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Meet our governors

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

The governing body has important powers and duties, but limited time and resources. So it focuses on where it can add most value – that is, in helping to decide the school’s strategy for improvement so that its pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards.
The governing body helps to set, and keep under review, the broad framework within which the head teacher and staff run the school. The governors monitor the progress and challenge the school leadership, as a community school, in all areas of school life – arts, sports, socially, morally as well as academically. 
In its work, the governing body focuses on the key issues of raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning. 
The governing body consists of the head teacher, parents, a staff member and appointed community and Local Authority governors who volunteer their time to support the school management. 
We meet each term, supported by the Clerk to the Governors. Governors are elected or appointed for a four year term. Details of all the Governors and their election / appointment dates can be found on the Governing Body Constitution page .
If you wish to contact any governor, please contact the school office who will be happy to take your details and arrange for the appropriate Governor to contact you.
John Furley
Chair of Governors


  Meet our Governors

John Furley

I have been a parent at the school since September 2013: my two sons are now in secondary school and my daughter started at Courthouse in September 2016. I have been a governor since 2015, most recently with responsibility for maths teaching and learning in the school. 


Aside from being a governor, I have worked in the private, public and charity sectors. 

These different roles have helped me to be able to understand something of the different people and cultures present at Courthouse. It also helps me to Chair the governing body and to support the staff to ensure that the school is a safe and secure environment where children from different backgrounds learn to live together. No school is perfect, but I hope that we can all work together to help our school to be one that is inclusive, preparing our children well for life with every child flourishing.


Jo Carman

I am a previous pupil at Courthouse from the late 1970s  – come on Eagles! – and now a parent with children of my own at this school.

I am passionate about ensuring Courthouse children receive as well rounded an education as possible during their 4 years here.   

We provide access to many extracurricular activities which enables children to explore & try different hobbies & interests, including a wide variety of sports, arts, crafts & dance. 


Music, in particular  is a great personal passion and as Link Governor for Music I am keen that we develop the orchestra and ensure the Choir continues to 

perform at national & regional events such as The O2 with Young Voices; with Berkshire Maestros at The Royal Albert Hall, as well as at the local church, care homes and school fairs.


Maxine Wood


I joined the governing body of Courthouse Junior School in 2015 as a Parent Governor having previously been a governor at Alwyn Infant School.  As both of my children have been through the school I feel I bring to the governing body first hand experience of the delivery of the curriculum and how the school is perceived from a ‘consumers' point of view.  I am currently responsible for Child Protection & Safeguarding, Training & Development and Values & Culture on behalf of the governing body.


I have a background within IT in marketing and business operations and am currently working in a website company in a business operations role. 






Karen Wespieser

I am Director of Operations at the Driver Youth Trust. My background is as a social researcher and I have led research in the education sector for over ten years. Most recently, I was Head of Impact at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and Director of the Centre for Education Economics (CfEE).


I am skilled in qualitative and quantitative research and have a passion for increasing and communicating the use of evidence in education with an aim of impacting on the lives and outcomes of young people. I am the founder of #UKEdResChat, a regular Twitter chat for those interested in all aspects of educational research.


I am also a trustee at Parentkind and a mum of two.

Richard Burdett

I am a Chartered Engineer who has run a number of businesses, as well as having extensive financial experience both through work and my being a church treasurer for over 20 years. I joined the Governing Body when my youngest son was at the school in 2004 and have been privileged to serve as governor since then. As the longest serving member of the board I feel I am able to use my prior experience of the school to help guide our current decisions.


In addition to my electronics consultancy work, I am also the Exams Officer at Altwood CE School, so I am regularly working with children. Outside work, I am a volunteer driver for Maidenhead Care which provides hospital transport for local people, as well as reader for the Maidenhead Talking Newspaper. I also enjoy gardening, cooking, and visits to the theatre.