Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School

Governors

Our School’s Governing Body

The purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’. (Section 21 (2) of the Education Act 2002).

The Governors of our school meet as a Full Governing Body six times a year. The Full Governing Body has overall responsibility for giving the school vision, ethos and strategic direction. It also ensures that our pupils are taught to high standards and kept healthy and happy. And it oversees the financial performance of the school and makes sure money is spent effectively. A lot of the detailed work takes place in Committees.

We have two committees at our school:

School Effectiveness’ – this committee advises the Governing Body in relation to the curriculum, in particular the setting of targets, the provision of the statutory curriculum and the performance of staff and students. It also deals with the communication with parents/carers of pupils as well as the wider community.

Resources’ – this committee advises the Governing Body in relation to the school’s finances. It sets budgets and monitors that money is spent effectively. It is also deals with staff appointments, the development and maintenance of our premises and health and safety matters.

In Spring 2014 the whole school Community was involved in an ‘Envisioning Day’ which aimed to take a fresh look at the vision for and ethos of our school. A key outcome of this review was the establishment of an ‘Ethos Committee‘ which is now responsible for the effective implementation of jointly agreed values.

If you would like to speak to or find out more about who the Governors are and how we work, please either visit the school’s website or contact us directly. We will be very happy to talk to you. You can contact:

Michael Hibbin (Chair), Tel: 01508 494792

Minutes of Governors’ meetings are available, on request, from the school office.

Resources Committee and Term of Office
Aaron Widdows – Chair 1 Mar. 2013 – 27 Feb. 2017
Michael Hibbin 2 Feb. 2016 – 1 Feb. 2020
Andrew Baker 27 Mar. 2016 – 26 Mar. 2020
Michael Stowers 1 Nov. 2014 – 31 Oct. 2018
James Debbage 5 Feb. 2016 – 4 Feb. 2020
Teresa Osborne Head teacher
Effectiveness Committee and Term of Office
Michala Warner – Chair
Sian Aldis 1 Nov. 2015 – 31 Oct. 2019
Rev. Chris Ellis 7 Oct. 2015 – 6 Oct. 2019
Greg Roper 19 Nov. 2013 – 18 Nov. 2017
Joy Shreeve 7 May 2015 – 7 May 2019
Teresa Osborne Head teacher
Ethos Committee and Term of Office
Joy Shreeve – Chair  7 May 2015 – 7 May 2019
Rev. Chris Ellis 7 Oct. 2015 – 6 Oct. 2019
James Debbage 5 Feb. 2016 – 4 Feb. 2020
Michael Hibbin 2 Feb. 2016 – 1 Feb. 2020
Sian Aldis 1 Nov. 2015 – 31 Oct. 2019
Teresa Osborne Head teacher

 

Governor Profile

Michael Hibbin

Michael Hibbin - Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor

I joined as Parish Church Committee Governor in January 2011. I am currently responsible for monitoring Maths and ICT and am a member of the Resources Committee. I have over 20 years’ experience in financial and business management from the public, private and charitable sectors and am currently the Management Accountant for the Diocese of Norwich. I have two children, who are pupils at the school.

Joy Shreeve

Joy Shreeve - Foundation Governor

I joined as a Foundation Governor in May 2015. I am a member of the School Effectiveness Committee and also the Ethos Committee. I am a History graduate who has taught at both secondary and primary level. I taught at Alpington and Bergh Apton CE VA Primary School for over 25 years retiring in December 2013, but have continued to do voluntary work in the classroom and in the school garden. In my spare time I enjoy fell walking and swimming.

Greg Roper

Greg Roper - Parent Governor

I joined as a Parent Governor in September 2013. I am a member of the School Effectiveness Committee. My professional background is in financial advice with 15 years in the financial industry with Virgin Money and most recently Lloyds Bank, and then in 2015 I established my own financial planning firm in partnership with St. James’s Place. I am married to Marianne, who is a member of the Friends Committee, and we have two children Jake and Jessica both of whom attend the school. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing and watching Norwich City.

Aaron Widdows

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I became a governor in November 2008. I am Chair of the Resources Committee. I am currently in my second term, moving from a parent governor to a Diocese appointed governor. I am well suited to the finance role – I am a partner at Price Bailey Chartered Accountants and my role there involves me closely with many Academy schools. I have two daughters, one still attending the school.

Rev. Chris Ellis

Rev. Chris Ellis

I am the Rector of Thurton (and four neighbouring parishes) and I am the Bishop’s Appointed Governor at Alpington and Bergh Apton VA Primary School. I am passionate in my support of the Christian Ethos of the school and meet regularly with the RE Co-ordinator, take teaching assemblies when required and I am one of the ‘Open the Book’ team who teach Bible stories through drama in school. I consider an important part of my role to be to support the teachers and Head teacher in their demanding roles as well as encouraging community cohesion through my relationship with the families both in and out of the school environment. I am on the ‘Effectiveness’ and ‘Ethos’ committees, a Safer Recruitment Governor and the Link Governor for RE. I am also the Bishop’s Appointed Governor at Thurton VC Primary School.

Sian Aldis

Sian Aldis

I joined as a Parent Governor in November 2015. I am a member of both the School Effectiveness Committee and Ethos Committee. I joined as a Governor to contribute towards the school by way of supporting the Head teacher, staff and parents, working alongside them for the benefit of the children. I previously worked in legal services, was a Registered Childminder and more recently a Practitioner within Children and Family Services in the NHS. I have a Health Studies degree and will shortly complete a BA(Hons) in Integrated Health and Social Care, in which I have focused on maternal and child health. I aim to use my knowledge and experience to benefit the wide ranging skills of the governing body. I am married to a local farmer, who went to the school himself, and we have two children at the school. When time allows I enjoy horse riding and trying to keep fit.

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

I joined the Governors in January 2016. I am a member of the Resources Committee. My professional background is in commercial management, quality and Health & Safety for a design & engineering consultancy. This mainly involves working locally and internationally for Oil & Gas and offshore wind farm/renewables clients within the Energy sector. I hold a Law degree and an MBA in Global Energy from WBS. I moved to Norfolk in 2001 and settled here with my wife Bernie, who is a member of the Friends committee, and three daughters. When time allows I enjoy running, cycling and pretty much any outdoor activity.

Michala Warner

Michala Warner

I have worked in education for over 19 years, teaching primarily in Upper Key Stage 2. I have held several leadership roles and have previously been both a Deputy Head and Head teacher, teaching both in the UK and abroad. I am currently working in a large Primary School in Gt Yarmouth and as a Specialist Leader in Education with a specialism in Primary English. I have two children, Millie and Henry, who attend Alpington Primary school. I have previously been a member of the Cottontails Pre-school committee over the four years that my children attended the pre-school. For those rare moments of ‘free time’ I enjoy running and reading.

James Debbage

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I am a former Alpington pupil and have lived almost all of my life within ¼ mile from the school. I am a trained horticulturist and for 12 years managed one of the largest garden centres in the region. This role included being responsible for over 100 staff and setting and working within various financial budgets. Now, along with my partner Michelle, own and run a garden centre and farm shop in the neighbouring village of Bergh Apton. I am now experiencing the reality of operating a small rural business but very much enjoying the hands-on lifestyle and a close connection with the local community. Two of my younger children, Harry and Tommy, attend Alpington Primary school.

Patrick Phillips

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My passion is renewable energy and the environment. As a former trustee of a national medical charity and with nearly twenty years’ experience in the civil engineering consulting profession, I have a broad range of technical and project management skills and am currently training to become a maths and physics teacher. Married and the father of two young children, I want to make a valuable contribution to the school, the local community and to society.

Elaine Horn

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I arrived at Alpington Primary School back in 1974 and remember a wonderful time, with 4 teaching staff and 2 school guinea pigs!  I headed out to Hobart High School and Norwich City College before joining Anglia TV to embark on a career in broadcasting which eventually took me to London.  I returned to Norfolk (we usually do!) and have a lovely family home in Bergh Apton – my two boys are currently in KS2 of the school.  My work now is within the Education Inclusion Service of Norfolk County Council and I hope to bring some of the skills I have learned and developed across the years to contribute to the Governor team at our super school… I think that’s ‘to come full circle’!