Management Committee


Management Committee


Foundry College is a Pupil Referral Unit supporting schools, children and families within the Wokingham Borough Council district, with an OFSTED rating of GOOD (28th March 2023). We cater for young people aged 5-16 years who are unable to maintain a school place for a wide variety of reasons.

The Management Committee work with the school, the young person and the family to provide the most suitable package of support whether that is part time or full time school based support, home tutoring, staff support, or if more appropriate a full time place at Foundry College.

The job of a Management Committee member is to ensure high standards of educational achievement and to set the ethos, strategic direction and long-term vision for the school. Members question, support and strengthen the school leadership but leave the day-to day operation of the school to the Headteacher and staff. They also make sure the College’s money is well spent and see that resources are allocated in line with strategic priorities.

Please click here for the Terms of Reference of the Management Committee.

The Management Committee is chaired by Caroline Norris and the vice-chair is Jim Mathieson. We have two Sub-Committees, Jim Mathieson chairs the Teaching and Learning Committee, and Nick McSweeney chairs the Resources Committee.

All Chairs can be contacted via Foundry College on 0118 334 1510 or

There are a total of fourteen committee members, made up of:


Community Members:

Jim Mathieson – (Vice Chair) KS1 & KS2 & Literacy & Numeracy 

Judy Hargreaves (Primary) – Safeguarding and Children in Care (CIC) & Cultural Capital 

Sharon Finn (Primary) – SEND & PPG

Nick McSweeney (Secondary) (Chair of Resources) 

Local Authority Members:

Jamie Conran – Head of SEND

Carey Tullock – Senior Specialist – Children’s Strategy & Commissioning Service

Majid Ali – Advisor/School Improvement Officer

Staff Members:

Iain Thomas (Headteacher)

Kirsty Hodge – (Deputy Headteacher – Secondary)

Nicky Rees – (Deputy Headteacher – Primary)

Jo Iremonger – Development

George Bell – Development

Parent Member: 


Associate Members:

Phil Cunnington – Health & Safety /Community

Andy Gardner – Community Governor


Susan Phillips

To view the Management Committee Register of Responsibilities please click here

To view the Management Committee meeting attendance, please click here

To view the Management Committee register of Business and Financial Interests click here


















Ofsted commented;

“You care deeply about the pupils and are determined to make sure that your school provides the nurturing environment that they need.”

“Pupils are happy at your school, they say that there is always someone to talk to and that their views are valued. Parents and carers praise the improvements in their children’s behaviour and attitudes to learning.”

“You and your team are acutely aware of the importance of ensuring that every pupil is safeguarded from harm.”

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Headteacher Iain Thomas

Foundry College

Budges Gardens



RG40 1PX

Tel: 0118 334 1510