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Gaywood Primary School



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 - Headteacher - Mr Mindham 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.  Mr Mindham has been Headteacher of Gaywood Primary since October 2017.

Kim Duff - Trust Appointed Governor - Experienced Headteacher

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.

Helen Payne - Staff Governor - Helen has worked at Gaywood Primary for nine years and has worked in a wide range of different schools, starting her career in London. Helen loves working at Gaywood Primary as says that she finds the children, staff and parents to be very friendly and supportive.  Helen is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities this role of staff governor brings. She loves working with children and wants to do whatever is in her power to ensure them the best start in life.

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 - Parent 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.

Contact Details

The Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Samantha Simms

If you wish to contact the Governing Body, please address any correspondence to her or the Chair of Governors via the following:

FAO Mrs S Simms
Clerk to the Governors
Gaywood Primary School
32 Field Lane
King’s Lynn
Norfolk PE30 4AY

Telephone: 01553 774147

Governor Documentation 

Please click on the links below to view the up to date Governor Documentation:

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. 

Governor Recruitment 

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