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.

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 vacancies for Co-opted governors; if you are interested in joining our Board please contact the Chair of Governors in the first instance.

GovernorRoleCategoryTerm of Office ExpiresBusiness Interests
Heidi JordanExecutive HeadteacherHeadteacher  
Gavin CowleyVice Chair; Leadership and Management; Outcomes, Quality of Teaching and Learning; CurriculumCo-opted17/12/23Trustee, Nicholas Hammond Education Trust; Partnership Advisor, Norfolk County Council: Trustee, Norwich Puppet Theatre
Suzanne HillTeaching AssistantStaff31/08/2026 
Zara GalePartnerships, Governors, Parents and the CommunityParent11/07/25 
Alexandra KnightCurriculumParent30/09/23 
Nicola OwenHead of School, SISAssociateN/A 
Heallen PayneHead of School, WVJSAssociateN/A 
Rochelle SmithGDPR; Cyber SecurityCo-opted30/09/23Volunteer, Northern Norwich Scouts; Chair, 18th Norwich Scouts
Jo ThompsonChair; Finance; Safeguarding, inc Attendance; Safer RecruitmentCo-opted17/12/23 
Martyne Ellison SEN; Pupil PremiumCo-opted 30/1/26 
Laura ElveryHealth and Wellbeing inc PE and Sports; Personal Development and BehaviourCo-opted 30/1/26 
Christopher SleapOutcomes and Data; Premises; Health and SafetyCo-opted 20/03/2026 
Adrian Land Co-opted 21/11/26 
Vacancy Local Authority  

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Spixworth Financial Benchmarking Service

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