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.
Click here for a List of Governors roles.
Alex Robinson - 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.
Caron Bye - 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.
Sarah Hewitt - Co-opted Governor/Vice Chair of Governors. My name is Sarah Hewitt and I am co-opted Governor at North Walsham High School. I have been a Governor for the past 3 years both at the High School and at Millfield Primary School. I have 3 children, my daughter is now 15 and my middle son is 12 both of whom attend North Walsham High School, my youngest son is currently in Year 5 at Millfield Primary School. I enjoy my role as a governor as it gives me an opportunity to play a strategic role in the running of the school.
Russell Solly - 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.
Jean Simpson - Local Authority Governor . I am retired, and live in North Walsham. I worked as a Careers Adviser for many years with a specialism in placing young people with special educational needs. More recently I was Manager for SEN services for Connexions Norfolk. Other interests include volunteering with Age UK and pursuing many interests (Art, Philosophy, Music, Science) through the University of the Third Age, and other education providers. I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of education and its power to open up opportunities for young people.
Nigel Lloyd - Co-opted Governor and Chair of Staff and Resources Committee I became a Governor at the school in March 2014. I have lived in North Walsham, where my wife and I raised our family, since 1982. My connection with the school began in 1988 when my first daughter enrolled and continued until 1999 when my youngest daughter completed her High School Education. The connection continues to this day because I now have 2 Grandchildren studying at the school. My career has been spent in the Oil and Gas industry, I am currently manager of one of the gas terminals at Bacton. I was elected as a District Councillor representing North Walsham North Ward in May 2011.
Ian Symonds – Parent Governor I am semi-retired and was appointed as a Governor in October 2015. I have one son at the school and as someone who has taught in various educational settings all my life I am keen to help children get a great education and achieve their potential. I have taught four year olds in prep classes up to my oldest student who was eighty years old in an overseas university! There is nothing more pleasing than to be part of a successful educational establishment whatever your role.
Julie Howes – 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.