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


Shirley Wilkinson


13/09/2017 -12/09/2020

Operations, Resources


SEN, Training & Development


Simon Bamford

Elected by parents

19/06/2015 -19/06/2018


Vice Chair

Pupil Premium & Sports Premium 

Head Teacher

Peter Thorne

Ex Officio



Operations, Resources



Tom Hunt

Elected by staff

16/03/2016 -





Simon Hunt

West Berkshire District Council

24/06/2015 -24/06/2018




Mike Boys


03/12/2014 -03/12/2017





James Mortimore


07/2016 -07/2019


Chair of Resources Committee 


Andrew Richards


15/07/2015 -15/07/2018


 Chair of Operations Committee, IT,

Health & Safety 

Governor Profiles  

 Shirley Wilkinson

Parent Governor – Chair of Governors – SEN Governor & Training & Development Governor

I have two girls who attend Long Lane Primary in Year 4 & Year 5.  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 for SEND and Governor Training/Development. I'm also on the Head Teachers Performance Review Panel. I am the Link Governor for year 5.  

 Simon Bamford

Parent Governor - Vice Chair of Governors - Pupil Premium & Sports Premium Governor


I joined the Governing Board when son started the school in September 2015.   

I have worked in secondary education for nearly 20 years and am currently an assistant head teacher and science teacher at a school in Bracknell Forest. My role includes designing the curriculum and writing the timetable.  

I am looking forward to helping Mr Thorne and the board of governors in any way I can.   

I sit on the Operations Committee and I am the Link Governor for Foundation class.

 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 14 years in total, the last 5 years as Headteacher.

I am married to a teacher and have two boys; one in Year 7 and one in Year 10.

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.   

 Tom Hunt

Staff Governor


I graduated in 2009 from Sheffield Hallam University with a First Class Honours Degree in Sports Development with Coaching. I then gained my qualified teacher status via a Graduate Teacher Programme in 2011 through Reading University for which I was based in Long Lane. Having become qualified, I have now spent two years teaching in Year 3/4 and two years in Year 5/6. I am also the PE Coordinator.

I have really enjoyed my time at Long Lane so far and feel passionate about the school and children. Subsequently, I joined as a governor in March 2016 and am looking forward to becoming more involved. I am also part of the Operations Committee.

 Simon Hunt

LA Governor – Safeguarding Governor


I am married with 2 sons and have 3 grandchildren, one in primary school.  My home is in Bucklebury.

I have been a governor for over 10 years and have been involved in many changes over the years and looking forward to seeing the school gain an Outstanding Ofsted rating.

I am now retired from full time work. I was employed as a director and manager of engineering companies. I am familiar with accounts and HR matters.  

I have previously been a Governor at Newbury College and The Downs School.  

I am engaged in charitable work as Chair of trustees of the Newbury Community Furniture Project and as a driver for the Thatcham Volunteer Bureau.  

My governing role is to support the teaching and learning at Long Lane and maintaining our reputation for being a happy and caring school.  

I sit on the Resources committee and I am the Link Governor for Year 1.  

 Mike Boys

Co-opted Governor


I am Assistant Head at Denefield School where I have taught English and Modern Languages for many years.   

I am in my second term as a governor at Long Lane.  

As Denefield receives the majority of Year 6 children from Long Lane, there are obvious advantages in ensuring that our two schools work closely together in the best interests of the children for whom we have a shared concern.   I continue to look for ways of exploiting this to the benefit of both schools.

I sit on the Operations committee and I am the Link Governor for Year 6.

 James Mortimore

Co-opted Governor



I currently teach at St Edward’s Prep School where my responsibilities include Head of Pastoral Care, Director of Sport and Head of Geography. Previously I taught 5 years at Holme Grange Prep School in Wokingham 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 the Cold Ash area of West Berkshire. My wife is also a teacher and attended Long Lane Primary as a child.

I am Chair of the Resources committee and I am the Link Governor for Year 4.  

 Dr. Andrew Richards

Co-opted Governor  - IT  and Health & Safety Governor


I have always worked in higher education and research and currently work for the Diamond Light Source Ltd as the Head of the Scientific Computing, and maintain a visiting academic role with the University of Oxford.

Through my current and previous work I have a range of experience from being involved in strategy, stakeholder engagement, people and project management, budgets, procurement, teaching and training, through to health and safety. I have a strong interest in science and technology and keen to ensure the school makes appropriate use of technology throughout its teaching.

As a governor I want to help Long Lane in whatever way I can achieve its ambition of becoming outstanding. Related to this I want to ensure that first and foremost the children experience the best possible start in life through the education they receive to encourage them to continue to learn throughout life. I have a child currently in the school and a second child who will in turn attend in the years to come.  

I Chair the Operations committee. I am the IT and  Health & Safety Governor and I am the Link Governor for Year 3.  


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