Barnham Broom C of E VA Primary School Governing Body


 What does the Governing Body do?

The role of the Governing Body is not to manage the school on a day-to-day basis – that responsibility belongs with the Head Teacher.

The Governing Body takes a more strategic view. This includes setting up a strategic framework for the school, setting its aims and objectives, setting policies and targets for achieving the objectives, reviewing progress and reviewing the strategic framework in the light of progress. They work closely with the Head Teacher, and act as a “critical friend”, providing advice and support, but also constructive challenge to the school as necessary.

The various types of Governor are described here, and we also have a list of current Governors and their terms of office.


Governing Body meetings

Full meetings of the Governing Body are held approximately half-termly.

More detailed discussions are held in sub-committees that generally meet prior to the full meetings.

There are several sub-committees, Resources, Pay & Policies and the School Improvement & Development Committee (SIDC).  Each of these sub-committees meet at least once a term and more often when needed.


Types of Governor

The Governing Body consists of both elected and appointed Governors. These positions are described below. A list of the current Governors is below.

Irrespective of how they became Governors, all members of the Governing Body work in the best interests of the school.


Foundation Governor

Foundation governors are appointed to ensure that the school’s character (including religious character) is preserved and developed.

The Bishop of Norwich appoints one foundation governor. The Norwich Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) appoints three foundation governors and three foundation governors are appointed by the Parochial Parish Council (PCC) of Barnham Broom SS Peter and Paul with Bickerston St Andrew.

In Voluntary Aided (VA) schools, there will always be a majority of foundation governors.

Parent Governors

Our constitution requires two Parent Governors and these are nominated and elected when vacancies arise.

Parent Governors are parents or carers of children enrolled at the school at the time of their appointment. Should their child(ren) leave Barnham Broom School during their term of office, they may continue on the Governing Body until the end of their four-year term. Vacancies for Parent Governors must be notified to all parents and nominations requested. A ballot of all parents is held if there are more nominations than posts available. The retiring Parent Governor(s) can stand for re-election if they still have a child at the school, but not otherwise.

Staff Governors

Our constitution limits the number of elected Staff Governors to one member. The Headteacher takes a further Governor position.

Local Authority Governor

There is one governor position for a Local Authority nomination in order to maintain liaison with the authority and maintained schools in the area.

Governor’s Details

Governor’s Name

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Appointed By

Stephanie Fairman

1st February 2016

31st January 2020

Foundation (Diocese)

Penny Folkard

21st May 2014

20th May 2018

Foundation (PCC)

David Goddard

7th October 2015

6th October 2019

Foundation (PCC)

Rev Tim Weatherstone

15th February 2017

14th February 2021

Foundation (Bishop)

Yvonne Hornby

19th September 2015

18th September 2019

Foundation (Diocese)




Foundation (PCC)

Jane Burns

16th July 2017 

16th July 2021 

Foundation (Diocese)

Simon Hill

23rd November 2013

22nd November 2017

Local Authority

Heather Benson

September 2012



Yasmeen Wakeman

7th June 2017

7th June 2021


Sian Cosham

5th January 2016

4th January 2020


Rob Walker

16th June 2016

15th June 2020


Samantha Land

19th January 2016

18th January 2020



Committees & Attendance at meetings (2015-16)


Pay & Policies


David Goddard (Chair)  4/4

Simon Hill (Chair)  4/4

Penny Folkard (Chair)  5/5

Simon Hill (Vice Chair)  4/4

Steph Fairman  4/4

Tim Weatherstone  4/5

Heather Benson  2/2

David Goddard  4/4

Steph Fairman  5/5

Yvonne Hornby  4/4

Samantha Land 0/1

Heather Benson  3/3

Steph Fairman 4/4

Heather Benson  0/1

Sian Cosham  4/4

Dawn Wilson (School Business Manager) 4/4

Tim Weatherstone 3/4



Interests, Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings & Linked Areas


Business/Pecuniary Interests

Attendance at Meetings


Link Governor

Stephanie Fairman

None declared


Safer Recruitment, HT Appraisal, English, Training & Visits

Penny Folkard

None declared


EYFS, Safeguarding, Children Looked After, Pupil Premium

David Goddard

None declared



Collective Worship

Rev Tim Weatherstone

Governor at Barford Primary



Safer Recruitment

Yvonne Hornby

None declared


Health & Safety

Simon Hill

Employee of Marsh Insurance


Phonics, Health & Safety, HT Appraisal

Heather Benson

None declared


Safer Recruitment

Julie Parrott

None declared



Sian Cosham

Director at Image Display & Graphics Ltd


Geography & Science

Rob Walker

Executive Director - Breckland & South Holland Council

Company Secretary & Exec Director  - ARP Trading Ltd


Sports premium


Minutes of the Full Governing Body are available on request, please ask at the school office.


Governor’s Achievement Award 

The Governor Achievement Award is presented at the end of the Summer Term in recognition of the pupil's fantastic achievements. The Governors are always amazed by the wonderful things that the children do and this award is a chance to celebrate those who have ‘Reached for the Stars’.

Each class teacher nominates the child whom they believe deserves to win this award. This is done anonymously so as to not affect the Governor’s decision. The Governors have set the teachers criteria for them to base their nomination on.

The criteria includes the following:

·         Consistent good effort in schoolwork. 

·         Enthusiastic about their work and school life. 

·         Respectful. 

·         Friendly and thoughtful towards others. 

·         Responsible. 

·         Helpful. 

·         Polite and considerate.

This list is not exhaustive and staff are welcome to add other reasons.

The Governors select one pupil from Key Stage 1 & one from Key Stage 2 based on the teacher’s submissions. The selected pupils are the children the governors feel have gone above and beyond in their daily school life and have Reached for the Stars in all possible ways.

Well done to all of our winners!

Helen Sivyer,
2 Mar 2016, 11:13
Heather Benson,
6 Nov 2014, 03:28
Heather Benson,
6 Nov 2014, 03:37