Stoke Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4DT

01483 566586

Sandfield Primary School

Challenge ourselves, Learn together, Achieve success


Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Alison Faulkner


The Governing Body at Sandfield Primary School is a very committed and hard working group of volunteers whose primary concern is the education, well-being and happiness of the children and staff. We come from all walks of life and backgrounds and represent the parents, staff, and local community.

The role of the Governors is to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school; oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent; contribute to the school’s self-evaluation and understand its strengths and weaknesses; support and strengthen school leadership, holding the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to account for improving the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.

The day-to-day running and management of the school is the role of the educational professionals, namely the Headteacher and his Senior Leadership Team. Through monitoring the different aspects of the school’s work we aim to help the Senior Leadership Team to identify the school’s strengths and weaknesses and then support the school as it seeks to develop strategies for improvement.

The Governing Body of a school is based on a stakeholder model; that is to say it is made up of representatives of those groups who have an interest in how effective the delivery of education and care is in school. This includes parents, staff, and the local community.
The Governors elected to become a Sponsored Academy from 1 September 2014 as part of the Guildford Education Partnership (GEP) Multi Academy Trust. The school-to-school support from the Sponsor Academy (GEP) is leading to sharing of best practice, resources and facilities, with the long- term goal of improving provision and outcomes for the children and retaining staff.

Annual Statement of the Key Issues Faced and Addressed by the Local Academy Committee Over 2016-2017

Declaration of Register of Interests 2018-2019

Attendance 2017-2018

Documents of Interest:

GEP Annual Report/ Accounts 2016-2017

GEP Annual Report/ Accounts 2015-2016

GEP Articles of Association

GEP Master Funding Agreement

GEP Register of Interests

GEP Scheme of Delegation

GEP Structure

GEP Trustees and Members


The Governing Body at Sandfield is made up of 12 different members:

8 Community members who are chosen from the local community, 3 members who are elected by the parents of the school, and the Headteacher.  

Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Melanie Hancox and can be contacted on the email below.

We currently have a vacancy for a Community Governor.

The full Governing Body meet once a term to set the school’s strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met.  

We also have 3 main committees:

  • Achievement and Standards Committee (A&S): who monitor and support everything to do with pupil’s learning, behaviour and welfare 
  • Pay and Appraisal Committee (P&A), who are involved with the Headteacher's appraisal and all issues regarding staff pay and appraisals.
  • Leadership and Management Committee (L&M): who are involved with all budgeting and staffing issues, premises, health and safety and safeguarding.

There are several other smaller committees who meet to do specific jobs at various times in the year and working parties are also formed to carry out specific tasks as needed.

Contact Email address: 



Member Responsible for Liaison with the Local Authority in the Event of an Allegation (Child Protection) Against the Headteacher, Ms Melanie Hancox

Children in Care and Looked After Children, Mrs Claire Worsley

Child Protection and Safeguarding, Mrs Claire Worsley

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Mrs Katherine Hammersley 

Audit Committee Function, within the GEP

Data, Dr Catherine Frost

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Ms Evelyn Slavid

Finance, Mr Chris Hooper and Mrs Catherine Perceval

Health and Safety, Mrs Catherine Perceval and Mr Martin Watts

Link Governor, Mr Martin Watts

Mathematics, Dr Catherine Frost

PTA Governor, Mrs Naomi Skull

Pupil Premium, Ms Melanie Hancox

SCITTs and NQTs, Ms Evelyn Slavid



Achievement and Standards Committee

Dr Catherine Frost, Chair

Mr Jonathan Kirkham, Headteacher

Ms Melanie Hancox

Mrs Katherine Hammersley

Mrs Jennie Mason

Ms Evelyn Slavid


Leadership and Management Committee

Mr Chris Hooper, Chair

Mr Jonathan Kirkham, Headteacher 

Mrs Catherine Perceval

Mrs Naomi Skull

Mr Martin Watts

Mrs Claire Worsley


Pay and Appraisal Committee

Mrs Katherine Hammersley, Chair 

Mr Jonathan Kirkham, Headteacher

Ms Melanie Hancox

Mr Chris Hooper





Appeals Committee

Ms Evelyn Slavid, Chair

Mr Martin Watts

Mrs Claire Worsley



Headteacher's Appraisal Committee

Ms Melanie Hancox

Mr Kevin Gawley, GEP Improvement Partner

Mr Andrew Roach, or Mr Chris Tweedale, GEP Executive Team


Hearing Panel Committee

Mrs Katherine Hammersley, Chair 

Mrs Catherine Perceval

Mrs Naomi Skull




Mrs Alison Faulkner