Senior Management Team
I am Matt Hickey, Headteacher here at Highwood. I am originally from Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire but I have lived in Reading ever since graduating from the Bulmershe Campus of Reading University. I never imagined that 20 years later I would be Headteacher at the closest Primary School to where it all began – it’s a small world!
I have worked in three schools prior to Highwood. Two were in Bracknell Forest - Owlsmoor and Meadow Vale Primary School and the other was in Wokingham - Whiteknights Primary School. The experience I gained at these has enabled me to have a great understanding of how to help Highwood continue to improve. My spare time is filled with playing 5 a-side football, supporting Scunthorpe United and as a father of four gorgeous girls, I seem to spend a lot of time at gymnastics, ballet and swimming. I am also a governor at Ambleside Children’s Centre as a way of positively contributing to the community in which I live and now work.
My name is Mr Bevan and I have worked at Highwood since 2005. Over the years my role in the school has changed slightly from leading KS1 to my current role of ‘Head of Inclusion and Pastoral Care’. My role in the school sees me working closely with both children and parents across the school. I am also responsible for ‘Child Protection’ at Highwood which basically means I am responsible for making sure that all children that attend the school are safe, happy and well looked after. I work with parents to support them with the behaviour of their children both in school and at home. Another part of my job involves assessment across the school. I work with the Head teacher and the SMT to ensure that all children at Highwood are well supported to achieve their best. Please feel free to come and say hello if we haven’t met yet, I really enjoy meeting new members of our school community.
I'm Mrs Vaux and I am the Deputy Headteacher at Highwood. I come from a background in Early Years specialism and joined Highwood as head of Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 - but now I will work with the whole school. I work with all of our staff to ensure that pupils get the best learning experience possible at Highwood. I am passionate about children feeling free to express themselves as individuals and will encourage this at every opportunity. I represent Highwood as an assessment moderator in the Wokingham borough - and am also a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE), giving me great opportunities to interact with other local nurseries and schools. I really enjoy engaging with pupils and parents alike - so please come and say hello.
My name is Mrs Edwards and I’m the School Business Manager at Highwood. I’ve worked here since 2009. My role means I have responsibility for the school's Finances, Human Resources, Facilities and Health and Safety. It’s a really interesting role with lots of variety. I have a friendly and helpful team who work in the school office - Mrs Westall and Miss Mann - and a very efficient and knowledgeable Site Controller Mr Green, who looks after our building and grounds. I really enjoy my job, and love working at Highwood.
I am Mrs. Parker and I am Assistant Head at Highwood and am responsible for overseeing the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. I am also a teacher in the Foundation Stage. I am passionate about providing our very youngest children with the best start to their time at Highwood. My career in education has been varied and I have been able to teach in every year group at primary level. This has given me a thorough understanding of how children progress before they make the transition to secondary school. I have also had leadership experience at another school in Wokingham where I led lower Key Stage 2.