A word from the Chair
“I am proud to be part of Spurcroft and have seen the school grow and develop in my sixteen years as a school governor. In my time I have been privileged enough to see many children progress and flourish at Spurcroft and leave as caring and confident individuals when they move on to secondary school.”
Nina Hopkinson, Chair of Governors.
The Governing Board meets regularly to discuss the strategic development and improvement of the school. Governors work closely with staff to ensure accountability and take responsibility for individual areas of school development. They visit regularly ensuring a positive relationship within the school community and are committed to improving the school for the community.
The Governing Board is as follows:
Mrs Nina Hopkinson (Chair of Governors) (Chair of Strategic Development Committee)
My background is in Midwifery Education. I was a Midwife Teacher at the Royal Berks for 11 years and a Principal Lecturer at Wycombe General Hospital Buckinghamshire for 6 years before retiring.
I have been a Governor since 1996. I was a parent governor at Kennet school from 1996 – 2000 and Parent Governor Representative on West Berkshire Council from 1998 – 2002. Whilst on the council and after my term of office I chaired the Admissions Forum and School Organisation Committee until their demise. From 2000 to date I have been first a Local Authority Governor and now a Co-opted Governor at Spurcroft and have been Chair of Governors for the last 3 years. I also Chair the Strategic Development Committee and the Staffing (Pay) Committee. I am the Special Educational Needs link Governor. I am also KS2 link Governor.
During my time at Spurcroft I have seen many exciting changes and the school is in a good position to move forward. I have kept up to date with current trends and regularly attend training to maintain and improve my skills. I additionally Chair West Berkshire Governor Association.
I feel passionate about children’s education and feel privileged to be involved in the development of the school.
Mrs Sara Dutfield
I became a Co-opted Governor at Spurcroft in July 2016. I am a member of the Resources Committee. I am the Health and Safety Governor, and link Governor for Able, Gifted and Talented pupils at Spurcroft.
Mr Robert Wallace
I am retired, have two grandchidren and became a Governor at Spurcroft in May 2016 because I wanted to make a positive contribution to the school by having governor responsibility for monitoring the financial management of the school. I am a member of the Resources Committee.
I have had many years' experience in fields of accounting, finance and computing. I also have recently taken an interest in studying the growing field of data science.
Two Co-opted Governor Vacancies
Mr Nathan Butler-Broad
I became Headteacher of Spurcroft in April 2011. Previously I spent 5 years as Deputy Headteacher of The Hill Primary School, Reading. Since starting at Spurcroft the school has grown significantly and the prospect of leading the school through a further period of expansion and continued improvement is exciting. I am also an active member of West Berkshire Heads Association and have a strong commitment to interschool collaboration.
I am married with four children and am also a foster carer.
Miss Laura Hardwick
I became a Governor in November 2015. I am a member of the Strategic Development Committee and I am Link Governor for Wild Wood Club. I have been working at Spurcroft since 2013. I am eager to broaden my experience in school strategy by being part of the Governing Board. I am committed to the continual improvement of the school and the children’s learning.
I am familiar with both the Early Years curriculum as well as the new National Curriculum for Year 1. I completed my degree in Mathematics; I am passionate about this subject and I am keen to promote it. I am also the subject leader in MFL across the school.
In my spare time I like to travel and I spent the last summer holiday travelling around Europe on my own. I enjoy sharing my experience of different cultures with the children in the school.
Mrs Camilla Woodrow (Vice-Chair)
I became a Governor in January 2010 because I was keen to understand and support school strategy, and help every pupil at Spurcroft achieve his or her potential. Since my appointment, I have held special responsibilities for safeguarding and the curriculum, been involved in staff recruitment and chaired the committee responsible for setting up Wild Wood Club. In 2013 I undertook the National College of Teaching and Learning (NCTL) Aspiring Chairs Certificate and shortly after that I was elected Vice Chair of Governors.
I am Vice Chair of the Strategic Development Committee and Link Governor for Governor Development, Curriculum and Policies. I am also Safeguarding Governor.
My professional background is in Human Resources. I have previously worked for Premier Foods and British Gas. I now balance my professional life with my home life, and work 2 days a week for a small HR consultancy.
I am married with 3 children who all attend Spurcroft School.
Mrs Catriona Francis (Chair of Resources Committee)
I have been a Parent Governor at Spurcroft since January 2014 with particular responsibilities for Finance and Pupil Premium. I chair the Resources Committee. I became a Governor because I was keen to understand the challenges of a large and growing primary school. In doing so I am committed to helping the school achieve excellent standards for our children. I have lived in Thatcham for over 10 years and have two children at the school.
Mr Anthony Wood
I became a school governor in June 2015. I am a member of the Resources Committee and am link governor for Early Years, English, Maths and Sports.
I am married with four children, I have two daughters at the school, both enjoying the experience and flourishing in an environment where they feel secure and valued. I also have another daughter currently doing her 'A' levels and a son in university.
I work as a business manager at UPS which is a large global logistics company. I have worked for UPS over the last 20 years within a variety of roles. In particular, I have undertaken both people management roles, managing a diverse workforce and been at the heart of change in various change management roles. These roles have required broad business knowledge and skills including; HR, cost control, strategic planning, communication and creative thinking.
When I am not at work my time is taken up by the various activities of my children outside of school and in my spare time I read, walk the dog and swim.
Mr Lee Cripps
I became a Parent Governor in September 2015, shortly after my twins joined Spurcroft to start their school career. Having followed and supported Spurcroft since we moved to Kennet Heath in 2007, I wanted to take an active role in guiding and supporting the school.
I work locally for a Telecoms company, using my IT background and skills to deal with customers and suppliers across the globe. Although my role is predominantly locally based, I do get to travel globally and can hopefully use thse international experiences to aid my role at work and as a Parent Governor at Spurcroft.
I am currently link governor for KS1, IT, PHSE and the School Council. I am also a member of the Resources Committe and attend Strategic Development Committee meetings.
Local Authority Governor
Mrs Christine Beckett
Clerk to Governors
Mrs Sarah Jones
I have been Clerk to Governors at Spurcroft since May 2017. Previously I was Clerk for 2 years at another local primary school..
I have two children and live in Kingsclere.
Interested in being a school governor?
We have one current vacancy and would love to hear from you. If you have an interest in becoming a school governor or would like to find out more about the role then please contact the School Office: