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Bisley C of E Primary School

Everyone Successful Everyday


Our Governing Body

At Bisley Church of England Primary School our Governing Body strive to create a happy and secure learning environment, under-pinned by God’s love and guidance, in which the all-round development of the individual can be fostered to make every child successful every day.

Bisley C of E Primary School has a governing body of 14 governors, consisting of a mix of:

  • The Head Teacher
  • Foundation governors – appointed by the Parochial Church Council and Diocese
  • Parent governors – elected by the parents and carers of pupils at the school
  • Local Authority governor – appointed by Surrey County Council
  • Staff governor – elected by the staff themselves
  • Co-opted governor – appointed by the governing body
  • Associate member - appointed by the governing body and attend Full Governing Body meetings. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in Governing Body decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by committees to which they are appointed. 


So what is our role?

The Governing Body is responsible for the strategic management of the school, for setting the school vision and policy framework and the school budget, but also has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


As a Voluntary Aided school we are also responsible for raising 10% towards any capital spending on our school. Our most recent project being to replace the heating within the old part of the school.

The Head Teacher, who is also a member of the Governing Body, is responsible for the day to day (operational) management of the school, is the head of paid staff and provides professional advice and support to the Governing Body.

There are 7 Full Governing Body meetings per year with each agenda drawn from the Governor Work Plan agreed at the start of the academic year.  The minutes of all our meetings are available to view by appointment with the school office.  As a relatively small school we have determined that the most effective method of governance is through link governors reporting back to the Full Governing Body.  The only committees are the statutory ‘Head Teacher’s Performance Management Committee’ and the ‘Pay Committee’. 

If you are considering becoming a School Governor and would like to find out more please do not hesitate to get on touch with us by emailing:

Meet the Governing Body 

Abi Brown - Chair of Governors

Abi commissioned into the British Army in 2001 serving as an officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, before leaving in 2010 to have a family.  In 2013 Abi took on the role of Chairman of Bisley Pre-School for 4 years whilst her children attended, also becoming a Trustee on the Bisley Village Hall Committee.  This period was her first exposure to the education system and the importance of parental involvement, as well as the benefits of a very strong local community.  More recently she has returned to the British Army as a Reservist.

Married to Adam, both her children, Eleanor and Harrison, currently attend the school.  Whilst she has volunteered to help read, accompany trips and with extra-curricular clubs, she felt the need to offer more to such a thriving and positive school.  She became a Parent Governor in March 2018 and her personal drive for the school comes from creating a safe and welcoming environment where both children and adults can flourish in all aspects of their development.  Her military background is undoubtedly a benefit as a representation of our forces community within our school and her local community links help support a growing school within the village.

As a parent she is at school most days for drop off/pick up and is more than happy to chat with parents/carers either about her role as a Governor, or any concerns/queries they may have about the school.

Emma McCargow - Vice Chair of Governors

Emma was elected as a parent governor in December 2019. She is the link governor for the STEM and humanities faculty as well as eco activities within the school. She currently has three children at Bisley C of E Primary school so is committed to the schools continued success.

With a degree in Medical Microbiology and a career of over 16 years in the Pharmaceutical industry, Emma has commanded many global, multimillion-pound major scale projects and programmes. With a lifelong interest in learning, both to improve prospects for future employment and for developing personal interests and skills; Emma was responsible for regulatory training within the Medical department of her last company for a number of years. She moved to West End in 2016 and joined the school as the Chair of the Friends of Bisley School (FOBS). This kept her busy for 3 years whilst on her career break and introduced her to the wonderful school community and gave a little insight into the inner workings of the school. So, when the opportunity to take an active role in the life of the school as a governor presented itself, she didn’t hesitate to seek election. Contributing to the running of the school is a genuine pleasure.

She is passionate about the ongoing development of all ages and believes the enjoyment of learning starts with a positive well-rounded, nurturing environment that children receive at school. She wants to use her experience, time and energy to work hard to help us to achieve this for the benefit of all the children at Bisley C of E Primary School.

Reverend Fiona Simon

Fiona joined the governing body of the School when she came to Bisley as Rector in November 2020. She has served previously on governing bodies in other Surrey parishes where she has lived ; New Haw and Dorking.

Fiona has 3 grown up children two of whom work as teachers and she is married to Paul , who, (after a career of 35 years in the oil industry), is just embarking on a new career as a Chemistry teacher! It seems there is no getting away from education in their family.

Before taking up the dog collar and becoming a priest, Fiona worked as a Chemical engineer on a large oil refinery. She is passionate about helping children and families make connections between the Christian faith and their everyday life and she looks forward to supporting both the spiritual and educational aims of the school through serving as a governor.

Frances Wilde

Frances has five children with almost twenty years between the oldest and youngest and has lived in Bisley with her husband Jon for over ten years. She is an accountant and registered auditor and is a director of a practice specialising in charities and other non-profit organisations.

As a family, in their spare time they like to get out outdoors, woodlands, beaches and go camping. Frances likes to be learning something and is currently having music lessons. She has tried all sorts of things in the past, some with more success than others!  

Frances believes that her finance skills and life experience as a parent and in general will add to her contribution as a Governor. Working with small charities has given her a very broad and inclusive outlook on life and the school strapline “Everyone Successful Everyday” definitely mirrors her own ethos.

Rachel Przybylski

Rachel is a mother of one and lives with her partner in Woking, juggling a career in Financial Services with family life. Rachel is a non-parent governor and her choice to do so was to fulfil her growing desire to understand her local community better and to contribute to the growth and development.

Rachel brings with her 18 years of experience in business, including business development, project management and regulatory strategy and governance. Rachel has experience of corporate governance as a Company Secretary and is used to holding senior management and directors accountable for their actions, supporting them in decision making.

Rachel is passionate about people seeing what is possible for them. Having completed leadership and coaching training, she wishes to contribute to the happiness and wellbeing of those she meets. In particular Rachel is passionate about how children see themselves and grow up free of limitations, seeing opportunities and having the confidence to take actions in line with what they are committed to creating.

Rachel also contributes heavily to her cycling community, championing diversity and inclusion in sport. Rachel believes physical exercise and team games are important for mental wellbeing and social development and looks forward to using all of her skills and passions to add value at Bisley.

Charlie Tanton

Charlie has lived in Bisley since 2013.  He and his wife have two children; their eldest at Bisley School. They regularly attend the Messy Church service at Holy Trinity, West End.

Charlie is a secondary school teacher, mainly teaching History.

He is very excited to be a governor of his local Primary school and to support the excellent work that is being done to give the children the best possible start to their education.

George Priestley

George became staff governor in May 2021, after having been a part of the Bisley community since 2017, when he first came to the school on a teaching placement as part of his PGCE. He was delighted to return the following academic year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and has since taught in upper Key Stage 2, and has very much come of age as a teacher amongst the wonderful staff and pupils at Bisley.

In school, George runs singing assemblies and, once the pandemic restrictions begin to ease, he hopes to bring back musical and dramatic performance opportunities to the pupils, including choirs and productions. 

Outside of school, George sings as part of the choir of the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Great Park, and takes part in a plethora of opera companies and societies. He looks forward to being the representative staff member; bringing a staff viewpoint and perspective to discussion and debate within the Governing Body, and is excited to learn more about school governance and the wonderful world of education.

Rebecca Denby

Rebecca is married and has one young daughter and previously lived in Bisley for almost seven years. She previously worked as a Bisley Parish Councillor for 17 months and worked in corporate finance for over fifteen years in both the travel and oil and gas industries prior to becoming a full time Mum. She has also held other local Councillor and Governor posts in the past.

Rebecca believes that her experience as a governor, councillor and in business in general will add to her contribution as a governor, and is very interested in learning more about the workings of primary level education

Hugh Cowan

Hugh has held various planning roles in UK airlines working in both operational and future planning organisations.

He lives in Bisley where his children went to school and has been a governor for over 10 years. He has been on a variety of governing bodies, both primary and secondary, academies and grant maintained. Hugh's roles have been as both Chairman, Vice Chairman and ordinary member on various committees and Governing Bodies. His key skills are in HR and Data Analysis. He was trained in being able to support and advise Governing Bodies in Governance and the ever-changing framework under which they work.

He is a passionate believer that education should enable every child to achieve their potential and be prepared to fulfil a useful role in society.

Lucy Simons

Lucy runs an executive search business across sectors creating impact and change. She has the good fortune to work with some very talented people in markets that offer genuinely life-changing opportunities all over the world.

Some of the things she has worked on include power, transport infrastructure and water supply in Africa, UK Healthcare, global life sciences, education and technology relating to advanced materials and clean power.

As a parent, she has a special personal interest in all these things and views access to quality education and the sanctuary and opportunity it offers as vital to all communities.

Emma Reeves

Emma was elected parent governor in March 2022. As a parent of two children at Bisley C of E, Hayden in year 5 and Holly in reception, she has seen the school develop and support the local community and is looking forward to helping this continue and develop in this role.

Emma has worked in professional services marketing and business development for over 20 years and currently leads international marketing and business development for a global accounting firm, managing and working with diverse stakeholders across multiple disciplines. Emma has a wealth of experience in stakeholder management, business development, bids and proposals including those that are procurement led, marketing campaigns and events.

Emma is looking forward to bringing a fresh perspective on the strategic direction of the school, offering guidance on the challenges faced by the leadership team and how best to implement strategic plans, for the benefit of all current and future pupils of Bisley C of E.

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