The Role of the Governors
The Governors, who are all volunteers, are responsible for the management of the School. We promote high standards and aim to provide all our students with an outstanding education in a supportive environment.
Headteacher, Neil Powell, 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 budget, pay and the School’s ethos, aims and values.
Some Governors are elected by Parents and Staff, whilst others are nominated by the County Council or invited to join because of their 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. Most of our work is done in committees and by visits to discuss specific aspects of the School’s work.
If you wish to contact the Governors, you can do so by calling the Clerk on 01692 402581.
Role: Chair of Governors
I have four children and I’ve been a volunteer school governor since 1994. I believe that all children deserve the very best education to fulfil their potential and create opportunities in their lives. As well as NWHS I am also a governor at Millfield Primary School and Blenheim Park Primary School. Currently I am the Chair of Norfolk Governors’ Network. Beyond school I am co-founder of a software business and provide consultancy services to a range of businesses.
Role: Parent Governor
I have been a Governor at NWHS for 4 years and my daughter is currently at the school, with my son recently having moved onto further education. I have a keen interest in supporting the school to maintain a good learning environment, providing as wide a curriculum as possible, where the children feel safe and valued and are able to leave the school prepared for the next stage of their lives. My background is in finance, internal control, risk management and governance and am very pleased to support NWHS in my strategic role as a Governor.
Role: Co-opted Governor
I am the longest serving governor, serving originally as a parent governor, subsequently becoming a co-opted member and for a number of years Chair of the Governing Body. I became a governor wishing to ensure all the students at NWHS received the best possible education, this was and still is my main aim. My children both attended NWHS benefiting from all the school had to offer and now have successful careers in financial services and the construction industry. My background is in Education but have experience too in care work and cricket coaching together with a great deal of voluntary and charity work. I was one of the team who successfully managed to build the Atrium on the school site and am a director of the Atrium charity trading as Arts North Norfolk. I strongly feel the need to maintain as wide a curriculum as possible to enable all students to develop to their full potential and to promote our very close ties with the Readeschule Plus, Mayen which adds another dimension to the schooling of young people of today.
Role: Co-opted Governor
I was delighted to be appointed as a governor in January 2016. Most of my career has been in Human Resource Management and as a qualified practitioner I am currently Head of Finance and HR Operations at HM Treasury. Having worked in recruitment for many years I am passionate about ensuring students are able to achieve their full potential and are prepared for the world of work. Therefore being a school governor is a fantastic opportunity to have an impact in improving Children’s educational attainment and make a positive difference to their life chances. As an ex pupil it is an honour to be able to play a part in the school’s development and future direction.
Role: Co-opted Governor
I am delighted to have recently been invited to join the Governing Body of NWHS, I have previously served on two other governing bodies and also chair the local advisory board of a high school in Norwich. I work for the Educational Psychology Service supporting schools in relation to bereavement and trauma, as well as leading on suicide prevention activities. I am particularly keen to promote the health and well-being of pupils, which also has a positive impact on educational outcomes. I believe that good quality teaching, high expectations of all students both in relation to their learning and their behaviour, coupled with appropriate support for those who are facing particular challenges, will lead to positive academic achievement and happy and confident young people who are prepared for their next steps in life.
Role: Staff Governor