Academy Governance

Introduction

Here at Dereham Junior Academy, we are very proud of our children, families and staff who all work as a team to make sure we put our children at the centre of all that what we do.

Following a period where there was a Transition Board overseeing the work of Governance at the school, we are now working hard to establish a new Local Governing Board who can effectively support the Headteacher, staff and children at the school. We feel it important that you know as much as possible about how our Governing Board works as we work with DNEAT to fill remaining vacancies we have.

At the heart of our Governance are the children of Dereham Junior Academy with our collective aim of making a positive difference to the lives of our pupils in order for them to flourish emotionally, socially and academically; leaving us with the knowledge, skills and attributes to have a ‘life better than they ever dreamed of’. This is linked to our 3 core expectations in school of ‘Be Respecful, Be Safe, Be Ready’.

We hope that you find this information useful.

Malcolm Gray
Interim Chair of Governors

Our Local Governing Body

Record of Attendance at Meetings

Governor Chair Term Start Term End Resignation Date Governor Type Appointed by Declaration of Pecuniary or Personal Interest No. of Full LGB Meetings Attended 2016 - 2017
David Lennard Jones Yes 08-May-17 07-May-21 Appointed (IEB) DNEAT Improvement Consultant appointed by DNEAT
Governor at The Bishop's CofE Primary Academy
4/5 (IEB)
Jan Pierson 08-May-17 07-May-21 Appointed (IEB) DNEAT Governor Improvement Associate, DNEAT
Governor at Kessingland CofE Primary School & Carbrook CofE Primary School
5/5 (IEB)
Mary-Jane Edwards Ex-Officio Ex-Officio Appointed (IEB) DNEAT Academies Group Executive Principal, DNEAT           Governor at Cromer Junior School 5/5 (IEB)
Ian Fryer 09-Nov-15 08-Nov-19 Appointed DNEAT None 3/5
John Gillespie 09-Nov-15 08-Nov-19 Appointed DNEAT None 4/5
Rachel Porter 09-Nov-15 08-Nov-19 Appointed DNEAT None 2/5
Sally Theakston 01-Nov-15 31-Oct-19 Appointed DNEAT Governor at Dereham CofE Infant & Nursery School 4/5
Hilary Williams 06-May-16 05-May-20 Appointed DNEAT None 3/5
Vacancy Parent Parent Election
Susan Bateman 01-Feb-17 31-Jan-21 Parent Parent Election None 2/2
Rebecca Bunkle 17-Dec-15 16-Dec-19 Staff Staff Election Staff Member 5/5
Neil Toplis Ex-Officio Ex-Officio Headteacher 4/5
Simon Dack Deputy Headteacher 1/1 (LGB) & 5/5 (IEB)
Rebecca Ashley Clerk Employed by Educator Solutions
Anna Brett 01-Nov-15 31-Oct-19 06-Sep-16 Appointed DNEAT Wymondham Cluster Extended Schools Co-ordinator N/A
Colin Nicol 01-Nov-15 31-Oct-19 21-Apr-17 Appointed DNEAT Owner of Dereham Glass Company 3/5
Derek Williams 01-Feb-17 31-Jan-21 05-May-17 Parent Parent Election Governor at Dereham CofE Infant & Nursery School 2/2

Governor Term Start Term End Resig-
nation Date
Governor Type Appointed by Declaration of Pecuniary or Personal Interest % of Full LGB Meetings Attended 2015 - 2016
Anna Brett 01-Nov-15 31-Oct-19 Appointed DNEAT Wymondham Cluster Extended Schools Co-ordinator. 100%
Rebecca Bunkle 17-Dec-15 16-Dec-19 Staff Staff Election Staff member 100%
Ian Fryer 09-Nov-15 08-Nov-19 Appointed DNEAT None 100%
John Gillespie 09-Nov-15 08-Nov-19 Appointed DNEAT None 100%
Colin Nicol (Chair) 01-Nov-15 31-Oct-19 Appointed DNEAT Owner of Dereham Glass Company 80%
Rachel Porter 09-Nov-15 08-Nov-19 Appointed DNEAT None 60%
Sally Theakston 01-Nov-15 31-Oct-19 Appointed DNEAT Governor at Church First School 80%
Neil Toplis Headteacher Ex Officio 80%
Hilary Williams 06-May-16 05-May-20 Appointed DNEAT None 100%
Vacancy Parent Parent Election
Vacancy Parent Parent Election
Jane Jackson Clerk School Secretary at Garvestone Primary School. Clerk to Dereham Cluster and for schools within the Cluster.