Meet the Colleton School Governors

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 Andrew Symmonds

I am a chartered accountant by training and currently work in London for a small Private Equity business. I have lived in Berkshire for 23 years, with the last 4 being in Twyford. I have two children, aged 5 and 7, who currently attend the Colleton in year 1 and year 2 and are thoroughly enjoying their education. I am relatively new in my role of parent governor but so far am finding it immensely rewarding and challenging to be part of The Colleton educational process.

 Anne_Cronin.jpg Anne Cronin

I have been associated with The Colleton since 2000, initially as a parent and member of the CSA. Having worked in a number of technical/engineering companies in marketing and PR roles, I took the opportunity of re-training as a primary teacher, and in 2003 I was appointed as a teacher at The Colleton. I was a Team Leader and member of the Senior Leadership Team from 2005 and have been lucky throughout my career (both teaching and non-teaching) that there have always been fresh challenges. I believe passionately in the importance of education and feel incredibly lucky to work in a team of such dedicated professionals. Despite retiring from teaching at The Colleton in 2017 I was delighted to be asked to become a co-opted governor and continue to contribute to this excellent school.
 

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 Bridget Ditcham

I have been involved with The Colleton School for almost 40 years partly as a result of living opposite the school and next door to the first Headteacher, Mike Brogden. My first job in Twyford was working at Happy Hours Playgroup in Ruscombe Lane in the church hall. As soon as my elder daughter started school at Colleton I became "a helping Mum". This opened my eyes to the excitement of learning at the Colleton and I decided to change from Secondary teaching to Primary. When my second daughter joined the school I became a regular supply teacher and then joined the full time staff. I taught in all 3 teams, was teacher governor and CSA representative for many years. As a family we were very involved with the CSA as Alan, my late husband, was chairman for a number of years. I left the Colleton in 1990 to take up a headship in another primary school. On my retirement I was delighted to discover that the Colleton had a vacancy for a governor, so once again I was able to be involved in the school which had been the centre of my community, provided my daughters with an excellent education, and which had inspired me to change my career.
 Caroline_Norris.jpg Caroline Norris

I have had the proud privilege of being the Headteacher at The Colleton since September 2009. Previously I was Deputy Head and acting Headteacher at another Wokingham school. I have been teaching since 1984, at six different schools across Berkshire, education is my passion. I am very lucky to be part of a fantastic, supportive team - staff and governors.

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 Heather Williams

I have had the privilege of being a Governor at Colleton for the best part of 10 years, joining  initially as a parent governor when we moved to Twyford from Yorkshire and becoming an LA governor once the last of my 4 children moved on to secondary in 2012. An 'escaped' primary school teacher, I now work for Bracknell Forest council in their Adult & Community Learning Team. I have seen many changes over those ten years, yet the 'essence' of Colleton has been preserved throughout and I am proud to have played some small part in that.
This is a fabulous school community, with an incredibly dedicated and forward-thinking staff providing the very best education for our children.  I don't ever want to leave!!

 Keith_Hay.jpg Keith Hay

I have lived in Twyford for nearly 40 years, with both children having attended The Colleton. I am now retired and in addition to spending time on golf, keeping fit and travel,  have been able to give something back to The Colleton and its community. I am a Chartered Accountant by profession, worked in general management roles and am married to a teacher - all experiences that give me something to contribute in my role as a Governor.

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Belinda Rowland


I have been teaching for 26 years, and at The Colleton for the last six years. In this time I have taught in Foundation, firstly as a job share and then in the last 4 years as Lead teacher. This has put me in the privileged position of getting to know our children and families as they join the school. Previously to working at The Colleton I have been fortunate enough to work in a variety of primary schools for different local authorities, including Bucks, Hounslow, and Windsor and Maidenhead. In addition I have taught on a 6th form childcare course, being responsible for modules including teaching and learning, additional needs and safeguarding. My roles in previous schools have included P.E. co-ordinator, SENCo, Looked After children co-ordinator and Healthy Schools co-ordinator. I also have led Early Years and PSHE as I have continued to do at The Colleton.

 Louise_Pitt.jpgLouise Pitt

I'm pleased to be part of such a well established team of governors. I moved to Twyford over 7 years ago and love how the community spirit follows through into the school. From September both my children with attend The Colleton with my eldest will be moving into MT and my youngest joining Foundation. In my other job aside from being a parent, I’ve been a Partner at Waitrose for the past 7 years, most recently as an Operations Manager in our Retail Services Team. More than anything as a Parent Governor I am passionate in my desire to help achieve the best possible schooling experience for our children. 

 ASaker.jpgAndrew Saker

I am a Major Account Manager for a global Cyber Security company based in London.  I live in Twyford with my wife and two young children, the older of which attends Little Acorns. I have a passion for children's education and am keen to assist in the school maintaining its high performance, and hope to contribute in its continued success. I have a keen interest in sport and am currently taking my Football and Rugby coaching badges. 

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I am delighted and feel privileged to now be a part of the Colleton community!  After having been a governor at two other schools over the last 8 years I am relishing the opportunity to be involved at the school where my daughter is now a student.  I am a chartered accountant working for a large company in the local area and have lived in Twyford for 10 years.

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Katharine Rooney
 

I began my career as a journalist; working for national media outlets in both the UK and Canada. I’m now an editorial and strategic communications consultant; advising global organisations on storytelling, public relations and reputation management – and am excited about the opportunity to help tell The Colleton story. Both of my parents were teachers, and I have inherited their passionate belief in the capacity of education to enrich, inspire and transform children’s lives. Having grown up in London and Vancouver, I have lived in Twyford since 2013, and my daughter – who will be in Middle Team from September – has been at The Colleton since Foundation. We live within a short walk of the school and feel very lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community.

 
 Rebecca_Marr.jpg Rebecca Marr

I have been the Clerk to the Governing Body since June 2013. My role is to advise the Governing Body on all matters of procedure and law as well as dealing with the administration. I qualified as a Solicitor in 1999 practising in civil litigation and housing law. I left the legal profession to become a stay at home mum when my son was born in 2008.  I have two children at the school; my daughter is now in Older Team and my son is in Middle Team. Both of my children have excelled at The Colleton and enjoy their school life. I feel privileged to work at The Colleton and support the Governing Body.