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Norton Canes Primary Academy

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Local Governance

There are approximately 380,000 school governors in England – the largest volunteer force in the country. High-quality governance has a significant impact on how well a school is run and what it's pupils can achieve. 

As part of the REAch2 Academy Trust, like all other schools in the trust, Norton Canes Primary Academy has a local governing body (LGB).


What is the role of the Governors?


There is a scheme of delegation, which details how the LGB should work. The Local Governing Boards overriding responsibility is to work in partnership with the school leaders to promote continuous improvement in the performance of the school. The Governing board is there to be a ‘critical friend’ who can provide the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of both the Headteacher and the school ensuring that the school is delivering good education for all the children and providing value for money.


How does the governing body work?

There are normally six to eight meetings a year which involve the full governing body.

They are provided with reports from the Head Teacher, other members of staff and from the various committees about the work they have been doing. They ask questions, comment on proposals, offer advice and act as a sounding board for ideas. The governing body objective is always to arrive at the best solution for the school.

Each Governor is responsible for monitoring an area within the school, for example special educational needs.


Our School Governing Body is made up of the following members:



Name Position Areas of Responsibility Start of Term End of Term
Andy Chell Board of Governors SEND and Inclusion 24/06/2019 23/06/2023
Liz Sithole Vice Chair Safegaurding   30/07/2024
Jake Cooper Staff Governor   18/11/2019 17/11/2023
Martin O'Connor Co-opted Governor   06/07/2020 05/07/2020
Rebecca Rollason Appointed Governor   28/09/2020 27/09/2024
Sally Simms Parent Governor Behaviour, Sport, Pupil Premium 16/09/2017 15/09/2021
Rebecca Marsh Parent Governor   28/09/2020 27/09/2024
John Bernard Co-opted Governor   16/03/2020 15/03/2024
Andrew Clark Appointed Governor   31/07/2020 30/07/2024
Beth Hadley Head Teacher      
Jo Allan Ex-Officio Finance and Operations, Health & Safety