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About Our Governors

Wendy Sabaroche - Chair of the Governing Body 

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 is usually spent trying to do something creative, watching my long suffering team Arsenal or trying to get my kids into tech.

Staff Governors
Matt Hickey
Steve Anderson
Amy Baker
Zahida Younis – Co-opted Governor 

 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.

Lois Beaver - Co-opted governor - Chair of Quality of Education  committee - Safeguarding governor

I am Lois Beaver and I became a governor in 2018. I live locally and wanted to get more involved with my local community, having reached an age where I have a little more time on my hands. I work at a secondary school in Maidenhead, where I am the Special Educational Needs’ Co-ordinator, Head of House and an English teacher. I am passionate about education; believing that all children should be supported and encouraged to reach their full potential and are prepared for their future lives. At present, I am engaged in research into the following: the views of pupils with SEND in mainstream; the educational provision of high achieving hearing impaired pupils; ways to support high achieving dyslexics and remediation for pupils with both ASD and ADHD. Having lived and worked abroad, I also have a keen interest in bilingualism and English as an additional language. In my free time I love to read, travel and swim.

Beth Rowland - LA Governor 

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.   

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

 I've been a co-opted governor at Highwood since October 2015. My sons attend 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. 


Kay Bridges - Vice Chair of Governors - Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair of Quality of Education committee 

I am Kay Bridges and I joined the governing body as a Co-opted governor in October 2019. 

I have lived in the area for over 40 years, attending Kendrick School and Reading University. All three of my children attended local primary and secondary schools. I want to maintain an interest in education and make use of the experience I have gained from teaching to help to continue the school’s improvement for both staff and pupils.