The Governing Body consists of members of the Lawson family and other professionals who provide rigorous oversight of the running of the school.
The Governors visit the school regularly to observe the quality of teaching and learning. They review school policies according to the law and the Independent Schools Statutory Regulations. They meet to discuss the financial integrity of the school and make sure that Health and Safety Regulations, Safeguarding Children and Employment Law are being adhered to.
You can contact the Proprietors at any time by telephoning the School on 01189478684, emailing [email protected] or writing to Mr and Mrs Lawson, 16 Peppard Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire. RG4 8JZ.
The proprietors know their school well and have established a happy school with high expectations for pupils and where parents support the strong family ethos. - Independent Schools Inspectorate
Jacqueline Lawson MA(Ed) AdvDipEdMan DipEd QTS
|Major Ian Lawson|
|Major Ian Lawson aic RTR (Ret'd)|
Ian Lawson is the Chairman and Co-Proprietor of the School. He is an ex-army officer having served in Germany, Canada, Northern Ireland and Egypt. He retired from the army after 20 years and worked for PLCs in senior management positions. He later became a business man and owned two small companies. He invented a flame suppression device which was chosen for use on one of the Alvis fleet of armoured vehicles and later worked for the Defence Diversification Agency as the Technology Manager for London Region. Ian’s main Board responsibility is oversight of the school as a business to make sure that our school runs well for the good of the children, parents and staff.
What the children say
|Caroline Kidao BA(Hons) PGCE QTS|
Caroline is an Early Years trained teacher and trained SENCo. She has taught for 14 years. Caroline started her teaching career in a primary school in Essex. She has been working at Caversham Prep since the school began in 2009, taking two years out to work in the Early Years Department of Harrow International School in Bangkok.
Caroline has Teddy, our very articulate, eight year old grandson who is presently in Year 3. Caroline delivers child-centred learning and values each child as an individual. She creates a calm, purposeful learning environment where children thrive and feel safe. Her teaching has been judged as ‘outstanding’ during both Ofsted and ISI inspections. Caroline was an All-Round Scholar at Ardingly College, West Sussex for strengths in art, music, drama and sport; she was the Independent Schools 200m champion of ‘94. Caroline lived for a year in Paris, on the Boulevard Saint Michel, as an au pair and was a chalet girl and snowboarder for a season in Tignes. She loves to bake and runs the School Cookery Club.
Caroline’s main Board responsibilities are: EYFS and SEND.
|Andrew Lawson MScEcon BA(Hons) ACCA|
Andrew Lawson is the school bursar and business manager. He took over from Ian Lawson in 2020 during Covid and works full-time in the school. He is a trained management accountant, having worked for a global company in Reading. He administers the payroll, pensions, school budgets, annual accounts and IT systems.
Andrew was a Music and Academic Scholar at Worth School and then on to Downside School for his 6th Form as a Choral Scholar. He plays piano and clarinet. He has taught recorder for a short time at Caversham Prep. Andrew is a keen scuba diver, loves opera and travelling. Last year he travelled solo by train from Beijing to Moscow, camping in a yurt in Ulaanbaatar.
Andrew’s main Board responsibilities are: Compliance; Health and Safety; and Safeguarding. He is the named Safeguarding Governor.
Margaret Brown BSc, Dip Lib (CNAA)(Dist), MCILP
Margaret's main Board responsibilities are: Health and Safety and English
|Dr David Brown|
Dr David Brown, PhD MPhys (Hons) FRAS AMInstP
David's main Board responsibility is STEM.
|Mr Gavin Douglas|
|Mr Gavin Douglas BSc|
Gavin is a local businessman and father of three daughters. He supports the Finance Committee.
|Mrs Lesley White|
|Mrs Lesley White|
The Lawson family have known Lesley for over thirty years as we lived on the same army base in Salisbury and our children were best friends. She was a Chair of Governors in a large primary school in the Midlands for a number of years. She presently works for a publishing company and travels the world training teachers in the use of phonics in the Early Years.
Lesley's main Board responsibilities are: EDI (Equality, diversity and Inclusion) and Early Reading.