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The Federation of North WalshamInfant and Junior Schools


Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

The schools are part of The Yare Education Trust and joined as converter academies on 1st February 2018. The main registered office is Laundry Lane, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 0XS.


Details of the Trust’s Funding Agreements, Articles of Association, Scheme of Delegation, Financial Information and other detailed governance arrangements can be found on the Trust’s website.


The Local Governing Body( LGB) sets the strategic direction of the schools by:

  • promoting high standards of education, ensuring that the needs of every child are catered for
  • supporting and challenging in order for the schools to move forward
  • having a long term view to ensure the schools work together to achieve their aims


We are committed to continuous improvement. Our governors are able to bring a range of expertise and skills and this helps to direct the Federation in a positive and effective way. If you would like to contact the Governors, then please ring or email the school office and they will pass on your message.


Governing Body responsibilities

 A key responsibility of the LGB is to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the schools: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.


The Local Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the Trust.  Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance.  It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.


Membership of the Governing Body includes parents, teaching staff and representatives from the local community. The Full Governing Body meets at least once each term; additionally, there are sub-committees which also meet termly.


The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts. In the main, these responsibilities relate to:

  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement
  • Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
  • Management of the school’s delegated budget
  • Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based


If you would be interested in joining the Governing Body please contact the Clerk to the Governors via the school office.


For more information about how governance works in a Multi Academy Trust please follow this link to the Trust website.


Members of the Governing Body


NameType of GovernorAppointed byTerm FromTerm ToDate stepped down
Paul East

Co-opted governor


Governing body01/02/201831/01/202216/09/2021
Nicola Barker

Co-opted governor


Governing body01/02/201831/01/202220/09/2021
Caroline BellCo-opted governorGoverning body01/02/201831/01/2022 
Steph ScottCo-opted governorGoverning body01/02/201831/01/2022 
Jo ToddCo-opted governorGoverning body01/02/201831/01/2022 
Maureen Vaissiere

Co-opted governor

(Vice Chair)

Governing body23/04/202022/04/2024 
Nicola TurnerParent governorParents01/02/201831/01/2022 
Clair SturgeonParent governorParents05/12/201904/12/202309/11/2021
David BallardStaff governorStaff05/12/201904/12/202331/08/2021
Maureen FosterStaff governorStaff26/11/202025/11/202409/11/2021
Peter Lamble

Co-opted Governor


Governing Body16/09/202115/09/2025 
Catharine StoneParent GovernorParents12/11/202111/11/2025 
Verena TeufelParent GovernorParents12/11/202111/11/2025 
Louise LawesStaff GovernorStaff17/11/202116/11/2025 


What our Governors have done:

Each year we produce an annual governance statement outlining what our Governors did. You can view the report below.

Full Governing Body Register of Business/Pecuniary/Other Interest



Nature of Interest


Date interest acquired

Date interest ceased

Paul East

Chair of Governors

Married to a member

of staff

February 2018


September 2021

Nicola Barker

Vice Chair of Governors

No interest


September 2021

Caroline Bell

Co-Opted Governor

No interest



Jo Todd

Co-Opted Governor

No interest



Steph Scott

Co-Opted Governor

No interest



Maureen Vaissiere

Vice Chair of Governors

Governor at another Norfolk School

November 2016


Nicola Turner

Parent Governor

No interest



Clair Sturgeon

Parent Governor

No interest


November 2021

David BallardStaff GovernorNo interest August 2021
Maureen FosterStaff GovernorNo interest November 2021
Jo Read Executive headteacherNo interest  
Peter LambleChair of GovernorsGovernor at another Norfolk SchoolSeptember 2021 
  Chair of CompanyJanuary 1993 
  Trustee of CharityJune 2016 
  Trustee of Educational TrustJuly 2018 
  Friends Charity TrusteeSeptember 2015 
Catharine StoneParent GovernorNo Interest  
Verena TeufelParent GovernorNo Interest  
Louise LawesStaff GovernorNo Interest  

Dated: 14 December 2021

Register of Attendance 2020-21


Full Governing Body

Finance Committee

Mr P East



Mrs N Barker



Mrs C Bell



Mrs J Todd



Mrs S Scott



Mrs M Vaissiere6/6-

Mrs N Turner



Mrs C Sturgeon3/6-

Mrs M Foster



Mr D Ballard5/6-


Register of Attendance 2021-22

GovernorFull Governing BodyFinance Committee
Mr P Lamble2/21/1
Mrs C Bell2/20/1
Mrs J Todd2/21/1
Mrs S Scott2/2-
Mrs N Turner2/2-
Mrs M Vaissiere2/2-
Mrs C Stone1/1-
Ms V Teufel1/1-
Mrs L Lawes1/1-
Paul East1/1-
Nicola Barker1/1-