16:54 PM - 13 May 2019

Retweeted From Catriona Riddell

Good luck kids in their kicking off today. Don't know who's more nervous, them or the parents!

21:01 PM - 8 Apr 2019

Retweeted From HWSMFL

Last evening on the Spanish Exchange. We’ll be sad to leave. Gracias Europa International School Barcelona!

17:15 PM - 5 Apr 2019

Retweeted From HWSMFL

We’ve all had a lovely first night with host families, lots of tapas eaten! Packed lunches collected and now off to the station to go to La Sagrada Familia in the centre of Barcelona.


17:15 PM - 5 Apr 2019

Retweeted From HWSMFL

We have arrived at La Sagrada Familia. Ready to learn about Antoni Gaudí and the most famous landmark in Barcelona. https://t.co/RvE4kOWxYk


10:51 AM - 15 Mar 2019

HWS support Comic Relief, Red Nose Day with the ever popular Bake Off! Students also wore mufti for a £1 donation for this very good cause. https://t.co/xBIaAIhRGX

12:33 PM - 16 Feb 2019

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

Year 7 Sports Hall athletics competition at Esher tonight. Great performances from both the boys and girls teams. 🏃‍♀️ 🏃🏼‍♂️ Girls picking up 🥇and boys coming 🥉🙌🏽

21:08 PM - 13 Feb 2019

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

The talent on display at tonight’s Gym and Dance show was incredible. From ballet to body popping and pretty much everything in between! Well done to everyone involved and and a big thank you to Miss Barton, Miss Brooker and Mr Campbell for organising 💃 🤸‍♂️ 🏆


09:05 AM - 13 Feb 2019

“The Hinchley Wood School House Gym and Dance Showcase is on tonight in the hall at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6pm.” https://t.co/Ln6TZsZF0u

21:55 PM - 11 Feb 2019

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

Fantastic achievement. Good luck! https://t.co/AnFTWNeGd3

14:23 PM - 10 Feb 2019

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

Girls’ football is absolutely flying at HWS this year. Y7, Y8&9 and Y10&11 teams all through to the county cup semi finals 🙌🏽⚽️

Governing Board

Hinchley Wood became an academy on 1st February 2012.  This means that we are an academy trust and a registered company, limited by guarantee. 


Six governors were originally appointed as members of the Academy Trust and signed a Memorandum of Association.  Members meet as required and at least once a year.

Current Members are:


Miss Claudette Atkinson

Mr Peter Drysdale

Mr Robert Mutchell

Mr Andy Sellers

Mr Marc Weedon

Co-Chair of Governors

Responsible Trustee

Chair of Finance & Resources Committee

Co-Chair of Governors

Vice-Chair of Governors




The Governing Board remains the employer and the admissions authority and the land and buildings are held in trust by the trustees (governors).  The Governing Board is made up of up to 20 governors who have been appointed as directors of the company.  Governors have entered into a Funding Agreement with the Department for Education which includes the Memorandum and Articles of Association for the Company.  A copy of this document can be accessed via this link 

The Governing Board continues to work in partnership with the Headteacher, staff, parents and students to raise standards of achievement.  The Governing Board has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:  ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and the performance management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.  Our Governing Board meets five times a year and has established four main committees, each with its own agreed terms of reference - Admissions, Finance & Resources, Human Resources and Student Learning & Welfare.  A Governors Conference is held annually and governors are also involved with visits to school and regularly support special events.

Governors are either elected or appointed:  Parent Governors are elected from the parent body; the Governing Board appoints Co-opted Governors; school staff nominate and elect Staff Governors; the Headteacher is an Ex-Officio Governor; two governors are appointed by the Hinchley Wood Education Trust (HWET); up to six governors are appointed by Members.  Individual governors have no powers themselves and always act corporately.  The governors’ term of office is four years.

Current Governing Board membership is as follows:



Mr Paul Camp

Mrs Alison Cruthers

Ms Lucy Richardson

Mr Nick Weston-Jones


Miss Claudette Atkinson (Co-Chair of Governors)

Professor Becky Francis

Mr Robert Mutchell

Mr Andy Sellers (Co-Chair of Governors)

Ms Karen Walker

Mr Marc Weedon (Vice-Chair of Governors)




Mr Peter Drysdale

Mrs June Hall

Mr Tim Smytheman

Dr Caroline Whitehouse



Mr Jonathan Ross

Mr Ben Bartlett


The following appointments were made during 2017-18:  Mrs Sarah Mulder appointed 5 September 2017 as HWET Appointed Governor; Ms Karen Walker re-appointed 3 December 2017 as Member Appointed Governor; Mr Robert Mutchell re-appointed 17 December 2017 as Member Appointed Governor; Mr Tim Smytheman appointed 9 January 2018 as Staff Governor; Mrs Alison Cruthers appointed 31 January 2018 as Parent Governor; Ms Lucy Richardson appointed 6 March 2018 as Parent Governor; Mrs June Hall appointed 9 May 2018 as HWET Appointed Governor. 

The following resignations were received during 2017-18:  Mrs Sarah Mulder - appointed 5 September 2017, resigned 28 September 2017; Mr Michael Collier - appointed 23 November 2009, resigned 10 October 2017; Mrs Louise Stamp - appointed 11 November 2013, resigned 19 October 2017; Mrs June Hall - appointed 17 December 2013, term of office expired 16 December 2017; Mrs Alison Cruthers - appointed 19 December 2013, term of office expired 18 December 2017; Mrs Angela Bowden Litster - appointed 7 January 2014, term of office expired 6 January 2018. 

The following appointments have been made during 2018-19:  Mr Marc Weedon re-appointed on 10 September 2018 as a Member Appointed Governor; Dr Caroline Whitehouse appointed on 16 October 2018 as Staff Governor; Mr Peter Drysdale re-appointed as HWET Appointed Governor; Mr Andy Sellers re-appointed on 1 March 2019 as a Member Appointed Governor. 

The following resignations were received during 2018-19:  Mr Stuart Holmes, appointed 30 September 2014, term of office expired 29 September 2018; Mr Alex Wright, appointed 1 March 2016, resigned 25 March 2019.

Full details of terms of office of all governors are included in the link on the left hand side of this page.

Attendance at Governing Board Meetings (September 2017- July 2018):




Claudette Atkinson 4 6
Ben Bartlett 6 6
Angela Bowden Litster 3 3
Paul Camp 6 6
Michal Collier 1 1
Alison Cruthers 6 6
Peter Drysdale 5 6
Becky Francis 4 6
June Hall 2 4
Stuart Holmes 5 6
Robert Mutchell 5 6
Lucy Richardson 2 2
Jonathan Ross 3 6
Andy Sellers 5 6
Tim Smytheman 4 4
Louise Stamp 2 2
Karen Walker 6 6
Marc Weedon 4 6
Nick Weston-Jones 5 6
Alex Wright 4 6


The Admissions Committee meets as required;  Finance & Resources Committee five times a year;  Human Resources and Student Learning & Welfare Committees three times a year.  Attendance at meetings in the last academic year (2017-18) was as follows:






Claudette Atkinson 4 4
Ben Bartlett 7 7
Angela Bowden Litster 3 3
Alison Cruthers 6 7
Andy Sellers 5 7
Karen Walker 7 7

FINANCE & RESOURCES COMMITTEE  (Chair - Robert Mutchell)

Claudette Atkinson 1 5
Ben Bartlett 5 5
Peter Drysdale 5 5
June Hall 3 4
Robert Mutchell 5 5
Tim Smytheman 2 3
Louise Stamp 1 1
Karen Walker 2 3


Ben Bartlett 3 3
Paul Camp 3 3
Alison Cruthers 3 3
Lucy Richardson 1 1
Marc Weedon 1 3
Nick Weston-Jones 1 3


Ben Bartlett 3 3
Angela Bowden Litster 1 1
Becky Francis 1 3
Stuart Holmes 3 3
Jon Ross 3 3
Nick Weston-Jones 3 3
Alex Wright 0 3


Copies of:  Annual Report and Financial Statements for Year Ended 31 August 2018; Register of Business/Pecuniary Interests 2018-19 and Governance Scheme of Delegation can be accessed via the links on the left hand side of this page.


The Hinchley Wood School Governors can be contacted via the Clerk, Mrs Eileen Walsh:

Tel:  020 8398 7161 ext 109   Email: ewalsh@hinchleywoodschool.co.uk

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