Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Thomas Reade Governors’ page.

It is our job to make sure the school runs as well as it possibly can.  The School Governors play an active role in school life, working in partnership with the Headteacher and staff to ensure the school offers the best education for our pupils.

They have responsibility for raising school standards through their three core strategic functions of:

a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

To do that we meet 11 times a year, each governor is linked to an aspect of the school and we all make Governor visits.


Here’s who we are

Paul Witts is a Co-opted Governor and also our  Chair of Governors with responsibility for Numeracy. Paul is a keen sportsman and an auditor for a major bank.

Dr Elizabeth Browne is our Local Authority governor with responsibility for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).   She was a secondary school teacher and is now a Professor of Education at Oxford Brookes. She is a trained Ofsted inspector.

Jim Smith is our Co-opted governor with responsibility for Health and Safety and Design Technology. He is also Chair of the Finance, Premises and Personnel sub-committee (FPP). Jim runs a motorcycling company.

Tanith Surrey is a parent governor with responsibility Modern Foreign Languages  PHSE/RE.  Tanith  teaches English in a secondary school. She has also been a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award trip leader and is a keen beekeeper.

Mark Thornton is a Co-opted Governor and also Chair of our Curriculum  Sub Committee. He owns Mostly Books in the town centre, has arranged for authors to visit the school and has just set up the school’s computer club.

Paul Lynch, Co-opted Governor and also a member of our Finance Sub Committee.  Paul owns his own bathroom and kitchen business in Abingdon.

Dr Kieran O’Brien is a Co-opted Governor. Kieran has responsibility for Science and is a Research Scientist in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford. Kieran has a daughter at Thomas Reade School.

Anita Goodway is a Co-opted Governor and works for a local bank.

Julie O’Hare is our teaching staff Governor.

Any correspondence to the Governors should be sent to Joyce McLean, Clerk to the Governors at Thomas Reade Primary School, Radley Road, Abingdon, OX14 3RR.