Meet the Governors

Carla de Guise - Chair of Governors and Governor Development Lead

Foundation Parochial Church Council

Date Elected : 21/10/2016

End of Term : 20/10/2020

"I have been a governor since 2012 and became Chair of Governors in 2016.

Before having children, I worked for many years as a Senior Human Resources Manager for a large professional services firm. This role involved working strategically with the leaders of the business, 1:1 coaching, recruitment, managing the pay review process and performance management.

I now work part time for our family construction firm, where I take on all aspects of running the office and finances.

I believe that the knowledge and experience I have gained has given me a sound skill set enabling me to support and challenge the school in the setting and achievement of our strategic priorities and make a positive contribution to help the school thrive. ".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2017) Attendance 2016/2017 : 87%

Andrew Saunders - Vice Chair of Governors and Sports Lead Governor

Parent (Elected)

Date Elected : 24/09/2014

End of Term : 23/09/2018

"“I was born and lived in Nottingham until moving to Uxbridge where I studied for a Degree in Microelectronic Engineering at Brunel University. This was a very important part of my life, because as well as graduating I met Judith (now my wife!). We moved to Woolhampton in 2002 and have settled into village life, and in the past 10 years have had three wonderful daughters, two of which have already benefited from the great environment of the school, and one who currently attends".

Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2017) Attendance 2016/2017 : 87%

Katie Purdy - Headteacher Ex-Officio


Reverend Pat Bhutta - Religious Education Lead Governor

Ex-Officio Priest

Date Elected :

End of Term :

"I have responsibility for fostering links between the school and St Peters, the local church right next door to the school. I have four grown up children and spent many years as a governor of their primary school in Oxford. Before I became a priest in 2010 I ran my own firm as a local solicitor doing private client work. I have a love of playing with words and music and walking with friends in the countryside".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2017) Attendance 2016/2017 : 75%

Julie Howe - Senior Teacher and Friends of Woolhampton Joint Lead Governor

Staff Governor

Date Elected : 10/09/2014

End of Term : 09/09/2018

" My teaching career started at Theale Green School, where I taught Home Economics. I stayed there for four years and then left when I had my first child. I very much enjoyed being a mum, but while able to stay at home during the day, I taught adult evening classes, in the evening. I then taught at Norlands, the very prestigious nanny's training college. After 7 enjoyable years I retrained and became a primary school teacher. My first job was at Curridge Primary School. In 1996 the Head of Key Stage 1 role became available and I was lucky enough to get it. I was then given the role as Senior teacher and am still working in this special school today".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2017) Attendance 2016/2017 : 100%

Vacant - Foundation Diocese

Kate Moir - Pupil Premium and School Council Lead Governor

Foundation Parochial Church Council

Date Elected : 08/01/2018

End of Term : 07/01/2022

"I worked in publishing, and hotel sales and marketing before leaving to spend more time with my children. I volunteered at the Rugby Portobello Trust, specifically helping pregnant teenagers and assisting in the trust's school for children whom had been excluded from mainstream education. I ran Sunday school classes at our church in London and was chair of the trustees of the nursery school which my children attended.

I am married with three children and have lived in Upper Woolhampton since 2011. I am a member of St Peter's Woolhampton PCC, where I help with Messy Church and the monthly Family Service.".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2017) Attendance 2016/2017 : 92%

Nikki Jordan - Maths and English Lead Governor

Local Authority

Date Elected : 21/10/2016

End of Term : 20/10/2020

"I have been a governor at the school since 2013 and have been Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Care Committee (affectionately shortened to TLC!) for most of that time. I am also a member of both the Strategy and Personnel Committees.

My role as Chair of TLC involves leading the committee in discussions and decisions regarding school policies, aspects of safeguarding and curriculum subjects, as well as ensuring we have updates on the progress of year group cohorts in terms of their achievement and attainment. I hold a strong belief that there should be a challenge at every level for every child.

I am responsible for Maths and English from a governor role. This is an ever-changing aspect of the Primary Curriculum and there always seems to be something new or different to report on. This is particularly relevant when it comes to SEND and PPG .

I believe my skills and experience in being a Primary Teacher and an Early Years Consultant for the Local Authority enables me to be an effective member of the Governing Body and I am very much looking forward to being part of the school's future".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2017) Attendance 2016/2017 : 80%

James Mottram - Community and Computing Lead Governor

Foundation Diocese

Date Elected : 14/11/2016

End of Term : 13/11/2020

"I'm a relative newcomer to the village, moving to Upper Woolhampton with my wife, Amy and daughter Maisie in 2015. Maisie started at Woolhampton School in 2016. I work in the Pensions industry and have a background in Counselling and Psychotherapy, having worked as a Practitioner, Trainer and Assessor for a local children's counselling organisation for some years. I have also worked voluntarily as part of the welfare team at various music festivals. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and am a keen (although not necessarily successful) cook and hiker".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2017) Attendance 2016/2017 : 88%

Adrianna Partridge - Well Being Lead Governor

Foundation Parochial Church Council

Date Elected : 20/04/2016

End of Term : 19/04/2020

"I have worked within local government for 13 years, and am currently the Head of Corporate Services for two local authorities. I have strategic responsibility for HR (450+ workforce), IT, communications, customer services, data protection, programme management and assurance which includes health and safety, insurance and critical incident response. I also act as the councils’ lead scrutiny governance strategic adviser.

My background and experience gives me a sound knowledge base to support the school with any operational and governance advice that may be needed.

I am honoured to be a governor and be able to pro-actively offer my skill set to help, support and steer the school, especially in the use of its resources, for the benefit of the whole school community. ".


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2017) Attendance 2016/2017 : 85%

Lee Alesbrook - Wider Curriculum and Joint Friends of Woolhampton Lead Governor

Parent (Elected)

Date Elected : 14/11/2017

End of Term : 13/11/2021

I am a Senior IT Executive with a background in managing and developing global teams, with strong operational and financial skills. I am an excellent communicator with the ability to listen impartially and present balanced views.

With my children currently at Woolhampton, I care about the school, its future and the community of parents and pupils it supports.

I’m often found in the playground at pick-up time and at various school events, I’m approachable and willing to get involved. I am passionate about Science and Music and believe that the Creative Arts provide balance and support to all areas of the curriculum. My hobbies include Camping, IT, Astronomy and the Guitar.”


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2017) Attendance 2016/2017 : NA

Donna Sawtell - SEN, Health and Safety and Safeguarding Lead Governor

Foundation Diocese

Date Elected : 14/03/2018

End of Term : 13/03/2022

"I have been a governor at the school since 2014 and have previously sat on the Finance and Environment Committee, however now sit on the Teaching, Learning and Care and the Strategy Committee.

After spending numerous years in the Corporate field, I ended my career as Retail Sales and Marketing Manager, in the mobile industry. My role enabled me to gain vast experience in recruitment, finance, project management and management of over 30 field based staff.

I am currently a Teaching Assistant at a local primary school, which gives me valuable insight into curriculum and understanding the requirements on staff on a daily basis . My role also enables me to consider all the practical aspects of safeguarding on a daily basis, which assists with my role as Safeguarding and Health and Safety Governor."


Relevant and Pecuniary Interests : None (01.11.2017) Attendance 2016/2017 : 89%

Rachael House Gemmell - Clerk to the Governors

"I have been a Clerk for nearly five years, I clerk for 3 West Berkshire primary schools in total and have been Clerk at Woolhampton since March 2017.

At Woolhampton I attend all Full Governing Body and Committee meetings. I help prepare agendas, organise meeting papers, take minutes, meet with the Chair of Governors and Headteacher and keep records of governor training and visits to the school. My role is also to provide advice on statutory and legal requirements throughout the year, along with any areas for development, to effectively as possible. Particular projects I have worked on this year have been with the Policies Working party to ensure tracking and timely review of all policies and the Strategy Committee to create an evidence file of governors work ready for OFSTED and SIAMS inspections.

My background, prior to clerking, was administration for the Local Education Authority and NHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health). I also have a degree in Psychology. In the summer term 2018 I will be completing The Professional Clerk programme."

We would like to thank Sarah Henderson and Jo Plank for their time on the governing body. Jo served on the Communications Committee and was a keen supporter of outdoor learning. Jo was a governor from 20th October 2015 until she resigned on the 10th September 2017. Sarah served on the Teaching, Learning and Care Committee and was an advocate and keen volunteer in our Early Years class. Sarah served for many years until her term ended 23rd May 2018.