Membership Information

Membership list
 
The Full Governing Body at Walter consists of a range of stakeholders, including up to seven co-opted governors, two parent governors, one Local Authority governor, the Head teacher, the Deputy Head Teacher and one staff governor. Members are appointed for a four-year term of office. The current members are included in the document below.
 
Biographies
 
William Austen

I have been a governor at Walter since September 2018. I have a son in Year 1 and another son due start in the nursery in September. I feel passionately about the school and want to help build upon and develop, what I feel is an already outstanding educational institution. I am a co-opted governor with particular responsibility for IT. I attend full governor board meetings and finance meetings. 

I have worked in the educational world for over 16 years and am currently Deputy Head at Ludgrove, an independent boys boarding prep school on the outskirts of Wokingham. Previous to this role I worked as a housemaster at Summer fields School in Oxford. I am also an Independent Schools Inspector.

Away from schools, I am a keen golfer, runner and enjoy country pursuits.

Daniel Bluett

My name is Daniel Bluett and I have been a co-opted governor at Walter since November 2016.  Since becoming a governor my oldest daughter Grace has started in F2 with Mrs Coyne and my youngest daughter is expected to start at the school in F2 in September 2019.  Before moving to Wokingham with my family in 2015, I had previously been a governor at a number of primary schools in south London.  Working as a solicitor in my professional career, I found that my skills were easily transferable and very valuable in a school setting and it was great to be able to use my skills to give something back to the community.  In addition to this it is now a great way for me to understand the complexities of the education system as my own children progress through it. 

My roles on the governing body including being the Vice Chair, the Chair of the Finance Committee and the lead governor for Pupil Premium.  These roles have required me to have a very close relationship with the senior management team particularly on finance matters.  I am also responsible for governor recruitment and training to ensure our new governors receive a proper welcome and appropriate induction to the role.   During my time as a governor I have been incredibly impressed by the hard work and dedication shown by the staff and children at Walter and I look forward to continuing to work with the school to ensure all our children have the opportunity to be the best they can be.

Katy Forde 

My name is Katy Forde and I've been co-opted governor here at Walter Infant School and Nursery since May 2019. Originally from Aldershot, my first job role was volunteering in a local SEN school and this spurred me on to complete a BAEd and qualify as a mainstream primary teacher. After graduation, I worked as a SENCO before eventually leaving to set up two different provisions for children with extremely challenging needs. These were both successful and have led to me becoming a director of a company that provides consultancy and training services to the education sector nationally. I also volunteer as an independent visitor for NYAS, a charity that supports vulnerable young people in care. My daughters have both attended Walter as pupils and flourished, with my youngest currently in F2, and so I'm proud to be able to offer my assistance to a school that has never failed to impress me over the last seven years.

Outside of my professional life, I enjoy cooking, reading and running. 

Vicky Howard

My name is Vicky Howard and I have been parent governor at Walter since February 2018. My daughter encouraged me to put myself forward as a governor when she became a school councillor at the start of Year 1– she was so excited to be involved and take on extra responsibilities that I decided I would follow in her footsteps!

I have worked in the Higher Education sector since 2006 and in university academic quality assurance since 2010 – in particular, I work on policy development and the review of university courses and departments. In my governor role, I have particular responsibility for the curriculum and I hope to draw upon experience from my ‘day job’ to be a critical friend to Walter in all aspects of its curriculum. I am very proud to be a governor at Walter and am looking forward to the challenges ahead.

My hobbies include languages, foreign travel, listening to podcasts and spinning. 

Fiona Prickett

My name is Fiona Prickett and I have been a co-opted governor at Walter Infant School and Nursery since September 2015.  I had attended Governor Meetings, as an observer, for many years prior to this in my role as the Deputy Headteacher.

I have worked at Walter Infant School and Nursery since September 1996 and been the Deputy Headteacher for the majority of this time.  I feel very proud and privileged to be part of such a successful team, working in a school that always puts the children first.  As a member of the senior leadership team and as a governor, I get to share my knowledge and experience with people who are as committed as me in making our school the best it can be.

In my governor role I have particular responsibility for Health and Safety. I work very closely with the Headteacher, Site Controller and School Business Manager in ensuring we carry out all the relevant checks and follow correct procedures relating to all aspects of Health and Safety. I attend termly forums run by the local authority and report on Health and Safety at each full governing body meeting.

Stephanie Rees

I have worked as a teacher and member of the Senior Leadership Team at Walter Infant School and Nursery since April 2017 and have recently taken on the role of Mental Health and Wellbeing leader at the school. I felt that I would like the opportunity to be more involved in the strategic planning of the school and that the role of Governor would allow me to do so. I was elected as a staff governor in July 2018.

Before working at Walter Infant School and Nursery, I lived in Manchester and worked at a Primary School in Wigan. During this time, I had the opportunity to teach year 1 and year 2 as well as lead the curriculum across the school.

I gained a BA Hons in Primary Education with QTS from Brunel University.

Outside of school, I am an animal lover and adore my cat Leonard. When I’m not teaching I take every opportunity to go to the theatre, spend time with my family and enjoy cooking and entertaining.

David Turner

My name is David Turner and I have been a governor at Walter since March 2012. The reason I became a school governor was that I was looking for a useful role following retirement and was persuaded by one of the Walter Governors at the time to put my name forward, especially as one of my granddaughters was attending Walter at the time and I lived only 5 minutes walk from the school. Despite my initial apprehension, I have found my time as a school governor both interesting and rewarding. As well as being vice chair on the Finance committee, I also have the role of Mathematics Governor. In this role I hope my background as a Physics graduate with a career that has included being a Navigation Officer at sea, developing navigation and  military guidance systems and working on major software infrastructure projects, will provide a high level prospective on the importance of encouraging an early interest in Mathematics. As well as grandparenting duties, my other activities in retirement are working as an assessor for the Citizen Advice Bureaux, playing my base guitar and being chairman of the local Ramblers group.

Gordon Waterson

I have only just been co-opted onto the Governing Body at Walter Infant, and at the time of writing have attended one meeting! That being said, I am excited to be taking on such an important role at a school like Walter Infant. I have already been extremely impressed by the school's comprehensive approach to providing a sound start in education for the young people in its care. I am hugely looking forward to getting to know the school in greater depth.

I have been working full-time in education for the last 5 years and am currently the Director of Music at Ludgrove Preparatory School on the outskirts of Wokingham. Prior to this I worked as the Assistant Director of Music at St Paul's Juniors in London, and spent a number of years touring and freelancing as a professional singer, mainly with choirs, including the Monteverdi Choir among others. Throughout this time I have maintained a profound interest in mental health and well-being and spent 4 years volunteering for Samaritans as a listening volunteer, as well as taking on additional pastoral responsibilities in the educational organisations I've been involved with.

Away from work I enjoy attending concerts and shows, skiing, and anything that involves quality food and wine!

Declaration of interests

Governors are required to record any pecuniary or other business interest in connection with the governing board’s business in the published declaration of interests . If any conflicted matter arises in a meeting, the governor(s) offer to leave the meeting for the appropriate length of time. Governors are also required to declare any conflict of loyalty at the start of any meeting, as necessary. The current register is available below.

Attendance register

The attendance register shows the percentage of meetings attended by each governor and is updated on annual basis, as below.