The school is managed by its Board of Governors. They have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They have to approve the budget, appoint the Head teacher and decide on the school’s policies.  

The Governors have two committees: Resources and Operations which do most of the day to day work and report back to the main board, which meets at least once a term. 

By law the governors must issue statements on certain policies. The essential policies are accessible from the right hand menu. Copies of all other policies can be obtained on request from the School Office. 

Long Lane Primary School Governing Board 

Category of Governor

Name of Governor

Appointed by

Term of Office

Committee Membership

Any Position of Responsibility


Miss Shirley Wilkinson


13/09/2017 -01/01/2020


Chair, Training & Development


Mr. Simon Bamford

Elected by parents

25/05/2018 -24/05/2021


Vice Chair, Chair of  Operations Committee &

Pupil Premium  

Head Teacher


Mr. Peter Thorne

Ex Officio


Operations, Resources

Staff Miss Kerry Penn Staff 12/06/2019 -11/06/2022  Operations  


Mr. James Mortimore


15/07/2019 -14/07/2022


Chair of Resources Committee &
Sports Premium


Mr. Edward Barham




Co-opted Dr. Andrew Neil
 Co-opted  04/10/2018-03/10/2021 Operations  
Co-opted Mrs. Jan Cresswell Co-opted 17/10/2018-16/10/2021 Operations SEN 
Parent Mrs. Jennifer Folliard Elected by parents 27/11/2018-26/11/2021 Operations Health & Safety  
Co-opted Mrs. Katie Holder Co-opted 04/07/2019-03/07/2022 Operations  
Co-opted Mrs. Jane Hall
 Co-opted  04/07/2019-03/07/2022  Resources  

Governor Profiles 

Miss Shirley Wilkinson

Parent Governor – Chair of Governors – Training & Development Governor

I have two girls who attend Long Lane Primary in Year 5 & Year 6.  As Chair I welcome the opportunity to help and support the head teacher and staff in shaping the future of the school. Building on current strengths and achievements, but also challenging and identifying areas where things can be done better, in order to maximise the learning and development of all the school's pupils.  I put myself forward to be a parent governor in 2013, and in September 2015 I became Chair voted in by the governor's. In September 2017 I have been voted in as a co-opted governor. Now I believe I have the requisite skills to provide a positive impact on the future success of the school.

For the last 21 years I have worked for British Airways. As an established ambassador, within the private sector, my positive work ethic and professionalism will be used to benefit the school. 

My role is to ensure governors understand school policies, trends and strategic planning enabling them to answer questions from pupils, staff, parents and Ofsted inspectors. 

Pupils and parents will see me around school, in assemblies, at school events and I am very happy to talk to anybody interested in the work of the governors.

I sit on the Resources Committee and am responsible Governor Training/Development. I'm also on the Head Teachers Performance Review Panel and the Pay Panel.

 Mr. Simon Bamford

Parent Governor - Vice Chair of Governors - Pupil Premium Governor


I am Headteacher at Langtree School, Woodcote. I have been a governor since 2015 when my son started at Long Lane. In that time I have sat on the Curriculum Committee which has since been absorbed into the Operations Committee. I have been responsible for overseeing the Sports Premium Grant and I currently monitor the strategic plan for and impact of the Pupil Premium Grant.

I have greatly enjoyed my first term as a governor and it has given me an insight into the primary sector having worked in secondary education for most of my working life. I am currently the Link Governor for Year 5 and  am Vice Chair of governors and Chair of the Operations Committee

 Mr. Peter Thorne



Having previously worked in schools in Southampton, Reading and Newbury, I joined Long Lane in September 2001 initially as Acting Deputy Head. The role became substantial in April 2002 at which time I also joined the Governing Board. 

In September 2009 I job-shared the Headteacher role and then became Acting Head the following year in September 2010. The following February 2011, I was appointed as Headteacher. I have been at Long Lane 17 years in total, the last 8 years as Headteacher.

I am married to a teacher and have two boys; one in Year 9 and one in Year 12.

My main role on the Governing Board is being held to account for all the activities etc. but I also advise on strategic direction. The last five years has seen the school change a great deal and I am proud to have been leading it during this time with, of course, excellent support from the Governors.

I also sit as President of the school PTA attending committee meetings and also as many events as I can.

I have served on all the committees during my time and currently sit on Resources and Operations Committees.   

Miss Kerry Penn

Staff Governor


I completed teacher training after having children and worked at Beechwood Primary School in Wokingham as an Infant teacher and Foundation Stage Lead. Prior to this I worked for British Airways in an accounting role. I joined Long Lane in September 2015 as the Year 1 class teacher and am delighted to have recently been appointed as Deputy Head Teacher. I am passionate about developing best practice in teaching and learning and feel fortunate to be part of such a talented and supportive team of staff.

I have three children, a son and two daughters, and was fortunate to be able to take a career break to spend time with them before they started school. I developed a deep interest in child development and early learning while raising my children.

I sit on the Operations committee and am excited to have joined the governing board as a Staff Governor. I am looking forward to being able to represent the staff point of view at meetings.

Mr. James Mortimore

Co-opted Governor & Sports Premium Governor


I am currently Director of Sport at St Andrew's, Pangbourne and have performed this role since April 2017. I previously taught at St Edward's Prep, Reading, where my responsibilities included Head of Pastoral Care, Director of Sport and Head of Geography. I started my teaching career at Holme Grange in Wokingham where I had 5 years teaching Boys’ Games and Geography. I completed a PGCE in Secondary PE in 2010 at Southampton University and have been teaching ever since. Before this I attended Reading University for my undergraduate studies and completed a Masters degree at Brunel University in 2009 studying Human Physiology.

I am recently married and live in Frilsham. My wife is also a teacher and attended Long Lane Primary as a child.

I am Chair of the Resources committee and the Pay Panel.I am responsible for overseeing the Sports Premium Grant and I am the Link Governor for Year 1.

Mr. Edward Barham

Co-opted Governor - Safeguarding Governor   

I joined as a governor towards the end of 2017 when my wife and I moved to the area from London.  I am a Royal Naval officer with 14 years’ experience, and an unusual skillset; both flying in the Fleet Air Arm, and practising as a barrister in criminal, and international law.  Whilst I have not worked in the education sector, my varied background in leadership, project management, finance, and business allows me to bring an external perspective to the governing board. I look forward to working for the pupils and parents, and look forward to meeting you. 

I am a co-opted governor and a member of the resources committee and the Pay Panel.

Dr. Andrew Neil Co-opted Governor

I am currently Deputy Head Academic at St Andrew's School in Pangbourne. I am responsible for all that relates to the academic side of the prep school. My main interest is in teaching and learning, in particular what we teach, how we teach it and how we subsequently assess the effectiveness of what has been taught. I believe children should be given every opportunity to develop their creativity and independence. 

I completed a secondary PGCE in languages at the University of Bath. I began teaching at Wildern Secondary  School and then moved to Ringwood Secondary School where I taught Key Stage 3,4 and A-Level French and was also the ICT co-ordinator. Whilst at Ringwood, I studied part time for two years at the University of Southampton and was awarded an MSc with distinction in Computer Based Learning and Training. 

In 2008 I moved to the Pilgrims' School in Winchester where I was Head of French and, for the last three years, Assistant Boarding Housemaster. Whilst at The Pilgrams' School, I studied part-time for my PhD in Education completing this in four years. My PhD focused on assessment for learning. 

I am a Co-Opted Governor and sit on the Operations Committee. Link Governor to Year 3. 

Mrs. Jan Cresswell Co-opted Governor - SEN Governor


I moved to West Berkshire with my family in 2015 to become Head of The Abbey Senior School in Reading, having been Assistant Head, Director of Sixth Form and Senior Teacher at HMC and GDST schools in Portsmouth.

I read English with Theology at the University of Durham and took up my first teaching post in a busy city boys’ school. I have since taught English, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Drama in both single sex and co-educational secondary schools. I also love supporting Music and the Arts and I see nurturing creativity in schools as essential for all our children and young people.

My husband is a Research Associate at UCL and I have two sons who are currently studying Physics and Economics at university.

Joining the governing body in November 2018, I am a Co-opted Governor and sit on the Operations Committee. I am the SEN Governor and  Link Governor for Year 6.

Mrs. Jennifer Folliard Parent Governor - Health & Safety Governor

I have identical twin girls in Year 3 at Long Lane and was elected to join the governing board in 2018.  

I am currently a civil servant, working for Public Health England as a Health Protection Practitioner.  I am a qualified Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner with nearly 20 years of experience in the public sector around the Thames Valley, completing my undergraduate degree at University of Salford and my Masters of Public Health with University of Manchester. I have worked in a Local Authority, University, NHS mental health/community trust and a period of secondment to my professional institute, prior to joining the civil service.  As well as subject knowledge of health and safety, food safety and infectious diseases, I have skills in audit (clinical and quality), training, interpretation of legislation and working in an advisory role.

I am the Health and Safety Governor and on the Operations committee.

Mrs. Katie Holder Co-opted Governor

I’m a civil servant with experience working in policy at a number of central Government departments. My latest role is in the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as a data policy advisor. Previously I have worked in digital policy at the Government Digital Service, with a focus on transparency and open government; at the Office for Civil Society in Cabinet Office; and I have a background in stakeholder management, comms and marketing. 

I grew up in Reading, and recently moved back here with my husband, little girl and baby boy.
I’m new to the board this year as a co-opted Governor. I sit on the operations committee and I am the Link Governor for Year 2. 
Mrs. Jane Hall Co-opted Governor

Having recently retired from an extremely demanding and responsible job in the private sector, I now feel I have time to get involved and do something to benefit the local community.  

When I was working, I was Sales and Marketing Director for a local property developer, managing a department of around thirty people.  My role included setting budgets to meet targets and ensuring those targets were met by a deadline and within those budgets.  I was involved at main board level  in decision making when it came to the multi million pound purchase of land for residential housing  development.  I recruited and trained the sales staff and dealt with whatever personnel problems arose.  I organised all aspects of marketing including production of brochures, national and local advertising campaigns and show houses.

I have two grown up sons and three  young grandchildren so understand the needs of young couples and their children.  I'm new to the board this year as a co-opted Governor on the Resources Committee and Link Governor for Foundation Class. I  am really looking forward to getting involved with all aspects of Long Lane Primary School.