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Meet the Governors

The Governors of Maidenbower Junior School are responsible for the strategic long-term development and improvement of the School by establishing suitable policies, monitoring standards and ensuring a happy learning environment where every child can succeed according to their ability.

The Governing Body consists of 18 Governors; The Headteacher, 1 Staff Governor, 1 Local Authority Governor, 5 Parent Governors and 7 Co-opted Governors who attend six Full Governing Body meetings each academic year; one per half term.


Future Aim – To be a beacon of excellence in which everyone within our school community achieves.

All governors serve for four years on the Governing body and this consists of:

Simon Pike
Head Teacher
Ex Officio   N/A
Patricia Wright
Chair and Co-opted Governor
GB 27/06/2019 05/07/2027
Hayley Mathews
Vice Chair and LA Governor
GB 21/11/2019 22/11/2027
James Beer
Co-opted Governor
GB 01/07/2021 30/06/2025
Marcus Poppitt
Co-opted Governor
GB 18/05/2023 17/05/2027
Sarah Henden-Woodward
Co-opted Governor
GB 23/11/2023 22/11/2027

No photo provided

Stephanie Linnell
Parent Governor
Parents 12/12/2022 11/12/2026
Georgina Child
Staff Governor
Staff 22/03/2018 28/02/2026

No photo provided
Faisal Javed
Parent Governor
Parents 16/12/21 15/12/2025
Neil Scutt
Parent Governor
Parents 13/01/2023 12/01/2027
Nick Harnett
Parent Governor
Parents 27/01/2023 26/01/2027
Oscar Carballo Balboa
Parent Governor
Parents 19/01/2024 18/01/2028
Sarah Garland
Parent Governor
Parents 02/11/2023 01/11/2027
Elliot McGuffie
GB 01/01/2022 21/09/2026
Kerry Negus
GB 13/09/2018 21/09/2026
David Footman Williams
GB 02/02/2023 01/02/2027
Julia Szczotok
Clerk to Governors


The following Governors hold these positions for the academic year 2023-24

  • Chair – Patricia Wright
  • Vice-Chair – Hayley Mathews
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding – Hayley Matthews supported by Stephanie Linnell
  • Governor responsible for liaising with the Local Authority in the event of an allegation (Child Protection) issued against the Headteacher – Hayley Matthews
  • Pupil Premium – James Beer
  • Pay Working Party – Pat Wright, Stephanie Linnell and Hayley Mathews
  • Safeguarding Working Party – Hayley Mathews, Pat Wright and Stephanie Linnell.
  • GDPR – Marcus Poppitt
  • GDS – Patricia Wright
  • Attendance – Oscar Caballo Balboa
  • Send and Behavior management – Steph Linnell, Sarah Garland.
  • Finance Working Party – Hayley Mathews, Marcus Poppitt, James Beer, Nick Harnett and Neil Scutt
  • Health & Safety Working Party – Neil Scutt and Faisal Javed.
  • Curriculum Monitoring Party – Patricia Wright, Sarah Henden-Woodward, Sarah Garland, and assisted by all governors.

The Clerk to the Governors is Miss J Szczotok and she can be contacted via the school office.

Register of Governor Business Interests

Name Relevant Business Interests

Governance in other
Educational Establishments

Relationships with other
Governors or School Staff
Georgina Child None None None
Nick Harnett None None None
Stephanie Linnell None None None
Neil Scutt None None None
Patricia Wright None None None
Marcus Poppitt None None None
Hayley Mathews School Business Manager at Oakwood School, Horley None None
Kerry Negus None None None
James Beer None None None
David Footman Williams None None None
Sarah Garland None None None
Sarah Henden-Woodward None None None
Oscar Carballo Balboa      
Faisal Javed None None None
Elliot McGuffie None None None
Simon Pike None None Married to Mrs Pike - TA in Year 4
Julia Szczotok -  Clerk None None None

Governors Attendance Records




Carl Morphew End of Term End of Term End of Term End of Term End of Term Y X
David Footman Williams Y Y Y Y Y Y A
Elliot McGuffie Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Faisal M Javed Y A A Y A Y A
Georgina Child A Y Y Y Y Y Y
Hayley Matthews Y A A A Y Y Y
James Beer Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Julia Szczotok - Clerk Y A Y Y Y Y Y
Kerry Negus A A A A A Y Y
Lynne Oakes Resigned Resigned Resigned A Y Y Y
Marcus Poppitt Y Y A Y Y Y End of Term
Neil Scutt Y Y Y Y Y Y A
Nick Harnett Y A Y Y A Y Y
Patricia Wright Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Rachel Gilroy Resigned Resigned Resigned Resigned Resigned Resigned X
Sarah Garland Y Y Y Y Not yet appointed Not yet appointed Not yet appointed
Sarah Henden-Woodward Y Y A Appointed Not yet appointed Not yet appointed Not yet appointed
Simon Pike Y A Y Y Y Y Y
Stephanie Linnell Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Oscar Caballo Balboa Y A Y Not yet appointed Not yet appointed Not yet appointed Not yet appointed


Y = Attended;  A = Apologies received;  N = Not required to attend meeting (Associate Members only);
X = Apologies not received.