West Hill School

Helping children Achieve
as much as they possibly can
and to Flourish in adult life


School Governors

The governing body is a group of volunteers from within the school and the local community.

Our main responsibilities are:

  • acting as a critical friend to the school
  • providing strategic direction
  • ensuring accountability
  • promoting high standards of education and achievement
  • planning the school’s long-term future
  • setting the school’s aims and values
  • assisting in the appointment of senior members of staff, including the Headteacher

We meet as a Local Governing Body three times a year, and we each have different responsibilities to fulfil.  For example, governors may focus on safeguarding, SEND, learning pathways, or leadership and management.

As the school is an academy in the LIFT Partnership, which is a multi-academy trust, the Local Governing Body is part of a governance structure.  The LIFT Partnership has a Board of Trustees, which provides strategic leadership for the schools in the trust.  The Board has delegated certain functions to be locally managed, which means that Local Governing Bodies have general responsibility for the effective management of the school.  This information is held in a Scheme of Delegation, which can be found on the LIFT Partnership website.

Being a governor is deeply rewarding, and it does require a commitment. Governors are expected to complete induction training and to take full advantage of a detailed programme of development to help build expert knowledge and practice.

If you are interested in joining West Hill’s Governing Body and feel that you have the skills and experience to work with other governors to lead the school, please email Nichola Hooper (nhooper@west-hill.surrey.sch.uk) to arrange an informal discussion in the first instance. 

Role Name Appointing Body
Chair Mrs R Goodwin Trust Board

Mr P Bower

Mr N Fisher (Parent)

Mr J Kidd 

Mrs B Read (Parent)

Mrs R Sanderson (Staff)

Miss A Slade (Headteacher)

Trust Board


Trust Board




Below is the list of Governors and their attendance for the academic year 2019/20 

Name LGB attendance EGB attendance Date of appointment and Term end date Appointing body
Nigel Fisher 4 out of 4 1 out of 1 06.11.18 - 05.11.22 Parents
Rosemary Goodwin 4 out of 4 1 out of 1 01.11.14 - 31.10.22 Trust Board
James Kidd 4 out of 4 1 out of 1 25.02.19 - 24.02.23 Trust Board
Becky Read 4 out of 4 1 out of 1 08.05.18 - 07.05.22 Parents
Becky Sanderson 4 out of 4 1 out of 1 01.09.19 - 31.08.23 Staff
Abigail Slade 4 out of 4 1 out of 1 23.04.19 Ex-officio

 Introductions over the past 12 months

Governor Start of Term End of Term
Philip Bower 15/09/2020 14/09/2024

  Resignations over the past 12 months

Governor Start of Term End of Term
Ricardo Estee-Wale 20/11/2017 Resigned 28/10/2019

Below is the declared governor interests for the academic year 2020/21 

Name of Governor Date of Appointment Name of Organisation Nature of Business Nature of Interest Date declared
Phil Bower 15.09.2020 HM Revenue & Customs Central Government Employee 15.09.2020
Nigel Fisher 06.11.2018

Wild Frontiers Travel


The Marketing Travel Agency


Director & Secretary


DMC Management

Rosemary Goodwin 01.11.2014 Rugosa Consultancy Ltd Information Technology Director 23.09.2020
James Kidd 25.02.2019

DLD College, London


PJ Real Estate Limited




Property Business

Employee / Vice Principal







Becky Read 08.05.2018 Surrey Family Voice Charity Volunteer 14.09.2020
Abigail Slade 23.04.2019 West Hill School Education Headteacher 23.09.2020
Rebecca Sanderson 01.09.2019 West Hill School Education Teacher 14.09.2020

Our LGB operates by meeting as a whole Governing Body for each meeting.  The LIFT Partnership operates with both a Standards and Resources and Audit Committees.  The structure of which can be found here.