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Welcome to our Governance section

 

As Hopton Church of England Primary is an academy which is part of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) Multi-academy Trust, legal responsibility for the schools lies with DNEAT. It is governed by the Directors, who rely on advice and support from the Local Governing Board (LGB). The Directors are the charity trustees and responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the Company in accordance with the provisions set out in the Articles of Association of the Company. Further information regarding the structure of governance within DNEAT can be found on the DNEAT Website

A message from Emma Plane, Chair of Governors:

 

Welcome to Hopton Church of England Primary Academy. Governance at Hopton Primary Academy is the joint responsibility of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) and the Local Governing Board (LGB).

 

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. They ensure that there is a broad and balanced curriculum offer for the children, which is relevant and engaging.

 

Each individual governor is a member of the governing board. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board and decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board. Whilst many decisions are down to the DNEAT Trust Board, lots of functions are delegated to the Local Governing Board. Details  and details of this can be found in the Scheme of Delegation below.

 

The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:

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

 

Governors set the aims and objectives for the school. They set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

 

The Governing Board is also responsible for ensuring that the school meets the required standards for Church Schools, assessed by the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools.

 

Please do contact me via chairofgov@hopton.norfolk.sch.uk if you would like further information or have any questions at any point.


I am delighted to confirm the details of the governors in post at the present time below.

 

Emma Plane
Chair of Governors
Hopton CE Primary Academy

 

The Local Governing Board

At Hopton Church of England Primary Academy, the members of the Local Governing Board are:

 

Emma Plane - Chair of Governors and Trust Appointed Governor

Governor appointed by the DNEAT Trust Board. Term of office until 31/07/2022.

Business interests: Business Manager and Clerk to the Governors at another school. Emma has 1 child in school.

Contact email address: chairofgov@hopton.norfolk.sch.uk 

Christabelle Whiteley-Tye - Headteacher Governor

Headteacher of the school.

Business interests: Headteacher of the school. 

John Waters - Trust Appointed Governor

Governor appointed by the DNEAT Trust Board. Term of office until 31/07/2022.

No business interests. 

Sandra Smith - Trust Appointed Governor

Governor appointed by the DNEAT Trust Board. Term of office until 31/07/2022.

No business interests.  

Chris Grogan - Trust Appointed Governor

Governor appointed by the DNEAT Trust Board. Term of office until 31/07/2022.

No business interests. Chris has two children in school.

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Rosemary Barker - Trust Appointed Governor

Governor appointed by the DNEAT Trust Board. Term of office until 31/07/2022.

No business interests. 

Serena Curtis - Elected Parent Governor

Governor elected by the parent body. Term of office until 02/10/2022.

No business interests. Serena has two children in school.

Diane Moore - Elected Staff Governor

Governor elected by the staff body. Term of office until 28/11/2022.

Business interests: employed at the academy 

Waheedat Owodeyi - Elected Parent Governor

Governor elected by the parent body. Term of office until 02/10/2022.

No business interests. Waheedat has one child in school.

 

Justine Petersen - Clerk to the Governors

The Local Governing Board meets once per half term. The meeting dates for 2020/21 are:

 

9th November 2020

9th December 2020

8th February 2021

22nd March 2021

17th May 2021

12th July 2021

 

Once formally accepted, the minutes from these meetings will be published below.

The attendance records for governors can also be found below.

 

Governor Committees and Responsibilities

 

Some work of the Local Governing Board is delegated to our committees; Resources, Standards & Curriculum and Ethos & Community. These committees meet termly and report to the Local Governing Board. The Terms of Reference for each committee can be found below.

 

Resources Committee

Chris Grogan (Chair)

John Waters

Christabelle Whiteley-Tye

Justine Petersen (Clerk)

 

Standards & Curriculum Committee

Emma Plane (Chair)

Christabelle Whiteley-Tye

Serena Curtis

Waheedat Owodeyi

Justine Petersen (Clerk)

 

Ethos & Community Committee

Rosemary Barker (Chair)

Sandra Smith

Diane Moore

Christabelle Whiteley-Tye

Justine Petersen (Clerk)

 

Link Governors

 

Some governors also have a specific responsibility

 

EYFS - Serena Curtis

Headteacher Performance Review - John Waters and Sandra Smith

Health and Safety – John Waters

Pupil Premium / Sports Premium / Catch-up Premium – Chris Grogan

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) - Rosemary Barker

Religious Education & Collective Worship - Rosemary Barker

Safeguarding & Attendance – Emma Plane

SEND – Serena Curtis

 

Contact the Governors

 

Governors actively seek parents’ views throughout the year through parent questionnaires. In addition to this, any parent can consult the Governors, or put forward ideas for consideration at any time. Please contact us via the school office or directly by email at chairofgov@hopton.norfolk.sch.uk

Local Governing Board Scheme of Delegation

Governor Code of Conduct

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