Community Governor - Kate Bodle

Kate Bodle


have been a primary school teacher for over 23 years, teaching across the year groups and being fully involved in all aspects of school life including a short stint as 'Teacher Governor' to cover for a colleague as well as being on the PTA as the teacher lead.

Near to the start of my career I became a Leading Literacy teacher for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and shortly after that our school became a Beacon school, which involved outreach work in other schools to share good practice. Our focus was being a 'dyslexia friendly school' and I was the Beacon teacher, regularly going out to other schools in the area and to our partner school in Islington to give Inset and support other staff. We also made some DVDs and a ‘Teachers TV’ video, which was a fascinating project to be a part of and they still pop up occasionally!  

Alongside this, I did my OCR 5 course to become a specialist Dyslexia teacher which gave me the opportunity to tutor dyslexic children whilst my children were small and I was working part time. In my 'spare time' I was also a lecturer on the OCR 5 courses, as well as short courses for teachers in aspects of SEN through East Berkshire College. 

Further class teaching opportunities arose at a school local to Icknield and later I moved to a small Independent school, St Mary's, owned by Cognita in Henley-on-Thames,  where I am currently Head of Learning Support, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Head of English.

I am on the SMT and performance manage a small team of staff, so I am familiar with the behind the scenes operations at a school.

Recently I have taken a break from being a lecturer and completed my OCR 7 to become a specialist assessor. This year I have had a break from the extra work in the evenings, although I have done some guest lecturing slots at the Adult Dyslexia centre, the University of Buckingham and a couple of school INSET's!

I have 3 sons, two currently at Icknield Community College and one in Year 5 who will hopefully start in September 2018. Between my job, my boys and home life I try to squeeze in some time to be creative and also to keep fit!

I really enjoy being busy and supporting others, so I am looking forward to the opportunity of becoming a governor during this exciting time ahead for Icknield.




The behaviour of students is good. They respond very well to the positive ethos in the school. (Ofsted 2015)