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Governors’ Profiles

  • Emily Langdon - Chair of Governors

    (Parent governor 2009 – Jul 2015, Co-opted governor, Jul ’15 – Jul ’17, Chair of Governors July 2017 – 2018)

    Emily Langdon worked for Hampshire Police for 19 years in a variety of roles from emergency response to child protection, custody and most recently in neighbourhood and prevention. In doing this she worked with children, not always in the best of places, convincing her of the vital importance, for all children, of having a positive and supportive educational experience.

    Having worked in leadership roles since 2004 she has experience in professional development, safeguarding and recruitment which has enabled her to support these important processes effectively within the school. Emily will be working in the education sector from September 2017 which she hopes will further strengthen her understanding and ability to support Falkland School, though it will mean that she is not as visible around the school during daytimes.

    During her time as a parent governor, as Chair of the Premises Committee, Emily was able to help meet the challenges of re-roofing and insulating the main school, improving playground and classroom facilities and to bring the ten year ‘sports hall project’ finally to reality. As a parent governor she also undertook various roles including, but not exclusively: Resources Committee member; Staffing Governor; Eco Governor and latterly Chair of Governors.

    Having trained hard and learnt much about governance over this time and having really enjoyed working with the “Falkland Team”,  Emily remains committed to supporting Falkland School’s fantastic staff and pupils and is delighted to be able to continue to do so as a co-opted governor, in the academic year 2017-2018.

    Governor training completed in 2016/17: Head Teacher Performance Management; Accountability in Action; PREVENT. Relevant training completed through work in 2016: Leading with Impact; CSE/FGM/HBV training, leadership forum, COG training.

    “As we sadly say goodbye to a number of excellent and long serving governors as 2016/17 draws to a close, we are extremely fortunate to have been able to recruit four well qualified new governors to take their places. I am very thankful to Frances Rayson for her excellent leadership of the governing body to date and I am looking forward to working with the new governing board, at this time of transition, to continue supporting the fantastic staff and pupils of Falkland School, as Chair of Governors for the 2017/18 academic year. All local schools face challenging times currently, but Falkland remains well placed among them, to continue to provide a wonderful caring, learning community for all.”

    Declarations of interest: None

  • Dan Tree - Co Vice-Chair

    I am a parent governor, first elected in October 2012 and subsequently re-elected in 2016. My two daughters currently attend the school. I am Head of Physical Education at Park House School and have previously been the Sports Coordinator there which involved close working with staff and pupils at Falkland in various sporting guises. When Libby started at Falkland I wanted to use my educational experience to give something back to the school and put myself forward for election as a governor.
    I very much enjoy being a “critical friend” to the school and working with other governors to provide the best possible educational experience for our sons and daughters.
    I am Chair of the Resources Committee and am also the link governor for PE and Sport.

    Declarations of interest: Park House School

  • Kimberley Tiley - Co Vice-Chair

    I was elected to the role of Parent Governor in November 2015.  I have lived in Wash Common for over ten years and play an active role in our local community through St George’s Church and supporting Cubs and Beavers.  I have two sons at Falkland, one of who has complex special education needs so through the years, I have developed very strong relationships with many of the teachers, teaching assistants, and the SEN team.  We have had a positive experience and try to work in partnership with the school to ensure my children have every opportunity to excel.  I’m keen to utilise my personal experience as well as my professional skills in supporting the school.  One of the most significant national challenges in education is the recruitment and retention of teachers and I am confident I can provide support in this area, as well as others.  I am a head-hunter with over 18 years’ experience recruiting senior, high performing professionals which has given me extensive exposure to strong leadership teams and I am hoping to utilise my skills and experience in tackling this issue.

    Declarations of interest: None

  • Linda Wood - Head Teacher

    I have been a teacher for 32 years and a Headteacher for 9 years. I have served on a number of governing boards in a variety of roles. I have taught all ages of children from 4 to 14. I have taught in Yorkshire, Buckinghamshire (where I was also an advisory teacher for ICT) and Berkshire.

    I welcome the knowledge of the business and education world that our governors have and freely offer for the well being of the school. I enjoy the challenge and discussion that happen in the course of governors meetings but find the very late ones more difficult to cope with as I get older!!

    I am a member of the Resources Committee.

    Declarations of interest: None

  • Frances Rayson - Co-opted Governor, Jul ’17 – Jul ’19

    I was privileged to be asked if I would like to join the Governing Board of Falkland school as a Community Governor following the departure of the previous Vicar of St George’s, who had himself been a Governor. This provided a continuing link between St George’s and the School, something that has been valued by both the Church and School over many years.
    After graduating in Economics, I worked in Local Authority Management Services and then latterly for a small healthcare company working in all areas from finance and administration to sales and marketing.
    I am now in my fourth term as Governor and it continues to be both a challenge and a pleasure. I was a member of the Curriculum Committee for three years prior to a reorganisation of the committee system and have since served as Chair of the Resources Committee, Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of Governors until July 2017.
    I very much enjoy Governor Days in school, which provide opportunities to speak to pupils and staff and to experience daily life of Falkland School at first hand. I retired seven years ago and this has enabled me to contribute more to the school than I had previously been able to do. I am always impressed by the achievements of the children and the commitment of the staff. It is a pleasure to be associated with the school.

    I am a member of the Resources Committee.

    Declarations of interest: None

  • Cathie Read - Co-opted Governor, Jul ’17 – Jul ’19

    As an ex-parent of the school and as a retired secondary school English teacher, my focus for serving Falkland is to try to help maintain the high standards already achieved by the school. My obvious field of expertise is English and I am absolutely convinced that a sound and secure grounding in reading and writing is vital to our children’s progress, so I continue to keep a watching brief and where possible, help if I can. I am the link governor for English.

    I am a member of the Resources Committee and Chair of the Pay Committee.

    Declarations of interest: None

  • Rachel Page - Co-opted Governor, Jul ’17 – Jul ’19

    (Co-opted Governor, Jul ’17 – Jul ’19)

    As a parent of former Falkland pupils, both of whom are now at St Bart’s, I was delighted to be approached to serve as a co-opted governor for Falkland, and welcome the opportunity to give something back to both the school and the local community.

    I graduated in Electronic Engineering some 25 years ago, and have spent most of my career in engineering and IT, managing projects and programmes for a range of clients from UK government agencies to multi-national organisations. Leading change and managing the transition of organisations through IT-related business change has been a key part of my working life, and I hope to be able to use this experience to support the school through whatever challenges lie ahead.

    My career, and my experience as a parent, has shown me the importance of encouraging interest in STEM subjects from an early age, but I strongly believe it is equally important to develop happy and creative children with the self-confidence to take on whatever the future holds for them. It is this ethos of developing the whole child which I have always felt is strong at Falkland, and I hope my work as a governor will continue to support this.

     Declarations of interest: Dell Secureworks

  • Kirsty McKenzie - Co-opted Governor, May ’16 – May ’18

    I have lived in the Newbury area for most of my life, minus a brief period away for University, so I have a keen interest in the local area. Having two children already at Falkland, I felt I wanted to contribute to the school in some way. When the role of a Health and Safety governor was advertised I felt that my skills from working as an Architectural Technologist would fit perfectly. Part of my training and day to day working involves addressing health and safety issues, not just for site workers, but also for the general public and colleagues alike.

    I believe that these formative years for children in their learning are crucial, not just from the level and quality of teaching, but also in their environment, both physical and emotional. To be able to be part of this journey and to be able to contribute in any way I can is exciting and a great opportunity.

    I am the link governor for Health and Safety.

  • Annie Barnes - Co-opted Governor, Jul ’17 – Jul ’19
  • Susan Wright - Co-opted Governor, Jul ’17 – Jul ’19

    I have lived in Wash Common for over 30 years and both my son and daughter enjoyed their time at Falkland school which gave them a solid foundation for their life’s journey. I have recently given up my full-time work as head of a multi million pound university purchasing consortium and would like to use the various skills and knowledge that I have gained to help the school continue to excel in an ever more challenging environment. 

    Falkland School is an asset to the community of Wash Common and I would like to ensure that the young people continue to have a safe and stimulating environment in which to learn and develop their full potential.


  • Rachel Spillane - Parent Governor, Nov ’15 – Nov ’19

    After many years of being involved with school uniform, and helping with reading and times tables I applied to become a parent governor and was successfully elected in October 2012.
    Having five children I am fairly familiar with the school and staff, and with a background in teaching I aim to support parents, pupils and teachers.
    My link governor responsibility is for Special Educational Needs and Maths.

    Declarations of interest: None


  • Sam Sale - Staff Governor, Jan ’17 – Jan 21

    Declarations of interest: None

  • Peter Tompkins - Associate Member, Jul ’17 – Jul ’19

    I would like to provide help and support to the brilliant teachers, staff and children at Falkland over the coming years. I have developed leadership, management and finance experience through my professional life, as well as good ICT knowledge. I am an architect and live and breathe buildings, and understand how important they can be in supporting a healthy and creative learning environment.  I have been in practice locally for the last 10 years during which time I have served as RIBA Berkshire branch Chairman, as well as supporting several local voluntary groups to achieve better buildings for their purposes.

    Declarations of interest: Director of Tompkins Rygole Ltd.


    Peter is an Associate Member for matters relating to Academisation.

  • Kavashni Bamfield - Deputy Head Teacher

    (Associate Member, Oct ’15 – Oct ’19)
    I was born and grew up in Durban, South Africa. In the first year, post-Apartheid, my parents made a brave decision to move into a previously ‘White only’ area in order for my siblings and I to receive a high quality standard of education in one of the many newly opened multi-racial secondary schools. My parents’ decision was deeply rooted in the value they placed on education. Their importance on education continues to resonate within me and so it was little surprise when I chose to study to become a teacher. I have been teaching for 14 years across South Africa, Denmark and now in England. Before coming to Falkland School, I spent 9 years teaching in a challenging, inner London school and spent several years as a leading mathematics teacher. I am passionate about teaching mathematics. After having our first child, who attends Falkland School, we decided to swap our busy lives in London for a much quieter life in Newbury. It was a very conscious decision to be fully immersed in life within and out of school as both as a teacher and a parent at Falkland. We continue to enjoy being part of the Wash Common community.

    Declarations of interest: None

  • Rita Ball - Co-opted Governor, Jul ’17 – Jul ’19
  • Alison Atkinson - Clerk to the Governors

    Appointed by the governing board, I am responsible for advising the board on their constitutional and procedural matters, ensuring compliance within the relevant governance legislation. I also work to ensure the governing board operates efficiently and effectively.
    I have been Clerk to the Governors at Falkland Primary School since March 2017.

    Declarations of interest: None



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