And their role at Thomas Reade
Governors (ID 1140)
Liz FraserChair of Governors
Liz joined the Thomas Reade governing body in 2019 having previously been a governor at Larkmead. Having had two children at the school she has experience as parent from nursery through to year 6. With a degree in maths and a day-job working in data and analytics, Liz is always interested in performance measurement and monitoring, as well as the teaching of maths within school. Outside of work Liz's passion is sport and the outdoors. She is a competitive runner and triathlete and is particularly interested in how the school addresses inclusivity and wellbeing.
Claire HandysideVice Chair of Governors
Claire joined Thomas Reade’s governing body in January 2023. This is her first role supporting a school as a Governor, but she has a wealth of relevant experience, having worked in HR for over 20 years, and for the last seven years has supported a local Multi Academy Trust of schools in various senior HR roles. She is passionate about making sure schools are the best they can be to give all pupils the greatest opportunities for later life. Claire currently has two children at Thomas Reade, so when she isn't ferrying them around at various activities she loves running, family bike rides and planning adventures.
Andrew DubockVice Chair of Governors
Andrew joined the governing board in 2017. He has lived in the Abingdon area for over 20 years and is a communications manager in the charity sector. His two daughters are former pupils at Thomas Reade and his wife, Sally, is a member of Thomas Reade’s teaching staff. Andrew has a particular interest in the teaching of literacy and of inclusion of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. To relax, Andrew enjoys running, countryside rambles, family board games, catching up with mates at the pub, and following the fortunes of Coventry City. He is also a Trustee of Down’s Syndrome Oxford.
Originally from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, Adam attended the University of Leeds to study for a Master’s degree in Physics, followed by a PhD in Solid State Physics. He completed his teacher training degree (PGCE) at Oxford University in 2011 and has since worked as a secondary school science teacher. He has been Head of Physics and Head of Science, and is now an Assistant Headteacher with a focus on assessment, curriculum, and standards. He enjoys gardening, watching films, reading, and playing and watching football. He has two children at Thomas Reade School and has been a member of the governing body since 2023.
Sue MoulsterDeputy Headteacher and Staff Governor
Mrs Moulster joined Thomas Reade in 2005 three days a week as a specialist PE teacher. In addition to teaching at Thomas Reade she has led the Abingdon Partnership PE network group for 10 years organising all the sports activities and events for the primary schools in Abingdon and the local villages. Mrs Moulster took on the role of SENCO in 2020 and following successful completion of her Masters in Educational leadership and management in 2022, took on the role of Acting Deputy Headteacher form September 2022, before being offered the permanent role in March 2023.
Alan is Head of Finance at Activate Learning, looking after apprenticeships, employability and the group services. Over the past four years, he has developed dashboards for measuring performance and utilisation of resources, and working with the business to lead on the financial requirements of bidding of tenders and grants. Previously Alan worked for QA Ltd, an independent IT training and apprenticeships provider based in Slough. Alan joined the Thomas Reade governing body in 2023. He is passionate about enabling excellence through the education sector. He brings a wealth of relevant knowledge to the governor role, including financial management and analysis, plus bid writing and grant requests.
Michael has spent the last 14 years teaching Maths at Radley College. There he is the Maths lead on Partnership work and has spent the last four years running the Maths side of the Radley Steps Saturday morning Gifted & Talented sessions. These are open to junior school children in the local area. He joined the Thomas Reade governing body in 2023 helping to form another link between the two schools. He is keen to see how pupil progress is recorded and then used productively. Michael is also Head of Hockey at Radley and, as sport is a real passion of his, he is fascinated to see how Thomas Reade engages students with outdoor pursuits.
As a Governing Body 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.
We have responsibility for raising school standards through three core strategic functions of:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
To do that we meet several times a year, each governor is linked to an aspect of the school and we all make Governor visits to the school based on our school link.
We adhere to a code of conduct which can be found below.
Any correspondence to the Governors should be sent to the chair: Liz Fraser at email@example.com