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Meet our Governors

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 decision are down to the DNEAT Trust Board, lots of functions are delegated to the Local Governing Board. Details of this can be found in the Scheme of Delegation.


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 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 Governing Board

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


Emma Plane - Chair of Governors and Appointed Governor

Governor appointed by Diocesan Board of Education. Term of office until 31/08/2020. Business interests: Business Manager and Clerk to the Governors at another school. Emma has 1 child in school.

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Christabelle Whiteley-Tye - Headteacher Governor

Headteacher of the school. Business interests: Headteacher of the school. 

John Waters - Appointed Governor

Governor appointed by Trustees. No business interests. Head of Health and Safety.

Sandra Smith - Appointed Governor

Governor appointed by the Bishop. Term of office until 31/12/2020. No business interests. 

Chris Grogan - Appointed Governor

Elected Parent Governor. No business interests. Chris has two children in school. Sits on the Resources Committee. 

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Rosemary Barker - Appointed Governor

Appointed governor from the local community. No business interests or children in school. Ethos and Communities committee. 

Serena Curtis

Parent governor sitting on the Standards and Curriculum committee. No business interests. Two children in school.

Diane Moore - Staff Governor

Mrs Moore has been a staff governor since 2019. She currently sits on the Ethos and Community committee. 

Waheedat Owodeyi - Parent Governor

Parent governor sitting on the Standards and Curriculum committee. Two children in school. No business interests.


Justine Petersen - Clerk to the Governors

The Full Governing Board meets once per half term. The meeting dates for 2018/19 were:


3rd December 2018

11th February 2019

1st April 2019

20th May 2019

15th July 2019


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

The attendance records for governors can also be found below.


The Full Governing Board meetings for 2019/20 are: 

14th October 2019

2nd December 2019

10th February 2020

30th March 2020

18th May 2020

13th July 2020  


Governor Committees and Responsibilities


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


School Improvement Board

John Waters

Emma Plane

Christabelle Whiteley-Tye

Justine Petersen - clerk


Resources Committee

Chris Grogan

John Waters

Richard Mason-Ray

Christabelle Whiteley-Tye

Justine Petersen - clerk


Curriculum & Standards Committee

Emma Plane

Christabelle Whiteley-Tye

Serena Curtis

Waheedat Owodeyi

Justine Petersen - clerk


Ethos and Community Committee

Sandra Smith

Diane Moore

Rosemary Barker

Christabelle Whiteley-Tye

Justine Petersen - clerk


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

Governance Statements

Governor Code of Conduct