woking high school academy trust

Woking High School became an Academy on the 1st August 2013. An Academy is a state-funded independent school and is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. The Academy is subject to a Funding Agreement which is a formal contract between Woking High School and the Department of Education. This document and other documents relating to the Academy structure can be viewed by selecting the documents tab below. 

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  • The Members of the Academy Trust are as follows:

    Mr Brett Freeman (Member)
    Dr Michael Hipkins (Member)
    Mr Nigel Riley (Vice Chair of Governing Board)
    Mr Zamir Tehal (‚ÄčCo-opted Governor)
    Mrs Christine Wavish (Chair of Governing Board)

    The Chair of Governors and the Clerk can be contacted via the school’s address:

    Morton Road,
    Surrey GU21 4TJ

    or directly to the Clerk (Mrs Sue Barker) at

    The Governors have responsibility for setting and monitoring the overall strategic direction of the Academy Trust, approving decisions reserved to Governors and appointing key members of staff.

    The Governors meet as a board three or four times each year. All decisions reserved to the Governors are taken by the board as a whole. Board committees also meet between three and six times each year to consider detailed matters and recommend decisions to the full board.

    The main committees are:

    1. Finance and Resources (Sub Committee: Heath and Safety; IT)
    2. Curriculum and School Performance
    3. Admissions and Partnerships
    4. Personnel (Sub Committee: Pay)
    5. Governance and Assurance
    Name Category of Governor
    Mrs Maiken Walter
    * Sept 2019
    Mr Robin Beeson
    * Oct 2021
    Staff Governor
    Mr Paul Blagbrough
    * Aug 2021
    Co-opted Governor
    (Chair of Finance & Resources)

    Mr David Ellis
    * Jan 2022

    Co-opted Governor
    (Chair of Curriculum and School Performance)
    Ms Kerstin Fenton
    * March 2022
    Associate Governor - Health & Safety
    Mr Kris Hamson
    * Sept 2022
    Parent Governor
    Ms Eleanor Griffiths
    * Sept 2022
    Co-opted Governor
    Mrs Elizabeth Kyriacou
    * Oct 2021
    Co-opted Governor
    (Chair of Admissions and Partnerships)
    (Chair of Governance & Assurance)
    Miss Ellen Mc Elhatton
    * Sept 2021
    Co-opted Governor
    Mr James Magowan
    * Sept 2021
    Parent Governor
    Mr Nigel Riley
    *Mar 2020
    Co-opted Governor
    (Vice Chair of Governors)
    Mr Alun Soper
    * Sept 2021
    Parent Governor
    Mr Zamir Tehal
    * Oct 2018

    Co-opted Governor

    Mrs Chris Wavish
    * Dec 2019
    Parent Governor
    (Chair of Governors)
    Dr Roy Wernham
    * Jun 2021
    Local Authority Governor
    Mrs Sue Barker
    *Dec 2020
    Clerk to the Governing Board
    Mrs Julia Allen
    *Dec 2022
    Staff Governor

    * Current term of office commenced

    Miss Rosalia Piazza Staff Governor
  • What does a school governor do?
    Governors are volunteers and are responsible for overseeing the management side of a school: strategy, policy, budgeting and staffing. They enable the school to run as effectively as possible, working alongside senior leaders and supporting teachers to provide excellent education to children.
    The governor role is strategic rather than operational. Governors don’t get involved with the day to day running of a school, instead supporting and challenging the school’s leadership team to drive school improvement.
    Being a school governor is a commitment to attending governing body meetings which consider issues such as setting the school vision, mitigating financial risk and scrutinising educational, wellbeing, behaviour and attendance outcomes.

    All governors are subject to a DBS check before starting and will be required to attend a short ‘Induction to Governance’ course and annual Safeguarding training (1 hour). They are expected to undertake ongoing training to support themselves in their role. The school has a budget which allows for this.
    The main task is to attend meetings and contribute to the work of the governing body. Meetings of the full governing body take place once a term and each sub-committee normally also meets once a term but some may meet more frequently. We have five sub committees: Finance & Resources, Personnel, Curriculum & Performance, Admissions and Governance & Assurance. Governors at Woking High typically sit on two sub-committees. Meetings are usually held at either 8am or 6pm and generally last 1 ½ - 2 hours with additional time needed beforehand to read all the relevant documents.
    Other involvement such as ad hoc panels, departmental visits, attendance at school events are not compulsory, but are recommended to maximise your impact as a school governor.

    Who are the governors?
    Our governors are a diverse group of volunteers, each bring different skills, experience and knowledge from a range of organisations and business areas but all having a common interest in and commitment to the school, its staff, students, buildings and the community of which it forms a part. Between them they represent the staff, local community, parents and senior leadership of the school.
    If you would like to read more about the role please click on the following link to the Department for Education Governance Handbook: Department for Education - Governance Handbook
    If you would like and informal, no-commitments chat about what it takes to be a governor – please contact the Clerk via:

    Parent governors
    A parent governor role is no different from any other category of governor in that their aim as a team is to raise and maintain high educational standards for all our students. Although parent governors are elected by parents, they are not delegates and parents cannot mandate them on how they should vote or what they should say in governing body meetings. They do not carry an obligation to express any views apart from their own and hold the unique position of having a parental viewpoint. They are not expected to gather the views of other parents and take them to the governing body (unless the governing body has specifically asked them to).

    Staff governors
    Staff governors are representative staff members rather than representatives of staff, bringing a staff viewpoint and perspective to discussion and debate. They act according to their own conscience and should follow the appropriate rules of governor protocol and confidentiality.
    They do not have a mandate to express any views other than their own. However, they should report in good faith any widely held staff views. They are not expected to gather the views of other staff and take them to the governing body or to vote as instructed by other members of staff or professional bodies.

    Co-opted governors
    Co-opted governors are individuals from the community who have the skills and experience which the governing body requires. Governors do not need to be experts in the field of education but will have: an interest in all the children’s futures, a desire to make a difference, a willingness to accept responsibility, and an ability to work in a team, ask questions, listen and learn.
    A co-opted governor should always act in the best interests of the school and wider community and cannot be mandated to take a particular stance on issues.  




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Morton Road

Horsell, Woking

Surrey, GU21 4TJ

Tel: 01483 888 447

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