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  Appointed by:
Chair of Governors    Dr Stephen Ellison   
Elected Parent   Mrs Shivali Mathur 
Local Authority Governor Mr Rich LazellSurrey County Council
Foundation GovernorDr Stephen EllisonLondon Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) 
Foundation Governor     Reverend Carole GeorgeIncumbent St Nicholas Church
Foundation Governor Mrs Ann SquireSt Mary Magdalene Parochial Church Council (PCC)
Foundation Governor Miss Vicky CunninghamLondon Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS)
Foundation GovernorMiss Sylvia CarterSt Nicholas Parochial Church Council (PCC)
Foundation GovernorDr Catherine HartSt Nicholas Parochial Church Council (PCC)
Co-Opted GovernorMrs Louise Hirst 
Parent Governor  Mrs Kathryn Abate 
Headteacher  Mrs Nik Cook 
Clerk to Governors

Mr Frank Curry   



The Governors can be contacted via email at or mail via the school office.  


The Role of the Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for the conduct of its school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.  It is the school's accountable body.


Who are we?

Staff, parents, local church and other interested parties from the local community.


What do we do?


  • Provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision, purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework.
  • Support the school self-evaluation process and contribute to school improvement plans and Ofsted and other external visits as necessary.
  • Set and approve the school budget.
  • Appoint and manage the performance of the Headteacher, holding the Headteacher to account for the performance of the school.
  • Ensure that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required. 
  • Oversee the admissions applications to the school.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of all plans, policies and procedures.
  • Set challenging targets and monitor pupil performance and progress towards them. 
  • Are informed about the quality of teaching.
  • Ensure health and safety issues are addressed.
  • Consider repair and maintenance of buildings.


What do we not do?

  • Inspect the school or assess the quality of teaching.
  • Decide how pupils should be taught in different subjects.
  • Get involved in the day to day running of the school.
  • Act as a go-between between parents and the Headteacher/Staff.


How do we work?

  • As a full Governing Body that meets about 5 times a year.
  • In committees: Resources (Finance and Premises), Standards (Teaching, Learning and Assessment), Admissions (New children joining) and Staffing and Pay,  that meet 3-6 times a year
  • In working parties that are formed to address specific issues.
  • As individuals with specific links to subjects/aspects and members of staff.



Building and Maintenance Fund


As St Nicholas is a Voluntary Aided School it receives less financial support than schools controlled by Surrey County Council and, contrary to popular belief, the school does not receive any financial support from the Church. Therefore, in essence, we are responsible for 10% of the costs of providing, extending, improving, repairing and maintaining all capital items such as the school buildings, the playgrounds and associated drainage, plant, fixtures and fittings etc.


In order to provide these very necessary costs, we ask parents to acknowledge a voluntary commitment to contribute each year to the school’s Building and Maintenance Fund. The present recommended contribution is £72 per child per year or £6 per month. Occasionally, some parents give more than this and we are grateful for their generosity. Others are not always able to pay this much and we are equally grateful for smaller contributions. The value to the school of most contributions can be increased by participation in the Gift Aid scheme that will be explained after your child is offered a place at the school.


Contributions can be sent to the school in cash or by cheque (made payable to ‘St Nicholas Building and Maintenance Fund’) or can be made using a Bank Standing Order which we prefer. Forms can be downloaded below or are available from the school office.

Financial information:
Number of school employees who have a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more: NIL


Click on the link below for the school Financial Benchmarking Service.

Governor Code of Conduct

Standing Order Mandate

Together we learn,together we grow, with faith, love and God beside us