Governing Body

Governor   RoleCategory Term of office expires Business Interests
Mike Collins Head Teacher (WVJS) Head Teacher N/A  
Heidi Jordan Head Teacher (SIS) Head Teacher N/A  
Alexandra Knight Curriculum (inc EYFS, Core, Foundations & RSE) Parent Governor 30 Sept 2023  
Jonathan RumpParent Governor 12 Feb 2024  
Lily Engall SEN/Child protection/Pupil Premium/Looked after Children Staff governor 30 Sept 2023  
Matthew Ward Chair of Governors   Quality of teaching and learning inc Outcomes, SafeguardingCo-opted Governor 30 Sept 2023  
Rochelle Smith GDPR Co-opted Governor 30 Sept 2023  
Julia Whiting Partnerships, governors, parents and the community Co-opted Governor 30 Sept 2023  
Jo Thompson Vice-Chair of Governors
Finance Premises development inc. health & safety
Co-opted Governor 5 Dec 2023  
Gavin Cowley Curriculum (inc EYFS, Core, Foundations & RSE) Co-opted Governor 5 Dec 2023  
VACANCY Health & Wellbeing inc. Personal development, behaviour and welfare, PE & Sports Co-opted Governor  
Peter Lamble Effectiveness of Leadership & management LA Governor 5 Dec 2023  
Heallen Payne Associate member 30 Sept 2023  
Charlotte Lucas Associate member 30 Sept 2023  
Educator Solutions Clerking Service Clerk N/A  


Matt Ward, Vice Chair, Co-opted Governor

My prescribed role on the governing board is quality of teaching & learning, including outcomes and assessment. I am a qualified Actuary at Aviva with a wide range of experience in risk management, finance, human resources and IT. Outside of work, I have a broad range of interests including playing board games, watching sport, reading non-fiction books and cycling. My eldest son is currently in Year 2 and I have a younger son at Stepping Stones Day Nursery, who will start school in 2020.

Julia Whiting, Co-opted Governor

I have been a parent at the school since September 2017, my son is currently in Year 2 and I enjoy getting involved in school events as much as I can.  I am passionate about the performance and direction of the school and  am keen to learn all I can about the school whilst developing some new skills.  I work for ReAssure, an outsourced part of Aviva and my role there covers various aspects of governance.  I am looking forward to getting involved in my areas of responsibility and broadening my existing skills. 

Jo Thompson, Co-opted Governor

I am a recently appointed Co-opted Governor and am looking forward to working with the schools. I live in Old Catton and both my, now grown up, children were educated locally.  Having worked in Norfolk schools for over twenty years I am passionate about the children in Norfolk receiving the quality education they deserve.  My current role is with Educator Solutions working with local academies and managing special projects.

Gavin Cowley, Co-opted Governor

I have over thirty years experience in education and am currently a Norfolk County Council Partnership adviser for schools in King’s Lynn, West Norfolk and Breckland. I previously worked in Primary schools in both Norfolk and London, before taking up senior management positions in CfBT Education services (now Education Development Trust) international offices in both Brunei and Oman.

Alexandra Knight, Parent Governor

I am a parent with a son currently in Year 1, and a younger son attending Stepping Stones Nursery. I am a Primary school teacher with thirteen years’ experience and am currently studying for a Master’s in Education. I highly value the work our school carries out and I am keen to support them. My role within the governing body is to oversee the curriculum across the Federation and I look forward to developing my role and working with both schools.

Peter Lamble, LA Governor

I have been a school governor at various local schools for over a decade and currently hold the Chair role for Hillside Avenue Primary and Nursery School in Thorpe St Andrew, which is part of the Yare Education Trust.

For 20 years I was CEO of Start-rite Shoes, and am still Chairman though on a part time basis.

I am a National Leader of Governance, which provides me with training opportunities and the chance to work with a number of different schools on a shorter term basis. I have also been a member of the Governing Body or Interim Executive Board at a number of other schools in the County.

I live in Thorpe, and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren who go to local primary schools.

I welcome the opportunity  to support two very good schools get the most from working closely together and will take on the responsibility of monitoring the effectiveness of leadership and management.

How Governing Bodies are made up

There are four categories of governor which must be represented on the governing body: parents, school staff, the Local Education Authority (LEA) and the community.

Parent Governors

Parents, including carers, of registered pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election for parent governorship at the school. Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body can appoint parent governors.

A person is disqualified from election or appointment as a parent governor of a school if they are an elected member of the local authority or if they work at the school for more than 500 hours (i.e. for more than one-third of the hours of a full-time equivalent in a school year (at the time of election or appointment).

Staff Governor

Both teaching and support staff paid to work at the school are eligible for staff governorship. Staff governors are elected by the school staff and must be paid to work at the school; volunteers are not eligible.

LA Governor

Local Authority (LA) governors are appointed by the LA. LAs can appoint any eligible person as an LA governor.

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body to represent community interests. Co-opted governors can be persons who live or work in the community served by the school, or persons who do not work or live close to the school but are committed to the good governance and success of the school.

Governor News


Governor Meetings Calendar 2019/20

Date Time Attendance
Monday 30 September 2019 18.00 13/13
Thursday 5 Decemebr 2019 13.00 10/13
Monday 3 February 2020 18.00 11/13
Thursday 19 March 2020 13.00  
Monday 11 May 2020 18.00  
Thursday 2 July 2020 13.00  

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