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. “

Members

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

The role of the Members is different to that of the Governors and they play a limited but crucial role in safeguarding academy trust governance. Members hold the governing board to account for the effective governance of the trust. but have a minimal role in the actual running of the trust. As the guardians of the school’s governance, members sit at the top of the trust’s governance structure.

 

The Members


Will Forster

Date of Appointment: 7th January 2021

 

 

 

 


Claerwyn Hamilton-Wilkes

Date of Appointment: 6th January 2014

 

 

 

 


Ken Henderson

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.

 


Alex Holmes

Date of Appointment: 6th January 2014

 

 

 

 


Claire McDonnellClaire McDonnell

Date of Appointment: 6th January 2014

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.

 


Lynne O’Reilly

Date of Appointment: 19th Januaary 2015

 

 

 


Governance

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


Adrian Kane

Acting 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.

 


Karen Pritchett

Karen Bishop

Member-Appointed Governor
Date of Appointment: 11th January 2019

Karen is an IT Portfolio Manager at Novuna (one of the UK’s leading financial services companies) where she has worked for the past 3 years. Karen originally qualified as a Management Accountant before moving into SAP Consultancy and then spending over 15yrs in IT Transformation & Change roles within various industries. Karen was appointed Hoe Valley School in 2019 and held the role of Chair for the Academic Year 2019/20.  Karen is married and now lives in Hampshire but grew up and lived most of her adult life in Woking.

 


Jonathan Cope

Co-Opted Governor
Date of Appointment: 24th March 2022

 

 

 


Claerwyn Hamilton-Wilkes

Co-Opted Governor
Date of Appointment: 6th January 2014

 

 

 


Ken Henderson

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.

 


Stella Kazamia

Member-Appointed Governor
Date of Appointment: 20th May 2021

 

 

 


Adrian Kingsford

Parent Govenor
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. 

 


Rajeev MarwahaRajeev Marwaha

Member-Appointed Govenor
Date of Appointment: 10th January 2020

 

 

 


Claire McDonnellClaire McDonnell

Member-Appointed Governor
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.

 


Eti VyasEti Vyas

Member-Appointed Governor
Date of Appointment: 13th July 2021

 

 

 

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 chair@hoevalleyschool.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 clerk@hoevalleyschool.org.

 

Records of Attendance
Governor Attendance Record 2021-22
Governor Attendance Record 2020-21
Governor Attendance Record 2019-20

Registers of Business Interests
Register of Business Interests 2020-21
Register of Business Interests 2021-22