The Governing Body

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Membership

Regulations concerning how governing bodies are constituted were changed in 2012, to allow greater flexibility in recruiting governors so that schools could look for new members whose skills and experience would benefit the work of the governing body.

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. It 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.

The total number of parents appointed to the Governing Body must not exceed one third of the total number of members.  Equally, the total number of members of staff appointed to the Governing Body must not exceed one third of the total number of members. 

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 including 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.

Our governing body meets six times a year towards the end of each half term to deal with matters of governance.  Currently these take place remotely and this allows greater flexibility for governors to attend meetings.

Each non-staff governor is allocated to a Curriculum Leader Team and meets with a member of teaching staff up to six times a year to monitor aspects of teaching and learning in each subject.  Each monitoring activity and its outcomes are recorded and shared at full governing body meetings.

Every governor is allocated one or more aspect(s) of school life and is responsible for monitoring the statutory policies and procedures.  They meet up to six times a year with members of staff to familiarise themselves with practice in school and to discuss related issues.  Each monitoring activity and its outcomes are recorded and shared at full governing body meetings.  These aspects are:

  • Attendance
  • Data
  • EYFS
  • Finance
  • Health and safety
  • HR
  • “In the public eye”
  • Premises
  • Pupil Premium
  • Safeguarding
  • SEND
  • Sports Grant

Certain committees are required by law to deal with specific procedures or to deal with appeals related to the decisions made, for example, Headteacher Performance Management, Staff Discipline, Capability, Grievance and Exclusions.  Membership of these committees is decided as the need arises.

Governors are also seen in school helping out with school events, fund-raising, sports days, assemblies and coming in to watch the school Christmas plays (when they can!).  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.  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.

Jane Crawley

I was born near Derby in the Midlands and moved around a lot all through my childhood.  I have lived in sixteen different houses so far!

My twins both went to Roydon Primary School and I have been working at the school since 2015.  I’ve had lots of jobs, including being a horse-riding instructor and a P.A. to a member of parliament, but my favourite job is being a teaching assistant.  I am thrilled to be a governor and give something back to this amazing school.

Sarah Rothwell

I have lived in various places in England and the Middle East but it wasn’t until my husband and I started visiting Norfolk on holiday, that I felt I had found where I belonged.  After taking a career break to spend time with my daughter before she started school, we decided that it was the right time to move from Hull to Norfolk.  Timings worked out just right for us to move ready for our daughter to start at Roydon in 2016. 

The school and parents we met when we moved were so welcoming I wanted to give back so am now a parent governor. 

I work in Human Resources and, after having worked in local government and private sector, I joined the NHS, where I now work as an Employee Relations specialist.  This can be a stressful job (can’t they all!) so to relax I like to spend time with my family and pets and am crazy about crochet.

Chris Whatling

I was born over the border in Ipswich and raised on a farm in Suffolk. After studying Marketing at University in Bristol, I lived in many parts of the UK following various promotions at work. For nearly a decade I worked as a Risk Manager for Enterprise Rent A Car, and now in their sales and business development. It’s a job I’m passionate about because of the relationship building with customers to help them with innovative solutions.

The call to get back to my roots was answered when by chance I met my now wife Sarah on a return visit to the area. Sarah is a HLTA at Roydon School training to become a teacher. We live in Diss with our four children, the youngest both attending Roydon Primary School.  I feel that giving back to the community is really important especially for the benefit of children, which is why I wanted to become a parent governor.

Spending time with my family is my favourite thing, especially going to watch Ipswich Town with my daughter.

Instrument Of Government

  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.