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Governing Body

Welcome to the Governor's page.  Here are the current members of the Governing body - to contact us or find out more about what we are doing then use the tabs on the left of the screen

Andrew Murray.  Parent Governor (Elected)

Term of office ends 2.7.18

Chair of Governors, term of office ends 17.9.19

(Finance & Premises Committee, Pay, Performance & Personnel Committee, Joint Health & Safety Governor)

After serving over 23 Years in the Corps of Royal Engineers and having briefly served at Denison Barracks, I have now moved into a career with Learning & Development.  I am a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and hold formal qualifications and experience in Strategic Leadership & Management, Health & Safety, Project Management & Teaching.  Having two daughters at this great school, I naturally have a personal interest in their education, but now as Governor I have a fantastic opportunity to have a more formal interest, where hopefully I will be able to use my skills and experience to add value in assisting the school to achieve its vision.

Peta Collicott.  Headteacher, Governor

(Sits on all 3 committees)

I was a class teacher in schools in Surrey and Berkshire from 1979- 1985. From 1992- 1998 a teacher at Spurcroft School with responsibility for RE, PE, residential visits, PTA school rep & maths. Deputy Head at Hermitage from Sept 1998- Dec 1999. Responsibilities included SEN, RE, maths, sports fixtures and coaching.

Gillian Turner.  Staff Governor (Elected)

Term of office ends 27.9.20

(Standards & Curriculum committee)

I have been a teacher since 1994.  Safe guarding training and trainer, Assessment experience, Safer recruitment.

Andrew Maye.  Co-opted Governor

Term of office ends 17.9.21

(Finances & Premises committee)

Alison Attwool.  Co-opted Governor

Term of office ends 29.3.19

(Standards & Curriculum committee)

Hermitage Primary School Business Manager. Prior to that I had 4 years’ experience at a local pre-school and 17 years in various finance roles in the IT industry. I was also treasurer to the Hermitage Primary School PTA for 4 years.

Dr Charlotte Exon.  Local Authority Governor 

Term of Office ends 5.11.21

(Standards & Curriculum Committee)

I am an experienced educationalist and currently the Director of Music at Downe House (BMus(Hons), PhD, PGCE). Before taking up this role, I was the Director of Music at Westonbirt School as well as working in retail banking. I am passionate about education, particularly the achievement of excellence and, as such, have been recognised for my work at the National Education Business Awards. I believe very much in inspiring young people in learning and ensuring they have the skills and education to access the best future possible.

Penny Wilson.  Co-opted Governor

Term of office ends 5.11.21

(Chair - Standards & Curriculum Committee,  Safeguarding Governor)

We moved into Hermitage two years ago, both my children now attend Hermitage Primary School. I really admire the sense of community the school instils in its pupils and I want to support the school further.  In my role as governor, I work with the staff and Full Governing Body to ensure that Hermitage primary school offers a great education to all its pupils. I am particularly interested in curriculum and learning.  I work as a scientist for a global beverage company and I am a  qualified secondary school teacher. I have strong communication and management skills developed through my career and training.

Rebecca Brophy. Co-opted Governor

Term of office ends 17.9.21

(Standards & Curriculum Committee, Pupil Premium Grant Governor)

I am currently the Executive Communications Officer at John Rankin Schools in Newbury and hold a Diploma in School Business Management and Degree in Business and Economics from the University of Durham. Previous to my current role, I held many management posts in retail. My children attend another local village school and I am committed to using my knowledge and experiences to further support Hermitage Primary’s commitment to help every child SHINE.

Matthew Whiteway, Parent Governor (Elected)

Term of office ends 27.4.20

(Standards & Curriculum Committee, Finance & Premises Committee, Marketing Governor)

A proud father of two young girls, we have recently moved to the Hermitage area and have been impressed with the schooling Hermitage Primary has delivered.  As a governor I would like to help contribute to further improving the standards for all children.  I will be learning on my sales and marketing experience to further bolster the school’s awareness and visibility in the community.

Duncan Finlay, Parent Governor (Appointed)

Term of office ends 18.5.20

My wife and I moved to Hermitage 5 years ago largely because of the friendly village feel and good reputation of the primary school.  We now have 3 beautiful children and a very keen interest in helping to ensure the school is as successful as possible in the future.

In my mind, a great school is a school that delivers against three key things: it ‘educates’, ‘excites’ and ‘engages’ both its pupils and the wider community.  To that end, I plan to use my extensive background in marketing and communications to help the school excel against those objectives.

Roger Axten.  Co-opted Governor. 

Term of office ends 19.7.19

(Standards & Curriculum Committee, Joint Health & Safety Governor, Inclusions Governor, Finance & Premises Committee)

Member of the Armed Forces for 28 years, currently Education and Careers Advice Officer, part of the Military Training Team for Denison Barracks Royal Engineers Administration and Selection Officer for all Potential Geographic Technicians for the Royal Engineers.  Governor at both Curridge Primary and The Downs Secondary Schools respectively, before joining Hermitage. Local Cub Scout Leader

Sarah Greenway.  Clerk to Governors

I have a background in Human Resources and office administration. I worked as Clerk to the Governing Body for seven years in another local primary school before starting at Hermitage Primary School in November 2012.

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