Micklands Primary School

Micklands Primary School

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 Members


Headteacher plus

1 Staff Governor


No less than 4

As required


The Micklands Full Governing Body usually meets 6 times a year.

The Finance, Human Resources Premises and Pay Committee usually 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, School Development Plan, Risk Management, Teaching & Learning, Parental Engagement, Assessment, More Able pupils 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.

Local Authority Governor

Chair of Governors


Finance, HR, Premises & Pay Committee

School Development Plan Link Governor

Development 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

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

Finance, HR, Premises & Pay Committee

Safeguarding Link Governor

Assessment Link Governor

Pupil Premium Link 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

Finance, HR, Premises & Pay Committee

Health & Safety Link Governor

Binny Pinder

Binny moved from London to Reading in 2014 in the search for a quieter life... Binny has a PhD in health psychology and has worked at the University of Stirling and University of Manchester (research and lecturing). More recently she moved into consultancy in the pharmaceutical world. Binny and her daughter fell in love with Micklands when they came to visit during open day, and Binny’s daughter is now in the foundation stage at this fantastic school. Any spare time is spent with her family - often exploring the surrounding country parks.


Parent Governor

Mental Health & Wellbeing
Link Governor
Parent & Commmunity Link Governor

Helen Carp

Helen has lived in Reading for over a decade and has two children, one in reception and one (hopefully) the class of 2021. She has spent a decade as a Risk Specialist shrinking the gap between expectation and outcome for large corporate enterprises and most recently has taken a career shift to manage Future Talent in the finance function of a local company. She enjoys going to the gym, pilates and yoga in her spare time. 

Co-opted Governor

Finance, HR, Premises & Pay Committee

Link Governor for Risk Management

Nicole Wisdom

Nicole grew up in Sussex, before attending University in Cardiff, where she completed her teacher training.  She moved to Reading in 2000 to take up her first teaching post in a Special School. Since that time she has worked in two different special schools in Reading, teaching pupils with a range of learning disabilities, but more recently with a focus on supporting pupils on the autism spectrum.  She has two boys who attend Micklands.


Co-opted Governor

Link Governor for SEND

Mark Frost

Head Teacher

Finance, HR, Premises & Pay Committee

Rhiannon Thomas

Staff Governor


Karen Talbot


Associate Member (Previously Staff Governor)

Health Link Governor

Kirsty Mirbel

Deputy Head Teacher Associate Governor