Governor Information

Matt Butchers

Co-opted Governor 

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

Local Authority Governor 

Chair of Governors, Chair of the Full Governing Body Committee, Member of the POPC Committee, Member of the Resources Committee, Health & Safety Governor (temporary) & Safeguarding Governor (temporary).

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 & 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, Vice Chair of the Resources Committee, Member of the Finances Link Committee, Chair of the Pay Committee, Development Governor, Strategy Governor, Science Governor, ICT Governor and Year 5 Cohort Governor.

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

Associate Governor 

Member of the Full Governing Body Committee & Member of the POPC Committee.

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

Vice Chair of Full Governing Body Committee, Member of the POPC Committee, Member of the Resources Committee & 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 Resources Committee, Member of the Equality & Diversity Team, Member of the Finances Link Committee & Member of the POPC 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, Vice-chair of the POPC Committee & Wellbeing governor.

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 & 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.

Jim Usher

Ex-officio Governor 

Head Teacher

Member of the Full Governing Body Committee, Member of the POPC Committee, Member of the Resources Committee & 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

Associate Governor 

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 22 October 2021)

Dear Parents & Carers,

We would like to thank all the parents and carers who arranged for PCR tests and have shared the information with us.

Only children with symptoms or positive PCR test results are required to isolate, and we do not require any child without symptoms to have a PCR test in order to come to school. If you are concerned then we encourage you to arrange a test but it is not a requirement. If you feel unwell and have symptoms you should book a PCR test through

Government Guidance

Government Covid-19 Response: Autumn & Winter Plan 2021

COVID-19: Guidance on Protecting People Defined on Medical Grounds as Extremely Vulnerable

If your child displays any symptoms please arrange for a test as soon as possible. Information and advice can be found at:

Application for Secondary School

The deadline is the 31st October 2021 all Year 6 children must have applied for their place by this time. Details of how to apply are here:

Autumn Term  Dates 2021-22

  • 25th – 29th Oct 2021 – Half Term
  • 31st October – Secondary School Application Deadline (Year 6)
  • 1st Nov 2021 – Inset Day (School Closed)
  • 15th – 19th Nov – Assessment Week
  • 19th November – Children in Need
  • 3rd Dec 2021 – Non-Uniform Day
  • 10th Dec 2021 – Christmas Dinner/Christmas Jumper day
  • 13th Dec & 15th Dec – Y4 Christmas Production
  • 16th Dec – Christmas Panto
  • 17th Dec 2021 – Last day of term

Thanks for your continued support

The EJS Team