School Governors

About the Governors

The Diocese of Norwich Education and Academy Trust has appointed a Transition Board to undertake the work of the governing body and support the school moving forward. The Board is made up of three people who are all very experienced in supporting schools to improve outcomes for children.

David Lennard Jones Transition board Chair
Jan Pierson Transition board member
Simon Morley Transition board member Academy Group Executive Principal (AGEP)

The board will be working with a group of other governors who it is hoped will be willing to be appointed by the trust as a local governing body for the school.  The plan is that the transition board will work with this group and when the time is right will hand over to them and the transition board will be dissolved.

In the meantime, the transition board will be working with staff to support and challenge.  The shared aim is to make Dereham Junior Academy the best school that it can be.

Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust
Easton House
109 Dereham Road
Easton
Norwich
NR9 5ES
www.dneat.org

Telephone: 01603 882329

Contacting the Governors

Please contact the Chair of Governors Mr David Lennard Jones, via the School Office.

Governors Committees

As well as Full Governing Body Meetings, the Governors also hold Resources and Standards Committee meetings, all Governors are members of all committees.

Governance Statement

Governance Statement January 2016

In accordance with the Governments’ requirements for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Dereham Church of England Junior Academy School Governing Body are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the budget is well spent.

Governance arrangements

The Governing Body of Dereham Church of England Junior Academy was re- constituted following the Academies conversion under the Sponsorship of the Norwich Diocesan Board (DNEAT). The membership of the governing body is made up 2 staff governors, including the Headteacher, 2 Parent Governors and 6 Trust Governors. The Trust Governors are appointed by DNEAT and are people, who in the opinion of DNEAT, have the skills and commitment to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school: on the governing body there are representatives from the local community, including the Rector from St Nicholas Church and a number of people with a range of experience in business. The full Governing Body meets regularly each term and others, such as pupil discipline and staffing matters, meet as required.

Attendance record of governors

Governors regularly attend the meetings and throughout the year all meetings have been quorate- thus allowing legal decisions to be made.

Review of impact of the Governing Body

The work of the  previous governing body had been focused around the school’s decision to join DNEAT and the work that involved. This now is a reality and the current governing body will review the impact of its current work at the end of this school year.

 

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.