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We are looking for new Governors!

The Diocese of Norwich Multi Academy Trusts (DNEAT and St Benet’s MAT) have exciting volunteer opportunities for new governors from the local community.

Being a local governor for an academy in our Multi Academy Trusts is a valuable and fulfilling role.

As a governor you will be able to:

  • use your own experience of education and life beyond school to inform conversations
  • develop and utilise your skills in a board-level environment
  • make a valuable contribution to education and your community
  • support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff
  • bring your unique experiences, perspectives and insights to decision-making in the interests of the school community

We welcome applications from individuals of all faiths and none, of all ages and levels of experience and from all backgrounds. Knowledge of education and the education system or board experience are not necessary - your skills, attitude and commitment are more valuable. Our governors are asked to uphold the Christian ethos of the Multi Academy Trust.

More details can be found online here Volunteer Governor Opportunities - The Diocese of Norwich Multi Academy Trusts - DNEAT

We attach a link to our Governance Recruitment Pack.  You will find the application form within the Recruitment Pack.



Please return all completed application forms to Hannah Monk, Head of Governance at


What the Local Governing Body does:

The three core functions for governance in all academies are :

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• Holding the Executive Leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it's money is well spent.

Primary responsibility for these functions is held by the DNEAT Board of Trustees, but it delegates responsibilities to the Local Governing Body (LGB) of each academy via a document called a Scheme of Delegation.

Our Local Governing Body consists of up to 10 Trust Appointed Governors, 2 Parent Governors, 1 Staff Governor and the Headteacher.

The full LGB meets twice each term. There are also termly meetings for each of the sub-committees:

• Resources Committee (covering finance, premises, IT, health & safety)

• Standards & Curriculum (covering teaching, learning and safeguarding)

• Ethos & Community (covering RE, Christian distinctiveness, Collective Worship, engagement with staff, pupils, parents and community)


School Governors

 Appointment Type




of office

Jill Hemmings

Trust Appointed Chair of Governors



Rev. Canon Mark Dimond

Incumbent Ex Officio None N/A


Trust Appointed Governor


Trust Appointed Governor    

 Mark Stewart

Trust Appointed Governor Vice Chair None 2022-26

Mathew Tuckwood

Head Teacher



Richard Thompson

Trust Appointed Governor



 Kirstie Taylor

Staff Governor



Rebekah Woodrow

Associate Governor



Melissa Morgan

Parent Governor



Alix Baldwin

Parent Governor




Clerk to the Governors



Father Adrian Ling

Co-opted Member

None N/A




The academic year brought many challenges resulting from the Covid 19 Pandemic. However, this was a year that showed the true meaning of working together as a team, both with the school and DNEAT, in order to fulfil our function as a Governing Body by supporting and challenging the education provision for our young people and staff members.


Committee Members: 2022/23


Head Teacher, Mark Stewart, Jill Hemmings, Rebekah Woodrow, Amy Greenwood (ABM)

Standards and Curriculum:

Head Teacher, Richard Thompson, Jill Hemmings, Melissa Morgan, Kirstie Taylor, Rebekah Woodrow.

Ethos and Community:

Head Teacher, Fr. Adrian Ling (All Saints) Jill Hemmings, Kirsty Foreman (invited RE lead)


Our Clerk to the Board is accountable to Educator Solutions




For further information on our Governors please click on the links below.

Scheme of Delegation

DNEAT Governance Arrangements

Governor Recruitment Pack

If you would like to know more about the Governing Body, please contact the school office on 01553 761001 or click here to find out more.

DNEAT Articles of Association

DNEAT Accounts

DNEAT Annual Report

Names of Trustees and members

Funding Agreement for the Trust and academy

 If you would like to send any correspondence to the governing body you can do so via the school office.