All maintained schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, challenge, and to ask questions.

As defined by the Department for Education (DfE) in The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013, the core functions of the Governing Board include:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.

In exercising their functions, the Governing Board shall:

  • Act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school;
  • Be open about the decisions they make and the actions they take and in particular shall be prepared to explain their decisions and actions to interested parties.

Our Governing Board has a Code of Conduct which is reviewed and agreed annually. All governors and associate members are required to abide by this Code of Conduct.


The Governing Board at Horsenden Primary School is organised into the following structure:

(i) A full Governing Board - Lynne Plummer is the Chair of the Governing Board and Simon Regis is the Vice Chair.

(ii) A Resources Committee - Trevor Bradley is the Chair of this particular committee.

(iii) A Curriculum & Standards Committee - Matt Gompels is the Chair of this particular committee.

Lynne Plummer is the Governing Board Safeguarding link.


The full Governing Board are:

Headteacher - Emma Appelby

Staff Governor - Rebecca Villa

Parent - Tariq Khan

Parent - Vani Ramanan

Parent - Trishna Sheth

LA Citizen - Trevor Bradley

Co-opted - Lynne Plummer 

Co-opted - Simon Regis

Co-opted - Matt Gompels

Co-opted - Bojana Galabova

Co-opted - Ian Thomas

Co-opted - x1 vacancy


Vision Statement

Governors will endeavour to enhance our pupils’ personal development, by working together with staff, parents and the local community to support the school’s vision that places learning at the heart of everything it does.

The governors commit to:

  • Providing a consistently challenging and stimulating learning environment that engages and develops all of our pupils; recognising them as individuals and encouraging limitless aspirations
  • Enabling our pupils to develop the moral values, confidence and resilience to make a difference at Horsenden and beyond
  • Recruiting, developing and retaining inspirational and passionate staff of the highest calibre, who through their continuous commitment to innovation and collaboration, create an enriching and supportive learning community
  • Helping to create and sustain a school in which all pupils, staff, parents, carers, and visitors feel welcome and valued
  • Evaluating the school’s effectiveness and benchmarking performance to ensure a continuous drive for improvement
  • Ensuring that the school is financially secure, making best use of its resources in ways which enable the school to deliver its vision


Annual Governance Impact Statement 2023-2024