Executive Headteacher: Hester Wooller
Head of School: Mr Philip Theobald
I have lived around this area my whole life. I was born in Henley and lived in a village on the Berkshire/Oxfordshire border. Reading was always our closest town and it’s where my long-suffering support for Reading FC comes from! I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a primary school teacher and trained at St Mary’s University undertaking a four-year Primary Education degree. It was during my time at St Mary’s that I was placed in a Wokingham primary school as part of my teaching placement and I was offered my first job and spent the first four years of my career at this school teaching in both Key Stage 1 and 2. During that time I met my wife, who is also a teacher, and we settled in Wokingham. We now have three children, aged one, three and five and love living in and being part of the Wokingham community being actively involved in our daughter’s school community and the church which we regularly attend in the town.
After four years at my first school, I was offered a position at another Wokingham school with the chance of furthering my career by taking on the maths lead. During this time, I taught in years 5 and 6 and I took up my first Assistant Head role. It was also during this time that myself and a group of colleagues from other Wokingham schools set up the Wokingham Primary Schools’ Football Association, where I am still Chairman to this day. We look after the leagues and competitions of 40 primary schools in Wokingham. Sport has always been important to me and I am a keen runner, while having young family means that priorities have changed somewhat over the last few years, I still run regularly and enjoy running half marathons and other races when time permits!
For the last two years I have been Assistant Head and Deputy Head of another local Wokingham school. I moved to this school as I felt I had enough experience to help support and be part of a Senior Leadership Team to lead them in their journey out of an Ofsted Requires Improvement inspection. It was also an opportunity for me to develop myself by working in a more challenging environment. The school is well on its way to achieving the Ofsted inspection it deserves. This is something that has always been of paramount importance to me, the opportunity and chance to challenge and improve my practice and try and be the best I can, from being a class teacher to a Senior Leader over the last ten years.
Nursery Teacher: Mrs Libby Fothergill