Westwood Farm Schools

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The Westwood Farm Schools are located in Tilehurst, West Reading.

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Governor Profiles

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Barbara Hunter

Executive Headteacher

Ex-Officio Staff Governor appointed by Governing Body

 

Simon Small

Co-Chair

Parent Governor 

Term of Office: 28.09.2015-27.09.2019

(4 Years)

Committee : FGB

Finance, Resources & Pay

Safeguarding Governor

 I have always had an interest in supporting my local community which led me to be a Community Governor with Westwood Farm Infants for 2 years and I was involved in the 2011 outstanding Ofsted Inspection. I found the whole experience deeply rewarding and thoroughly enjoyed helping Westwood farm achieve the recognition that it deserved. However after the inspection I was unable to commit the time to the governing board and decided that it was best that I resign.  Last year saw my youngest son join reception and my eldest son join year 4 and I was lucky enough to be elected as a Parent Governor for the Infant School.   My professional background is in recruitment and I currently work for the NHS in Reading. 

 

 

Katherine Green

Co-Chair

Co-Opted Governor 

Term of Office:

29.9.2015-28.9.2019

(4 Years)

Associate 21.05.2015-

21.05.2016 (1 Year)

Committee: FGB

Pupil Premium/AGT Governor

 

I became a governor because I wanted to find out more about the inner workings of a school, I wanted to contribute to the local community, and felt there was no better place to do this than at the school my children attend. I initially joined the governing body in April 2015 as an associate governor, before becoming a Co-Opted governor in September 2015. With one child in the Infants and one in the Juniors, I am an active member of the school community and always get involved with school life where I can, from FOWFS events to listening to children read. I have also undertaken as much as I can of the extra training available in the various aspects of school governance, and continue to do so.
I graduated with a degree in History of Art in 2000, going on to work for Microsoft for 13 years, working in licensing and compliance and becoming a specialist in licensing sales, I also gained a good knowledge of corporate governance. I decided to have a career break when my third child was born in 2013.

 

 Brian Johnson

Co-Opted Governor 

Term of Office:

Co-Opted

29.9.2015-28.9.2019

(4 Years)

Associate 21.05.2015-

21.05.2016 (1 Year)

Committee: FGB

Development Governor

I have a grandson at Westwood Farm Schools and have always been impressed with the happy feel the school conveys. It is therefore a privilege to be a school governor at WFS, and to be in a position to help influence the education provided for the children. My professional background spans some 45+ years, qualifying initially as an engineer, and then holding senior management roles with international companies before becoming a director with one of the “big four management consultancies”. During this period I helped companies to bring about organisational change in the Consumer Business, Process & Pharmaceutical industry sectors. Most recently I was European Operations Director for an International Pharmaceutical company responsible for staffing & managing resources across Europe, Asia & Middle East. 

Whilst a school has different needs to companies, many activities in business are similar & I hope my business experience will be of help to the governing body in bringing together the schools for both Infant & Junior children.  I joined the Governing Body at the Westwood Farm Federation in May 2015, & responsible for the Development needs of the governing body, ensuring governors are recruited with the right skills and training provided as necessary. 

 

Fadia Clarke

Local Authority Governor

Term of Office 27.4.2017-26.4.2021

(4 Years)

Co-Opted Governor

6.9.16-5.9.2020

Committee: FGB

Data Governor

 

 

Fadia Clarke is the Deputy Principal at Newbury College with an MA in Leadership and Management, a PGCE (FE) from Reading University and a Civil Engineering degree from Warwick University. She has 20 years' experience of working in the FE sector. Early in her career Fadia worked with British Rail on the waterloo Eurostar terminus where she gained her MISE in Charter Structural Engineering. 

Fadia is an Ofsted inspector, since 2010. She has assisted with inspections of 6th Form Colleges and Work Base Learning providers. Fadia is the Chir of West Berkshire Community Learning Partnership and a board member of Education Business Partnership - West Berkshire. 

 

 

 

Camilla McCloskey

Co-Opted Governor 

Term of Office: 12.11.2015 – 11.11.2019

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB,

Finance, Pay & Resources

Early Years Governor

 

Assisting children to develop their full potential has always been one of my main interests. During my time at University I mentored a number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them through their GCSE years. I also volunteered at a number of local Schools' Young Enterprise events and mock interview / assessment centre days.

As a parent myself, I am keen to get involved in school life, to gain a better understanding of how it is run and to make a positive difference to the children’s lives.

I have over ten years experience in IT and Project Management, working in various industries including an investment bank, a major oil/gas firm, a telecoms company and now a financial regulatory body.

In November 2015 I was co-opted as a Governor and am currently undertaking training to assist me in my role.

Emma Brewerton

Parent Governor

Term of Office :

11.10.2016-

10.10.2020

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

SEND& Early Years Governor

 After careful consideration with my family, the opportunity to help make a difference to Westwood Farm Schools is too much to dismiss, particularly at this fundamental stage of change.  I am passionate to help as best as i can as the school transitions into this new era and beyond.

 

When in 'work mode' i am a solicitor, practising in local government and have worked in local government for the last 10 years.  I feel this gives me a unique insight into some of the challenges faced by schools and i hope i can leverage y professional skills such as understanding and advising on complex issues with multiple stakeholders and develop myself and knowledge at the same time.  I am used to attending meeting, dealing with governance and reading lots (and lots...) of documents.

I am committed to work with the school in any way i can and give, not only my daughters, but all the children attending the schools the best start in education.  It would be exciting to be part of the school's future and that of it's pupils.

Karen Emerson

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office :

18.10.2016-

17.10.2020

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

I have been a staff governor previously at a secondary school within the local authority but was delighted to be invited to join the board of governors of Westwood Farm schools in September 2016.

I have lived in Reading since 1981 and moved to Tilehurst/Purley in 1983.  I have three sons who all attended primary and secondary schools locally.  My background is science, having graduated in 1981 with a BSc in Physiology.  My careers profile is as a research scientist although I have also worked in the NHS.

In the year 2000, I began a PGCE and qualified as a science teacher in 2001.  I have always worked in West Berkshire secondary schools as I feel it is important to give back to the community in which you live.  I have been head of science in two of those schools and also head of maths at Denefield having completed a subject conversion course with the University of Plymouth in 2013.

Currently, I am assistant head teacher at Denefield school in Tilehurst, where my main responsibility is as head of sixth form.  I have been at Denefield since June 2009 and I look forward to drawing on my wealth of experience and working with the other governors at Westwood Farm to ensure that the school achieves the best for all of its students.

 

 

 Adam Abery

Staff Governor appointed by Staff

Term of Office:

16.11.2015-

15.11.2019

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

 

 

Kailum Patel

Co-opted Governor 

Term of Office : 

23.02.2017-

22.02.2021

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Finance, Pay & Resources

Pay Committee Lead

I graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Financial Mathematics and I am currently working for a company which provides software to the education sector. I can see how a number of factors such as the lowering of budgets, progressively higher levels of pupil intakes and trouble finding and retaining high quality teachers will have knock on effects in the future unless they are addressed early. Using any skills I have developed in my education and past experiences, I would like to help improve a sector that has the ability to impact the future talent pool which I feel is an extremely rewarding way to spend my time. Taking a position of a Co-opted Governor will help me gain a greater insight into the inner workings of a school and put me in a position to help identify areas for improvement to then work together with the other Governors to find a solution.

 

 

Linda Bennett

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office: 27.4.2017-26.4.2021

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Equalities Governor

Health & Safety Governor

 

Despite having no children of my own (although with 52 nephews and nieces I don’t lack experience!), I have a keen interest in education, especially in the early years, giving the children the best possible start to their educational journey. I have lived in Tilehurst for the last 6 years and want to contribute more to our community.

 

I graduated from the UWIST, Cardiff with a BSc in Occupational Psychology and since then have studied for a Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a PG Cert in Coaching. Having started my career in the NHS, with some time spent in the Education sector and Telecoms I have been with Thames Water for the last 22 years in a variety of roles. I’m currently HR Manager for our Water Division.

 

One of the key skills that TW have given me is experience and a qualification in Health and Safety, which I hope will be a useful addition to the governor team, although I realise I have a lot to learn about how modern schools operate and the role of the governing body.

 

 

 

 

Sharon Goddard

Associate Governor

Term of Office: 27.4.2017 (1 Year)


Committee: FGB

 

 

 

 

 

I first became a school governor in the 1990s when I responded to a request from my son’s junior school for parents to join the Governing Body. I have remained in school governance since that initial request but not always at the same school as I believe it is good for the school and the governor to have a fresh challenge every so often. I joined Westwood Farm Juniors in 2013 and saw the school emerge from Special Measures. I was elected as Vice Chair to the newly federated Infant and Junior Governing Board in 2014 and was elected Chair in 2015.

I have worked in a variety of financial roles in the commercial sector but left my role as a Management Accountant for BT to raise my family. Upon returning to work I chose to move into Local Government and am currently working in a business management role the Education Department at West Berks.Council.

The role of school governor has never been tougher but when you see improvement or hear positive feedback from pupils, parents, staff, the wider community and particularly Ofsted it is incredibly rewarding.

 

Dawn Finn

Clerk to Governors