Governing Body Information

The Governing Body

As a Governing Body we work with our Headteacher and staff sharing their vision and values for The Horsell Village School

Together we decide the school’s strategy for improvement so that pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards. Governors focus on where they can add most value, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They act as a critical friend to the school, providing support, information and advice as well as asking challenging questions and pressing for improvements.

The Governing Body is essentially responsible for ensuring good quality education in the school by holding the Headteacher and her team to account, always remembering to respect the professional roles of all the school staff. In its turn, the Governing Body has to answer to parents and other stakeholders in the wider community for the school’s overall performance.

We are always looking for enthusiastic new governors from the local community who wish to volunteer their time and skills to join our governing body.  As a governor you would be expected to attend a full Governing Body and a committee meeting every half term.  Every Governor is a member of one of two following committees:

  • Resources Committee: responsible for finance, staffing, Human Resources, and premises.
  • Children and Learning Committee: responsible for the curriculum, teaching and learning outcomes.

In addition to reading papers, preparing for and attending meetings, governors are expected to visit the school each term and attend training courses to keep their knowledge and skills current.

If you are interested in becoming a governor or would like to explore this further, please contact me via the school office, or by email to

Further guidance on becoming a governor can also be found at:


Helen Fox


Chair of Governors

August 2017


The Horsell Village School Governing Body

The Constitution and Membership of the Governing Body

School governance is regulated by law, in particular the “School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowance) (England) Regulations” of 2013. Governors are required to publish information about their governing body and governors, and also to declare any financial or other interest that could potentially lead to a conflict of interest.

Our governing body consists of nine governors.  Governors are elected or appointed in different ways to be representative of the different stakeholder groups who have an interest in the school.  Whenever possible governors are recruited for the skills and commitment they can bring that enhance the role of governing body.

Current governors, including those whose term of office has expired or who have resigned and left in the last twelve months, are listed in the table below.

The table provides the following information:

  • Governor name
  • Start and finish date of the governor’s term of office
  • Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings over the last twelve months and attendance record expressed as %
  • Which committee the governor serves on, and attendance record at these meetings.
  • Start date and finish date of the governor’s term of office.
Name FGB Meetings

Member of


Member of C&L Number of committees attended Start of term of office End of term of office

22nd Nov


21st March 2017

11th July



record FGB

1 Mrs Elaine  Jack Reid Cooper Y Y Y 100% Y Y 13/13 4/9/06 N/A

Mrs Helen Fox**

Chair of Governors

Y Y Y 100% Y from 8/3/17 Y 9/9 09/11/13 08/11/21

Mr Martin Charles Humphreys**

Vice Chair of Governors

Y Y Y 100% Y



27/11/14 31/10/18
4 Ms Carol  Cheesman Y Y Y 100% Y 7/7 08/06/13 23/7/21
5 Mr Martin  Killer Y Y Y 100% Y 7/7 27/11/14 26/11/18
6 Miss Kerri  Comerford Y Y Y 100% Y



27/11/14 26/11/18
7 Mrs Davina Elizabeth Holland A Y Y 67% Y



27/11/14 26/11/18
8 Mrs Kay  Child Y Y Y 100% Y 5/6 27/11/15 26/11/19
9 Mr Tim  Stolworthy Y Y A 67% Y 3/6 17/03/16 16/03/20
Resigned Governors
Jenny Botha Resigned before the 22/11/16 meeting.
Justin Boorman (previous Chair) Y Not reqd 100% Resigned before the 21/3/17 meeting
Ian Girdler Y Not reqd 100% Resigned after the 22/11/16 meeting


N=Not attended when due to

The attendance % is based on whether they were due to attend or not


All governors are expected to attend one of the two committee meetings, and also Full Governing Body meetings.

However not all governors are able to attend all meetings.  When this happens governors send their apologies for absence and this is recorded.

The attendance record in the table above cover the last twelve month period, September 2016 to August 2017.

Registered Declaration of Business Interests 

The table below lists business interests declared by serving Governors as at 1st January 2018

**None of our Governors hold Governance roles in other educational institutions


Name of Governor/ Staff Member


form held

Family relationship declared

interest in trading companies

**charity/other membership


Carol Cheesman

D S Cheesman & Co

C&P Consultants Ltd


Horsell Residents Association Ltd

Woking Hospice (sub- committee member)

Kay Child

Teacher at the school

Kerri Comerford

Elaine Cooper

Headteacher at the school

Helen Fox
Davina Holland child
Martin Humphreys Convocation Asset Management Ltd
Martin Killer child


Katherine Edwards





Our Commitment

"We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment”

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The Horsell Village School
Church Hill,
Woking, Surrey
GU21 4QQ, United Kingdom

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