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


Paul Watthey

Acting Chair

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!

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

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

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 Elliott

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

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.

Eleanor Scott

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.

Governing Body Roles and Responsibilities Framework

Governor Information Pack

Governing Body Terms of Reference

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

Governing Body Register of Business Interests

Full Governing Body Register of Business Interests 2017-2018
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
RG40 3HD

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