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The governing body is made up of a group of volunteers from the local community and within the school. The role of the school governor is to bring the experience, life skills and ordinary common sense of non-experts, to the expert task of running a school. Collectively governors aim to make objective, fair and well thought out decisions, which will enable the school to improve.


Governors help the school to drive standards higher. They do this by:

  • Agreeing the aims and objectives for the school
  • Contributing to and agreeing school policies and development plans
  • Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the school and challenging those weaknesses
  • Agreeing the school’s budget each year, and making decisions about best value for money
  • Monitoring pupil achievement
  • Evaluating feedback from pupils, parents and staff
  • Reviewing performance         
  • Ensuring accountability for the school to parents and the community
  • Participating in staff appointments.


Our current governors are:

Picture 1 Miranda Harrison - Chair of Governors
Picture 2 Gloria Benson - Vice Chair of Governors
Picture 3 Rev Keith Bristow - Foundation Governor
Picture 4 Rachel Danks - Parent Governor
Picture 5 Marie Kirwin - Staff Governor
Picture 6 Sharon Gover - Clerk

Chair of Governors

Miranda Harrison -  Foundation Governor


Vice Chair of Governors

Gloria Benson - Co- opted Governor

I joined WGB in 2013. My day job is Director of an IT company as well as being a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, and I am hoping that my experience in the business arena and higher education will prove very useful for Walsh Junior School. My responsibilities include Head Teacher appraisal and recruitment. 


Other Governors


Rev Keith Bristow - Foundation Governor

As Rector of Ash I am one of the Foundation Governors of this Church School. I have been a governor here since coming to Ash in 2003. I am very pleased to support the school and come in regularly to lead Collective Worship. I often welcome year groups to St Peter's and help them learn more about their church and what goes on in it. I also visit the school as part of the governing body and observe how the curriculum is being delivered. Occasionally I visit year groups and am questioned about all aspects of my work - this I enjoy immensely. In my last parish I was governor of two non-church schools, so, altogether, I have had 23 years experience of governing.


Rachel Danks - Parent Governor

I joined WGB in 2013. I have 2 children, one currently at this school. I have been a parent helper since my eldest started school and as such have a keen interest in my children's school life. My motivation is to help in any way that I can to make our school the best that it can be and to ensure that as many children as possible have a positive experience and fulfil their potential. My responsibilities include safeguarding and monitoring pupil progress. I am also a link governor for Year 6.  


Doctor Amy Pye - Co opted Governor


Marie Kirwin - Staff Governor


Governors can be contacted by letter via the school office or by email via the Clerk to Governors


Governor Type of Governor Joined Governing Body Term of Office Ends Pecuniary or Business Interests


at Governing Body Meetings


Pauline Baxter Community  2005

Term ended September 2017


Related to a member of staff

Community Street Team

Welcome Club

Gloria Benson Co opted 2013 December 2019   5/8
Keith Bristow Foundation 2003 Ongoing Governor at Walsh Memorial Infant School 8/8
Rachel Danks Parent 2013 September 2021 Works in a Surrey school 7/8
Gemma Devonshire Staff 2015

Resigned September 2017  

Miranda Harrison Foundation 2006 November 2018

Works in a Surrey school

Member of governing body of one other Surrey School and one Hampshire school

St Peter's Church PCC

Ceri Hurcombe Co opted 2009 Resigned July 2017

Works in a Surrey school

St Peter's Church PCC

Local Rainbow Guide leader

Jan Lomas Co opted 2012

Resigned September 2017

Company provided numeracy resources for the school 4/8
Louise Roberts Parent 2013 Term ended September 2017   6/8
Sue Roper Headteacher 2010 Ongoing   8/8
Sheila Taylor Co opted 2009 December 2019   7/8