties.

The Head teacher has day-to-day responsibility for the efficient management of the school. Governors and staff work together. We aim to Nurture each and every child, find unique learning experiences to Inspire and equip our children to Flourish in school and beyond.

Parents have an opportunity to join the Governing Body as Parent Governors. Elections are held when vacancies arise.

Meet the Governors

 

Helen Thorndyke

Chair
Finance
Helen Thorndyke is a local parent of two children. She qualified as a chartered Accountant in 1998 and has been working for Alternative Networks, a London based communications company, since 2002. Starting as financial controller, responsible for managing the financial operations of the company and now in a strategic role focussed on acquisitions. She has developed internal processes and controls, integrated companies, and has extensive experience of budget setting and financial analysis. Having been involved with Evendons Primary School since the very start, she has played a major role in the development of the vision and ethos, the application, the relationship with key stakeholders and has taken responsibility for preparing the financial plans for the School.

Hilary Grealis

Vice Chair
HR & Communication
Hilary is an original member of the Parent Proposer Group, having been heavily involved in the development of the school since the beginning, writing parts of the bid and having led all of the recruitment and selection activity. Having worked in Human Resources for nearly 25 years Hilary has extensive professional expertise and has worked with many senior teams to shape the strategic direction of the organisations and charities that she has been part of. As the HR & Communications Governor Hilary will continue to use her skills, knowledge and experience to help shape the school’s development making sure that it stays true to the founding vision and ethos. Hilary is committed to ensuring that all the children that come to Evendons Primary School can learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment that will also ignite their enthusiasm and motivation for learning for the rest of their lives.

Carla Cumberland

Children Looked After
Carla has been involved from the beginning as the education expert, having taught in secondary schools for over 16 years before more recently becoming an Education Consultant for West Berkshire Council Children’s Services. Carla has been able to use her knowledge and experience in many ways, from assisting in writing the vision and ethos of the school, to supporting the recruitment process in order to select the very best teachers.

 

 

Charlotte Riddell

Early Years Foundation Stage
Charlotte is a primary school teacher with specialism in early years education. For the past five years Charlotte has taught in the Foundation Stage and has shown a real passion for the importance of early years provision and the safeguarding of children. She was appointed in the role of Safeguarding Governor in June and has since been working closely with the school to make sure that all children will be nurtured for and are safe in their new school.

 

 

Tim Rhodes

ICT and Online Safety
Tim has been involved with the school right from the start, with particular responsibility for the management of the school website and for supporting the rest of team in all things IT. With 18 years experience in the IT industry Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and technical know-how to the governing body. Tim, in partnership with the Chair of Governors, has developed an ambitious and cutting edge ICT vision for the school and he intends to keep the school at the forefront of new thinking in ICT for education. Tim is committed to ensuring that the staff, teachers and most importantly the pupils, can glean as much value from the impressive ICT provision in the school as possible.

 

Sam Smit

SEN and EAL
Samantha joined the school in September 2015 as a 1:1 teaching assistant in year 1 and additionally took up the role of year 3 teaching assistant in March 2016. She is mum to a daughter who joined the reception class in September 2014. She has been a member of the Evendons Parent Proposer Group since March 2013 and has been an elected Parent Governor from September 2014.
Samantha is a qualified Architect and has been a member of the ARB for 16 years working as Project Architect on many multi million pound mixed use schemes. She took a career break from Architecture to spend time with her daughter and during this time retrained completing a Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce.
Prior to joining us at Evendons she spent 3 years as Deputy Manager at a charity specialising in supporting children, from birth to five with SEN and disabilities in Wokingham, along with their families. As part of this role Samantha was also SENCO, Lead Language Practitioner and Child Protection Liaison Person plus undertook an ambassador role representing the charity.
Samantha has brought her knowledge and expertise in these various areas to work in the classroom and continues to support the School Site Team by taking the lead on design, build and delivery of the first two phases of the project and continues to work on phase 3.

Julian Walker

Safeguarding
Julian is an elected Parent Governor at Evendons Primary School and started in September 2014. Julian was previously involved with the Evendons parent group and has an enthusiastic interest in the welfare and education of all children. He currently works for IBM as a Client Manager for the Industrial sector. Julian brings to Evendons Primary School international skills across Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). He also brings his leadership, strategy and energy to Evendons Primary with the goal to building a world class school in the Wokingham area. In his spare time Julian enjoys running, raising money for UNICEF and spending time with his family.

Jane Aust

Staff Governor
Jane is the elected Staff Governor at Evendons Primary from September 2014. Jane joined the school in June as the Administration Manager. Prior to Evendons she worked at a large primary school both in the office and in year 6 although she has experience of working with children across the primary age range 3 – 11, she strongly believes in the approach; happy children learn. Jane has two children; her youngest is taking his A levels in the summer and her eldest works for BP. In her spare time Jane supports Reading Football Club where she is a season ticket holder and in the summer she is involved with her local cricket club where she is a qualified scorer.

Paul Watthey

STEM
Paul has lived in the Wokingham area for most of his life, currently in Finchampstead with his wife and young daughter.  Paul had a successful career in the world of financial services, initially on the client side and for the last 20 years in various marketing roles for service providers in the industry. A change of career direction has led to Paul now owning an online children’s book store which focuses on supporting parents and teachers with books, games and activities to help children in their early years learning.

So it is with this mix of general management experience and a very keen interest in early years education for children, Paul will bring a different perspective to the governing body. Paul is excited about Evendons Primary School and to have the opportunity to contribute to its continued success. He looks forward to helping our local children learn, have fun and grow as individuals in the best environment and with the best team possible.

Outside work Paul is an avid watcher of most sports, loves walking in our local countryside and has an ambition to one day own his own vineyard!

Eleanor Scott

Governor

Eleanor Scott is a parent with a son in Earhart class. Since joining Evendons in 2015, Eleanor has been actively involved with the school’s PTA; first as a class rep and more recently as Secretary. After obtaining her law degree and Legal Practice Certificate Eleanor worked for several years as a Legal Adviser for the Consumer’s Association. A change of career led to her working as a board level Executive Assistant. Her career has seen her working in many different environments; regulatory, local government, educational, charity and large corporates. Following the birth of her son Eleanor found work locally and currently works as an Executive Assistant/Office Manager for a local software company. It is this combination of skills and experience that she will bring to Evendons and enable her to bring a different perspective.

Paul Elliott

Governor

Paul Elliott is a parent with a son in Newton and a daughter in Brunel Class and he has been an active volunteer for the school since it opened. He has worked in the IT industry for the last twenty years and is a qualified accountant. In 2004 he made a change of career to focus on IT sales and account management and has worked on many multi-million pound IT contracts in the Defence, Retail and Travel sectors. Paul is currently senior business development manager for a UK IT Services company that is based in London and brings his energy and a wealth of industry learning to Evendons.

Beth Mytton

Governor

Beth Mytton is a parent of two, her son is in Archimedes. Since joining Evendons in September 2014, Beth has been actively involved with the school as a PTA class rep, giving an assembly and having a stall the STEM fairs to share her love & experience of Science directly with the children. After obtaining her Pharmacology & Chemistry degree she worked as a Biomedical Scientist in NHS & private laboratories for 10 years. Having then gained her Masters in Clinical Biochemistry she moved into the corporate world and became the Scientific Support Manager for an international Electrophoresis Company. Beth currently works as a scientific consultant, presently as a Product Manager for new multiple myeloma diagnostic tests. Her career has covered a wide spectrum of clinical science; clinical chemistry, haematology, blood transfusion, immunology, microbiology and then into the corporate word of clinical diagnostics. She has been very impressed with the ethos and community feel of Evendons and the way it has helped nurture her own son and help him develop. She will be brining all her experience and skills to help this ethos remain as the school grows enabling present & future children to be part of this brilliant community.

Louise Brown

Clerk
Louise is a mother of two children and an experienced Clerk having undertaken a similar role at another local primary school. She has a Personal Finance background of over 15 years which she took redundancy from in early 2009. By this time she was an active volunteer with the local NCT (National Childbirth Trust) Branch. When her elder daughter enrolled at a local Parent run Nursery she joined the committee and after holding a variety of roles over 4 years, has recently stepped down from the role of Chair. Louise has been a Clerk for 18 months and is excited to be working with the Evendons Primary School team, bringing her existing Clerking knowledge to the role, as well as learning new aspects along the way.

Governing Body Roles and Responsibilities Framework

Governor Information Pack

Governing Body Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference - Full Governing Body April 2017
Terms of Reference - Children and Learning April 2017
Terms of Reference - HR, Finance and Operations April 2017
Terms of Reference - Admissions Panel April 2017

Governing Body Register of Business Interests

Full Governing Body Register of Business Interests 2016-2017
Full Governing Body Register of Business Interests 2015-2016

Governor Term of Office Disclosures

Register of Governors Term of Office Disclosure September 2016-July 2017
Register of Governors Term of Office Disclosure September 2015-July 2016

Contact the Governing Body

Any correspondence for the Governing Body or the Chair of Governors should be addressed to;

Chair of Governors
c/o Evendons Primary School
161 Finchampstead Road
Wokingham
Berkshire
RG40 3HD

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