The Federation of Spixworth Schools has one Governing Body; in accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies the three strategic functions of the Federation of Spixworth Schools Governing Board are:

  • Ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governance arrangements

The constitution of the Governing Board consists of the Executive Headteacher, one staff governor, two elected parent governors, one local authority governor and seven co-opted governors. Co-opted Governors are those who have the essential skills and commitment to the school in order to ensure effective governance to support the school’s ongoing success. They bring skills from the world of education, finance, the arts, and management, all of which are valuable resources for the school. Associate Governors may also be invited to join the board to provide specific expertise and support.

The Governing Body meets once each half term, covering all aspects of governance. The board has agreed not to operate separate committees but to work a Circle Model of Governance. Some of the benefits of this model include the need for fewer meetings, all governors having up to date information regarding the school, and the avoidance of duplication. The model makes the best use of governors’ skills. Governors have their own individual areas of responsibility that link to the core purposes, statutory requirements and school improvement priorities. In addition to the regular meetings, working parties may be formed when there is a specific need, and the Chair of Governors meets with the Executive Headteacher on a regular basis.

The Governing Board

Jo ThompsonChair Co-optedFinance; Safeguarding, inc Attendance; Safer Recruitment
Martyne EllisonVice Chair Co-optedSEN; Pupil Premium
Laura ElveryCo-optedHealth and Wellbeing inc PE and Sports; Personal Development and Behaviour
Esther HeybourneParentPartnerships, Governors, Parents and the Community
Suzanne HillStaffGDPR; Cyber Security
Heidi JordanHeadteacher 
Adrian LandCo-optedQuality of Teaching and Learning
Nicola OwenAssociate (no voting rights) 
Heallen PayneAssociate (no voting rights) 
Christopher SleapCo-optedOutcomes and Data; Premises; Health and Safety, Leadership and Management
Rochelle SmithCo-optedCurriculum

How to contact the Governing Board

We welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas, especially from our parents and carers; please contact the Chair of Governors via the school office.


We currently have a vacancy for an LA governor.  If you are interested in joining our Board please contact the Chair of Governors in the first instance.

More Information from

Spixworth Governor Appointments

Woodland View Governor Appointments

Spixworth Financial Benchmarking Service

Woodland View Financial Benchmarking Service