On this page you will find information regarding the Walpole Cross Keys Primary School Governing Body. Please scroll through the pages and drop down menus to learn more.
The Role Of The Governing Body
All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.
The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the Academy 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.
Main Governors’ meetings are held once a term including Full Governing Body meetings and Curriculum meetings which monitors and evaluates the standards of learning and teaching and the impact that the school makes on children’s achievement and attainment. The Governing Body monitors how the school ensures that we achieve our national and locally set targets and the targets that we set ourselves.
What We Do
The governors of Walpole Cross Keys Primary School hold regular meetings in which we discuss and make decisions concerning the curriculum, school policies and many other issues that directly affect the well-being of the children at the school.
Governors are happy to answer questions of a general nature about the school or the Governing Body, but any questions or concerns about individual children must first be raised with the relevant class teacher and then, if not dealt with to your satisfaction, with the Head.
Parent Governor places will become vacant from time to time and the school will inform you when this happens. Application forms will be sent out and should there be more applicants than spaces available, an election will be held.
Being a school governor involves having a privileged insight into the running of the school and any prospective governor must understand the need for confidentiality. The Governing Body will also expect that any new governor would be willing to attend a short training course. Please consider whether you might make a good governor.
Agreed Governing Body minutes can be viewed on request by appointment.
Our Governing Body
The governing body consists of:
- Trust appointed chair
- Elected staff governors
- Elected parents
- Executive Headteacher
- Trust appointed governors
The standard term of office for a governor is four years.
Ricki Wenn (Trust) Chair & Safeguarding - Ricki is a parent governor who has three children in the school
Cllr Lesley Bambridge (Trust) - Lesley has worked in senior management for a variety of businesses, specialising in PR, advertising and marketing. This has included working in the education sector. Lesley is an experienced school governor and is a trustee for three charities. She is Chairman of the King's Lynn Child Contact Centre and serves on the St Margaret's with St Nicholas Parish Trust. She is also an elected Councillor for a King's Lynn Ward.
Joanne Borley (Trust) Executive Headteacher - Over 23 years experience in the Primary sector, Jo has been a Primary Headteacher for the last 14 years in a variety of schools. She is currently Executive Headteacher of Clenchwarton, West Lynn and Walpole Cross Keys Primary Schools.
Jackie Calaby (Staff) - Representing the staff, Jackie has been a Teaching Assistant at Clenchwarton Primary for many years, and she is a mother of three.
Casey Catchpole (Trust Governor) - Casey is a local business owner and mother to two children at West Lynn Primary School. Her qualifications and passions are in art and design, and she is keen on encouraging creative thought and experiences.
Lauren Chilvers (Parent) - Lauren is a parent governor who has 2 children at Clenchwarton Primary.
Cllr Alexandra Kemp (Trust) - Currently a County Councillor for Clenchwarton and King's Lynn South. Alexandra was formerly a Lecturer in Further Education and National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Assessor.
Susan Robinson (Trust Governor) - Susan was the Assistant Head and a class teacher at Walpole Cross Keys Primary School before she retired in December 2021
Matthew Smith (Trust Appointed)
Sarah Swinburn (Trust Appointed) - Sarah works for one of the WNAT Secondary schools Marshland High School. She is currently Assistant Head of KS3 and is heavily involved with primary transition. Sarah is a very experienced teacher currently in her 19th year working at Marshland High.
Pam Foskett (Trust Appointed) - I enjoyed a career of over 35 years in primary education as a teacher and head teacher. Since retiring from headship, I have maintained my involvement in education and my joy of teaching through my role as a supply teacher and now as a school governor. In my free time I enjoy walking and being a volunteer at a local museum where I'm able to share my interest in our local history with visitors and school groups.
Hayley Roberts (Clerk) - Hayley has worked in the trust since its formation working across all 11 schools in her capacity as WNAT Director of Engagement. She also serves as Clerk for other WNAT schools.
The Clerk to the Governors is Miss Hayley Roberts.
If you wish to contact the Governing Body, please address any correspondence to her or the Chair of Governors via the following:
FAO Miss Hayley Roberts
Clerk to the Governors
Walpole Cross Keys Primary School
28 Sutton Road
Walpole Cross Keys
Telephone: 01553 828680
Email: office@walpolecrosskeysprimary .co.uk
You can also contact the The Chair of Governors. Cllr Leslie Bambridge, via the above or directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click on the links below to view the up to date Governor Documentation:
If you are interested in being a Governor at this school or any other school within West Norfolk Academies Trust, ple ase click on the link below for further information:
WNAT Board of Trustees
Responsibility for all the academies that make up West Norfolk Academies Trust and for providing education in those academies is entrusted to the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees have overall accountability for all the schools within the trust and manage all finances (including audits), premises and personnel areas, via sub committees. Work is also delegated to our local governing body whose assistance is greatly valued and supported by the Trustees.
For further information on our Board of Trustees visit the West Norfolk Academies Trust website Governance Page.