Micklands Primary School

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Meet the Governors

What is a Governing Body and what does it do?

The Governing Body works in partnership with the headteacher, staff, parents and the local authority to raise standards of achievement in schools. The main functions of a Governing Body are to:

•Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

•Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

•Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The team is made up of the various stakeholders that the school serves; parents, local authority staff, staff and members of the local community.  Governors work strategically and do not work at an operational level.  This means that the Head Teacher has overall responsibility for the everyday management and organisation of the school.

All Governing Bodies must be constituted under the 2012 Constitution Regulations by 1 September 2015 and as per these regulations the Constitution of the Micklands Primary School Governing Body is as follows:

Total Number of Governors: At least 9 (+ Associates)

Parent Governors



Local Authority Governor

Co-opted Governors

Associate Governors


Headteacher plus

1 Staff Governor


No less than 4

As required


The Micklands Full Governing Body meets 6 times a year.

The Finance, Human Resources & Premises Committee meets four times a year: 

This committee reports back to the Full Governing Body about the issues that have been discussed and the key decisions that have been made.

In addition to these meetings, the Chair meets with the Head Teacher fortnightly.

Link Governors and Governor Visits.

At Micklands governors undertake a programme of visits to the school to help with their strategic role. 

We have Link Governors responsible for monitoring Health, Safeguarding, Health &Safety and Pupil Premium and a Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Link Governor who meets with Mrs Talbot the SENCO regularly.

Micklands governors and their responsibilities.


Type of Governor


Richard Rolfe

Richard has lived in Caversham for 15 years. He worked in the IT industry for 10 years before starting his own business in 2004. His daughter started in Foundation Stage in 2011 and Richard became a Governor just over a year later. He is a member of the Finance, HR, Pay & Premises Committee as well as Chair to the Governing Body. With work, a young family and involvement in the school there isn’t much time for hobbies but he’s just bought a new bike which he promises you will see him riding around on soon.

Parent Governor

Chair of Governors


Finance, HR & Premises Committee

School Development Plan Link Governor

Rachel Quinn

Rachel has lived in Reading for 17 years, 9 of those in Caversham, and has no plans to leave! Her daughter started Micklands in September 2012 and loves the school. Rachel helps out in Year 1, is actively involved in the PTA and helped established the Parent Forum. She grew up in Wiltshire and went to university in Cardiff. Rachel trained as a biologist and works part-time in London as Director of Medical Science Policy for the Academy of Medical Sciences. She is married to Mike, a scientist at the University of Oxford

Co-opted Governor

Co Vice Chair of Governors

SEND Link Governor



Sara Lawton

Sara has lived in Caversham since 1972 when her father was posted to RAF Benson. Her first 2 years at school in the area were at Micklands before moving on to Chiltern Edge and King James College. Since leaving home she has managed to find her way back to Caversham where she has lived since 2000. Sara works in London for a large, well known insurance company and specialises in Financial Lines. In her spare time Sara likes pottering in the garden, fixing things, ski holidays, socialising and going for walks. She became a governor at the end of 2016 to put something back into the school that taught her to swim!

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Finance, HR,  Premises & Pay Committee

Charlotte Ridgway

Charlotte lives in Caversham and currently has two children attending Micklands Primary School. Charlotte is an experienced governor and was part of the governing body that achieved an "outstanding" OFSTED result for New Bridge Nursery School in 2014.Charlotte has regularly helped out in school and currently goes into school to read with the foundation stage children, Charlotte is also an active member of the PTA. Outside of school Charlotte is a qualified solicitor and is currently practising in an Oxfordshire based law firm.

Co-opted Governor

Co Vice Chair of Governors

More Able Provision Link Governor

Pupil Premium Link Governor

Fiona Gee

Fiona joined the governing body in February 2018. She is a secondary school PE teacher, currently working at Wycombe Abbey. Fiona read BSc Sports Coaching in Cardiff, before completing her teacher training at St Albans. Fiona is passionate about sport, in particular lacrosse. She represented Scotland for 10 years, earning over 40 international caps. Fiona now enjoys spending her time with her young children, going on lots of little adventures.

Co-opted Governor

Siddhartha (Sid) Pandya

Sid started working in Reading in 2005 after he finished university, and moved to Caversham from London in 2000. He works in the IT and Telecoms industry, and has worked for several large and well known companies based in Reading. 

His son attended Micklands Pre school from the age of 2 in 2015, and is now in year 1, so as a parent he has a 3 year association with the school.

Sport, especially cricket, takes a prominent position in his leisure and social life, and with strong connections to his home city of London, you may find him sampling the wares and fares of the capital on the weekends. 

Parent Governor

Claire Grant

Claire joined the Governing Body in November 2014. Claire has worked in Human Resources across a range of industries including Oil & Gas and Financial Services. Currently, she works as an HR Business Partner for an international transport company. Claire has a Masters degree in employment law and is passionate about ensuring that Micklands delivers the best educational standards possible for our students. Claire is currently the Governor responsible for Safeguarding.

Co-opted Governor to December 2017; Associate Governor

Finance, HR, Premises & Pay Committee



Nichola Ebbern

Nichola joined the Governing Body in February 2015. Her background as a health and safety professional brings a new range of skills to the Committee. In her spare time she is also in the Army Reserve, having served for over ten years in the Royal Military Police. She spends her spare time discovering Reading and the surrounding area following her move here from the South Coast.

Co-opted Governor

Finance, HR, Premises & Pay Committee


H&S Link Governor 

Charlotte Gleadhill

Charlotte has been living in Reading for the last 6 years and joined the Micklands Governing body in February 2018. She has been teaching in Berkshire since she qualified 6 years ago and is currently a Year 1 teacher at a school in central Reading, having taught across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 during her career. She grew up in Surrey and went to university in Warwick and did her teacher training in Cheltenham. In her spare time, she enjoys running and cycling; travelling and learning Italian; cooking and a lot of her time is now spent gardening and decorating the house she has recently bought in the local area!

Co-opted Governor

Finance, HR, Premises & Pay Committee

Mark Frost

Head Teacher


Karen Talbot

Staff Governor


Kirsty Mirbel

 Deputy Head Teacher Associate Governor