The Role of The Governing Body
All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.
The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the Academy Trust. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance.
It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.
Main Governors’ meetings are held once a term including Full Governing Body meetings and Curriculum meetings which monitors and evaluates the standards of learning and teaching and the impact that the school makes on children’s achievement and attainment. The Governing Body monitors how the school ensures that we achieve our national and locally set targets and the targets that we set ourselves.
Our Governing Body
Dave Crook - (Chair of Governors) - Trust - David has served as a governor of the School for the past eight years. During this time he has undertaken a variety of responsibilities. During his forty years service in education he held range of teaching and management roles in various parts of the country. Prior to his retirement he served for twelve years as Deputy Principal to one of the largest further education colleges in the Eastern Region.
Neil Mindham - Executive Headteacher - Neil has several years of experience working in senior leadership roles in a variety of primary settings, including an executive position over three schools within the West Norfolk Academies Trust. Neil has been Headteacher of Gaywood Primary since October 2017 and has recently taken on the role of Executive Headteacher leading Gaywood Primary and supporting other schools across the trust.
Kim Duff - Trust Appointed Governor - Kim has 22 years teaching and leadership experience within a broad range of settings including; nursery, primary, middle and secondary schools as well as higher education via the University of Northampton. Kim has also worked in America as well as visited and studied some of the very best schools, both in the UK and US. Kim's education experience is enhanced by her keen interest to develop academically, which has resulted in her securing a PGCE in Higher Education, MA in Education and NPQH of which she also facilitates.
Carly West-Burnham - Trust Appointed Governor - Carly has recently been appointed as a Parent Governor at Gaywood Primary. Her desire to be involved with the school stems from the belief that all stakeholders have a role to play in ensuring that all children get the best education and opportunities whilst at school to enable them to grow, develop and reach their potential. Carly has two daughters currently in the school and lives and works locally.
Katie Docherty - Trust Appointed Governor - Katie has 12 years experience in Social Housing and enjoys working in a sector where she can make a positive impact on peoples’ lives. Katie believes that Social Value is effected by the experiences children have during their school years and wants to be able influence the success of the school so its pupils can reach their full potential. Katie has a particular interest in Safeguarding and brings experience from her working role to ensure the school is compliant and proactive in managing Safeguarding.
Lara Wardill - Staff Governor - Lara has extensive experience working in primary school settings supporting the mental health of children. She is a qualified Designated Safeguarding Lead and attendance officer and has worked at Gaywood Primary for four years. Lara holds the position of Mental Health Lead and is a leading force in supporting the social, emotional and mental health of our school community.
Peter Cuss - Trust Appointed Governor - Peter currently works at Springwood High School at a Head of Year and Teacher of Music. During his eight years of working in a secondary school environment, Peter has been a part of the primary to secondary transition process and has experience of leading a year group from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4.
Stuart Newman - Trust Appoinetd Governor - Stuart is a successful local businessman working in the private sector. He believes that all children deserve the opportunity to flourish and succeed within the education system. Stuart has a particular interest in music and sport. He lives locally and has a son currently in the school.
Vicky Matkin - Parent Governor - Vicky currently works for West Norfolk Academies Trust as an Human Resources Assistant. Previous to her current position, Vicky worked for 24 years as a Manager in the retail industry. Vicky became a governor at Gaywood Primary as she believes every child deserves the same opportunities regardless of their personal circumstances and that children can excel with the right motivation and support. Vicky's daughter is a pupil at Gaywood Primary School.
John Sinclair - Parent Governor - John is an experienced Avionics/Electrical maintenance supervisor. His experience includes 3 years of in-depth electrical component fault diagnosis and maintenance of aircraft replaceable units and the establishment of a dedicated Quality & Continuous Improvement Team. John's two daughters are both pupils at Gaywood Primary School.
The Clerk to the Governors is Miss Nicki Gay
If you wish to contact the Governing Body, please address any correspondence to her or the Chair of Governors via the following:
FAO Miss N Gay
Clerk to the Governors
Gaywood Primary School
32 Field Lane
Norfolk PE30 4AY
Telephone: 01553 774147
WNAT Board of Trustees
Responsibility for all the academies that make up West Norfolk Academies Trust and for providing education in those academies is entrusted to the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees have overall accountability for all the schools within the trust and manage all finances (including audits), premises and personnel areas, via sub committees. Work is also delegated to our local governing body whose assistance is greatly valued and supported by the Trustees.
For further information on our Board of Trustees visit the West Norfolk Academies Trust website Governance Page.
If you are interested in being a Governor at this school or any other school within West Norfolk Academies Trust, please click on the link below for further information:
WNAT Governor Recruitment Information