Governance at Broadwater School

The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

All Governing Bodies have three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

At Broadwater School we do not delegate authority to sub-committees. Instead, The Full Governing Body meets twice a term, focusing on Resources and Raising Standards as well as any other business relevant at that time. Meetings concentrate on each main area according to its priority in the governance review programme.

The Governing Body agrees assignments or activities arising from the business of the meeting which are recorded in the minutes. The Governing Body can also delegate monitoring activities to individuals or pairs. This can apply to statutory functions, the priorities of the School Improvement Plan and national or local priorities. In each case where a function has been delegated there is a duty to report any action or decision to the Governing Body at the next agreed meeting. Minutes of meetings are available for inspection. Please apply to the Clerk to the Governors. 

An Annual General Meeting is held each November if a minimum of 15 parents request a meeting. 

Contact the Governors

Any correspondence should be addressed to the school, via the Clerk, marked “for the attention of the Chairman of Governors”.

Email Clerk to the Governors:

Governing Body Members

Governors are one of the largest groups of volunteers in the country. Broadwater governors are appointed or elected from a range of stakeholder groups in specified numbers according to our constitution; the Headteacher is an ex officio member of the Governing Body. The term of office for all governors, except the Headteacher, is four years.

Our Governing Body is made up of 13 governors:

1 Headteacher automatically part of the Governing Body

1 Staff Governor elected by the staff of the School

6 Co-opted Governors appointed by the Governing Body     

1 Local Authority Governor appointed by the Governor Nomination Panel (GNP) and agreed by the Governing Body

4 Parent Governors elected by the parents of registered students of the School

Click HERE to see a detailed list of governors and their areas of responsibility. 

Useful Guides:

Governor Competency Framework

Governance Handbook

About our Governors

Simon Fletcher

I have experience in the engineering and mobile communications industry, an understanding of governance as a Director of a not-for-profit company, and am a member of the executive management team of a Consulting and Advisor company. I am a serving member on the Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Surrey.

Helen Melia

I have been a Co-opted Governor since July 2017 and have been a local resident, in Bramley, since 2002. I am a solicitor who has worked for major oil companies for over 20 years and am now working for the UK’s largest petrol station operator.

Zarah Lowe

I am currently a Parent Governor and have previously been a Co-opted Governor and Local Authority Governor for Broadwater School for six years. 

I have three children, two of whom have completed their education at Broadwater.

I have worked for both the private and public sector, more recently in education. In the past I have worked as a Project Manager and in Business Development. I am currently a Commissioning manager for special educational needs and/disabilities within the commissioning and development service at Surrey County Council.

Jane Macholl

I have a degree in Foreign Languages and nine years’ experience of working in schools supporting children with SEND. Previously, I spent six years as a Business Manager. Voluntary work includes two years as the Chair of a Parent Teacher Association of a local infant school.

Sarah Austin

I have been a Local Authority Governor since October 2017. I have always lived in Godalming and went to local schools including Broadwater. I studied Business Management at the University of Surrey and currently work for Rio Tinto in the Performance and Reward team.

Julie Rowling

I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in March 2015 and am link governor for Resources. In addition, I am the school's verifier for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. I have twenty years’ experience of working in local authorities in a variety of roles including finance and internal audit. I have been a Girlguiding leader since 2010 with Godalming Rainbows.

JH Kazi

Appointed as a Co-opted Governor in September 2016. Under Master and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Westminster School (13-18 day and boarding school with girls in the Sixth Form) in London, having previously been Deputy Headmaster (Academic) and Second Master at Charterhouse (13-18 boarding school with girls in the Sixth Form) in Godalming. Following my time as an undergraduate and choral exhibitioner at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, I then went to work in the wine trade before returning to Cambridge to complete my teacher training in English and Drama. My first appointment was at Haileybury & ISC in Hertford (11-18 coeducational boarding and day school) where I was Head of English, IB Coordinator and a Resident Assistant Housemaster. I am an inspector for ISI and a Site Visitor for the International Baccalaureate; I also act as one of the Course Commanders for the national Air Cadet Leadership Courses based at RAFC Cranwell.

Simon Allen

I read Spanish and Italian at Cambridge, graduating in 1999 before moving to Warwick University to do a PGCE. I have taught at Charterhouse since 2000 where I have been a head of department and a Housemaster, and on the SLT since 2012. I completed an MEd in Educational Leadership in 2015 and am now the Assistant Head Academic. I was previously a governor at Kings College, Guildford and am currently a governor at St Hilary’s School in Godalming.

Jackie Morris

I am a Community Governor at both Broadwater and Milford schools. I have two teenage children, a girl and a boy, and I’ve lived in Godalming for 13 years.

I have a degree in English, a diploma in Software Development and an MBA. The latter gives me a good understanding of the many aspects of running an organisation. I worked for over 12 years in the financial, state and charity sectors as a systems auditor and change management consultant and supported clients across a range of business processes and managed many teams and projects.

I am now a keen supporter of local arts and participant in local community theatre. I also volunteer in Hambledon Village shop. 

Lin Bedworth-Ray

I became the Staff Governor in September 2018 and am currently the exclusion room manager at Broadwater School, as well as being employed as a conductor/brass tutor for Surrey Arts. I was previously a governor at the Wavell School for 5 years and have worked in a variety of roles in Education since 1985 in the field of music/special needs/pastoral and senior management.

My previous experience in Head of Department/Head of Year/ Senior Leadership Team roles provides me with a whole school overview and enables me to appreciate the thoughts of colleagues at Broadwater School as well as understand the importance of the issues that governors consider and the need for effective communication between staff and governors.

Debi Lawson

I have been a Co-opted Governor at Broadwater School since April 2015, having served as a Parent Governor for the previous 4 years, and Chair of Governors since Autumn 2016. I previously served as a Parent Governor at Busbridge Junior School.

I have 4 children, all of whom have attended or are attending Broadwater School, and a keen interest in education. Since 2011 I have worked as a teaching assistant/learning mentor in a school for children and young adults with autism, and I have previous experience as a physiotherapist within the NHS and in a variety of roles within a specialist recruitment agency.