We are delighted to have built a governing body with an appropriate mix of experience and a wide range of relevant skills. We have appointed Nick Walden, as our Chair of Governors.

Nick Walden Nick Walden – Nick is very experienced, having been a governor at a local secondary school for 11 years, including 8 years as the Chair of Governors. He is also a National Leader of Governance with the National College for Teaching & School Leadership, and has considerable experience in construction and construction law.
Linda Glithro Linda Glithro – Linda has extensive experience of primary education and school management, having taught in the local area for more than 30 years and been an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. She has co-authored a number of primary maths text books and is currently working on the Shanghai Maths Project with HarperCollins. She enjoys travelling and spending time with her grandsons.
Winnie Wang Dr Winnie Wang – Winnie is currently a senior lecturer in human geography at the University of Bristol, and has previously taught at universities in the USA and China. She is an expert when it comes to analysing data, which is a key task of governing bodies.
Matt Gale Matt Gale – Matt has previous governance experience at another primary school, as well as advising Trustee boards in his role as a pensions consultant. He is a member of the Trust and was responsible for setting up the governance structure of the school. He has been a governor since the school opened in 2014.
Esme Tiplady Esme Tiplady – Before children Esme was a primary school teacher, going on to lead a team providing support to children with emotional and behavioural problems across an education authority: She learned a lot about what makes a well-run school. She is passionate about high standards but equally about school as a community and a place for children to develop emotionally and socially.  Esme now teaches in a specialist SEND school. She enjoys supporting the school and representing Heights parents
Jane Borgeaud Jane Borgeaud – Jane was a teacher and school senior leader in East London before working for nine years as an education consultant with over 200 schools across London. She now combines work managing the REinspired Caversham project in local schools, lecturing on the initial teacher training programme at Reading University and raising her two young children.
Barney Smith Barney Smith – Barnaby was elected as parent Governor in Oct 2015 and now has 2 daughters at the school. With a background in analytics and scenario modelling in a variety of roles Barnaby has a continuing passion to help the school flourish.
Elena Rees Elena Rees – Elena is a Staff Governor and currently teaches full-time in the school.  She was appointed to the Governing Body in February 2021.  She has experience teaching across both KS1 and KS2 year groups.  Elena is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Education at the University of Reading, with an interest in Special Educational Needs provision.  In October 2020, she became responsible for the Student Council in school.
Holly Wrankmore – Holly was elected as Parent Governor in October 2018. She has a son already at the school, and a daughter joining this September. Holly has extensive experience in recruitment within both the Education & Construction sectors. Holly was previously a secondary school Community Governor.
Anne Bajorek – Anne is a Parent Governor. Her eldest daughter is a pupil at the school and her sister hopes to join in 2021. She has worked in the charity sector for 20 years, the last 10 years in a senior charity management role. Her expertise is in fundraising, communications and organisational management.
Daniel Pagella – Dan is a Chartered Surveyor with extensive experience in commercial property development projects from warehouses to hospitals. He was appointed to the Governing Body in January 2021, having been a Trust Member and passionate supporter of the school since its inception in 2013.

School governors will play a key role in the future success of The Heights Primary. Ofsted (the national body that inspects schools) has stated:

Good governance at a school is of huge importance and can have a considerable impact on the success of a school. Governors play a critical role in guiding, supporting and challenging schools.

What are school governors?

The National Governors Association describes school governors as ‘individuals who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education’. They give up their own time on a voluntary basis (i.e. unpaid) to help provide a high standard of education.

What is a governing body?

The governing body is made up of the individual governors and is established, in law, as a corporate body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body, and individuals do not have the power to act independently. The governing body usually meets at least three times a year.

What are the responsibilities of governing bodies?

The governing body sets the strategic aims and objectives of the school, and monitors progress made towards achieving those. The Headteacher will be responsible for implementing the strategic plan of the governing body, as well as the operational issues involved in running a school.

The governing body’s responsibilities include the following:

  • setting targets for pupil achievement
  • managing the school’s finances
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • appointing staff
  • reviewing staff performance and pay.

The governors have adopted the National Governors Association Code of Conduct.

To find out more about our Governing Body and what they are responsible for, please click here

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