Pavittra Aaron

Co-opted Governor

Member of the Full Governing Body Committee, Member of the POPC Committee, Maths & Science Subject Matter Governor and Wellbeing Governor

A qualified management accountant with a masters at the London School of Economics & political science. Having found my passion in the field of education, have launched my latest venture Auuro Global Education Services here in the UK. Have worked in the school education sector in Australia, Singapore, India, Zambia & Middle-East.  

Now spearheading professional development training programs for educators & institution leaders and a ‘Young change-maker program’ for adolescent & teenage school-going children.

Matt Butchers

Co-opted Governor

Member of the Full Governing Body Committee and Member of the POPC Committee

I am a secondary school teacher in a comprehensive school in Reading. I have over 15 years experience in schools, 7 of which have been in a leadership capacity. I have also spent four years as a staff governor at my current school.  

My passion is music and I am an active member of both the Wokingham St Sebastian Brass Band and the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra.   

I am hoping that in the coming years both of my children will attend Emmbrook Junior School.

Sam Dowse

Parent Governor – Chair of Governors 

Chair of the Full Governing Body Committee, Member of the POPC Committee and Member of the Resources Committee

I was very excited to become a parent governor in September 2017 and then Chair of Governors in September 2018 l as I wanted to make a difference for the Emmbrook children. 

Outside school, I am a consultant who works with the Biopharmaceutical industry to support the development of new Biological medicines and enjoy socialising with friends and spending time with my 4 children and my dog.

Marc Fox

Staff Governor 

Member of the Full Governing Body Committee and Member of the POPC Committee

Following on from a successful career in science, I’m currently a Year 3 teacher, having taught a variety of different ages throughout my teaching career.
My subject specialities are maths, science and art. Outside of school, I enjoy running, quizzes, collecting Marvel comics and anime.

Darrell Frost

Co-opted Governor 

Member of the Full Governing Body Committee and Member of the Resources Committee

I’ve been involved in school governance for over 5 years as I’ve followed my own two children through their Infant and Junior settings. Over that time, I been able to bring my business and marketing professional background to help develop school strategy and make continuous improvement.

Beth Hall

Parent Governor 

Member of the Full Governing Body Committee, Member of the POPC Committee, Health & Safety Governor and Safeguarding Governor

My name is Beth Hall and I have been a parent governor for 3.5 years. I have two children in the school one in year 5 and the other year 6. I am also the safeguarding and health and safety governor.

Christine Mitchell

Co-opted Governor

Member of the Full Governing Body Committee, Member of the POPC Committee and Literacy Subject Matter Governor

I have had a family home in Wokingham for the last 35 years and my children grew up and went to school here. I taught locally and took retirement two years ago after spending the last 18 years as Headteacher of two very different primary schools in Bracknell and Birmingham.  

All children are individuals and have their own strengths and needs. I want to support the school in ensuring that these are met and that every child thrives. I am keen to support the whole school community to do this.

Keith Perkins

Co-opted Governor

Member of the Full Governing Body Committee, Chair of the Data Team Link Committee, Member of the Equality & Diversity Team, Member of the Finances Link Committee, Chair of the POPC Committee and Vice-Chair of the Resources Committee

I became a full school governor in September 2018.  My 2 children are 26 and 21 years of age so it was an opportunity to give back to the community.  I have recently retired after 43 years at 3M and have IT, Business and Leadership experience that I can call on to help the school.  I am heavily involved in all committees and relish the opportunity to help shape the school’s future and contribute to our improvement and learning journey.

Katherine Pritchard

Parent Governor 

Member of the Full Governing Body Committee, Chair of the Equality & Diversity Team, Chair of the Inclusion Team Link Committee and Vice-chair of the POPC Committee

I have been a parent governor at EJS since May 2019. I have 2 daughters who attend the school in years 4 and 5. I have been a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist since 2006 and I am currently working as a Clinical Tutor at the University of Reading. Professionally I have always worked alongside and in collaboration with schools supporting children who have speech, language and communication needs. I bring this experience to my role as Inclusion Governor. I am passionate about all children receiving the education that they deserve and reaching their full potential.  My hobbies include cooking, gardening and yoga. 

Ruth Scales

Co-opted Governor

Deputy Head Teacher, Member of the Full Governing Body Committee, Member of the POPC Committee and Member of the Resources Committee 

I have spent the last 18 years teaching and leading in primary schools. I have worked as an Assistant Head across a primary federation, had two Deputy Headships and one Acting Headship. I was awarded the role of Leading Literacy Teacher in 2005 and qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2007. All of this has given me a broad range of experience of senior leadership, leading teaching and learning; coaching, mentoring and training others; and developing the curriculum. I have also gained valuable communication and people skills throughout my career.

Ann Tigerstedt

Associate Governor 

Associate Member of the Full Governing Body and Associate Member of Resources Committee

I joined EJS as an Associate Governor in Spring 2020 after having served as a Governor at EIS since September 2018. I’m still a Governor next door where I Chair their version of the Resources Committee, as well as looking after the development of the Board members. I’ve also been a Trustee of several charities which is a very similar role and I generally enjoy all this Governance. My day job is working on designing the staffing structures at Heathrow Airport, and I have 2 children both in the Infants: Elisabet in year 2 and Erik in Foundation. Outside of work/school life I love marathon running and photography.

Jim Usher

Ex-officio Governor 

Head Teacher, Member of the Full Governing Body Committee , Member of the POPC Committee, Member of the Resources Committee and Member of the Finances Link Committee

I have the great pleasure and responsibility of being the Head Teacher of Emmbrook Junior School. I joined EJS at the start of the Summer term in 2020. Prior to starting at Emmbrook I was Head of School at an all through 1-form entry primary school in West London and an assistant head for 7 years at a large 3-form entry primary school prior to that.

I have a wide range of experience leading learning within the classroom; professional development of colleagues and whole school leadership.

I look forward to leading Emmbrook Junior School on its journey to ‘Good’ and beyond. This is a fantastic school and I feel very privileged to work here.

Outside of school I have two children Jacob and Elizabeth, my wife, Louise teaches dance and I enjoy running, martial arts, golf and snowboarding.

Bryan Williams

Local Authority Governor – Vice-Chair of Governors

Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body Committee, Chair of the Resources Committee, Finance Link Governor, Member of the Equality & Diversity Team and Member of the POPC Committee 

I started my career teaching Chemistry at a Berkshire Comprehensive School for seven years before moving to the aerospace industry. There I initially ran projects for customers before taking on a role leading business change and the integration of businesses. 

When I retired, eight years ago, I joined the Governors and am currently Vice-Chair and Chair of the Resources Committee. 

Having lived locally for over forty years, both my children and subsequently my grandchildren have been pupils at the school.

Important message

School Information

(Updated 21 July 2021)

Dear Parents & Carers,

Have a brilliant summer everyone.

Autumn Term 2021-22

  • 1st Sept 2021 – Inset Day
  • 2nd Sept 2021 – 1st Day of term
  • 17th Sept 2021 – PTA Disco (Years 3&4 6.30pm to 7.45pm, Years 5&6 8.00pm to 9.15pm)
  • 20th – 24th Sep 2021 – Manor Week (Y6 residential)
  • 30th Sept 2021 – School Photos
  • 18th & 20th Oct – Parent consultations
  • 20th Oct 2021 – Flu Vaccinations
  • 25th – 29th Oct 2021 – Half Term
  • 1st Nov 2021 – Inset Day
  • 15th – 19th Nov – Assessment Week
  • 3rd Dec 2021 – PTA Christmas Fair & Non-Uniform Day
  • 10th Dec 2021 – Christmas Dinner/Christmas Jumper day
  • 13th Dec & 15th Dec – Y4 Christmas Production
  • 17th Dec 2021 – Last day of term

Stay safe over the summer.


The EJS Team