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Governors

Welcome to Great Hockham School and Nursery Local Governing Body (LGB) information page. 

The purpose of the LGB is to:

 ‘Provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.’

 (Governance Toolkit 2017/18)

The 3 core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management off staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Whilst all of these elements are led by the Sapienta Board of Trustees, in particular those linked with financial performance. Our key role in accordance with our LGB Term of Reference is a monitoring role, which aims to support the 3 core functions as identified above, particularly that of core function 2.

 

In order to be effective, the LGB should be:

  ‘Ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continued school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations with a focus on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.’

(Governance Handbook, January 2017)

 

The key features of effective governance include:

Strategic Leadership / Accountability / People / Structures / Compliance / Evaluation

This means having the right people around the table, understanding our roles and responsibilities, developing good relationships based on trust, knowing the school - the data, the staff, the parents, the children, the community, committed to asking challenging questions, confident to have courageous conversations in the interest of the children and young people at the school.

 

The Local Governing Board consists of a team of volunteers from school staff, parents and members of the local community. The main role of the Local Governing Board is to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the headteacher and staff at Great Hockham Primary and Nursery School. The two documents to assist with this are the School Improvement and Development Plan (SIDP) and the School Evaluation Form (SEF), against which the school's progress is measured.  The role of the governors is both a challenging and rewarding one.

Our LGB is made up of a group of volunteers and GHPSN staff, who are bound by a Governor Code of Conduct. The LGB also participates in relevant training in order to build knowledge, skills and keep up to date with statutory changes and perform our role with greater clarity and effectiveness. Training is carried out by the Sapientia Education Trust, of which we are proud to be a member.

 

Governor Documents:

 

How to Contact us:

FAO: Chair of Governors or alternative named governor or clerk

Great Hockham Primary School and Nursery

Watton Road

Great Hockham

IP24 1PB

Tel: 01953/498302

Email: office@hockham.norfolk.sch.uk

Email: chairofgov@hockham.norfolk.sch.uk

 

Welcome to our LGB Team

Natasha Hall

 

Headteacher 

 

 

 

 

   

Helen Thomas-Jones

Chair 

 

I have previously had a child educated at the school and I am a secondary school teacher with senior leadership experience. My experience as a governor has included supporting the school through its last OFSTED inspection. I care about the destinies of the children at Great Hockham and the learning journey they take to get there. I am committed to supporting and challenging the school, to sustain and drive up standards for all who work and learn in this wonderful community. 

Lead Link Role: Safeguarding

   

Fiona Beard

Vice Chair

I have lived in the village for over 20 years and I am part of a farming family. I recently retired from a career in teaching and I currently have grandchildren attending the school.  My aim as a member of the governing body is to support and challenge the school to ensure the children enjoy learning and have the very best educational opportunities. 

Lead Link Role: SEND / EYFS

   

Luke Pavey

Parent

I am a civil servant and have children who attend the school. I have been a governor for many years and have served some of that time as Chair of Governors leading the schools transitions to Academy Status. As a governor, I hope to apply my professional experience in governance and inspection to improve the performance of the school. As a resident of Great Hockham I hope to ensure the long term success and sustainability of the village school. 

Lead Link Role: Pupil/Sports/Service Premium

 

 

Anna Dobbin

Staff

 I was fortunate enough to discover Great Hockham 16 years ago, and since then the school has become a large part of my life. Both of my children attended the school and I was lucky enough to join the teaching team in 2013. Having been involved with the school as both a parent and a member of staff has provided me with a great insight into the huge amount of work that goes into making this a very special learning environment for the children, but also the positive impact this has on the children. With my role as Governor I hope to be able to add another layer to my role within the school.

 

 

Vicky Sercombe

Staff

 

 

 

Having lived in Great Hockham for most of my life I have many fond memories of the village and as a child I myself attended the primary school. I have worked with children for many years and have two children of my own, both attending the village school, one has moved up to high school and the other still attends and is in year 4. I am involved with the school as a staff member, a member of the friends and now as a member of the governors. My aim as a governor is to help to ensure the schools roots remain firmly within the community with which it serves and to help the school maintain the high standard of education and foundation that it provides to our children.
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