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The Governing Body

The role of a Local Governing Body is an important one. It is to provide focused governance at a local level and it is the intention of The Trust that LGBs will have the highest level of autonomy appropriate to their Academy School. The LGB monitors the Academy’s development plan and key performance indicators. It acts as a critical friend to the Academy Head and Senior Leadership Team, offering challenge and support. The LGB carries out its duties on behalf of the Board of Trustees in accordance with policies determined by the Trust Board. The act of delegation from the Trust Board to LGBs is a delegation of powers and duties and not a delegation of responsibilities. The LGB will work closely with the Executive Leadership Team and will implement any advice or recommendations made.

The Trust Board retains the right to review or remove any power or responsibility delegated to the LGB under this constitution and terms of reference, in particular, in circumstances where serious concerns in the running of the Academy School are identified, including where:

  • There are concerns about financial matters
  • There is insufficient progress being made against educational targets (including where intervention by the Secretary of State is being considered or carried out)
  • There has been a break down in the way in which the Academy School is being managed or governed or
  • The safety of pupils or staff is threatened, including a breakdown of discipline

Where necessary, the Trust Board will put in place, for an appropriate period of time, an intervention board, who will be responsible for addressing the areas of weakness.

Governors have three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils
  3. Oversight of the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.

The Waveney Valley Partnership Governing Body uses a ‘named portfolio governor’ structure meeting twice per term.   Governors are allocated subject area responsibilities or other areas of responsibilities to enable the effective and efficient monitoring of the school and all activities. 

The structure follows that of the Standards and Excellence Committee and the Finance and Resources Committee set by the Trust.  By operating within this structure it allows:

  • Effective discussion in smaller groups which supports greater challenge.
  • Prepare for and make an active contribution at meetings of the LGB and relevant roles/committees as assigned
  • Fulfil the duties as delegated to the LGB through the Scheme of Delegation
  • Champion the Academy School in the local community
  • Familiarise themselves with the Academy School and Trust policies as appropriate
  • Visit the Academy School both during School hours (with prior arrangement) and for evening events to get to know the Academy and to be visible to the Academy Community
  • Attend training sessions for Local Governors as appropriate and convenient.

The current Chair of Governors is Mrs Avril Mattocks who can be contacted via email chair@wvpschools.org

Our Local Governing Body membership is:




Type of Governor & Area of Responsibility

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Appointed by

Dr Martin Aylett

Co-opted governor



4 years



Heather Lee

Co-opted Governor

Early Learning Years


4 years


Dr Margaret Sillis

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair

Safeguarding, Health & Safety


4 years


Susie Collins

WVP Academy Head



Ex Officio


Fairlie Winship

Co-opted Governor 




4 years


Stephen Thompson

Co-opted Governor



4 years


Katy Last

Staff Governor



 4 yer

Elected by Staff

Avril Mattocks  (Chair)


Parent Governor Mendham



4 years

Elected by Parents and Trust

Rachel Pedder-Smith

Parent Governor St Edmund's



4 years

Elected by Parents

All Governors are appointed on a 4 year term of office.

Susie Remblance is clerk to the committees.

The Staff Governors are elected by staff members and approved by the Trust

The Parent Governor is appointed via nomination and election by secret ballot if more than one nomination is received.  Only parents at the school where the vacancy exists can vote.  The parent governor is also approved by the Trust.

Co-opted Governors are appointed on a skills base by the LGB and approved by the Trust

If you would like to know more about the Governing Body please contact one of the Governors via the school office.

It is expected that Governors will attend LGB and Committee meetings throughout the year, however it is acknowledged that on occasions this is not possible and apologies will be accepted.  It is the decision of the Governing Body that absence will not be consented to and will be recorded as such in minutes and The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust informed accordingly.

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