Local Governing Body

Welcome to White House Farm Primary Local Governing Body (LGB) information page. 

The purpose of the LGB is to:

 ‘Provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.’

 (Governance Toolkit 2017/18)

 

The 3 core functions:

Ensuring clarity of ethos and strategic direction

Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Whilst all of these elements are led by the Sapientia Board of Trustees, in particular those linked with financial performance. Our key role in accordance with our LGB Term of Reference is a monitoring role, which aims to support the 3 core functions as identified above, particularly that of core function 2.

 

In order to be effective, the LGB should be:

  ‘Ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continued school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations with a focus on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.’

(Governance Handbook, January 2017)

 

The key features of effective governance include:

Strategic Leadership / Accountability / People / Structures / Compliance / Evaluation

This means having the right people around the table, understanding our roles and responsibilities, developing good relationships based on trust, knowing the school - the data, the staff, the parents, the children, the community, committed to asking challenging questions, confident to have courageous conversations in the interest of the children and young people at the school.

The Local Governing Board consists of a team of volunteers from school staff, parents and members of the local community. The main role of the Local Governing Board is to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the headteacher and staff at White House Farm Primary School. The two documents to assist with this are the School Improvement and Development Plan (SIDP) and the School Evaluation Form (SEF), against which the school's progress is measured.  The role of the governors is both a challenging and rewarding one.

Our LGB is made up of a group of volunteers and WHFP staff, who are bound by a Governor Code of Conduct. The LGB also participates in relevant training in order to build knowledge, skills and keep up to date with statutory changes and perform our role with greater clarity and effectiveness. Training is carried out by the Sapientia Education Trust, of which we are proud to be a member.

Governor Documents:

LGB-Register of Interests – as at March 2020 Scheme-of-Delegation-Review-Document-February-2020-WHFPS.pdf

Code-of-Conduct-for-Governors.pdf

Welcome to our LGB Team

Our Governors have been appointed by SET Trustees and attendance will be available for each governor at the end of the academic year.

If you are intrested in joining White House Farm's Local Governing Body and would like to know more about the role, please contact clerk@sapientiaeducationtrust.org

 

 

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Mr Roger Margand - Chair of Governors

(January 2020 – January 2024)

SET Trustee

I qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and co-lead the commercial team at Spire Solicitors LLP. I advise a range of businesses and not for profit organisations on all aspects of Business Law with a focus on regulatory, healthcare and education.

I first became a governor in the late 1990s at Neatherd High School, Dereham.  

Following the arrival of my two children, I joined the governing bodies of the Free School Norwich and Trowse Primary school. Currently I sit on the governing bodies of Framingham Earl High School, Seething & Mundham Primary School and White House Farm Primary School.

I hold trustee positions at Sapientia Education Trust, Citizens Advice Mid Norfolk, the Spire Charitable Trust and Citizens Advice Norfolk. 

At present, I am a member of the Free School Norwich, Corvus Education Trust and Unity Education Trust. 

In addition, I work with the Princes Trust as a mentor helping young people set up their own businesses and sit as a non-executive director at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

In my leisure time, I enjoy following the adventures of NCFC and making music.

 

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Mr Philip Norton - SET Vice Chairman

(January 2020 – January 2024)

 

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Miss Lindsay McIntosh - Teacher Governor

(January 2020 – January 2024)

I have been teaching for 13 years, with experience in EYFS and KS1. 

After spending 11 years at my previous school I decided it was time for a change and was extremely excited at the opportunity to be part of a brand new school. Although it was a big move for me I have not been disappointed! 

During my career I have worn many different hats - the leader of Art, ICT, English and Year Group leader, however I have never had a Staff Governor role so this is a first for me. Although I have always known the general role of a governor, I am enjoying seeing what it actually entails. 

In my spare time I enjoy going to music gigs and the theatre and spending time with friends and family. I also love to travel and sometimes take the class teddy bear to share my adventures with the children (which gets some funny looks whilst on holiday!) 

 

Rume

Mrs Rume Opatola - Parent Governor

(January 2020 – January 2024)

I am delighted to serve as Parent Governor, Asides from being a wife and mother of 2 lovely boys, I work as an Advice Coordinator at Norfolk Citizens Advice. I am a Christian, I enjoy baking and reading in my spare time and I am also a professional makeup artist.                 

 

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Mr Matt Chaney-Williams - Parent Governor

(January 2020 – January 2024)

My name is Matt and I'm very proud to be part of this growing and fantastic school, as both a governor and as Avery's dad.

By day, I work for an online wine retailer - has its perks, and having worked in customer service for over a decade, within numerous different roles, I'm excited to bring my knowledge to the table and I look forward to many more years helping WHFPS become the best it can be.

 

Amy

Mrs Amy Meyer - Parent Governor

(January 2020 – January 2024)

I’m Amy, more commonly known as Henry’s mum!

Following a law degree and working in various recruitment roles in Norwich and London, I currently work in Human Resources at UEA. I am also mum to 2 year old twins, Jack and Grace therefore my ‘spare’ time is usually spent touring the soft plays of Norwich!

I am really enjoying being part of the local governing board for WHFPS and will also be sitting on the HR and Remuneration Committee for the Sapientia Education Trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Stephanie Grand

Clerk to the Governors

 

To contact the Chair of Governors, please use the following address:

c/Chair of Governors
White House Farm Primary School
Mallard Way
Sprowston
Norwich
NR7 8DN

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