About the Governors

Welcome to the Governors’ page. Here we’ll tell you about the make-up and work of the governing body, and how it supports the school on a day-to-day basis.

Governors have a responsibility for managing the school, and making sure that it is run efficiently and effectively. We set objectives, agree targets, budgets, policies and priorities.

We work closely with the head teacher to ensure that resources are used to the best advantage of the children, and that every child has the best chance to fulfil their potential. We act as critical friends, discussing, questioning and refining the way the school operates. And we’re here to answer to parents and the wider community about how the school performs.

GovernorsProbably our main job is to make sure the school provides a good quality education and gives value for money. Raising educational standards is a key aim for every school. And governors have a vital role to play in ensuring there are high expectations for each and every pupil in terms of achievement and wellbeing.

As governors, we’re proud of Carleton Rode School, its pupils and its staff. We’re also proud of its results – not just the academic ones, but the less tangible ones that show in the way the children conduct and express themselves, and how they consistently have a “feel good” factor about the school and their place in it

Governors are regularly in the school to examine and review practice and procedure and they also support learning and extra-curricular activities. As in a lot of small schools, many governors are parents whose involvement brings with it a commitment and understanding that helps foster a family connotation in the school community.

However, the make-up of the governing body reflects its wider responsibilities to the community and in particular the fact that it is supported by, and derives its ethos from, the Church of England. So while some governors are elected parents and members of staff, others are appointed through the Diocese of Norwich, Carleton Rode parochial church council and the local authorities that serve the village. Governors serve for a period of four years, but are usually eligible for re-appointment which helps give valuable continuity.

Being a governor today is a challenging but rewarding role. As well as two full meetings of the governing body per term, there are regular committee meetings, training sessions and responsibilities linked to Ofsted inspections, both in terms of preparation and formulating effective responses to the inspectors’ findings.

Governor Position Name
Foundation Diocesan Board Governor (DBE) Vacancy
Interim Head Alison Whitefield
Parent Governor Vacancy
Foundation Bishops Governor (Vice Chair) The Rev John Madinda
Foundation Diocesan Board Governor (DBE) Roger Sparrow
Foundation PCC Governor (Joint Chair) Claire Matthews
Staff Governor Liz Churchill
Parent Governor Louise Chandler
LA Governor Vacancy
Foundation Diocesan Board Governor (DBE) Imogen Sparrow
Foundation PCC Governor (Joint Chair) Neil Parsons
Foundation PCC Governor Vicky Brosnihan
Clerk Rachael Seaward

Governors can be contacted via the Clerk rachaelkseaward@gmail.com, School Office or via A Whitefield, Interim Headteacher.