Paula Hammond (Chair of Governors)
I am a Parent Governor at Churchmead School, and also a Foundation Governor at St Mary’s Primary School in Slough. I have been a governor for the last 10 years, and have two sons one in Year 6 at St Mary’s in Slough, one who was at Churchmead but is now in Further Education, and a daughter who is currently too young for school.
I became a Governor as I wanted to be able to act as a critical friend to the school and as a parent thought it was my duty to ensure my children’s schools strived to be the best they could be. I was also inspired to be a Governor by my father. He was a Parent Governor and Chair of Governors at my brother’s school and I saw first-hand the influence and benefits his role had to the school.
I am the link Governor for Mathematics and Science and I also Chair the Teaching & Learning/Performance & Achievement committee.
I am a full-time working Mum of James, Thomas and Jessica. I work as a Forecasting Analyst for Waitrose at their Head Office in Bracknell. Before working for Waitrose, I worked as a Statistician for the National Foundation for Education Research for 10 years and also had a spell for 2 years with the National Strategies. So, I bring the skills of data analysis to my role as Governor.
In my free-time I enjoy reading and always have my kindle with me. I enjoy baking with the children and enjoy creating Gingerbread Houses at Christmas.
Preston Booker (Vice Chair of Governors)
I am the Safeguarding Governor for Churchmead School. My experience starts with being a parent myself. I was a Slough Councillor for six years and I am currently a Langley Councillor where many Churchmead pupils come from my ward. I have served on the Education committee for six years and Corporate Parenting for four years. Both these committees oversee safeguarding of children.
I became involved as a Governor at the school after the Church of England Diocese put out a request for Foundation (church) Governors. I volunteered and became a member of the Shadow Governing body which then became the Governing body that stands today. Until recently I was a Church Warden and I felt it my Christian duty to help.
I am also a Governor of Ryvers School in Langley and Health & Safety Governor at both schools.
Being a Governor is very rewarding since you can help a school improve and provides many a valuable learning experience. I thoroughly recommend the role to all.
I am a retired teacher of people with special educational needs and my subjects were Performing Arts and English. I particularly enjoy teaching Drama, something that managed to creep into many of my English lessons. While training to be a classical ballet dancer many years ago, I sustained a serious knee injury and chose to qualify as a teacher of Classical Ballet instead. I still have a great love of all forms of dance, drama and music and hope that my skills can be useful in this area of the Churchmead curriculum.
Thirty of my teaching years were spent working for East Berkshire College who like Churchmead, is proud to be a multi-cultural organisation. A practising Anglican, I am an active member of St Peters Church in Iver. I am involved in both youth and children’s work. In Sunday Seekers I support the children with learning difficulties and disabilities. As a member of the Parochial Church Council, I am one of three people who represent St. Peters Church on the Burnham Deanery Synod and it was through Deanery Synod that I heard Churchmead were seeking new Governors.
I am lead Governor for special educational needs and have a passionate belief that people with learning difficulties, disabilities and hidden disabilities such as Asperger’s Syndrome should be taught in mainstream schools whenever possible. Being a Governor at Churchmead school might enable me to continue to use my skills in a positive and useful way on a voluntary basis. It is also my intention to make a useful contribution to the Christian ethos of the school.
I have been happily married to my husband Arthur for 49 years. We have two grown up daughters, one married, one still living at home and we have a delightful two year old grandson who is a great joy to us all.
My hobbies include: Church Bell Ringing, American Square Dancing, Body Boarding, Embroidery and making theatrical costumes. I enjoy gardening, try to play the guitar (but not very well) and have a collection of teddy bears that I am very fond of.
I am a Foundation Governor representing St. Mary’s Church, Datchet, where I have been a member of the congregation for the last 33 years since coming to live in the village from Bromley in Kent.
My career has been in teaching English language in universities, mostly in the University of London. My first job, after a year as a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota in the USA, was in the London Institute of Education; and my most recent before retirement was at Royal Holloway University of London, in Egham. I spent some time as a member of the panel of visitors from the London Board of Studies in English to Colleges of Education in the capital, several of which subsequently became independent universities.
Currently, I am writing a book on English linguistics and giving papers on the English language. Recent meetings in which I have taken part include a conference at Guangzhou University in China, and, in Belgium, a seminar at the University of Leuven and an invited workshop at the University of Namur. I have some experience in teaching English as a foreign language on summer schools for the British Council abroad (Germany, Romania, Poland, Japan) and I hope that my experience in teaching and examining the language generally will be of benefit to Churchmead.
I have served twice as a member of a university governing body and I hope that this experience will be relevant also. My connection with Churchmead goes back for several years and I have enjoyed working with other members of the school community.
My interests include travel, gardening, walking and local history. I am a member of the Datchet Village Society and was a reader with Slough Talking Newspapers for several years.
Richard Ireson - pending info
Margaret Lenton - pending info
Amy Lawrence - pending info