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Meet the Governors

School Governors are the largest volunteer group in the country and come from all sorts of backgrounds.  Schools can have between 9 and 20 Governors, made up of representatives from a wide range of groups from the community.  We currently have 11 Governors (3 vacancies).  Governors can be contacted via the Governors' clerk e-mail:  info@horley.surrey.sch.uk.


What do Governors do?


The question we are most commonly asked is ‘What do Governors do?’.


The governing body is responsible for ensuring our school provides good quality education, promoting high standards of academic achievement but also helping ensure that the school is a safe and happy place for our pupils and staff.


The Governors work in partnership with the Headteacher setting the overall objectives for the school and monitoring progress.  The Headteacher is responsible for the day to day operational management of the school.


Governors are often described as the school’s ‘Critical Friend’ and this is part of our ‘job’, but the Governing Body also


  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • plans the school's future direction
  • makes sure the national curriculum is taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral and social development
  • makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs
  • makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing
  • selects the Headteacher

The Governing Body is made up from four groups of people:


  • Parent Governors are elected.  They should keep in touch with other parents but make up their own minds on how to vote on any specific issue.
  • Staff Governors include the head, teaching and non-teaching staff.  They are also elected by their colleagues.
  • Local education authority Governors are appointed by the local authority (Surrey County Council in our case).
  • Community Governors should be living or working in the local community and have an interest in the school.  They are invited to join by the Governing Body.


All Governors can be contacted through the School Office or if you see us in and around the school please don't be afraid to approach us.


Current Members of the Governing Body:

Staff Governors:                   Hilary Salter (Head)

                                             Hilary Taylor


Co-Opted Governors:          Richard Rogerson (Vice Chair)

                                             Katharine Staples

                                             Fiona Stimpson (Chair)

                                             Druvita Patel

                                             Suzanne Cull

Local Authority Governor:   David Powell


Parent Governors:               Lorna Proops

                                            Olu Folarin

                                            Lynne Geary


We currently have two Governor vacancies, so if you feel you could enhance the strategic thinking of the school, we would love to hear from you.


Horley Infant School Governing Body Committees

Governors meet each term in committees and once as a full group.


Achievement and Standards

This committee is at the heart of the school.  It is where staff can discuss with Governors all aspects of learning and teaching.  In this way the Governors can ensure that the National Curriculum is being taught but also ensure that the methods used will interest and inspire the children. Provision for gifted and talented children and those with special educational needs is monitored and reviewed by this committee.  Regular updates of action plans for each subject which follow and expand on the School Development Plan are presented and discussed.



Funding of education often depends on which way the political wind blows rather than need.  At Horley Infant School we aim to use the money available sensibly but not restrictively.  The Finance Committee works with the Headteacher and Administration Officer to provide information and guidance on financial matters to the Governing Body.  The Committee composition ensures that all views are represented when different funding priorities are discussed.



Support and guidance are given to the Headteacher on all matters relating to accessibility, security, health and safety of the school buildings and grounds.  Members of the Committee carry out termly inspections and reviews arrangements for maintenance, repair and redecoration of the school.  Other aims of the committee are to oversee recruitment and retention of staff appropriate to the current needs of the school and monitoring of extended services (breakfast and after school clubs for example).  Another increasing role is that of the development of marketing the school including this website.

Link Governors

All the Governors are linked to a class so they are familiar with that class and the class teacher and know what goes in the class.  The Link Governor also knows what the teacher is responsible for in school and attends the class assembly.



Register of Interests as declared July 2017


Relevant Business & Pecuniary

Interests (as recorded in the Register of Interests)

Relationship with other Governors/Horley School staff Governor roles in other educational institutions
Fiona Stimpson (Chair) None None Governor at Oakwood School 

Richard Rogerson (Vice Chair)

None None None
Matthew Bonner (Vice Chair) None None None
Hilary Salter (Headteacher) Headteacher at Horley Infant School None None
David Powell On leave of absence    
Dru Patel None None None
Hilary Taylor Staff at Horley Infant School None None
Katharine Staples Staff at Horley Infant School None None
Lorna Proops None None None
Lynne Geary None None None
Olu Folarin None None None
Suzanne Cull None None None
Laura Moys None None Member of the 'Parent Forum' at Fennies Nursery, Epsom





Horley Infant School

Governors Attendance Record - September 2016 - July 2017


Each Governor should be present on at least two committees who meet in the first half term of every term.  We have Achievements and Standards; Finance and Resources.  There are three Full Governing Body meetings which happen in the second half of each term, as well as a Housekeeping meeting at the beginning of the autumn term.


Quorum: There must be two Governors plus the Headteacher or a member of the

Senior Leadership Team at each meeting



Full Governing Body






Fiona Stimpson

Co-opted    4/4    100%

Richard Rogerson

Co-opted 3/4 75%
Matthew Bonner                R Parent 3/4 75%
Hilary Salter Headteacher 4/4 100%
Katharine Staples Co-opted 2/4 50%
Hilary Taylor Staff 4/4 100%
Lorna Proops Parent 2/4 50%
Olu Folarin Parent 4/4 100%
David Powell LA 0/4 0%
Lynne Geary Parent 3/3 100%
Dru Patel Co-opted 2/3 67%
Suzanne Cull Co-opted 0/2 0%
Laura Moys Co-opted 0/1 0%
Cate Wilson                      R Co-opted 1/2 50%
Daryll Luxford                   R      
Dan Atkins                        R      


Foundation Governor FA
Headteacher STH
Local Authority Governor LA
Parent Governor PA
Staff Governor ST
Associate Member AM
Resigned R



David Powell is on authorised long-term absence from the Governing Body due to his role as Mayor of Reigate and Banstead.