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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Angela Bareford – Director

I was a specialist teacher at Knowl Hill School, right from its early days, when there were only one or two full time students.  At this time we were in different premises in Woking.

In 1989, when the school moved to Pirbright, I became the Principal and remained in the post until I retired in 2005.  I have a particular interest in the field of Dyslexia and its associated problems.  I am now a Director of the School and have responsibility for the Risk Assessments, which have to be prepared by the teachers whenever they want to take students on trips outside the school premises.  I also attend Directors meetings and courses for the training of those who have responsibility for running a school and its students.


Norma Todd – Director (Chairperson)

My son was one of the first children to attend Knowl Hill over 30 years ago, in the School’s early years.  I become a Director because of my continued interest in the School even after my son had left, but also because I felt that my business contacts and experience would help the School to purchase our existing building and expand over the years.

Having three children and a husband who are Dyslexic has given me an insight into the problems that arise because of a difficulty in reading and/or writing.

I was a Company Director for many years and, even though I am now retired from that role, I am still a Trustee of another charity and manage a property investment company on behalf of this charity.


Rosemary Wallis – Director (Company Secretary)

Married with two grown up daughters, I have lived in Pirbright for over forty years.  My husband was a partner in a local heating and plumbing company, which was set up in 1959, but is still going today, and I was their Company Secretary for twenty five years, working from home on the other side of The Green.

I joined the Board of Knowl Hill School soon after it moved to Pirbright in the mid-nineties, when I was asked by the Chairman to be the liaison between the School and the Village.  Although I did not have any knowledge of Dyslexia at that time, I had a daughter with Special Needs and I felt that I could contribute something to the School.  I continue to encourage people from the Village to become involved in helping at the School, especially at exam times, when help with reading and scribing is needed. 


Karen Rowland-Doyle – Director (Health and Safety)

I joined the Board of Knowl Hill School a year ago and predominantly oversee the Health and Safety within the school.

I am a Health and Safety specialist, a career I have just returned to after ten years in education in the adult skills sector.  I have taught English, Maths and IT, often working with vulnerable adults with a variety of complex learning needs, including Dyslexia, which I have a specific interest in.


Anna Rhodes - Director

I was invited to join the Board in 2016, having enjoyed six and a half years of working with staff and pupils in this small and friendly community as the first Speech and Language Therapist to be employed directly by the school.  

During my time working at the school, I built up a sound knowledge base of the difficulties encountered by young people who struggled with with language and literacy and, on the strength of this, I published a book of resources for teenagers with language difficulties, which is still selling well to this day.  I completed my Masters in Special Education whilst working at Knowl Hill School.

I am married with two sons, both of whom have high level difficulties with literacy and so my experience of dyslexia is both professional and personal. 

I have continued to work as a Speech and Language Therapist, currently employed part-time in the assessment centre in a special school.  I also practice as a Registered Intermediary to support the communication between vulnerable witnesses and the judiciary system. 


Maureen Spencer - Director (Safeguarding)

I am recently retired from North Surrey Magistrates, having sat in both the Adult and Family courts for 26 years. In my early career I qualified as a general nurse and Health Visitor before having my family. I have three grown up sons and many grandchildren and help regularly with childcare.

James Cooke - Director (HR and Staffing matters) 

Mr Cooke is our most recent addition to the Board starting in November 2021. A Headteacher of 29 years Mr Cooke brings a wealth of experience to the Board. Mr Cooke will be supporting Mrs Lusty in the recruitment of staff going forward. 



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