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Chair of Governors Welcome


I would like to welcome you and your family to our school.  Knowl Hill C of E Academy is a unique and special place where we nurture children from their first experience of education on their journey to become lifelong learners.


Every child is different and we work in partnership with parents to develop each individual to reach their full potential.


As the Chair of Governors I have been involved with Knowl Hill for a number of years and have watched it grow and develop into the wonderful school that it is today.  With our rapidly changing environment I am confident that we can play our part in preparing our children for their future to be responsible, creative, well educated adults with a strong Christian ethos.


Cynthia Pitteway

Chair of Governors

Governor Comments

I recently attended two delightful school services at St. Peter’s – a Prizegiving for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and a Leavers’ Service. It was lovely to see the smiles of pride as the children were awarded with certificates for academic achievement and effort presented individually by Mrs. Bourner with a congratulatory handshake. She also had a few words of encouragement to keep working hard and trying for the non-prizewinners reminding them that there is always next year.


Although the school was sad to say farewell to the children moving on to secondary school, the Leavers’ Service was the perfect way of launching them onto the next phase of their education. Each child received an inscribed shield presented by Mrs. Denham marking either progress in an academic subject or a personal quality making sure that everyone left with a sense of achievement. Some of the children gave readings and read their own poems after which Mrs. Bourner presented each child with a bible and finished the service with an Irish blessing. Mrs. Bourner also said farewell to the younger children and members of staff who were leaving the school.

Sandra Baker - Foundation Governor

Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors 1 Mrs Cynthia Pitteway - Chair of Governors
Meet the Governors 2 Mrs Carolyn Deans - Vice-Chair of Governors
Meet the Governors 3 Mrs Helen MacDonald - Governor
Meet the Governors 4 Mrs Sandra Baker - Foundation Governor
Meet the Governors 5 Mrs Sophie Hayes - Parent Governor
Meet the Governors 6 Mr Stephen Poulston - Governor

Our Governing Body

  • Cynthia Pitteway - Chair of Governors and Director of Ashley Hill Multi Academy Trust
  • Carolyn Deans - Vice-Chair of Governors
  • Helen MacDonald - Governor and Director of Ashley Hill Multi Academy Trust
  • Carolyn Deans - Governor
  • Sandra Baker - Foundation Governor
  • Sophie Hayes - Parent Governor
  • Stephen Poulston - Governor
  • Isabel Cooke - Staff Governor
  • Nichole Bourner - Staff Governor
  • Mantej Brar - Parent Governor


Governor Roles

  • Building and Premises and Health and Safety - Mantej Brar
  • Child Protection Officer - Sandra Baker
  • SIAMS - Sandra Baker
  • Data and SEN - Cynthia Pitteway and Carolyn Deans
  • Finance - Stephen Poulston and Sophie Hayes
  • EYFS - Helen MacDonald
  • Pupil Voice - Sophie Hayes


Supporting Staff

  • Carolyn Thompson - Business Manager, Ashley Hill Multi Academy Trust
  • Kirsty Freebody - Clerk to the Governors, Ashley Hill Multi Academy Trust
  • Chris Hodgson - Finance Officer, Ashley Hill Multi Academy Trust


Committee Structure

We have three Committee's of Governors who meet on an ad-hoc basis when needed as follows:-


Admissions Committee                 Appeals Committee                Staffing Committee

Cynthia Pitteway                                        Helen MacDonald                           Cynthia Pitteway

Helen MacDonald                                       Carolyn Deans                                 Helen MacDonald           

                                                                 Sandra Baker                                  Sandra Baker

                                                                                                                     Carolyn Deans


Governor Date of Appointment and Term of Office

All Governors were re-elected at the commencement of the Ashley Hill Multi Academy Trust for a four year term of office (September 2014 to August 2018).

How to contact our Governing Body

If you would like to contact the Governing Body, please address your letter to the Chair of Governors, c/o Knowl Hill CE Academy, Bath Road, Knowl Hill, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 9UX.

Governors Attendance Register

Please find below the Governors Attendance Register for 2017-2018. The key is as follows:-

  • P - Present
  • A - Absent



Name of Governor 18.09.17


Extra mtg

23.01.18 30.04.18


Extra mtg

Cynthia Pitteway P A P P P
Helen MacDonald P P P P P
Ann Griffin P A      
Carolyn Deans P P P P P
Sandra Baker P A P P P
Jodi O'Connor P A A    
Isabel Cooke P P P P P
Nichole Bourner P P P P P
Mantej Brar P A P A A
Stephen Poulston     A P P
Sophie Hayes       P P


Governors Business Interests

Relationships between Governors and members of the school

Governor visit forms can be requested from the school office.