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The Piggott School

A Church of England Academy

School Governors

As part of the Piggott Church of England Academy, the Charvil Primary School shares a governing body with the Piggott School (Secondary).

If you wish to contact the Governors please email the Clerk MarrR@Piggottschool.org

Governors' Policy Statements

Please see School Policies and Procedures for the Governors' Policy Statements.
 

Governors List

Ex Officio 

Mr Derren Gray – Headteacher
Business Interest:
The Piggott School - Headteacher

"After achieving five A levels at AAAAB grades I studied at the University of Nottingham graduating with a BSc(hons) in mathematics. I then undertook a PGCE(S) mathematics with ICT at St Mary’s, Twickenham and since then have taught in a range of schools including single sex, mixed, comprehensive, grammar, secular and religious. I have taught Mathematics to further maths level, RE GCSE, KS3 ICT, Physics A level and Critical Thinking AS level. I completed my Master’s degree in School Improvement in 2004 and my National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) in 2007.

I have been the Headteacher of The Piggott School and Charvil Piggott Primary School since September 2014. I am married with two young children and so my hobbies include scooting, Pokemon, going to the park, feeding ducks, Disney, reading ‘Beast Quest’ books, horse riding lessons, Tae Kwon Do, guitar & piano lessons, gymnastics and sleeping."
 

Co-Opted by the Foundation Governors and the Diocese 

Dr. Alison Silby – Admissions and SALT
Term of Appointment:
15th March 2016 - 15th March 2020 
Outside Business Interest: None


"For the past 10 years, I have been involved with Initial Teacher Training programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

I am currently employed as an academic at the University of Reading where I am a lecturer in English and Education. A large part of my job includes the design and delivery of a challenging degree programme as well as the recruitment and professional development of trainee teachers. I also work in close partnership with a large number of schools in the area to ensure that the training provided, by both the University and schools, is outstanding.

I am particularly interested in curriculum development and all aspects of pedagogy related to literacy. My specific research interests include exploring the different ways in which pupils engage with the reading and writing challenges they meet in the classroom.

Prior to my involvement in higher education, my role as a teacher ranged across Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 where I was primarily responsible for leading English and promoting a creative curriculum combining English, Drama, Music and Art. I have a daughter in Year 7 at The Piggott School and am also an active member of my church. I am delighted to have been appointed as a governor and am looking forward to making a contribution to the school."

 
Foundation Governors Appointed by the Diocese

 

Reverend John Cook Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Committee (SMSC)
Term of appointment: October 2008 – 30th June 2019
Outside Business Interest: None

"I was ordained in 1982 and have worked in different parts of the country. Prior to being appointed as the vicar of Wargrave with Knowl Hill 8 years ago I was  based in central London. 

I am aware of the importance of a broad education and appreciative of the Christian foundation of Church Schools. In particular I hope I can contribute to the Christian ethos. Living in the local community means I have wide exposure to young people and their families."
 

Mr Mark Cowieson Facilities and Pay
Term of appointment: 9th October 2015 – 8th October 2019
Outside Business Interest: None

"I graduated from the University of Dundee in 1997 with a degree in Civil Engineering, then came “down south” to work for a construction company building all manner of small to medium sized projects. After a few years, I joined BAA at Heathrow Airport and spent 8 years there on various projects as a client Project Manager, including parts of the Terminal 5 development and the Terminal 1 redevelopment (although that has now been replaced by the new Terminal 2 building). I currently work for a global engineering and management consultancy (WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff) as a Project Director in our rail business and also lead our business offering for Programme Management & Controls.

I have had a desire to be a part of a Governing  Body for a number of years, but it took my eldest daughter to secure a place at The Piggott School to spur me into action. I’m really pleased to be a part of the Governing Body, and as Facilities Governor, I hope I will be able to draw on my experience to help run and develop the school, not only for my children but for others in the future."
 

Mrs Joanna Cowley – Safeguarding & Admissions (designated safeguarding governor)
Term of appointment: 15th July 2016- 14th July 2020
Outside Business Interest: None

"I currently work as a welfare and benefit advisor for a Christian Charity. Previously I worked as a Social Worker/Care Manager for older people, and adults with disabilities.

I am actively involved in Greyfriars Church and am currently part of the leadership team for Scramblers  (2-3 year-olds).

I belong to a book group and enjoy swimming and running.

I am the governor for safeguarding which I believe matches my skills and experience. I am also a parent at the school.  I became a governor because I wanted to use my experience to give something back to the school.  I also wanted to play a part in ensuring that the Christian values of the school are maintained and developed."
 

Mrs. Helen Craig – Chair of Governors, Leadership & Management and Admissions
Term of appointment: 1st April 2012 – 15th March 2020
Outside Business Interest: None

"From leaving school I worked for the NatWest bank for over 7 years, whilst there I was involved in general branch work and prior to leaving was part of a field based training team.  I then spent the rest of my career in the Mobile Phone Industry mainly in sales and marketing where I had a variety of roles such as Sales Executive, Trainer, Corporate Customer Services Manager and finally Business Manager for o2.  When my first child came along I made the conscious decision to give up work and be a stay at home mum. I have a son who is currently at The Piggott School and a daughter who left this year to attend college.  Over the last 15 years although not in paid employment was very active within the children's Primary School, Vice Chair and then Chair of the PTA and was been involved in running a Parent & Toddler group at the church we attended at that time.

I was delighted to be given the opportunity to join the Governing Body at The Piggott School shortly after my daughter started and enjoy being able to make a contribution to the education not only of my own children but the whole school."
 

Mrs Jackie Gray Chair of the SMSC Committee and designated looked after children governor
Term of appointment: 3rd November 2015 – 2nd November 2019
Outside Business Interest: None

"A background in finance and management, I now work in the creative industries for a Berkshire local authority managing the arts and cultural programme linked with schools and the wider community.

I am newly appointed as lead governor for music and drama and will shortly assume the chair of the SIAMS Committee, which supports the ethos of a Church of England school. I am very pleased to support The Piggott School and Charvil Piggott Primary."
 

Mr Brian Griffin Chair of the Admissions Committee
Term of appointment: January 2008 – 31st August 2020
Outside Business Interest: None

"A Foundation Governor at The Piggott School since 2008; nominated as a member of St Mary's, Wargrave with St Peter's Church,Knowl Hill. Chair of Governors from 2010-13. Currently Lead Governor for Admissions.

Before retirement, an entire career in education, including the Headship of two secondary schools and as an Education Officer. MA degree in Organisation, Planning and Management in Education. 

Interests include mountain/hill walking, choral music and as a trustee of an African Trust, supporting  rural schools, hospitals and Anglican church communities."
 

Mr Gary Hughes – Vice Chair for the Primary School, Staff & Governor Development, Standards, Achievement, Learning & Teaching (SALT) and Pay
Term of appointment: 30th June 2014 – 29th June 2018
Outside Business Interest: None

"My wife Anne and I have lived in Charvil for over 20 years and have one daughter who attends Charvil Piggott Primary School. I serve on the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor and regularly attends St Andrews, Sonning. 

For the last eight years I have been Practice Manager of a General Practice in Bracknell, Berkshire. Prior to this I spent over 20 years in the optical and veterinary sectors as business owner, director and manager and have an MBA, a degree in Purchasing & Supply, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education."

 

Mr Andrew Shapland – Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee
Term of appointment: 27th August 2014 – 26th August 2018
Outside Business Interest: None

"I have been a Governor since 2014. I have 2 children at The Piggott, and became a Governor to contribute to the ongoing success of the School.

I work in Finance, and have little experience with education. I aim to contribute by bringing experience from the corporate sector which further diversifies the range of skills available to the Governing body. 

I am a Foundation Governor, and attend Wycliffe Baptist Church in Reading.

In my spare time I enjoy sport, music and socialising."
 

Mrs Lucy Walton Special Educational Needs
Term of appointment: 16th March 2016 – 15th March 2020
Outside Business Interest: None

"My background is retail, working with the John Lewis Partnership for many years. Following the birth of my daughter Emma , now 21, it became apparent that she had learning delays and so I became a full time Mum. My second daughter also has disabilities so I found myself championing their cause in a way I hadn't expected. Emma attended a school in Woodley with a resource unit and I became a governor there and eventually was Chair. I have helped to set up REACH Wokingham, the independent parents forum for children with additional needs, working closely with WBC, challenging them and consulting with parents. In addition I am also a founder of The Regatta for the Disabled which gives disabled people the opportunity to experience a day on and by the Thames. I care passionately about supporting children like mine through education and now that my son William, who has no additional needs, has started at The Piggott I would like to share that passion and support his education and those who are more vulnerable. I worship regularly at St Mary's in Twyford."

 

Mr David Woolnough Chair of the SALT Committee
Term of appointment: 4th October 2010 – 9th October 2018
Outside Business Interest: None

"As a parent, now foundation governor, I have been really impressed with everything our three children have gained at the Piggott school and the inclusive character that it models so well.  A governor for six years, I've helped the school grow and evolve with each new challenge thrown at it.

Outside of school, I lead a team in the UK government's Department for International Development that finds innovative solutions to the climate, energy and water challenges faced by people in developing countries, especially Africa.  Before living in Twyford, our family had four wonderful years in Malawi.  I've previously been a primary school governor and am an active member of Emmanuel church, Woodley.  I hope to bring my range of experience, common sense and a constructive challenge to the governing board."

 

Parent Governors appointed by the Parent Body

Mr Ian Pogue – Finance
Term of appointment: 12th February 2016 – 11th February 2020
Outside Business Interest: None

"I am a Chartered Accountant, having trained with Deloitte, and whilst I have mainly worked for commercial organisations over the years, since the start of 2015 I have been Director of Finance and Administration at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).  The RAD is a not for profit organisation that sets standards for dance teaching worldwide. We count more than 1,000 students in our teacher training programmes and around a quarter of a million students are being examined on our syllabi.

 I have a son at Charvil Piggott primary school, and when a vacancy came up as a parent school governor in early 2016, I therefore saw a chance to contribute both my financial and now ongoing educational experience, to hopefully give something back to a vital part of our community."

 

Mr Richard Thiele Chair of the Pay Committee, SALT
Term of appointment:
11th September 2013 – 10th September 2017
Outside Business Interest: None

"A former pupil of Wargrave Piggott Junior School I became a Parent Governor in order to help the good work of the school and put something back into the education system.  I firmly believe in active participation and will work hard to deliver the duties of a school custodian respective of the responsibility that entails towards the pupils, parents and school staff. 

I have a degree from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and worked in the business to business publishing and exhibitions world for most all of my working life.  This has all been customer facing and involves finding ways to deliver routes to market for businesses of all types and sizes.  To achieve success I have had to develop high performance teams, to deliver stretching objectives for businesses and profitability for customers.

In the 80s and 90s I dedicated a number of years to the Territorial Army where my most rewarding elements of service were in the education and training of recruits and potential officers.  The amazing feeling of satisfaction and achievement from education gives me some insight into the motivation and dedication of the teaching profession.

I offer time, experience and a commitment to help parents and staff who are all committed to developing the school, as it strives towards inspiring and encouraging the highest achievement."
 

Mrs Nadine Hill
Term of appointment:
30th Sept 2016 - 29th Sept 2020
Outside Business Interest: None

I am really proud to have become a Governor, with two children at the Piggott School who have flourished since joining, I hope I can use the skills I have gained over the years to support the school and help contribute to its continual success.

 

My mother was a teacher at a secondary school so I have always had an interest in education and the challenges schools have faced over the years.  I have also worked for a dyslexia charity which made me realise how much harder learning can be for some.

 

I am a Chartered Accountant and currently work as an Account Manager.  I manage global corporations compliance commitments around the world, regularly liaising with our local teams in over 150 countries, and managing client expectations.  I am also a Prince 2 qualified project manager which is a very useful skill in this role!

 

In my spare time I enjoy running, music and gardening.

 

Community Governor
Appointed by the members of the Trust
 

Mr Michael Simpson – SMSC

Term of appointment: 23rd September 2016 -22nd September 2020

Outside business interest: None


I have lived in Wargrave for 14 years and am a new Community Governor through my involvement with St Mary’s Church.  I have two sons, including one son who is currently in year 12.

I have run my own market research company for 16 years and before that, I worked for 10 years in various market roles with Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson, and was in the British Army for 4 years.   I was also a governor of three schools in London during my service as a local government councillor in Wandsworth.  

I look forward to serving as a governor at the Piggott, and hope that I can make a positive contribution with a combination of my Christian faith, together with my work and life experience.
 

Staff Governors appointed by the Staff of The Piggott School

 

Mr Adam Lawson SALT, admissions
Term of appointment:
1st May 2015 – 30th April 2019
Business Interest: The Piggott School - Teaching Staff

"I have been a member of staff at The Piggott School for 6 years. Over these years I have held roles including Head of Year, Inclusion Manager and Head of Key Stage and I am a teacher of Business Studies. Before this I studied for a BA in Business Studies at the University of Portsmouth. From here I worked as a Learning Support Assistant before qualifying as a teacher through the West Berkshire Training Partnership. I am passionate about my job as a teacher and thoroughly enjoy working at The Piggott School with both the staff and students being a pleasure to work with. I feel privileged to be a staff governor and to have the opportunity to make a real difference and the chance to contribute to the good of the school community."
 

Mr Alex Macleod Staff & Governor Development, SMSC
Term of appointment: 1st May 2015 – 30th April 2019
Business Interest: The Piggott School - Teaching Staff

"I have been a member of staff at The Piggott School for nearly 10 years. Over these years I have held roles including Head of Year, Head of Key Stage and teacher of geography. Before this I studied for a BA in Town Planning and Geography at the University of Newcastle. I remained in Newcastle to complete my PGCE before moving South to take up an NQT job here at The Piggott School. Since then I have also completed a Diploma in Teaching and Learning at the University of Reading.  I thoroughly enjoy my job as a teacher and in working at The Piggott School I know I am surrounded by a group of outstanding, likeminded colleagues. As a geography teacher I specialise in teaching Human geography at A-Level, and am a senior examiner for the AQA. I enjoy travel and have been lucky enough to visit places such as Iceland, New York, Poland and Oman whilst working at this school – these trips are in addition to the annual geography field trips to Pembrokeshire. Outside of work I enjoy all sports and am a keen cyclist. My role as a governor of the school is important to me and I feel privileged to be representing the staff body."

 

Mr Jack Andrews
Term of appointment:
30th Sept 2016 to 29th Sept 2020
Business Interest: The Piggott School - Teaching Staff

 

Clerk to Governors

Mrs Rebecca Marr
Appointment started: 
1st December 2013
Outside Business Interest: Colleton Primary - Education- Since 1/12/2013

"I have been the Clerk to Governors since December 2013. I advise the Governing Body on all matters of law and procedure as well as dealing with all of the administration.  I am a qualified solicitor and practiced law for over 11 years in London.  I practiced mainly in litigation and housing law.   I became Head of the Civil Litigation Department and a Director of the Law Practice I worked at, learning skills which are vital for the role as Clerk to Governors.  I left the profession when I had my second child to become a stay at home mum.

My role as the Clerk allows me to utilise my skills whilst working flexibly around my family. I love being able to contribute to the success of such a great school."

 

Governors who are a member of the Academy Trust

Mrs Helen Craig – Chair of Governors

Mrs Anne Davey – Director of the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education
 

The Venerable Olivia Graham - The Archdeacon of Berkshire

The Reverend Doctor Steven Croft - The Bishop of Oxford

 

For details of the members remit please see our articles of association on the "School Goverance" page.

 

Governors who have left in the past 12 Months

Name

Type

Body Who Appoints

Length of Office

Responsible For

Position

Start Date

End Date

Jacqui Staig

Parent

Parent Body

4 years

Finance

Chair of the Finance Committee

10/1/14

7/6/16

Esther Saxton

Foundation

Diocese

4 years

SEN, Equalities & Safeguarding

Designated safeguarding governor

10/2/14

15/7/16

Rhys Driscoll

Staff

Staff

4 years

Facilities

 

29/6/14

31/8/16

Julian Chapman Foundation Governor Diocese 4 years Finance & Pay   15/07/16 31/05/16

 

 

ATTENDANCE AT FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS 2015-16

Reverend John Cook

Attended 3 out of 8 meetings

Mr Mark Cowieson *

Attended 6 out of 7 meetings

Mrs. Helen Craig

Attended 8 out of 8 meetings

Mr Rhys Driscoll

Attended 5 out of 8 meetings

Mr Stephen Giles *

Attended 3 out of 4 meetings

Mr Derren Gray

Attended 7 out of 8 meetings

Mrs Jackie Gray *

Attended 4 out of 6 meetings

Mr. Brian Griffin

Attended 6 out of 8 meetings

Mr Gary Hughes

Attended 7 out of 8 meetings

Mr Adam Lawson

Attended 7 out of 8 meetings

Mr Alex Macleod

Attended 6 out of 8 meetings

Mr Ian Pogue *

Attended 3 out of 4 meetings

Mrs Helen Price *

Attended 3 out of 5 meetings

Mrs. Esther Saxton

Attended 6 out of 8 meetings

Mr. Andrew Shapland

Attended 7 out of 8 meetings

Doctor Alison Silby *

Attended 2 out of 3 meetings

Mrs Jacqui Staig *

Attended 3 out of 7 meetings

Mr Richard Thiele

Attended 5 out of 8 meetings

Mrs Lucy Walton *

Attended 3 out of 3 meetings

Mr. David Woolnough

Attended 6 out of 8 meetings

Reverend Alison Waters *

Attended 3 out of 5 meetings

 

ATTENDANCE AT ADMISSION COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2015 -16

Mrs Helen Craig

Attended 8 out of 8 meetings

Mr Derren Gray

Attended 8 out of 8 meetings

Mr Brian Griffin

Attended 6 out of 8 meetings

Mr Adam Lawson

Attended 7 out of 8 meetings

Doctor Alison Silby *

Attended 2 out of 2 meetings

Reverend Alison Waters *

Attended 1 out of 5 meetings

 

ATTENDANCE AT FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2015 - 2016

Mrs Helen Craig

Attended 5 out of 5 meetings

Mr Derren Gray

Attended 5 out of 5 meetings

Mr Ian Pogue *

Attended 1 out of 2 meetings

Mrs Helen Price *

Attended 2 out of 4 meetings

Mr Andrew Shapland

Attended 4 out of 5 meetings

Mrs Jacqui Staig *

Attended 4 out of 4 meetings

 

ATTENDANCE AT PAY COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2015 - 2016

Mr Steve Giles *

Attended 0 out of 2 meetings

Mr Derren Gray

Attended 3 out of 3 meetings

Mr Gary Hughes

Attended 3 out of 3 meetings

Mrs Helen Price

Attended 3 out of 3 meetings

Mr Richard Thiele

Attended 3 out of 3 meetings

 

ATTENDANCE AT SMSC COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2015 - 2016

Reverend John Cook

Attended 3 out of 3 meetings

Mr Derren Gray

Attended 3 out of 3 meetings

Mrs Jackie Gray *

Attended 1 out of 1 meeting

Mr Alex Macleod *

Attended 1 out of 1 meeting

Reverend Alison Waters *

Attended 2 out of 2 meetings

 

ATTENDANCE AT STANDARDS, ACHIEVEMENT, LEARNING AND TEACHING COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2015 - 2016

Mrs Helen Craig

Attended 3 out of 3 meetings

Mr Steve Giles *

Attended 2 out of 2 meetings

Mr Derren Gray

Attended 2 out of 3 meetings

Mr Gary Hughes *

Attended 1 out of 2 meetings

Mr Adam Lawson

Attended 3 out of 3 meetings

Doctor Alison Silby *

Attended 1 out of 1 meeting

Mr Richard Thiele

Attended 2 out of 3 meetings

Mr David Woolnough

Attended 3 out of 3 meetings

 

Lead governors for development, facilities, equalities/Inclusion, and safeguarding meet with the relevant member of the Senior Leadership Team once every term.

Lead governor for leadership & management meets with the Headteacher at least once a month.

For details of attendance this academic year please contact Clerk to Governors at MarrR@piggottschool.org

*denotes where the Governor was not a member of the Governing Body for the whole of the academic year or where the governor was not a member of the committee throughout the academic year.