Hoe Valley School is a Single Academy Trust. Academy trusts have different governance arrangements to local authority maintained schools and as a Single Academy Trust, our governors have a wider range of duties than governors of maintained schools. Academy trusts have an additional layer of governance compared to maintained schools, known as the members. The governing body is responsible for making strategic decisions about the day to day running of the academy. As an academy is also a charitable company limited by guarantee, the governors have duties as directors under company law and trustees under charity law. These duties are similar to those they have as governors of the school.
The Board of Governors meets formally three times each term. Once each 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 each 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 (The Education Committee), and to oversee the financial performance of the school (The Resources Committee). Each of the committee meetings 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.
Education Committee Responsibilities
The Education Committee is responsible for reviewing the curriculum at the school to ensure that it provides the best opportunity for learning for the children and supports the school’s vision, values and ethos, as well as holding the Head Teacher to account for delivering the curriculum with the focus on student development, achievement and success. The Education Committee is accountable for:
⮚ Strategic oversight of the school curriculum, ensuring fitness for purpose.
⮚ Strategic oversight of the governor visits/monitoring programme; strategic oversight of student achievement and teacher performance.
⮚ Strategic oversight of the provision of SEN in the school.
⮚ Strategic oversight of safeguarding in the school.
The Education Committee has full authority to undertake the above on behalf of the FGB. Notwithstanding this, the Committee may, if it feels it appropriate, refer items to the FGB for ratification.
Resources Committee Responsibilities
The Resources Committee is responsible for the strategic management of the financial and physical resources at the school, ensuring they are being used to best effect, monitoring efficiency and usage, and challenging and supporting the school in ensuring value for money. They report any issues of concern to the Full Governing Board (FGB). The Resources Committee is accountable for:
⮚ Strategic oversight of the school’s finances, including financial management, cost effectiveness and value for money.
⮚ Strategic oversight of the school’s premises.
⮚ Strategic oversight of the staffing structure of the school, ensuring it is maintained in line with the requirements of the School Development Plan and within the available budget.
⮚ Strategic oversight of Safeguarding in the school
⮚ Undertake the role of audit committee
The Resources Committee has full authority to undertake the above on behalf of the FGB, with the exception of the approval of the final budget and sign off of the annual accounts, authority for both of which rests with the FGB
The Governing Body of Hoe Valley School
Chair of Governors / Parent Governor
Date of Appointment: 7th December 2020
Adrian is a Business Transformation Consultant, with a career history of supporting global blue-chip businesses through wide-ranging change programmes. With a broad range of functional experience (Finance, Tax, Organisation Design, Procurement & Project Governance), and expertise in building collaborative cross-functional teams, Adrian contributes skills in strategy development, risk mitigation, finance management, effective governance and change leadership. Adrian was Vice Chair of Governors at Barnsbury Primary School, is married with two children and has lived in Woking for over 15 years. Adrian also chairs the Education Committee.
Date of Appointment: 16 March 2023
Alexandra is a teacher and Head of English at Danes Hill School in Oxshott. She has worked in education for over ten years and has an in-depth knowledge of the independent sector. She has an MEd in Senior Leadership and is a Chartered Member of CMI. Alexandra was recently appointed as Assistant Headteacher – Academic at a local independent school. Alexandra lives in Guildford with her husband and daughter and is keen to bring her knowledge of the classroom and schools-based leadership to the Hoe Valley team.
Date of Appointment: 24th November 2022
Zane is an MBA-qualified Chartered Accountant who is comfortable operating strategically to drive a consistent vision but also adept at providing functional direction to meet day-to-day tactical needs. Wide-ranging experience across financial disciplines and strong experience of private equity-owned businesses who undergo constant change and operate at pace to deliver value over an investment cycle. Married with two young children entering education, Zane has a keen interest in learning, growing and providing value back to the community through this governorship role.
Date of Appointment: 24th March 2022
Date of Appointment: 6th January 2014
Claerwyn is a senior policy advisor in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities working on electoral legislation. She is one of the founding governors of the school and has over 10 years of school governance experience in primary and secondary schools.
Vice-Chair (Resources), Member-Appointed Governor
Date of Appointment: 6th January 2014
Ken has been a management consultant for over 20 years and is currently a Director at AlixPartners, a global turnaround and restructuring advisory firm. The expertise he brings to the school includes strategy, financial management and HR. He is one of the founding governors of Hoe Valley School, having helped to establish the school in 2015. Prior to being a governor, he supported local schools with business education programmes and was Chairman of Surrey Young Enterprise until 2013. Ken is married with two children and lives in Woking.
Date of Appointment: 20th May 2021
Stella graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with Honours from the University of Surrey and then completed her PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training from Canterbury Christ Church University. She is an experienced educator in the field of Computer Science and over the past years, she has been recognised and awarded as an ‘Outstanding’ teacher and instructor. Stella has recently re-joined the University of Surrey as a Teaching Fellow within the Department of Computer Science and her teaching focuses on Software Engineering and more specifically in object-oriented programming. In 2019, Stella was awarded the FEPS Early-Career Teacher of the Year award in recognition of her significant contribution to enhancing the students’ learning experience and quality of learning within her first three years of teaching. During the last three years, she has also been engaging with schools within Surrey, with the aim of inspiring girls about technology and challenging the misconceptions around Computer Science and the Technology industry.
Date of Appointment: 15th March 2022
Adrian is a father, husband, business owner, executive/leadership coach, board advisor, business mentor and c-level technologist (including experience with information security governance). Having lived in Mayford since 2008, he’s seen the school be built and thrive, and with a child attending the school, he has a vested interest in its’ continued success. Adrian feels a responsibility to give back, to give guidance, to ask the difficult questions, to provoke thoughts, to respectfully challenge the leadership and hold them to account, and ultimately to enable the best outcomes for each and every child.
Date of Appointment: 16th September 2016
Claire, a mother of 3, is one of the original founders of Hoe Valley School and has served as Chair of the Education Committee and Safeguarding Governor. She currently works as link governor to PE and has a particular interest in how the school partners with the local community.
Claire has a finance background, and has worked as a Paraplanner in the City, specialising in pensions, protection and investments. She currently works as Home School Link Worker at Kings College in Guildford, supporting children and their families with mental health and wellbeing, attendance issues and financial / social issues. Previously, Claire worked in an alternative provision secondary school specialising in Social, Emotional and Mental Health.
America Pardo Gomez
Date of Appointment: 16th September 2022
America has recently started her Masters Degree in Microbiome in Health and Disease, she has a career history in project management in Higher Education and Business Transformation in Social Housing. America is always looking for ways to support others where she can, from taking on a Student Officer role after university in Wellbeing and supporting students at Manchester Metropolitan University through the COVID Pandemic.
America has faced adversity in all areas of her education. she hopes to bring that experience and perseverance to the table to help make decisions that will better enhance education for BAME and neurodivergent students. She hopes to show that these types of students can – when given the right tools and supported in their own unique way – overcome many challenges and surprise everyone with how far they can go.
Lynette Van der Merwe
Date of Appointment: 24th November 2022
Lynette is a Managing Director at Accenture, a global professional services company. Her career has been focused on helping organisations, particularly in the financial services industry, transform by focusing on people change management, enterprise agility, human capital management, organisational development, learning and leadership development. Passionate about learning and people development, she has taught psychology at under- and postgraduate level and often contributes as faculty in her corporate setting. She holds a Ph.D in Psychology, lives in Woking and is married with two daughters.
Date of Appointment: 13th July 2021
Eti lives in Woking and is married with a young daughter. She is the Vice President at Morgan Stanley Bank in the Risk department and has vast experience in working with Banks and Consulting firms in the Financial Risk domain.
All governors have a Term of Office of 4 years from appointment unless otherwise stated.
Contacting the Governing Body
You can contact the Chair of Governors by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paper correspondence can sent to The Chair of Governors, c/o Hoe Valley School, Egley Road, Woking. GU22 0NH. Additionally, you can contact the Clerk to Governors by email at email@example.com.
Records of Attendance
Governor Attendance Record 2021-22
Governor Attendance Record 2020-21
Registers of Business Interests
Register of Interests 2021-22