OFSTED 2022..."Pupils describe West Horndon as being a big family. Staff know pupils well. Pupils are proud to be part of such a welcoming school...Leaders have high aspirations for all pupils. Pupils rise to meet these expectations. All staff share this vision. Leaders make sure pupils have a wide set of experiences. These help pupils develop into confident individuals. Pupils develop their self-esteem through extra responsibilities...Leaders have developed an inspirational curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of pupils at West Horndon. ..The whole school environment is a celebration of language and vocabulary...Pupils are well behaved in lessons and around school. They know the school rules...Leaders consider staff’s workload and well-being. Staff enjoy working at the school and feel supported by leaders." Pupils do not disrupt lessons. Pupils always do their best and want to make their teachers proud of what they can achieve. 2024 New Intake Prospective Parent Tours 2nd Oct at 10.30am, 30th Nov at 9.30am and 11 Jan at 9.30am Please call the school office or email admin@westhorndon.essex.sch.uk to book a space.

Meet the Governors

The Role of the School Governor and Governing Bodies

The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

Governors have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the headteacher
  • To ensure accountability

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies
Mr Richard Kurzyca

Chair of Governors Co-opted Governor

Ms Claire Hogg

Vice Chair Parent Governor

Mr Matt O'Grady


Mr Ajay Sharma

Co-opted Governor

Mr Mark Jepson

Co-opted Governor

Mr Matthew Williams

Co-opted Governor

Mr Olalekan Ogundana

LA Governor


If you wish to make a complaint about the school your first step should be to contact the classteacher or the Headteacher. Details of our complaints procedure and how Governors become involved can be found in the school's Complaints Policy. 

Please be aware that contacting Governors directly can compromise the procedure.
Governors Business Interests 
Schools are required to publish a register of Governors business interests. This can be found below. 
Mrs Juliette Curtis

Staff Governor

Mrs Nicolle Adams

Co-opted Governor

Mr Darren Cohen

Co-opted Governor

Mr Andrew Little

Co-opted Governor