The work of the Governing Body

The role of the governing body is to provide strategic management, and to act as a 'critical friend', supporting the work of the headteacher and other staff. We meet as a full governing body every half term. 

Governing body meetings are professionally clerked and the minutes, once ratified by the full governing body, are available to the general public. Our clerk is Mrs Maggie Smith.

Most of the hard work happens in our sub-committees. We have two sub-committees -

The Resources Committee looks at the finances of the school, monitoring expenditure and ensuring value for money. They also oversee everything to do with the employment of staff and the condition and development of the site. Members are expected to undergo training on how schools are funded and how to make the best use of the budget.

The Standards Committee has a wide-ranging brief which includes scrutinising the amount of progress that groups of pupils make each term, using data that Mrs Sonnex produces from teachers’ assessments. Members of this committee monitor how well the school’s Improvement & Development Plan is progressing and can often be seen in classrooms talking to pupils about their work. Good standards are not just about academic work; the committee also looks at the things the school offers to develop the whole child, including things like the breakfast club, extra-curricular activities, sport and, of course, the school’s vision and Christian values.

Click here for Annual Governors Report to Parents (2019/20)

Mrs Sonnex

Mrs Goodhew

Mrs Byer

GILL HIPWELL

Although I was born and brought up in Lancashire, I have lived in Norfolk for almost 40 years - 25 in Earsham and 15 in Denton. I have been a governor at Alburgh with Denton for more than ten years. I am a foundation governor, nominated by the rector on behalf of the diocese, and I am a regular worshipper at both Denton churches. Having trained as a teacher, I have worked in schools for more than 40 years. Most recently I have worked in church schools, advising on and inspecting collective worship, religious education (RE) and the distinctiveness of the Christian vision. Over the years I have held a number of roles on the governing body. At present I sit on the resources committee and convene the ethos group, which includes both governors and non-governors. In addition, I am the nominated governor for safeguarding and for RE.

 

CHRIS BROWN (Vice Chair)

I have been a Governor of the school since 2015. With three children now at the school, I am very aware of the importance of having a great staff team and a strong ethos and vision for the school. I have always felt that education in all its forms is vital for everyone to be able to get the most out of life. I hope that I am able to support the school through the inevitable challenges and difficulties that arise and enable it to develop and thrive. I think it is important that the education provided by the school is not just about academic achievement but about developing the whole child and providing a nurturing and caring environment in which to learn. I believe that Alburgh with Denton is an excellent school and provides a safe and caring environment for pupils.

The school is also a vital part of the local community and I am keen that it continues to develop links with the local community and that it works closely with other schools in the area.

In addition to being a school governor, I am the local District councillor, for Ditchingham & Earsham ward. I run my own public relations business and I am a trustee of a local homelessness charity, Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney.

Andrea Fitzgerald

I am the nominated Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). I have lived in Denton for thirteen years. Prior to that I was a Primary School teacher in Kent for eighteen years, having undertaken teacher training when my youngest child started school. I developed an interest in supporting children with learning difficulties and was a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator for the last seven years of my career. My daughter moved to the area six years ago and I now have two grandchildren at the school. My interests include reading, gardening and travel. Whilst I see my role as an opportunity to give something back to the community, I also enjoy helping the children with their reading and generally being involved in the life of this lovely, happy school.

 

Position Available

Co-Opted Governor Position currently available

 

Position Available

Local Authority Governor Position currently available

 

Beth Barrett (Chair)

I am delighted to be the Chair of such a dedicated group of governors. I have always had a passion for education, believing it to be vital in inspiring young people to unlock their true potential. Having taught History in secondary schools for over 14 years, several of which as Head of Year, I have witnessed the transformative impact that excellent teaching and pastoral care can have. Whilst living in Surrey I took on the role of Chair of the local pre-school and when we returned to the Norfolk family home in 2017 I was keen to get involved in the village community. Both my children, Abigail and Oliver, attend the school and I became a Parent Governor in 2018. I truly believe that our school is a special and welcoming place, where both children and adults can flourish in all aspects of their development. I am more than happy to chat with parents/carers either about my role as a Governor, or any queries that you may have about the school. You can either see me at drop off/pick up, or email me on - Chairofgov@alburgh-with-denton.norfolk.sch.uk

 

Karen Thompson

Amie Marshall