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“Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

Enabling children to flourish and succeed

Local Governing Committee

Croxton Kerrial School Governors


A warm introduction to the work of our Local Governing Committee.


This section gives you an overview of why the Governing Body exists, who we are and what we do.


Governors at Croxton Kerrial fulfil our responsibilities by working closely with the staff so that we can be successful in helping the children achieve their full potential in a happy, caring, loving environment. Our school vision is very important to us: " Let all that you do be done with love".

We do this in many ways including:


  • Working with the staff in supporting school improvement and the Christian Distinctiveness of the school in line with the school vision.

  • Monitoring the performance and progress of our children.

  • Supporting the staff to help them teach and care for our children.

  • Working with the school to decide how the resources of the school are best used.

  • Planning ahead so that the performance of our children and our school continues to improve.

  • Contributing to school life through events and visits to the school.


School governors play a vital role in the life of the school and are responsible for providing strategic leadership and accountability in the work of the school. We  make regular visits to the school to meet the children and talk with the teachers about the work of the school. 


To deliver this effectively the Governor team members are representative of all the key groups involved in our school – the Parents, the Staff, the Community, the MAT and the Church. Some are appointed and some are elected. All serve for a term of four years.


We meet together at least once a term as a whole team, and in sub-groups focused on Safeguarding, Finance, Health and Safety, and Standards. In addition, we each have a specialist subject that we take particular interest in (e.g. Maths, English, Art, ICT).


We welcome any interest in our work and if you would like to know more, have specific questions, or are interested in becoming a school governor then please do not hesitate to get in touch via the school office: or you may contact me by letter via the school office, marking your envelope ‘Private and Confidential’.


We look forward to a continued successful partnership with you and welcome any views and suggestions. 


Helen Sykes

Chair of Governors

The Role of our Governors


Our school is an Academy within Rise Multi-Academy Trust, whose Board of Trustees are ultimately responsible for the school. All local governance committees are de facto committees of the Board of Directors. The members of each local governing committee are referred to as ‘Governors’. Their key responsibilities are to:


  • Promote high standards of educational achievement, strategic planning and financial control;
  • Ensure that the school has identified what the Christian ethos means for the school in its context and community;
  • Ensure the school meets statutory requirements.


Governors are not expected to be involved in the detail of the day-to-day management of the school – this is the responsibility of the Executive Headteacher and senior leadership team. The Governors work in partnership with them, acting as 'critical friends', to support and challenge the work of the school. In practice this means there is a continual cycle of  monitoring and evaluation of the work of the school against agreed targets, actions and policies.

Who Are We?


Our governors are representative of all the groups involved in our school: staff, parents, local community and Church. They are all volunteers who give their time, energy and skills free of charge to benefit the children of our school. The number and type of Governor is determined in our Memorandum of Understanding from the Trust. The term of office is four years. We currently have eight governors comprised of:


  • Three Director-appointed governors, appointed by Rise;
  • One staff governor, elected by the staff at our school;
  • Two parent governors, elected by parents of the school;
  • Two ex-officio members (there by nature of their job) – the Executive Headteacher and the Vicar.


We have a Clerk to Governors who is paid to carry out administrative tasks for governor business. Her contact details are


What Do We Do?


The Local Governing Committee meets once per term, but we manage a lot of work through our regular visits to the school. Our main work centres around:


  • Safeguarding - every time we visit, we consult with children and staff to check that everyone feels safe and secure.  During the course of the year, we review the security measures of the school, Single Central Record, policies and procedures, including Risk Assessments and school safety logs.
  • Finance, Pay and Personnel - where we review staffing, including staff well-being and recruitment when necessary; review the annual budget; and monitor expenditure to ensure value for money. We remain vigilant of possible funding opportunities (e.g. grants) too.
  • Estates, Health and Safety - where we check health and safety around the school site, and look at the learning environment for the children, maintenance and development of our buildings. We support the Executive Headteacher in securing S106 funding from local housing developments and Condition Improvement Funds.
  • Standards and Values - we review pupil progress and attainment with staff each term; we monitor school improvement, including curriculum development; and consider the church school distinctiveness of our school.
  • Vale Cluster Governing Committee - we have formed a governor partnership with Redmile, Waltham-on-the-Wolds and Wymondham CE Primary Schools to oversee the strategic work of our Executive Headship model within the Rise Multi-Academy Trust. It is made up of two governors from each school, including a representative of the church and we meet termly.


From time to time, we also form working groups to work on specific strategic projects as they arise, eg. Headteacher recruitment.


How do we achieve this?


School Visits and Learning Walks


Governor visits allow us to see the school at work, gain relevant knowledge and understanding to be able to perform our governing role effectively and fulfil our monitoring functions. We set out a programme of governor visits for every year, each focused on a particular subject and undertaken by the relevant subject link governor. This might include: discussions with subject coordinators, visits to each class to see how learning takes place and meetings about specific aspects of work, e.g. safeguarding. In practice, many of our governors also frequently attend other activities going on in the school to ensure that they know the school well. They also accompany the staff and children on school visits and trips.


Governor Training


We have a governor responsible for training and attend regular training and development events to support us in our role as governors, organised by the Governor Development Service, Rise and within school.


Partnership Links


We work in close partnership with the CEO and central team of Rise who visit our school and offer guidance and support when required. We also work with other governing bodies around our local area which helps to inform our strategic work as well allowing us to broaden our knowledge by exchanging experiences with governors in settings similar to ours.


Appointment Type

Appointed by

Term of Office Start / End

Mrs Julie Hopkins

Executive Head



Mrs Amanda Scott

Staff Governor


01.09.20 – 31.08.24

Dr Helen Sykes




22.05.19 – 21.05.23

Dr Jackie Johnston (Vice Chair)



17.05.17 – 16.06.21

Mr Wayne Searle

Director Appointed


01.01.10 – 31.08.24

Mrs Angela Kingham



22.05.19 – 21.05.23

Mrs Clare Carvell

Director Appointed



Rev David Cowie





Meet Our Governor Team


Dr Helen Sykes, Chair of Governors

My name is Helen Sykes and I became a parent governor at Croxton Kerrial school in September 2017. I have two girls at the school and wanted to support the school and community by becoming a governor. I am a research scientist with an environmental consultancy and have experience of project management and grant writing through my work. I hope I will be able to use this experience to assist the school in future grant applications.

In my spare time I play the violin and I enjoy keeping fit and cake making. I am also involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme as an accredited expedition assessor.


Dr Jackie Johnston, Vice-Chair of Governors


Originally from Durham City in the North East, I moved into the village in 2015, having previously lived in the South East for many years. I am now retired, but worked in Further Education, originally teaching English, but then in various management roles. My last post was Principal and CEO of The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham, a Sixth Form College of 2000 + students, which gained Ofsted 'outstanding' on my watch in 2007. I am married and my husband is still working- having moved to take up a professorial post at Nottingham University and I have one grown up daughter who is a qualified primary school teacher.


Mr Wayne Searle, Chair of Finance and Audit Committee


I have been a governor since October 2010 and have had three children attend the school. I am qualified Chartered Accountant running my own accountancy business locally and aim to use my financial and business skills to contribute to the continued improvement of our school.

In my spare time, as well as spending time with my family, I enjoy a bit of triathlon!


Mrs Angela Kingham

I became a parent school governor in September 2017 after becoming interested in helping out at Croxton Kerrial School when my son first started in year 2 in November 2016. Moving your child into a new school is always daunting but my first impression of the school was that it was a very welcoming, caring and nurturing environment for all the children. I wanted to be able to contribute to the running of the school and help ensure it has an environment the children enjoy and thrive in.

I am a Specialist Biomedical Scientist and have worked within the NHS for my entire working career, currently working within the busy Pathology department at the Leicester Royal Infirmary in the role of Pathology Trials Scientist.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, baking and netball! I fell in love with the sport all over again back in 2012. As well as playing, I am a qualified level 2 netball coach and a C award umpire and have assisted the school in providing after school sporting activities by holding netball sessions for the children.



Miss Clare Carvell

My name is Clare Carvell and I moved to Croxton Kerrial in September 2000. Before this, I lived in Oxfordshire, where I trained to be a Primary School Teacher and subsequently taught there for eight years. I have continued to teach locally and I hope this experience will enable me to support the school in my role as governor. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, cycling, visiting the theatre and travelling (particularly on walking holidays).

Croxton Kerrial CE Primary School is part of the Rise Multi-Academy Trust. For information about the governance of the Trust please click here

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