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Churchend School Governance



More governance information can be found under the 'about us' tab and 'Statutory information for academies'

Our Governing Body consists of:

2 Parent Governors (Louise Abrantes); We are currently recruiting a new parent Governor.
1 Community Governor (Bob Spokes);
2 Co-opted Governors ( Peter West ); We are currently recruiting new Co-opted Governors.
1 Teaching staff Governor  (Elizabeth James)
1 Non-Teaching staff Governor (Carolyn Baines).
Headteacher : Richard Pearse
Jane Brown is the Company Secretary and School Business Manager
Jodie Smith is the Clerk to Governors


Our school governors are volunteers.

Each governor serves a term of 4 years. The chair and vice chair hold this position for 1 year.


Parents elect the Parent Governors, the Governing Body selects its Community Governors, teachers vote for their teacher governor.

The remaining staff select their representative.

The Full Governing Body meet atleast four times a year.

Governors split into smaller committees in order to discuss Curriculum and Finance matters,  they will then report back to the FGB at the next meeting.

The minutes of the meetings are taken by the Clerk to the Governors, who also organise's the governors’ meetings and provides the agenda and other relevant information.


Minutes of Governors’ meetings are available for public viewing from the School Office, on this website and copies are available from the clerk on request free of charge.


Chair of Full Governing Body: Peter West 
Vice Chair of Full Governing Body: Bob Spokes
English: Elizabeth James

Safeguarding: Carolyn Baines
Special Needs: Carolyn Baines

Pupil premium: Louise Abrantes
Health & Safety: Bob Spokes
Link Governor: Bob Spokes
Maths: Louise Abrantes
Information Technology: Peter West
Science: Peter West
Foundation Stage: Elizabeth James

Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

Louise Abrantes (Chair)

Bob Spokes

Peter West

Richard Pearse - HT

Jane Brown - School Business Manager

Management Committee
Bob Spoke (Chair)
Louise Abrantes
Peter West

Richard Pearse -HT

Jane Brown - School Business Manager

Admissions Committee
Carolyn Baines (Chair)
Peter West

Richard Pearse -HT


All governors can be contacted via the main school office or the Clerk.

Please call the School on 0118 9375450 or

email the clerk at or

write to the school address of Usk Road, Tilehurst,Reading, RG30 4HP.

Governor Meetings

All FGB  meetings are held on Wednesday evenings starting at 6.30pm.

Finance committee meetings are held on Thursday mornings at 9.15am.

FGB Meetings are planned so that committee meetings can feed into the FGB agenda.


Full governing body meetings


25th September 201

4th December 2019

22nd April 2020

15th July 2020


Finance committee

November 2019

March 2020

July 2020


Management committee

November 2019

February 2020



The three core functions of the governing body


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that its money is well spent.

If you or somebody that you know is interested in becoming a school governor please contact the clerk to the governors at Churchend: