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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School


We are pleased to welcome you to the governance section of the site. We hope it will give you an insight into who we are and what we do.

Reading Girls' School is part of the Baylis Court Trust and has an active and committed School Governing Committee. Members support the values of the school and dedicate their time and effort to further its ongoing development.  They take an active part in meetings, get involved with the school and its pupils and help senior management make informed decisions about the way forward for the school.

Working in partnership with the Princicpal and staff, committee members ensure high standards of achievement for the young people in the school. We focus on strategy and school improvement, we decide what we want the school to achieve, set priorities and monitor progress to realise these aims. We have three core strategic functions delegated to us by the Baylis Court Trust:

  • Setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school, within the context of The Baylis Court Trust
  • Holding the Principal and senior staff to account for the educational performance of the school and its students
  • Ensuring the school remains within the budget delegated by The Baylis Court Trust and making sure the money is well spent.

Who are the Committee Members?

The School Governance Committee is made up of the Headteacher and people from various different groups who have an interest in the success of the school, including parents, staff and the community. The committee welcome a range of viewpoints and make decision together about a variety of issues. Between them committee members have a wide breadth of skills and experience to enable the school governance committee collectively to support and challenge the school leadership. As vacancies arise specific skills are targeted to fill gaps in the group.

School Governance Committee

Name   Category Profile
Bob Kenwrick


I spent 38 years in the Police Service and prior to retiring was a Chief Inspector with British Transport Policy. Following retirement I remained with the organisation as Wellbeing Manager with responsibility for Health and Safety and Occupational Health.

I have been a Governor for 16 years, previously been Chair of Governors at a local primary school and am currently;

  • Chair of Governors at local secondary school 
  • Chair of Local Advisory Board at school in Earley
  • Trustee of a MAT in Earley

I was appointed as a Governor at Reading Girls' School at the beginning of 2016 and on transition to an Academy within Baylis Court Trust I became Chair of the School Governance Committee.

Jon Gargan

Principal I started my teacher career in September 1998 and took up post of Principal at Reading Girls' School in September 2017 having worked in four previous schools. I began teaching at Maiden Erlegh in 1998 and became Head of Physical Education in my NQT year.  Following that I moved to Prospect School in 2001 and spent seven years there as Head of Year and later Senior Leader for Behaviour & Attendance. In 2008 I joined Burnham Upper School, Slough as assistant Headteacher for Curriculum & assessment before moving to The Oxford Academy in 2012 where I spent five years as Vice Principal and in the latter two years, Head of School.  Joining RGS literally is returning 'home' for me.  I have been a Whitley resident for the past 17 years.  I am an advocate of the social and moral justice that education can provide for young people regardless of their background and as a member of the local Community, I am passionate about driving that message across our pupil, parent and staffing body.   
Mark Cocker

Parent Governor  
Rebecca Francis


Co-opted Governor

I joined the board of governors due to my interest in taking business practices into education. I attended an all girls selective school and am passionate about girls being empowered to achieve. I believe it is a privilege to be welcomed into RGS as a governor and am  looking forward to helping to be part of the future of the school,  equipping  the students for successful lives whilst in and after Reading Girls School.

Most of my working life has been to inspire, coach and mentor others to be the very best they can be. I am a CPD accredited professional coach, holds an NLP diploma and has led many sales teams to success.

I  have three children, two boys who have completed their university education and a daughter who is currently at sixth form studying A levels.

Lindsey Bowden   Governor

I first became a governor at my children's primary school and then as they moved to secondary school, I moved with them. They completed their education but I continue to volunteer as a trustee and as chair of governors at a primary school in Bracknell. 

I worked in the city before having children and then worked locally in finance and administration while they were young. Currently I am a host family for Reading FC, providing a safe 'home from home' for their youngsters.

To contact the Chair of the SGC, please do so via the Clerk to the Governors at the school through