The Governing Board, The Federation of Knaphill Schools

The Governing Board of the Knaphill Federation of Schools is comprised of a group of volunteers, both from within the school community (staff and parents) and the wider community, with an interest in the education of the children of Knaphill. The Knaphill Federation of Schools comprises Knaphill Junior School and Knaphill Lower School.

The Governing Board’s work focuses on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Federation Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors work together and with the Senior Leadership Team, to ensure the best possible education for all the children in our schools, enabling them to realise and achieve their potential at each and every stage of their journey, in accordance with the mission statement of the Federation:

“We ensure that every child receives the best education and achieves their full potential in an engaging, stimulating and inclusive environment.”

The Full Governing Board meets termly, with an additional business meeting at the start of each academic year. Members of the public (including school staff and parents) can request to attend a Full Governing Board as observers by following the “Open Meeting Protocol”. This protocol constitutes the code of conduct required by the governing board in return for granting access to their meetings.

View the “Open Meeting Protocol”

Governors sit on either the Children and Learning Committee or the Resources Committee, which also meet termly. These meetings consider the latest performance data and feedback, ensure that all policies and procedures are in place, that the schools finances are being used effectively and appropriately, that relevant audits are taking place, that the schools have the resources required to do their job effectively, that the premises are suitable and that the safeguarding of the children is appropriate.

In addition, governors take on other areas of responsibility which are either subject based e.g. Maths or English, or broader remits e.g.Special Educational Needs or Early Years. There are also working groups set upon a needs basis to consider specific issues that may arise.

Governors visit the schools regularly, undertaking learning walks, talking to staff and reporting back to the governing board on the progress they have seen.

The Governing Board can be contacted in writing through either of the school offices or the Chair of Governors can be contacted at:

The Governing Board of the Knaphill Federation of Schools has 12 governors and 2 associate member. All governors have the right to vote but associate members do not.

NamePosition and Link RoleGovernor Category
Joanna ConcannonFederation HeadteacherEx-Officio
Julie RuddCo Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources Committee, Link Governor for "IT Strategy and Resources"Co-opted
Oliver Ivory-BrayCo Chair of Governors, Link Governor for "English"Co-opted
Anne Pinot de MoiraChair of Children and Learning Committee, Link Governor for "Mathematics"Co-opted
Germaine McBrideVice Chair of Governors and Link Governor for "SEND" and "Pupil Premium"Co-opted
Matthew FurnissLink Governor for "Finance"Co-opted
Becky WhaleChair of Academy Working Group, Link Governor for "Early Years Foundation Stage"Parent
Alex MendisAssociate Member
Alison PackmanChair of Governors, Link Governor for "Safeguarding and Looked After Children "Co-opted
Elise BairdLink Governor for "Governor skills and training” Staff
Lauren DalyFederation Deputy Head TeacherAssociate Member
Claire LarkinLocal Authority
Claire DavisCo-opted
Liz StephensCo-opted
Coral DavisClerk to the Governing Board

The parent governors are elected by the parent body of the schools and the staff governors by the staff. The Federation Headteacher has an automatic position on the governing board,currently held by Joanna Concannon. All governors serve a 4-year term; the dates of an individual governor’s term are given with their attendance data. The Chair of Governors and Vice Chair are elected by the governing body at the first meeting in the autumn term of each academic year. The governors are supported by a trained clerk who takes minutes and provides advice and support.