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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 of 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 Sapientia 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




Welcome to our LGB Team

Natasha Hall








Deena Wymer


Chair of Governors




I am a registered paediatric nurse and for the last few years have worked as a health visitor within the Breckland locality.

I have lived in the wonderful village of Great Hockham for several years and feel immensely proud that my daughter now attends the school.

I hope to bring a different dynamic to my role as governor based on my working experience.                 

I believe that children will succeed to the best of their ability within a positive and nurturing environment and I will support the school to continue its achievement of this and the high level of education that it offers.  

Lead Link Role: Safeguarding


Stephanie Taylor


Vice Chair of Governors




Myself and my husband have lived in Great Hockham’s neighbouring village for several years. My husband who was born in Shropham attended Great Hockham Primary school when he was a child and now both of our daughters attend the school too. My former profession was as a fashion buyer in London but the pull of Norfolk was too great, so I returned to the countryside and now use the skills I developed in this role and at university to run my own little dressmaker/seamstress business. This allows me the flexibility and time to also focus on my most important role as a mother and homemaker. I feel passionate that education is so incredibly important for shaping and nurturing the children of the future therefore, my aim as governor is to apply this passion to contribute and support the schools vision, ethos and strategic direction.

Lead Link Role: Science/RSE


Fiona Beard



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



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



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






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 6. 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.