Message sent from:

Thatcham Park Governors

On behalf of the governing board I welcome you to the Thatcham Park website.

The governors of Thatcham Park School are a diverse group with experience both of education and of business, who work hard to ensure that Thatcham Park gives the best to all of its pupils.

The governors believe that the foundation of this is a learning environment in which all children feel safe, creating a calm and supportive atmosphere for learning. This is alongside a staff team who are dedicated to each child reaching their maximum potential.

We believe that children will thrive at school through a partnership between children, teachers, parents, carers and governors, and look to develop this across both the curriculum and through the various extra-curricular activities that the school offers.

If anyone would like to contact either me or any of the other governors this can be done through the school office.

Yours sincerely
Martin Parsons
Chair of Governors

Alison Webster - Headteacher

The Headteacher is an Ex-officio governor which means they are a member of the governing board by virtue of the position held in school and do not need to be elected.

Martin Parsons - Chair of Governing Board

LA Governor

Committee: Pupil Progress and Learning, Finance and Resources & External Relations and Pastoral Care

History and Educational Visits Link Governor

Although officially retired, I remain an Hon. Life Fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of Reading.  My research specialism is the effect of war and conflict on children. I have written numerous books on the topic and taken part in many TV and radio programmes, in the UK, Europe and the USA.

I was formally Dept. Head at the Institute of Education at the University of Reading and was responsible for curriculum development in the Humanities and all Teacher Training, both Primary and Secondary.  Before becoming an academic I had a very successful teaching career from Assistant Teacher in History and Geography to Assistant Deputy Head in a large comprehensive school. 

I am the Vice Chairman of the Reading School Foundation.


I am married with 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren and when not working I make stained glass windows in my studio at home and try to play golf.

Mark Bennet

Chair of Finance and Resources

Foundation Governor

Committees: Pupil Progress and Learning  & Finance and Resources.

Maths Link Governor

I have been Team Rector of St Mary's Church since 2011, and was previously a curate in Chapel Allerton (Leeds) and Team Rector in Great Parndon (Harlow).  Before training to be a vicar I worked as a chartered acountant (a qualification I still maintain) and I have been a passionate mathematician all my life.  I am also a Director of The Kennet School Academy Trust and a governor of Kennet School as well as being a Berkshire representative on the Oxford Dicesan Board of Education. 

I learned to work with schools in Leeds, where the deputy head treated me like a young teacher and gave me feedback on everything I did, and I learned about governance in rather hard circumstances in Harlow.  I engage with various online governors forums and education blogs to keep informed and up to date. The church should not be in education if it cannot do a good job - and that means the church in Thatcham supporting Thatcham Park School in practical was from the youngest child to the most senior adult. My schools gave me a great chance in ife.  Our pupils deserve the same.

Sue Nicholson - Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of Pupil Progress and Learning

Co-opted Governor

Committees: Finance & Resources & Pupil Progress and Learning

Computing Link Governor

My career has been in education, for many years as a teacher and senior manager in the secondary sector. More recently I fulfilled the role of Local Authority ICT advisor, working with both primary and secondary schools, Currently, I run my own business as an educational consultant, where I work at both strategic and practical levels, mainly assisting schools in developing ICT both in terms of the curriculum and hardware provision.I have specific interest in all aspects of internet safety, encouraging our young people to be safe and responsible users of web based tools and resources..

My passion has always been that of enabling people to make good use of their skills and talents, so much of my life is spent empowering others, especially in their use of ICT, as and when appropriate to them.

Working in and around schools all of my life, I have an interest in school governace and joined the Thatcham Park board to see what I could bring to the team from my skills and experiences.

Rachael Lorman



Lisa Gooch

Co-Opted Governor

Committee   EXPC and PP & L

I have been part of the Thatcham Park School community since my son started F1 nursery in 2012, he has since moved on to secondary school and is thriving following his great foundation from TP.  When my daughter joined the school in 2016 I became more actively involved in supporting the fantastic PTFA, later a trustee and secretary of the charity for two years before passing the baton on to a new team with fresh fund-raising ideas.  I also support the school, when time (and restrictions) allow, by volunteering on trips and listenting to children read.

In recent years I attended the Governors External Relations and Pastroral Care Committee (EXPC) as the PTFA respresentaive link and gained an insight into the incredible work and support that you can provide the school as a Governor to make a real difference.  For children to become successful they must be happy and feel safe in their learning enviornment, this is something that is promoted excellently throughout TP.  I was appointed Co-opted Governor in March 2021.

Outside of being a mum, I work as Bid Manager for a facilities company and feel that this provides me with a different perspective that the corporate world brings and also an understanding of the challenges on working parents.

I see my role as a school governor to be a combination of challenge and support to the excellent senior leadership team; to help staff make good decisions, to value parents, with a child-centrered education for all children.  All children deserve us to do our very best.


Sue Ball

Co-Opted Governor

Committee:  EXPC

RE and Collective Worship and PSHE/British Values Link Governor​

Recently retired from 10 years as a headteacher and 18 years as a primary school teacher in West Berkshire Schools, I still have a passion and a drive to help schools be the best that they can be and therefore ensuring children have opportunities to shine.

I have worked across all three key stages teaching Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The impact that adults have on children's lives is immense and that is why it is important for governors to be able to both support and challenge the school using their wide range of skills.  Obviously, my skills centre mainly around Education.  However, I worked in the City for an airline and through this I gained knowledge of computer systems.  I then worked for a further four years in the IT industry which is when smaller companies were just beginnng to realise the power of computers and how they could be used to store data and easily communicate with others.

After a career break of just 2 and a half years when I had my daughter I realised that now was the time to fulfil my lifelong passion to teach children.   I feel privileged to have been asked to be a Foundation Governor at Thatcham Park and I hope now to be able to use all these skills to contribute to the further development of this amazing school. 

Sheila Ellison

Co-opted Governor

Committee: Pupil Progress and Learning & External Relations and Pastoral Care

Art and DT Link Governor

I have always had a special interest in children. I have three children of my own and have fostered three children. I am on the management committee of Home Start, the Detached Youth Project  and early chairman of Thatcham Youth.  I have been a governor at Kennet school since 2005 and at Thatcham Park since 2012. I  I have particular interest in both Thatcham Park and Kennet schools as I feel it's important that Thatcham children have the best possible education. I feel as a governor I can contribute to that.

Rhiannon Dargan

Staff Governor

Committees: Pupil Progress and Learning & Finance and Resources

Music Link Governor

I joined Thatcham Park staff team in 2014, having previously worked in music education for 17 years. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here, working across the age ranges and with the fantastic and welcoming team. When the opportunity arose for a new Staff Governor I was keen to become involved, both to expand my understanding of the 'behind the scenes' work that goes into the running of the school and also to support the Leadership Team and staff members at what is such a critical and fast-paced time of change in education.

Sian Smithers

Parent Governor

Chair of External Relations and Pastoral Care

Committee:  External Relations and Pastoral Care and Pupil Progress and Learning.

Oracy and English Writing and GPS Link Governor

I have two daughters both of who attend Thatcham Park. I have lived in Thatcham for over30 years and have a solid knowledge of the local area and community groups. I decided to become a parent governor because I wanted to help make Thatcham Park as good as it can possibly can be, for the benefit of all the children.

I have 15 years’ experience as a primary school teacher in an Ofsted rated outstanding school. I have been a mentor to newly qualified teachers; have supported other schools in their literacy development and run assessment and moderation training. and I am currenty the assistant headteacher a role which see's me support, lead and help manage our busy school community. 

I have sat on charity committees and volunteered for over 15 years at my local disabled sailing centre. I am therefore familiar with presenting and digesting materials at committee level.

It is my belief that the children of Thatcham Park should have fun while they learn; make friends in a safe and nurturing environment whilst striving to achieve academic excellence. I would like to be part of a governing body that ensures these are met.

I am friendly, approachable and will strive to promote open communication between the school, parents and pupils.

More than anything I am driven to see children of all abilities succeed. 

Amanda Lush

Parent Governor

Committees: EXPC and Finance and Resources

SEN, MFLand PE Link Governor​

I have been part of Thatcham Park School community for 14 years I currently have a daughter in upper school.  I also have 3 boys who all attended Thatcham Park starting in Foundation 1, all are now doing well at Kennet School I believe this is due to the fantastic start that they had at Thatcham Park.  I began working with the PTFA when my daughter was in Foundation 1 and spent 2 years at the Chair.  I carry out voluntary work within the school when required.

I currently work at little Ks after school club.  I believe all children should have access to a good education and extra curricular activities.


Co- Opted Governor



Instrument of Government

Minutes from meetings

Copies of minutes from all governing board meetings are available by contacting gclerk@thatchampark.w-berks.sch.uk

Hit enter to search