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We have a very active team of governors who play a hugely important part in the success of our school. Our governors are drawn from different parts of the community including parents and staff and currently there are no vacancies. Coming from a wide range of employment backgrounds, our governors offer a valuable range of skills that help support the strategic direction of the school.


Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Heather Levine-Chesler and she can be contacted through her email address which is  


The full governing body meets at least twice a term to review the performance of the school. During the 2020/2021 academic year, governors met on 6 occasions and in line with Department for Education guidance, all meetings were held virtually due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Dates for meetings arranged so far for this academic year are  Wednesday, 29 September and Wednesday, 24 November. 


The Department for Education describes the three core strategic functions of the governing body as ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, the performance management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


When focusing on the welfare and quality of educational provision at our school, our governors consider quantifiable data alongside reports on any social or emotional aspects of children's development. A key priority is to ensure that the school delivers the highest standards of teaching and learning for all of our children. A small team of governors meet at least once a term to guide, monitor and evaluate the delivery of the curriculum and standards of teaching and learning. They check that teaching quality is monitored and that staff development is implemented, and they evaluate the strategies being used to improve attainment. Governors are also responsible for making sure that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) aspects of the curriculum and wider school life are being well delivered.


The governing body has three other important responsibilities: the financial management of the school, maintenance of the school premises and looking after issues concerning the school’s staff, both teaching and non-teaching. The financial management role is an important part of the governors’ overall brief to ensure that children in the school receive the best education possible. In seeking to improve the experience of children within the school, the governors’ need to consider how to get the best value out of the resources they purchase. All at Walton on the Hill Primary School work hard to ensure the school site promotes learning in a safe and effective learning environment and governors work with the Senior Leadership Team to carry out safety audits and learning environment inspections to ensure maintenance is carried out and that we are developing the use of our physical resources. On the staffing side, it is up to the governing body to ensure that we have excellent and well-motivated teaching and non-teaching staff looking after our children. To do that, governors take an active role in the appointment of the Headteacher and Deputy and ensure that all staff develop their skills through training and that their performance is regularly reviewed.


The following governor responsibilities have been agreed for the 2021/22 academic year: 


Child Protection/Safeguarding including E-safety and Children Looked After

Rachel Whitton

Governor responsible for liaison with LA in the event of allegation against the Headteacher

Neil Skinner

Headteacher's Appraisal Panel

Heather Levine-Chesler, Nicola Fannin, Neil Skinner

Grievances & Appeals

All governors according to availability and suitability

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Heather Levine-Chesler

Human Resources


Health & Safety/Premises

Heather Levine-Chesler

Pay Committee

Heather Levine-Chesler, Neil Skinner, David Stevenson

Finance including SFVS and benchmarking

Nicola Fannin, David Stevenson

Data analysis

Neil Skinner, Brendan Stones 

Self-evaluation of Governance

'What have we done at this meeting that has improved the education for the children in our school?'


As a governing body we are constantly evaluating the effectiveness of our performance and striving to improve in order to fulfil our strategic role to the very best of our collective abilities. At the end of each meeting we ask ourselves the above question and we will be sharing our responses with you as we progress through the year.


At our first meeting of the year, Autumn 1 on 29/09/21, we identified these areas:

  • Considered the recent Ofsted inspection;
  • Recognised current governor skills and identified gaps to be addressed;
  • Set up an Academy Working Group;
  • Agreed a future admissions catchment area;
  • Established that finances are sound;
  • Appointed Rachel Whitton as the new safeguarding lead;
  • Carried out an annual review of policies in line with the agreed schedule.


At the second meeting of the year, Autumn 2 on 24/11/21, we identified these areas:

  • Approved the Draft Budget 2022/23 and Three Year Budget plan;
  • Received and discussed an Assessment Review coverning the whole school;
  • Reviewed the Ofsted findings and agreed targets;
  • Met a potential candidate for the role of clerk.


Meet Neil Skinner - Co-opted governor and Vice Chair 

I was elected as a parent governor in September 2013 and converted to become a co-opted governor when I became chair of governors in 2017, a post which I held for 3 years, becoming vice chair for 2021/22. During the past year, we've grown the number of people on the governing body to include more specialist knowledge of key areas such as teachers and leaders from other schools.


As you've probably read elsewhere, money is particularly tight within state education at the moment. It's essential that governors work alongside the school leadership team to make sure we operate as efficiently as possible including working with other schools and that we use what funds we do have in the best interests of the children in the school's care.


I have two children, one of whom is still at the school, and I work in network engineering for a mobile telecommunications company.

Meet David Stevenson - Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body in 2011 as a local authority governor.  Post reconstitution in July 2015, I became a co-opted governor and have now been re-elected for a second four year term of office which will finish on 19/07/23.  All three of my children have attended Walton with the eldest having now moved on to secondary school. I work for a multinational  financial services company overseeing the implementation of new clients across one of our product lines. This involves elements of project management, governance, financial discipline and risk mitigation, all disciplines that are helpful in my role as school governor. 

Meet Kirsty Romero - Staff Governor

I was elected staff governor for four years from September 2018 and have been a teacher at the school for the last 7 years. During this time, I have taken on a number of different roles within the school including PE leader, English leader, Key Stage Two leader and, most recently, SENDCo and Inclusion leader. I have an in-depth understanding of the workings of the school and will be able to bring this knowledge to the governing body.


Rachel Whitton

Rachel Whitton - LA appointed Governor


Meet Rachel Whitton - Local Authority appointed Governor 

I am Deputy Head Pastoral and Boarding, DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) at Heathfield Girls School in Ascot. I have lived in Walton on the Hill all my life and value the community which the village provides for its residents, the May Pageant being the highlight of my year! I am a PE teacher with 16 years' experience working in numerous prestigious state, independent day and boarding schools. Over the last nine years I have specialised in pastoral care, becoming a DSL and well-being lead, and am passionate about the role of promoting the well-being and holistic development of students and staff enabling every member of a school's community to flourish. I hope that each Walton on the Hill pupil will build the confidence to embrace opportunity, develop a love of learning in and out of the classroom and above all feel supported and listened to as they embark on their journey to adulthood.


Heather Levine-Chesler - Parent Governor and Chair


Meet Heather Levine-Chesler - Parent Governor and Chair of Governors

I joined the governing body at Walton on the Hill Primary School as a parent governor in March 2019 and was Vice Chair for two years up until my appointment as Chair in July 2021. I currently run my own architectural and interior design practice with diverse projects spanning across London and the Southeast of England. Prior to starting my own architectural firm, I worked for larger practices that specialised in university buildings and primary school expansion projects. In the past I regularly worked with teaching staff, head teachers, governing bodies, local authorities and students to improve school environments, both inside and outside. I work well in a team and I am very enthusiastic about being involved in the strategic decisions and monitoring roles of the governing body. I have two children that continue to happily thrive and grow at Walton on the Hill Primary!


Meet Nicola Fannin - Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body in March 2019 as an Associate Member and was appointed a co-opted governor in September. I am a parent of three children at the school, with my youngest child hopefully joining next year, and I work for a large financial services company in the local area. My job involves providing strategic and financial advice to senior management and governing bodies of financial institutions and incorporates financial analysis and people management, all of which are skills I believe will have relevance in my role as governor. My aim is to support the school and its staff to ensure that every child continues to have the opportunity to reach their full potential and feel happy and confident in their school environment. 



Meet Brendan Stones - Associate Member

I joined the team of governors at Walton in the Autumn of 2018 as an associate member. I started teaching 12 years ago and have taught in both primary and secondary settings in state and independent schools. I am currently the Deputy Head at Reigate Grammar School where I've been working for the last 6 years. I am looking forward to collaborating with the other governors and leadership team to support the pupils, parents and staff of Walton on the Hill. Out of school I enjoy spending time on the allotment and attempting DIY (with varying degrees of success).

Meet Sarah Asher - Parent Governor

I was appointed in November 2021 as parent governor. Having worked as a professional fundraiser for statutory and charitable organisations, I have significant experience of project management, income generation, stakeholder relationships, charity governance and informal learning / engagement activities, which I bring to the role of governor.  I have two children in the school and a third who hopes to join in 2023. I am committed to sharing my skills and time as a parent governor to ensure everyone in our school community is happy and thriving. 


In addition to the governors shown above, Richard Laing, Deputy Headteacher, was appointed for a second term of office as a co-opted governor in July 2019 for four years and Timothy Samuel, Headteacher, is an ex officio governor.


A parent governor election is currently under way which will complete our governing body.


Recently retired governors

We would like to thank Nickie Woodroffe (LA appointed governor) and Sam Parnell (parent governor) for their hard work and commitment on behalf of the pupils, parents and staff at Walton on the Hill Primary School.

Register of Governors' Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2020/21


  • Nicola Fannin, 6 out of 6
  • Richard Laing, 5 out of 6
  • Heather Levine-Chesler, 6 out of 6
  • Samantha Parnell, 4 out of 6
  • Kirsty Romero, 6 out of 6
  • Tim Samuel, 6 out of 6
  • Neil Skinner, 6 out of 6
  • David Stevenson, 6 out of 6
  • Brendan Stones, 4 out of 6
  • Rachel Whitton, 3 out of 6
  • Nickie Woodroffe, 5 out of 6


Register of Governors' Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings  2021/22






Nicola Fannin




Richard Laing




Heather Levine-Chesler




Samantha Parnell


End of term of office


Kirsty Romero



Tim Samuel



Neil Skinner



David Stevenson


Brendan Stones



Rachel Whitton



Register of Governors' and Senior Leadership Team's Interests reviewed Autumn 2021 





Name of organisation


Nature of business


Nature of interest

Date declared

Nicola Fannin

Willis Towers Watson

Kingswood Lawn Tennis Club

Actuarial consulting

Tennis club


Spouse is a Committee member


Richard Laing

Walton on the Hill Primary School


Deputy Headteacher


Heather Levine-Chesler

LCM Architecture & Interiors

The Institute of Cancer Research & The Royal Marsden Hospital

Architectural & interior design practice

Cancer research & hospital



Spouse of Director of Paediatric Oncology Team


Timothy Samuel

Walton on the Hill Primary School







Neil Skinner




Walton Warriors 

Mobile telecommunications


Football club



Spouse of employee






David Stevenson

Legal & General Plc

NHS, St Helier


Financial services




Spouse of bio-medical scientist


Brendan Stones

Reigate Grammar School


Deputy Headteacher


Kirsty Romero

Walton on the Hill Primary School

Software One



IT company

SENDCo & Classteacher


Spouse of IT consultant







Sarah WestermanWalton on the Hill Primary SchoolSchoolSchool Business Manager01/01/19

Rachel Whitton

Heathfield School

Waterstones Ltd



Head of Pastoral Care

Spouse of manager, Reigate


Walton on the Hill Primary School Code of Practice for Governors

Department for Education Governance Handbook October 2020