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The Role of the Governors

The Governors, who are all volunteers, are responsible for the strategic oversight of the School. We promote high standards and aim to provide all our students with an outstanding education in a supportive environment.

The Headteacher, runs the School on a day to day basis but we hold him to account for the School’s Performance through critical challenge and support. We have many other statutory duties including the School’s ethos, aims and values.

Some Governors are elected by Parents and Staff, whilst others have specialist skills and/or links into the Community we serve. Our backgrounds include education, business and the public and voluntary sectors.

The Governors meet together at least once a term and visit the school on a regular basis. If you wish to contact the Governors, you can do so through the Headteacher's PA, Mrs Cooper on 01692 402581.

Governors' Attendance at Meetings 2021-2022

Russell Solly

Role: Trust Appointed Governor and Chair of Governors

Date Appointed:  23 February 2019


I have returned to my role as Chair of Governors, a position I’ve held in the past at North Walsham High School. I first became a Governor when my children attended the school and have been privileged to continue working with the staff and students in various capacities. I have a background in Education and for some years chaired the Norfolk Cricket Boards Youth Committee. I was a member of the team that was able to bring the Atrium project to the school for the benefit of the community. I am particularly interested in supporting the school’s German Exchange programme. It is my wish to ensure that the school provides the best possible opportunities academically, socially and culturally for all its students. I enjoy all sports especially cricket, reading and travel.



Julia Howard

Role: Trust Appointed Governor

Date Appointed:  8 January 2020


I am delighted to be a Governor at North Walsham High School. I have lived in North Walsham for all my adult life and know the High School well; both my children were happy here and left with good GCSE results and have gone on to pursue successful careers.  I have been a manager in education for over 25 years, firstly at City College Norwich and then as Assistant and Vice Principal at Great Yarmouth College. I am now retired and a Director at ACE in Norwich, a specialist provider of education and training for children and young people who need a different approach to teaching and learning.  I am passionate about all young people being given the best opportunity to achieve their full potential and want to bring my many years of knowledge and experience to help to support the pupils of North Walsham High School.


Linda Adams

Role: Trust Appointed Governor

Date Appointed:  16th January 2024


I am delighted to be a Governor of NWHS. I have lived in North Walsham for  about 11 years and have seen the school positively develop during that time; especially delighted to see the recent improvement in pupils’ appearance, behaviour and performance.

In my working life, I have had many different roles within the insurance industry, one was managing the complaints team in Aviva- that was fun!  

In 2009, and in a position to take redundancy from Aviva, I gained a role within the apprenticeship area in CCN, managing the business focused assessors. 

I found this role especially rewarding, supporting both assessors and learners to achieve their best potential. 

I hope that I can utilise some of what I have learnt over my working years for the good of the school and pupils, as well as gaining knowledge about education and schools for myself.



Dan Carter

Role: Parent Governor

Date Appointed:  16th January 2024


I am honoured to be a parent governor at North Walsham High School in 2024 for a number of reasons.  I started my own teaching career as a History teacher at the school in 2002.  I loved working at the school and stayed for 8 years.  I have gone on to have a successful career in education since leaving NWHS in 2010, becoming a headteacher and an executive for a multi academy trust.  I want to use those skills and experiences to give something back to the community where my career started and where I have chosen to live and bring up my family.  I’m proud that my own two children are now flourishing at NWHS, and want to support the school to continue to improve as a governor. 


Sarah Smith

Role: Parent Governor

Date Appointed:  16th January 2024


I am thrilled to be appointed as a parent governor at North Walsham High School as we enter 2024. I have worked in education for over 15 years within various teaching roles both in the UK and overseas and for the last 7 years have worked at Teach First where I am currently a Programme Manager within initial teacher training. Teach First is a leading provider for initial teacher training and professional development for early career and senior teachers that focuses on developing the next generation of outstanding teachers in low-income areas and improving life chances for all pupils. I have a wealth of knowledge and understanding I can bring to the role from my work along with my direct experiences as a parent of a child at NWHS and the local primary. I am passionate about ensuring all pupils get access to a fair and outstanding education to ensure they all reach their full potential in life as well as becoming happy and well-rounded young adults.



James Gosden

Role: Staff Governor and Headteacher            

Date Appointed:  7 July 2020    





Joe Witton

Role: Staff Governor 

Date Appointed: 4 May 2022



Former Governors


Date Stepped Down

Julie Hemp

25 March 2021

Andrew Birbeck

29 June 2021

Samantha Tisshaw

7 November 2023

Dean Crosbie

7 November 2023

Suzie Sharp

16 January 2024

Bianca Finger-Berry

16 January 2024

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