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:

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.

Email: chairofgov@hopton.norfolk.sch.uk 

Although born in Yorkshire, I grew up in locally in Norfolk and returned to Hopton after living away at University. I am a qualified Human Resources (HR) Professional, although I currently apply my skills in the role of School Business Manager at a federation of schools in Suffolk. As well as HR and payroll, I am responsible for finance, health and safety, premises management and management of the office team, cleaners and midday supervisors. I am also Clerk to the Governors for those schools. These skills prepare me well for the role of Chair of Governors.

I have been a Governor since 2010 and joined the Governing Board at Hopton Primary in July 2013, becoming Chair of Governors in September 2016. During my time as Governor at Hopton we secured a ‘good’ judgement from Ofsted and joined the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT).

I am passionate about state education and believe that every child has the right to attend a primary school that gives them the best start and supports their aspiration to achieve whatever they want to in life. I’m a firm believer in lifelong learning and preparing children for this.

In addition to being a Business Manager and Chair of Governors, I love to spend quality time with my family enjoying life. I have one child at Hopton Primary, and another who attended Hopton Primary but is now at High School. We particularly love spending time at the beach.

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

No business interests. 

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

No business interests. Chris has two children in school.

I am Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Resources Committee, and the designated governor for Pupil Premium and Sports Premium. I became a governor during the 2014/2015 school year when my daughter was in reception, and now have 2 children in the school. I am part of the community of Hopton and I work as a chartered accountant for Aviva. The reason I became a governor is that I wanted to support the school, and felt that my finance skills would be a useful addition to the Governing Body.

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

No business interests.

Hi everyone, my name is Rosemary, though some of you might remember me as Mrs Barker. A resident of Hopton, the school has a high profile in my life as it the first thing I see as I draw my curtains each morning!

Starting school in the early 1950s, I effectively never left until I retired in 2008. During this time I have worn many different hats – pupil, student, teacher, parent, governor, headteacher, and diocesan school inspector.

Following a short break after retirement, I am back in school again as a governor at Hopton Primary Academy. It is a privilege to work with the whole team – pupils, staff, governors and parents who all contribute to the ongoing success of the school.

Out of school, I have many hobbies and interests: dancing, singing and music – making; concerts and theatre events; boating on the Broads, and currently swim and gym at Potters. (Preparation for an adventure holiday rather than an enjoyable hobby.)

If you meet me in the village, at Potters, on the bus, please introduce yourself and say ‘Hello’ so that the community feel of our village, its school and its amenities is maintained for us all.

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

No business interests. Serena has two children in school.

Hi I am Serena Curtis and have been a Parent Governor at Hopton Primary Academy since October 2018. I currently work In a local Nursery and have worked in a variety of different childcare settings for over 20 years.

As a Governor I have individual responsibility for Early Years monitoring and SEND. I also sit on the Curriculum and Standards sub committee.

I am a resident of Hopton and have 2 sons that both currently attend Hopton Primary Academy so I have a vested interest in supporting the school to continue to develop and thrive.

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

Business interests: employed at the academy 

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

No business interests. Waheedat has one child in school.


The Local Governing Board meets once per half term. The meeting dates for 2021/22 are:

  • 14th October 2021
  • 9th December 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.

Link Governors

Some governors also have a specific responsibility

EYFSSerena Curtis
Headteacher Performance ReviewJohn Waters and Sandra Smith
Health and SafetyJohn Waters
Pupil Premium / Sports Premium / Catch-up PremiumChris Grogan
Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)Rosemary Barker
Religious Education & Collective WorshipRosemary Barker
Safeguarding & AttendanceEmma Plane
SENDSerena 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

Further Information