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School Governors

To contact the School Governors, please email Mrs C Dance, cdance@prospect.reading.sch.uk

MARGARET SAMPSON  – Chair of Governors

Margaret has been involved in educational research throughout her career; training teachers and leaders. With a husband who moved frequently with his job, Margaret lived and worked abroad and in the UK in many different cities. This gave her experience of a wide variety of challenging settings, mostly with disadvantaged pupils. Her experience leading a cutting-edge Mathematics Research project into a variety of conditions such as Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism etc set the foundation for her passion for testing, researching and teaching pupils with SEND. She was the first qualified teacher to be appointed as a SENCO in a Juvenile Estate (prison). Margaret has a keen interested in behaviour management and has worked in a many different types of schools taking on a variety of roles such as Department Head, Assistant Head, Deputy Head and Head of Education. Now retired, Margaret is still involved in educational research. As Chair to the Governors, she is passionate about challenging the school and its leaders to ensure that everyone, staff and students alike, have the best opportunities to progress along their chosen pathway.

DAVID LITTLEMORE  – headteacher

David Littlemore was previously Deputy Headteacher at Prospect School for five years, with additional experience of school leadership in London Schools as Deputy Head and an IT and Business/Economics teacher. He is passionate about inclusive and comprehensive education and is determined to ensure that every student at Prospect School is aspirational, resilient and reaches their full potential, ready for the challenges and opportunities of 21st Century Britain and beyond. Before becoming a teacher David worked in the music industry as an Economic Director, something which remains a key interest for him out of school, along with watching the (mis)fortunes of Bolton Wanderers Football Club. His vision is for Prospect School to be the first choice school for our local community and that under his inspirational leadership there are only great things ahead for the school. 

Paul Barker  – Vice-Chair of Governors

Paul Barker lives and works in Reading.  He has three children, two of whom have been students at Prospect. Paul studied economics at university, graduated to being a lorry driver, spent nine years as a Research Fellow at University College London, and is now a software performance tester in the telecommunications industry.  Paul has been a governor since 2007, initially as a Parent Governor.  At one time or another he has served on all the Governing Committees, was Chair of Governors from 2012 to 2015, and has been a Vice-Chair since 2015. Outside interests include reading non-fiction, hillwalking and cycling.

Marjorie Caballero - Governor

Marjorie attended Loughborough College and went on to teach at a middle school for three years before deciding that it was not for her and making a career change into Law where she has been working for over 30 years. Originally Marjorie joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor. Marjorie has been on the Governing Body for more than 10 years and has previously been Chair of Governors.

Ann Giubertoni - Governor

Ann was brought up in South London and then attended St Andrews University, graduating with a degree in Geography and Economics and then pursued a career in Accountancy. However, this career was not for Ann and went off travelling with her future husband. On returning to the UK Ann completed a secretarial course and then moved to Reading as a result of her husband's job where she has lived for over 30 years.  Ann joined the Administration Team at Prospect School for 12 years, working in various roles including Receptionist, Pastoral Secretary and then as PA to the Deputy Head before deciding to take early retirement in 2011.  Ann has three sons, now all in employment, two of whom were educated at Prospect School.  Ann has always had a keen interest in the Education Sector, her husband was a teacher and her eldest son now teaches in Birmingham.  Ann is currently a member of the Admissions Appeal Panel of the King Edward VI Foundation Schools has been a Governor at Prospect School since 2013.

Helen Hathaway - (Governor)

Helen has lived in Reading for more than 40 years and has three grown up children.  She retired from her post as Associate Director (Academic Liaison and Support ) at the University of Reading Library in 2017 where she had a teaching as well as management  role. She is a University Teaching Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.    Helen has been on the Governing Body for more than 10 years.   She has also been a Reading Borough Councillor for the Norcot Ward and knows the local community well. Helen is committed to encouraging young people to aspire as high as they can and interested in them developing transferable skills for lifelong learning. In her free time Helen likes walking, films and travelling.

Lisa Akister - Staff Governor

Lisa has worked in secondary schools since 1995 and has worked at Prospect School in many differing roles over the past few years.  Lisa has been Clerk to the Governors in two schools and currently in her second term as a Support Staff Governor.  She has five children, four in full time employment and one at college.  Her husband is also a science teacher.  

Alexa Holt - Staff Governor

Alexa has been a teacher in the History department at Prospect for nearly 20 years. In this time, she has held positions of responsibility for PHSE and Citizenship, Staff Development and most significantly sixteen years as Assistant Head of Sixth Form. This year she has taken on a new role with responsibility for provision for More Able students within the school. In addition to her work at Prospect School, she has been a Community Governor at one of Prospect’s feeder Primary Schools.

Jo Lannon - Parent Governor

Jo started her career in her home town of Worksop in Nottinghamshire as PA to the CEO of a nationwide newspaper group, before moving to Reading in 1998 to work for a Henley-on-Thames firm of solicitors.  In 2004 Jo took a break to have her two children, both who now attend Prospect.  In 2007 Jo joined a local legal firm, where she worked until 2018.  In September 2018 Jo joined Prospect School as a Learning Mentor, where she still works.  Jo joined the Board of Governors in September 2016 as a Parent Governor.

Callum Purvis - Parent Governor

Callum has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years which including the stockbroking and telecommunications areas and was heavily involved with the start-up company “Three” at the beginning of their launch.  Callum has learnt through his children's time at primary school the way of teaching was changing and felt that becoming Parent Governor would help him to better understand this and be able to guide his own children through secondary school as well as helping others do the same.  Callum was appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2016.

 

Chris evans ( co-opted Governor)

Chris Evans has worked in Schools in Reading since 2001 when he was employed by the Methodist Church as a Youth worker. In that capacity he worked with disadvantaged young people and those at risk of exclusion. He founded a charity in Caversham offering family support, parenting classes and holiday provision and established a gardening business to employ young people otherwise not in education employment or training. He has taught in Highdown, Waingels and Reading School where he is currently Deputy Head. He has significant experience of safeguarding, budget management, staff and curriculum planning and brings a freight of pastoral experience to the governors’ team through his role as a Methodist minister and as a former prison and university chaplain. He completed his PhD in 2018 and hopes to help senior leaders and staff at Prospect inspire a lifelong love of learning

ZOË mumford - staff Governor

Zoë has lived in West Reading since joining Prospect School as a French and German teacher in 1992 and has been Head of Modern Foreign Languages since 2016. Zoë has three sons, the youngest of whom attended Prospect School and is currently in year 13. She has also been a Parent Governor at Wilson Primary School.

What Zoë has always loved about Prospect School is its diversity and inclusivity which she believes is the School’s biggest strength. Zoë firmly believes in having high aspirations for all students at Prospect School, regardless of background.

christel dance - Clerk to the Governors

Christel is an experienced project manager and business administrator with extensive experience of working at senior board level. She started her career in the private sector, prior to moving into local government where she specialised in organisational change. Christel completed her Bachelors in Economics and Mathematical Sciences with the Open University, graduating in 2012. She currently resides in Hampshire, with close family ties to Tilehurst. She has two children, both of whom are in primary school.