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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

Governors support school leaders effectively and ensure that the work of the school leads to sustained improvements in students’ achievement.


Highdown’s governing body consists of a group of parents and other interested individuals who are committed to support the school continue to improve at every level.  We are ultimately responsible for the school’s strategic direction and vision and seek to do this by monitoring and evaluating Highdown's activities and results.  We are very encouraged with the close relationship we have with our School Leadership Team and work closely with them to ensure the best possible outcomes for our students.


Our governors join in with our house system along with students and all other staff. The house they belong to is in brackets below.

The Composition of the Governing Body:




Parent Governors

Mr M Cuttin (Mapledurham)

2019-2020 Attendance: 100%

Mr A Rajantie (Grove)

2019-2020 Attendance: 75%
  Mrs S Siddiqui (Rosehill) 2019-2020 Attendance: 75%
Appointed Governor            
  Mr W Edwards   

Staff Governors



Mrs R Sadler (Rosehill)

2019-2020 Attendance: 50%
  Ms S Stevens (Caversham) 2019-2020 Attendance: 75%


Ms R Cave

2019-2020 Attendance: 100%

Community Governors

Mr S Lovelock (Mapledurham)

2019-2020 Attendance:  75%

Clerk to Trustees 

Mrs R Entwistle



Chairs and Committees 


Chair of Governors 

Mr A Rajantie


Vice Chair 

Mr M Cuttin

Teaching and learning Committee Chair Ms S Stevens   
Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee Chair    


Procedure for contacting the Governing Body

Our Governing Body has three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

For queries / concerns related to these, please email the Chair of Governors, Mr A Rajantie, via the Clerk to the Governing Body, Mrs Rachel Entwistle,

Responsibility for the operational / day-to-day running of the school rests with the Headteacher, Ms R Cave. For issues related to this, there are established procedures and policies for making contact with the school.

Remuneration of employees whose benefits exceed £100,000

The Academies Financial Handbook 2020 requires that trusts must publish on their website the number of employees whose benefits exceed £100k, in £10k bandings. The School's financial statements for 2019/20 show that one employee received total benefits of between £110,000 and £120,000. No other employee received benefits above £100,000.