What is a Governing Body?

The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.   


All governance boards (often referred to as Governing Bodies), no matter what type of school or how many schools they govern, have three core functions: 

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 

• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and 

• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent. 


Structure of the Governing Body

The Governing Body is made up from the various stakeholder groups that the school serves. These are parents, staff, the local community and the Local Authority. Governors are elected from amongst the parent body and staff group and are appointed to represent the broader community and Local Authority. 


The size and composition of the Governing Body is determined by the school’s ‘Instrument of Government’. This also determines the term of office served by the governors.


Our Governing Body

The Governing Body at Epsom Primary and Nursery School resigned on 17th April 2020 and the Department for Education (DfE) has appointed an Interim Executive Board (IEB) to fulfil the duties and responsibilities of the governing body until such time as a new Governing Body can be appointed. The IEB was established on 22nd April 2020 and meets at least twice a term with additional meetings as necessary. It does not have any designated committees.

The IEB has four members:

Bob Arnold (chair) – previously chair of the governing bodies at Ewhurst CofE Infant School, Ash Grange Primary and Nursery School, The Weald CofE Primary School, Gosden House Special School and Kings College Guildford. Bob was appointed a National Leader of Governance by the DfE in January 2013 and has supported over 30 schools across the south-east. He is also a founding member of The Odyssey multi-academy Trust in Derby and former chair of the Good Shepherd Trust.


Catharina Hickson – a member of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE) and currently acting chair of the SDBE multi-academy Trust. Previously chair of St Mary’s CofE Primary School in Oxted, she has been a primary school governor for over 20 years and a secondary school governor for 4 years. 


Lisa Kent - currently Chair of Governors for Manor Mead and Walton Leigh Schools, two local special needs schools.  She is Chair of Home Start Elmbridge, and Home Start Surrey, and volunteers with several other local and national charities.  Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in programme management and banking, gained in the City of London. 


Eric Verheijden – currently chair of governors at Bell Farm Primary School, he has been a governor for five years and a chair of governors for four years. He brings 33 years of experience in finance to both the IEB and the school.


Bob Arnold, the IEB chair can be contacted via the school office.