About Our Governors

Keith Wilson - Chair of the Governing Body

 

I have been Chair of the Highwood Governing Body since 2015. Being a  governor is a wonderful opportunity to support and challenge our school. I am passionate about every child having the opportunity to enjoy learning and to develop skills that will last a life time. As a family we really appreciated the enthusiasm, hard work and passion shown by everyone at Highwood when our daughter was a pupil here. I work full time as the Minister of Lower Earley Baptist Church. In my spare time I can be found walking our lively dog or cheering on Reading FC with our son.

 

Zahida Younis – Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a community governor at Highwood Primary School for over eight years. I have a degree in BSE Social Sciences and a Diploma in Health and Social Welfare. I have experience of tutoring children for 11+ Grammar School entrance exams and mathematics up to ‘A’ Level. I am a co-founder of a supplementary school, which provides educational support in core subjects (Maths, English & Science) to the vulnerable members of the local community. I have strong links within the BME community and understand the cultural sensitivities and the challenges faced by the parents.

As a parent of four, who has been intrinsically engaged with her children’s education, I have been able to share my practical experience with the school and the parents. I have an extensive experience of working with parents in encouraging increased parental engagement with their respective schools.

Beth Rowland - Local authority Governor - Vice Chair of the Resources committee

 

I have represented South Lake ward on the Wokingham Borough Council since 1996.  I have been a Local Authority Governor on Highwood and South Lake's Governing body for many years.   

 

 

 

Wendy Sabaroche - Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair of the Teaching, Learning & Assessment committe  

I am Wendy Sabaroche and I have been a governor at Highwood since 2015. My husband, Dan and I have 2 children and our eldest child started Highwood in that same year.  I work for an IT company called CGI based in Green Park and I have a passion for gadgets, technology and video editing.  I love to understand how things work and how to make lives better.  It’s partly due to this why I became a governor. I want children to know and appreciate all the different opportunities available to them and who knows, we might have our next tech genius in Highwood!  Whenever I have any free time, it usually spent trying to do something creative, watching my longsuffering team Arsenal or trying to get my kids into tech.

 

Rehan Kamal - Co-opted Governor - Chair of the Resources committee 

 

I've been a co-opted governor at Highwood since October 2015. My son attends the school and my wife taught here for 10 years. I've wanted to be a school governor for many years, borne from the fact that I enjoyed my time at Primary School and once even had aspirations of becoming a Primary School teacher. I'm a qualified accountant with several years of finance experience within large corporations, and hopefully I can use some of the skills I've gained in a professional capacity for the benefit of Highwood. As far as hobbies are concerned, I'm a big sports fan, especially when it comes to all things football! I also like to spend time improving my piano and guitar playing skills. 

 

Mr Dharmesh Modi - Parent Governor

More details to follow.

 

Staff Governors

Matt Hickey

Steve Anderson

Amy Baker