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 – Lizzie Willmott and Chris Mallett

Kingfishers – Patrick Philips and Michaela Warner

Swallows – Matthew Hyde and Sonia Rush

Owls – Andy Baker and Chris Ellis

Eagles – Tom Hoare

Governors also have other specific roles and responsibilities within the governing body,  These can be found by clicking here;


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
Andrew Baker – Chair 27 Mar. 2016 – 26 Mar. 2020
Michael Stowers 1 Nov. 2014 – 31 Oct. 2018
Rosie Welch  Head teacher
Matthew Hyde 1 July 2020 – 30 Jun 2024
Patrick Phillips 27 Jan. 2017 – 26 Jan. 2021
Chris Mallett 6 Dec. 2017 – 5 Dec. 2021
Effectiveness Committee and Term of Office
Michala Warner – Chair  12 Feb. 2016 – 11 Jan 2021
Rev. Chris Ellis 7 Oct. 2019 – 6 Oct 2023
Lizzie Willmot  16 Oct. 2017 – 15 Oct. 2021
Tom Hoare 1 July 2020 – 30 Jun 2024
Sonia Rush 6 Dec. 2017 – 5 Dec. 2021
Rosie Welch Head teacher
Ethos Committee and Term of Office
Rev. Chris Ellis 7 Oct. 2019 – 6 Oct 2023
Rosie Welch  Head teacher
Chris Mallett 6 Dec 2017 – 5 Dec 2021
Matthew Hyde 1 July 2020 – 30 Jun 2024
Lizzie Willmot 16 Oct. 2017 – 15 Oct. 2021


Governor Profile

Lizzie Willmot


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 I joined as a Parent Governor in December 2017 to help cover Sian’s maternity leave and am a member of the Effectiveness and Ethos Committees. 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. I’m currently an A-level maths tutor. 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.

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.

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, who is now at secondary school, and Henry, who attends 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.

 Matthew Hyde


Matthew is a new governor in 2020 – profile to follow soon.

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.

Tom Hoare


Tom is a new governor who joined us in 2020.  Profile details to follow soon!