Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School


Our School’s Governing Body

The Governors are proud to welcome you to Alpington & Bergh Apton Primary School, a setting where we strive to provide an inspiring education which every child enjoys and every parent values.

Graded as an ‘Outstanding’ school by Ofsted, we feel that this recognises the care, commitment and skills of the school staff and the Christian values which are at the heart of the school. The primary school years can be the most magical time for children, where they discover skills and talents to stay with them for life; at Alpington & Bergh Apton Primary School we aim to create a happy learning environment with a broad, stimulating and exciting curriculum which gives each pupil confidence in their individual abilities and helps them to achieve to their full potential.

The 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. Governors oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure that money is spent effectively. Our website is intended to give details of the school, its operation and organisation but, alongside Staff members, Governors are available for contact and conversation, if you have any questions, concerns or worries while your child is at the school, please do not hesitate to come in and discuss these with us in person.

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. A lot of the detailed work takes place in Committees.

We have three 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.

‘Ethos’ –  this committee is responsible for the effective implementation of our jointly agreed vision and values. It also deals with curriculum areas such as RE and Collective Worship.

Governors are allocated to each class as follows;

Robins – Helen Hyett and Emily Northcut

Kingfishers – Sonia Rush and Michaela Warner

Swallows – Patrick Phillips and Katie Smith

Owls – John Habershon and Lizzie Willmot

Eagles – Matt Hyde and Tom Fisher

Governors also have other specific roles and responsibilities within the governing body:

Responsibilities and allocated Governor
Chair Lizzie Willmot
Vice Chair Matt Hyde
GDPR Patrick Phillips
Safeguarding Katie Smith
SEND John Habershon
Pupil Premium / LAC Katie Smith / Sonia Rush
Performance Management Lizzie Willmot
Well-being and Mental Health Emily Northcut

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:

Lizzie Willmot (Chair), Tel: 01508 550837

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

Final 2020 Annual Governance Statement

Final 2019 Annual Governance Statement

Resources Committee and Term of Office
Lizzie Willmot – Chair 23 November 2021 – 22 Nov 2025 First appointed 16 Oct 2017
Michael Stowers 1 Nov. 2018 – 31 Oct. 2022
Rosie Welch  Head teacher
Patrick Phillips 27 Jan. 2021 – 26 Jan. 2025 First appointed 27 Jan. 2017
Tom Fisher 21 Feb 2022 – 20 Feb 2026
Effectiveness Committee and Term of Office
Michala Warner – Chair  12 Jan. 2021 – 11 Jan 2025 First appointed 1 Jan. 2016
Michael Stowers 1 Nov. 2018 – 31 Oct. 2022
John Habershon 21 Feb 22 – 20 Feb 2026
Helen Hyett 15 Sept 2021 – 14 Sept 2025
Sonia Rush  5 Feb 2022 – 4 Feb 2026 First appointed 6 Dec. 2017
Rosie Welch Head teacher
Ethos Committee and Term of Office
Matthew Hyde – Chair 1 July 2020 – 30 Jun 2024
Rosie Welch  Head teacher
Katie Smith 7 March 22 – 6 March 26
Emily Northcut TBC
Amy Beardmore TBC




Governor Profile

Lizzie Willmot


Lizzie Willmot photo


I joined as a co-opted governor in December 2017 and am a member of the Resources Committee. I trained as a Chartered Accountant in audit and worked with a number of sectors including education before leaving to teach various accountancy qualifications to adults. As well as teaching accountancy I am currently Finance Manager at a local charity. My three children attend the school and in my spare time I enjoy walking and singing.

Sonia Rush



I joined as a Parent Governor in November 2017 and I am a member of the School Effectiveness Committee. I have worked in education for over 14 years, teaching primarily in Key Stage One at two outstanding London schools. I have held many responsibilities, including English and the Humanities where I helped achieve Green Flag status in the Eco-Schools programme. I moved to Norfolk in 2012 and my current teaching post is in a small village school in Trowse, where I am the designated safeguarding lead. I hope that my knowledge and experience in education will benefit the governing body. I myself went to a French school in London and grew up bilingual. Our two children, Bertie and Molly, are very settled at Alpington. I have previously been a member of the Cottontails Committee and am currently an active member of the school’s lovely Friend’s Association. If I have any spare time, I enjoy running and keeping fit.

Michala Warner

Michala Warner

I joined the Governing Body in January 2018 as a Foundation Governor. I am the Chair of the Effectiveness Committee. I have worked in primary education for over 23 years, teaching predominantly in Key Stage 2. I have held several leadership roles including Subject Lead for English, Year Group Lead, Assistant Head, Deputy Head and Head teacher, teaching both in the UK and abroad. I am currently working in a large primary academy in Gt Yarmouth as a Vice Principal with responsibility for Key Stage 2, Disadvantaged Pupils, and Progress, as a Raising Standards Lead. I am also part of the Pastoral Team as a Deputy Safeguarding Lead and Mental Health Champion. I have two children: Millie has just joined Framingham Earl High School having enjoyed 7 years of excellent education at Alpington Primary school- my son Henry is in Upper KS2. In serving as a Governor, I hope to give something back to the school that has played such an important part in my children’s lives and I hope that my skills and background can bring something to the table. For those rare moments of ‘free time’ I enjoy cycling, running and reading.

 Matthew Hyde

I joined the school’s governing body in July 2020 and am a member of the Ethos committee.  I currently work at Aviva as a lead programmer and prior to that I worked as a lecturer and researcher in computer science at the University of Nottingham and then at UEA.  My eldest 2 children attend the school and when I have time to get out and about I am interested in wildlife, birdwatching and walking in the local area.

Patrick Phillips

patrick phillips photo

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.

Katie Smith


Katie is a new governor – her profile is coming soon.

Tom Fisher


I joined the Governors team in September 2021 and I am a member of the resource team. My background is in sport and leisure management, I have over 15 years experience working within safeguarding, premises management, planning and teaching junior sport activities as well as adult fitness classes . I currently spilt my time working within waste and recycling management and plumbing. I’m looking forward to contributing to an already fantastic team to help support Alpington and Bergh Apton school. I’m a keen sportsman and enjoy playing and watching many sports.

John Habershon


John is a new governor – his profile is coming soon.

Helen Hyett

I joined the governing body in September 2021 and I am a member of the School Effectiveness Committee. I have worked in education for the past 17 years. I am a qualified teacher with a specialism in early years education. My previous roles include Early Years Leader and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. For the last 8 years I have worked in the regulation and quality improvement of early years settings. I have been fortunate to take part in research projects into early education, including visiting early years settings in Lithuania. More recently, I took part in research to find out how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected young children. I am passionate about the benefits of play for all children and helping children to acquire a love of reading. I hope that my knowledge and experience will benefit the governing body. Our three children are very happy at Alpington school. In my spare time, I enjoy exercise and spending time with my family.

Emily Northcut


Emily is a new governor – her profile is coming soon.

Amy Beardmore


I joined the school governing body as foundation governor in September 2022. I qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and have always worked in Family Law. I am a partner of a law firm and head of the private family and childcare teams. I have previously chaired Cottontails Pre School and I am an active member of the Friends of Alpington. My 2 children attend Alpington school and enjoy being part of the community. I love travelling, running and yoga, and enjoy contributing to the school and local community.