Albert Pye Primary

The Governing Body


Membership

The Governing Body of Roydon Primary School has twelve members. Each member is elected or appointed for a period of four years, after which they may seek re-election or reappointment, subject to certain conditions. Regulations concerning how Governing Bodies are constituted were changed in 2012 allowing greater flexibility in recruiting Governors, allowing schools to look for new members whose skills and experience would benefit the work of the Governing Body. The Governing Body of Roydon Primary School was re-constituted in December 2014. It now consists of one nominated Local Authority Governor, two elected Parent Governors, one elected staff governor, the Headteacher, and seven Co-opted Governors who are appointed by the Governing Body. Co-opted Governors may be parents, staff, or members of the local community.

As a result of the reconstitution process, some members of the Governing Body have nominally changed category. It has been decided that as far as possible, the balance between parents, staff and community Governors will be maintained.

The Role of the Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school, holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. Perhaps the closest comparison in the world of business would be the Board of Directors.

School Governing Bodies have a wide range of duties and powers prescribed by the Government and set out in various Education Acts. The range of responsibilities encompasses every aspect of the school’s organisation and day-to-day operation. It would be impractical for the whole Governing Body to meet and consider every matter relating to school life, so the work is delegated to smaller sub-committees, some of which meet at least termly, while others meet less frequently or only when they are required to do so. Certain committees are required by law to deal with specific procedures, while others are in place to make the task of governing the school more efficient. Our main committees are the Effectiveness Committee, the Resources Committee and the Personnel Committee, all of which meet regularly to deal with issues appropriate to them. There are several other committees and panels in place to consider specific matters should they arise, and to deal with appeals related to the decisions made. Staff Discipline, Capability, Grievance and Exclusions are examples of such committees that, thankfully, have to be convened very rarely.

Sub Committees

Effectiveness Committee

This is where the data is analysed to ensure that the children’s learning is good and we look at any changes need to maintain and improve achievement, etc.

Resources Committee

In this committee we make sure we are keeping on top of the budget and discuss what we need to spend money on within the school.  We also make sure that the premises are safe and secure.

Personnel Committee

This committee is responsible for any staffing issues pertinent to the school.

Each committee has terms of reference that are followed in each meeting to ensure the governors address all the areas that they are responsible for monitoring.

If you would like more in-depth information about these committees and the areas that they cover, please ask the ladies in the office to arrange for you to speak to the relevant governor.  Minutes of meetings and other governor information are available on request.

Each Governor is linked to one of the classes in school and visits them at least three times a year to keep in touch and see what they have been doing.  The visits are part of a two-way process: Governors collect information for class teachers and also extend their knowledge of the day-to-day working of the school.  Governors are also linked to a Subject Leader Team and meet members of the team to discuss school development matters.

Governors are also often seen in school helping out with school discos, fund-raising events, sports days, assemblies and coming in to watch the school Christmas plays.  It is all part and parcel of how governors are involved in the school.  They are also required to attend training courses to ensure they understand all the current governor information, and to ensure they keep their skills up-to-date.

Being a Governor is a voluntary role that is carried out by people from different walks of life, including staff who work at the school, so that there is a good balance of expertise across the governing body, and we thank them all for their commitment and the part they play in provide the best we can for the children at Roydon Primary School.

Sarah Brownsword

Chair of Governors

I was appointed as a parent governor in 2017, and I’m currently Chair of Governors. My son has been a pupil at Roydon since 2016 and I have two older daughters.

I currently work as a Lecturer in Education at the UEA where I teach the English & Languages parts of the Primary PGCE and I am course co-director. I was a primary teacher for many years with my roles including teaching Year 5 & 6, English subject lead, SENCo and senior teacher. I am also a part time student, studying for a Doctorate in Education.

Work and family keep me very busy, but when I’m not, I enjoy live music and theatre.

Sharon Moore

Vice-Chair of Governors

I was raised in North Norfolk and, after spending several years living in America, Staffordshire and France, I returned to Norfolk where I have remained since.  I have lived in Roydon since 2003 and both of my boys attend Roydon Primary School.

I enjoy being part of the community and like to get involved, and I hope that being a parent governor gives me an opportunity to give something back to the school.

I have worked for Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership since 2007, the focus of my work being workforce development and delivering various safeguarding children training courses. I am passionate about achieving positive outcomes for children and hope I bring this to my role as governor.

When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family, socialising and going to the theatre and cinema.

Sarah Bradford

Headteacher

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, right from the time when I used to make exercise books for my teddies and dolls!  I have been fulfilling my ambition for thirty years now and still love (almost!) every minute of my work as Headteacher at Roydon Primary School.  Every day the children amaze me, surprise me, impress me and make me laugh, and that’s what makes mine the best job in the world!

This certainly is not a nine-to-five job, and so I really value the time I spend with my family at home in Beccles.  When my husband, Ray, isn’t practising being a grumpy old man, and my highly entertaining lad, George, stops talking (which doesn’t happen often – I don’t know where he gets that from!), we just enjoy spending time chilling out together, attending to every need of Captain the horse, Myrtle the snake and Barnie the cat, and having intellectual conversations about seagulls!!

Dawn Stannard

Deputy Headteacher

I am Deputy Head at Roydon and teach Kingfishers, a class of Year 6 and 5 children.  Being a governor, as well as a member of FoRPS, (Friends of Roydon Primary School) enables me to be involved in all aspects of the school’s life.  The job is so varied; in one day I can talk about finance, discuss a safeguarding matter, watch a child suddenly understand fractions or make a breakthrough with reading. All are interesting but seeing children’s learning and progress are the best bits!

I am part of the ARTS team as I have always had a special interest in English, particularly the development of children’s reading and writing.

I believe that education should extend outside the classroom and like to participate in extra-curricular activities, especially sport and drama.  I run a netball club after school and enjoy working with the children and staff to produce the Christmas play. I also love taking children on the annual residential trip.

Tracey Willer

I have lived in Norfolk all my life and now live in a small village with my partner and two dogs.  I qualified as a teacher in 2002 and started my career in an infant school in Thetford where I had the opportunity to teach in all year groups, and trained and qualified as a nurture group teacher.

I then spent some time as a supply teacher working in a range of schools across all the age groups, and this gave me the fantastic opportunity to see lots of different school environments.  I came to Roydon Primary School as a supply teacher for one term in 2014 – and I am still here!  I found the school such a friendly, welcoming and fantastic place to work, I have never left.

When I am not busy doing school work, I enjoy spending time away in our caravan and going for long walks in the countryside with our dogs.

Lynn Bower

I am a former pupil of Roydon Primary School.  I qualified as a teacher, but spent the majority of my working life as a Civil Servant based in London for all but the last four years when I transferred to Norwich.

As I am now retired, I do all those things that work did not allow time for.  My main passion is researching my family history.  I also go to the gym, read, cook and eat, and particularly enjoy socialising with my friends.  My garden badly needs work as I have sadly neglected it in the past, so when it is not too cold, not too hot, and not too wet, I can be found out there trying to tame it!  I am ably assisted in this task by Rosie.  Rosie is a cat that I recently got from a local rescue centre.  She is now the boss!

Robbie Evans

I was born and raised in Essex and moved to this area in 2016.  I feel that it is important to give back to the community where I now live.

I have worked as an Attendance and Behaviour Officer for 10+ years which is a varied and challenging role – I love it as no two days are the same.  As such I appreciate the importance of every child being able to reach their full potential in a happy and safe environment.

One of my hobbies is baking and according to my colleagues I make a mean Lemon Drizzle cake … and am regularly asked to make this!!!

Helen Flynn

I am a co-opted governor, having been appointed in December 2018

My husband and I moved to Roydon from the Isle of Wight in June 2019 to be nearer to most of our family. Until retirement in 2013 I was a Headteacher for 19 years of Isle of Wight Primary Schools, ranging in size from 32 pupils to around 300 pupils. During my Headship at Binstead Primary School (2001 -2013) we developed the school into the Outstanding category and became a Teaching School. In that capacity part of my work involved working alongside the Local Education Authority in supporting and sometimes taking temporary charge of schools in difficult circumstances. This meant I gained the valuable experience of working with a range of Governing Bodies, Boards and Trusts.

Since retirement I worked for Chichester University as Link Tutor with students and mentors across Island schools. From 2018 until moving to Roydon I was temporary Chair of Governors at Wootton Primary School.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in primary schools and was missing it by December so was delighted to see Roydon’s advertisement for anyone interested in becoming a Governor.  I consider it a great privilege to be involved with the welcoming team at Roydon in educating our children. I am very pleased to be able to serve Roydon Primary School as a Governor.

On a personal note I am married with two children, 8 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. As well as family and exploring the area, my interests include reading, patchwork and crafts, WI and Circle Dancing – all of which have groups in Diss.

Andy Owen

I have lived in Roydon for over thirty years.  I am married to Debra, the school cook, and have two daughters (Charlotte and Victoria) who both attended Roydon Primary School.

I enjoy football (The Tractor Boys), music (various) and cars, especially F1.  I work for a local company – A. Waterfield & Sons – and when I am not working, I like trundling around country lanes in my old MG.

I see my role as a school governor as being able to give an outside perspective and to help the school in any way I can.

  1. The name of the school is  Roydon Primary School
  2. The school is a maintained school.
  3. The name of the governing body is “The Governing Body of Roydon Primary School
  4. The governing body shall consist of: 
    • Two parent governors 
    • One LA governor 
    • One staff governor 
    • One headteacher 
    • Seven co-opted governors 
  5. Total number of governors is  twelve
  6. The term of office of all governors is  4 years
  7. This instrument of government comes into effect on  Friday 17th October 2014
  8. This instrument was made by order of  Norfolk  Local Authority on Friday 17th October 2014

A copy of the instrument must be supplied to every member of the governor body.