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Meet our Trustees


Judith Puddick, Trustee

Hello, my name is Judith Puddick. I have been the Chair of Governors at Great Wakering Primary School for the past four years and have recently been appointed as a National Leader of Governance. As an ex-teacher of Great Wakering Primary, I am delighted to be associated with the school once again but in a different role, as a Co-opted Governor.

My entire working life has been in education: as a teacher, a senior leader, a Local Authority Education Consultant, an Ofsted Inspector, LA adviser and a School Support Partner; and now I am retired and have more time availiable, I am committed to using this knowledge and experience to support Great Wakering in its continuing endeavour to ensure the best possible education and opportunities for every child.

As a mother of four children and grandmother to six, I fully appreciate the importance of the local primary school in helping to determine each child’s future success and, alongside the dedicated staff team and fellow governors, will endeavour to ensure that the school’s aims are fully met and every pupil at Great Wakering achieves his or her potential.

Anna Stokes, Parent Governor

My name is Anna Stokes and I am a Parent Governor. I have lived in Great Wakering for 19 years. I was the manager of a Travel Centre for 17 years until I left to become a full time mother to my 2 children.

When my eldest daughter started school I was keen to become involved in school life. I became a Parent Governor because I wanted to ensure the best possible education was given to our children and that they felt safe and happy whilst in school.


Dan Smith, Co-opted Governor

Hello, my name is Daniel Smith I am a Co-Opted governor with finance experience.

I joined the governing body having been a resident of Great Wakering for the last 4 years and having a little boy who will in the next few years will be going to Great Wakering Primary. I wanted to help make a difference to the children of the village ensuring they get the best education they possibly can.

I work as a Business Banking Relationship Manager and have been working with healthcare business owners most recently but have worked in Banking for around 10 years so have a number of financial management skills.

Hayley O'Dea, Headteacher

My name is Hayley O’Dea and I am the Headteacher at Great Wakering Primary school and therefore am part of the school’s Governing Body.

I was appointed as Headteacher to Great Wakering Primary in September 2010 and since then we have all worked together to move the school forwards. We were judged as Good by Ofsted in September 2014 however our aim is for the school to move to Outstanding as soon as possible.

Before starting my role as Headteacher at GWPS I worked as a teaching and learning consultant for Southend Borough Council’s School Improvement Team. This gave me valuable insight into how different schools work and what makes schools most successful. I also worked at Edwards Hall Primary school as their deputy headteacher to support transition as their Headteacher retired and their new one took over.

I started my teaching career 18 years ago as a Newly Qualified Teacher in Barking and Dagenham. I worked there for 11 years and I hold many happy memories from working there.

I thoroughly enjoy working at Great Wakering Primary School. We have a very dedicated team of staff who all work hard to do their best for our children and we have fantastic, enthusiastic children to work with. Being a Headteacher isn’t an easy role as there are times you have to take difficult decisions which can be unpopular however I always try to make every decision with the best interests of our children at its heart.



Claire Friend, Staff Governor

My name is Claire Friend.  Following three years of volunteering at Great Wakering Primary School I joined the staff as an LSA in 2011, having completed a Certificate in Learning Support which is the equivalent to the NVQ Level 4 Teaching Assistant.  Originally supporting a child with special needs I currently support the children in Year 5 and I am also responsible for the day to day running of the school library.

Being a parent of two girls one in KS2 the other at KES, I welcomed the opportunity of becoming a governor and being able to contribute to raising the standards of educational achievement at our school.

Sarah Threadgold, Clerk

My name is Sarah Threadgold and I am the Clerk to the Governing Body of Great Wakering Primary School.

My husband and I have two sons, both of whom are pupils at the school.  Prior to having our children I worked on various health and estates projects for the local arm of the NHS.  More recently I have established and run my own online business.

My role of Clerk to the Governing Body involves advising the Board on governance, constitutional and procedural matters, as well as providing effective administrative support.  I am pleased to contribute to the success of the school by supporting the Governors in their vital role.