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Sandfield Primary School

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Governors at Sandfield Primary School

The Role of the Governors

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 their 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.

Please click the following link for further information on Governance at the Guildford Education Partnership: Governance at GEP Academies

Documents of Interest: 

Chair of Governors Report 2019-2020

Statutory Governance Information

 Declaration of Register of Interests 2019-2020

Attendance 2018-2019

GEP Statutory Documents

Trustees and Governors Code of Conduct

The Structure of the Governors at Sandfield 

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.  

The Chair of Governors is Mrs Melanie Hancox, Contact email address:

The Vice-Chair of Governors is Ms Carissa Ramkisson

Our Clerk to the Governors is, Mrs Alison Faulkner, contact email address:


The Constitution of the Governors at Sandfield Primary School

Headteacher, Mrs Katharine Collins

Community Governors

Dr Catherine Frost

Mrs Katherine Hammersley

Ms Melanie Hancox

Mrs Stephanie Jenkins

Mrs Jennifer Mason

Mrs Catherine Perceval

Ms Evelyn Slavid

Mrs Paula van der Meulen

Parents Governors

Mr Aristos Peters

Ms Carissa Ramkisson







The full Governing Body meet two to three times a term to set the school's strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met. The Governing Body also have a Pay and Appraisal committee (P&A), who are involved with all issues regarding staff pay and appraisals.

Governors with Specific Responsibilities

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 Stephanie Jenkins with Ms Melanie Hancox

Child Protection and Safeguarding, Mrs Stephanie Jenkins with Ms Melanie Hancox

Data, Ms Melanie Hancox

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Ms Evelyn Slavid

Finance, Mrs Catherine Perceval

Fundraising, Mr Aristos Peters

Headteacher's Appraisal Panel, Ms Melanie Hancox Sandfield Representative

Health and Safety, Mr Aristos Peters

Link Governor, Ms Carissa Ramkisson

PTA Governor, Mrs Jennie Mason

Pupil Premium, Mrs Paula van der Meulen and Mrs Katherine Hammersley

SCITT and NQT Teachers, Ms Evelyn Slavid

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Mrs Paula van der Meulen and Mrs Katherine Hammersley

Staff Training and Development, Ms Carissa Ramkisson



Pay and Appraisal Committee

Mrs Katherine Hammersley, Chair

Ms Melanie Hancox

Mrs Catherine Perceval

Appeals Committee

Ms Evelyn Slavid, Chair

Dr Catherine Frost

Ms Carissa Ramkisson

Hearing Panel Committee

Mrs Katherine Hammersley, Chair 

Mrs Catherine Perceval

Mr Aristos Peters