Stephen has served on the Governing Board as an elected Parent Governor since 2008. Stephen is the current Co-Chair along with Sam Jacob. Stephen has a son in the sixth form.
Stephen’s role as Governor also focuses on Finances (he chairs the Finance Standards Committee), Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch Up and Sports Premium.
Dr Anne Murdoch OBE
Anne joined the Governing Board in October 2017 and has a background of nearly 36 years in education and training at all levels including Schools, Further Education and Higher Education.
Anne is a trained teacher and lives locally.
Anne’s focus as a governor is on Staffing (CPD), staff wellbeing, performance management, and Anne chairs the Standards Committees (excl Finance).
Claire joined Brookfields School in September 2009 and brings a wealth of skills and knowledge from her role as the school’s HR Officer to the governing board. Claire’s previous roles included legal secretary, IT support and office manager. Outside of work Claire is very keen on reading, puzzles, crafting and walking.
Dr Tom Loucas
Tom joined the Governing Board in October 2017.
After completing a degree in Psychology at University College London, Tom worked with adults with learning disabilities in London before going on to train as a speech and language therapist at City University. As a Speech and Language Therapist, Tom has worked in a range of education settings including early years, primary and secondary schools. He completed a PhD at Birkbeck College, London and worked as Senior Research Fellow managing a large study into the prevalence of ASD, which developed his expertise in autism. More recently, Tom has taught speech and language therapy, first at De Montfort University and since 2005 at the University of Reading. Tom co-founded the University of Reading Centre for Autism, where he has continued his clinical work and research focusing on autism. He developed and runs an early intervention clinic at the University. The clinic offers a service to families with young children who are autistic or who have social communication difficulties and provides training opportunities for student speech and language therapists.
Tom’s focus as a governor is on Curriculum and assessment as well as data and outcomes and he has recently taken over the critical role of Safeguarding Governor.
Local Authority Governor
Lucy is the works in the SEND team at West Berkshire Council. Previously she has been a Special Needs Personal Adviser at Connexions Berkshire and a Personal Advisor (Mainstream and Specialist) at Connexions Herefordshire. Lucy also spent more than three years working for the STEPS Project as a Community Worker at West Mercia Probation Trust. Lucy adds a wealth of professional knowledge and expertise to the Governing Board.
Richard joined the Board as new parent governor in January 2021 and has joined the Finance Standards Committee as well as the Full Governing Board. Richard brings a wealth of commercial experience to the role.
As Head Teacher Brandon Mills is a member of the Governing Board and attends all Governors meetings. Brandon joined Brookfields School in 2000 having worked with The Spastic Society and Scope. He has been Head Teacher since April 2016. He trained as a Special Needs Teacher, graduating with a BEd (Hons) Spec Ed in 1987. He has also completed his NPQH. He has published a number of articles about supporting pupils with learning difficulties and is a trainer.
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Yes, there are. We are not able to support pupils who have SEMH, SEBD or young people who do not have a learning difficulty.
No, you do not have to live in West Berkshire. Currently, we have pupils who live in West Berkshire, Reading, Oxfordshire, Wokingham, Hampshire, Slough and Bracknell.
Yes, your child will need to have a Statement or an EHCP.
If you would like to visit the school, please contact the school office on 0118 942 1382.
Please call the school on 01189421382. You can also email the schools office on [email protected]
Please note: If you are using SATNAV travelling to the school, please use this postcode RG31 6GG.
We would encourage you to visit Brookfields School as well as other schools in the area so that you are able to make an informed choice. If you think that Brookfields School would be right for your child, you will need to contact your Local Authority to inform them of your decision. We are not able to admit pupils to the school with out agreement from West Berkshire Local Authority and the Local Authority who publish your child’s Statement/EHCP.
As a school, we have to be sure that we are able to meet your child’s needs, that have the provision to meet those needs, an appropriate peer group for them and also a space within that peer group.
Every effort is made to keep the school open during bad weather, but in the event of the weather conditions deteriorating beyond what is manageable and safe, the Headteacher may make a decision to close the school.
If we have to close the school at short notice, transport companies will be informed and a recorded message will be left on our telephone system (0118 9421382). You will also be able to get an update by listening to these local radio stations such as Radio Berkshire on 94.6 MHz, 95.4 MHz, 104.1 MHz, 104.4 MHz & DAB
The ages of 3 through to 19 years old.
The primary need of pupils who attend the school is a learning difficulty, either moderate, severe or a profound and multiple learning difficulty. Pupils may have additional needs such as Autism, ADHD, a physical impairment or a sensory impairment.
We hope that you will find what you are looking for on our website. You can also find out about the school from our website West Berkshires Local Offer. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact the school.
The school uniform can be purchased directly from the school. If you would like to place an order, please contact the school office on 0118 942 1382.
Or from this address www.pbuniform-online.co.uk/brookfields
Brookfields School is part of West Berkshire Local Authority and is located in Tilehurts, Reading, Berkshire.
If you need to report your child absent please call the school office on 0118 942 1382.