NGA Outstanding Governance Award

At a ceremony at the House of Commons on 21st May 2019, the School received a Highly Commended Award from Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, for Outstanding Governance in a Single School. The award was one of the National Governance Association’s (NGA) Outstanding Governance Awards 2019.

The NGA is the national membership organisation for state-funded school governors and trustees in England, and the awards run every 2 years to recognise the very best practice in school governance nationally and celebrate the role of governors. The NGA note that “Our finalists lead the way as exemplars of good school governance and have met rigorous judging criteria to reach the final.” In order to be considered for the award we had to provide a detailed case and a supporting statement from someone independent. Two judges then visited the school to question us on our practice, and inspect evidence.

The finalists in the Outstanding Governance in a Single School category had been chosen because they demonstrate the eight elements of effective governance, and have gone beyond the basics of their role to have a significant impact on the education provided to students in their schools.

The judges noted that Hoe Valley School is a demonstration of what a group of dedicated parents can achieve having turned our vision into reality and created a brand new school.  They were impressed that the board has consistently shown excellent capability to strategically manage all aspects of the school, utilising our experience and enthusiasm to best effect, and that trustees have not been afraid to make difficult decisions.

Below is the full statement from the judges

“Demonstrating what a group of dedicated parents can achieve by setting up their own free school, this board has turned a vision into reality. The board took the early decision to strategically oversee the development of the permanent site, allowing senior leaders to focus on ensuring an excellent standard of education. The permanent site opened in September 2018, four months after the school was deemed Outstanding by Ofsted. An indicator of the board’s success in engaging stakeholders throughout the project was an oversubscription for the third year of entry to the school. Trustees have not been afraid to make difficult decisions and the judges were impressed that board has consistently shown excellent capability to strategically manage all aspects of the school, utilising its experience and enthusiasm to best effect. “


Hoe Valley School is a Single Academy Trust registered at Egley Road, Woking  GU22 0NH


Member Appointment Date
Will Forster 7th January 2021
Claerwyn Hamilton-Wilkes 6th January 2014
Ken Henderson 6th January 2014
Alex Holmes 6th January 2014
Claire McDonnell 6th January 2014
Lynne O’Reilly 19th January 2015

The Governors

NameRoleDate of Appointment
Simon BakerSimon BakerChair of Governors10th January 2020
Karen PritchettKaren Bishop11th January 2019
Tina ClaphamTina Clapham 
(Parent Governor)
13th November 2018
Claerwyn Hamilton-WilkesClaerwyn Hamilton-WilkesSEND Governor6th January 2014
Ken HendersonKen HendersonVice Chair (Resources)6th January 2014
Adrian KaneParent Governor7th December 2020
Stella Kazamia20th May 2021
Rajeev MarwahaRajeev Marwaha10th January 2020
Claire McDonnellClaire McDonnell
(Parent Governor)
Parent Governor / Safeguarding Governor16th September 2016
Bob O’Keefe7th January 2021
Eti Vyas13th July 2021

All Governors are member-appointed except where noted, and have a Term of Office of 4 years from appointment.

You can contact the Chair of Governors by email at
Paper correspondence can sent to Mr Baker, clearly marked for his attention and posted to The Chair of Governors, c/o Hoe Valley School, Egley Road, Woking. GU22 0NH.

The Board of Governors meets formally three times per term. Once per term is a Full Governing Body (FGB) meeting at which the Board focuses on strategic matters and those matters requiring the formal consideration / approval of the FGB. Once per half term there is a committee meeting to which all governors are invited. Committee meetings are where the Board discharges its duties to hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and to oversee the financial performance of the school. The committee meeting in the first half of a term is chaired by the Vice Chair (Education), and the committee meeting in the second half of a term is chaired by the Vice Chair (Resources), but each committee meeting considers all aspects, allowing issues to be dealt with holistically.

In addition, the Board of Governors operates a Pay Review Committee to consider changes to pay policy, to review and approve changes in staffing structure and recruitment plans, and to conduct the annual pay review.

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