Thompson Primary School’s Governing Body comprises a dedicated team up to 12 Governors and a Clerk and the full board meets five times a year. Governors also serve on smaller committees that report to the full Governing Body. We all serve as Governors on a purely voluntary basis, working with the children, staff and parents as a team.

The minutes of all Governors meetings and copies of all policy documents are readily available from the school office. If you would like to read/borrow a copy of any of the school policies or procedures please enquire at the school office.

If you have any issues regarding the school that you would like to discuss with the Governors, please write to the Chair of Governors via the school office.

The committees and their responsibilities are:

  • Finance: monitoring the school budget and major expenditure.
  • Buildings: Health & Safety and buildings maintenance.
  • Curriculum: monitoring all aspects of teaching and results.
  • The committee Terms of Reference can be found below:

Our Governing Body for 2017

The Chair of Governors is Mr Dale Wilder

The Vice Chair of Governors is Miss Susan Marsham

We have a vacancy for a Local Authority appointed Governor (Norfolk County Council)

Partnership Governors nominated and appointed by the Governing Body is Mrs Margaret Rutter 

Co-opted Governors nominated and appointed by the Governing Body are Mrs C Haggett, Mr D Wilder and Mrs K Freeman

We have vacancy for a Parent Governors nominated and elected by parents of pupils on roll. Please enquire at the school office if you would like to complete the nomination papers. Current parent governors are Mrs J Bailey-Tufts and Miss S Marsham

Staff Governors are Mrs Lisa Heath and Mrs L May

Clerk to the Governors – to be appointed


Optimum Opportunities / Collaboration

The Governors and Headteacher create optimum opportunities by actively seeking to partner with local organisations. These partnerships currently include:

  • Working with cluster schools through resource sharing, planning and training, and also hosting Creative Day to support year 6 transition to High School
  • We work in particular collaboration on projects organised by Wayland Academy such as the Primary Languages Festival, Gifted and Talented Maths sessions, and Science and Design technology projects, both through visits of staff to our school and also trips for our children to work with resources not otherwise available to small schools
  • Membership of the Science Network scheme through the John Innes Centre which provides a scientist linked to the school, staff training / support and a loan system of topic boxes
  • Working with music providers for piano, violin and saxophone, clarinet and guitar tuition
  • We continue to explore exciting ways of working collaboratively and in partnership with our local providers so that every opportunity is given to the children in our care.

This year we are investigating the opportunity of becoming an academy with the Cooperative Trust East England as we see this as an exciting opportunity for the advancement of educational opportunities for the children of Thompson Primary School. We all come into school at various times to see the school in action. Governors also take part in Educational Visits, school events and parents’ evenings.

We work closely with the parents and staff to ensure that the teaching and learning at Thompson Primary School is of the highest quality. Our OFSTED report reflected this and we were very pleased that our achievements were recognised in such a good report.

If you have any issues regarding the school that you would like to discuss with the Governors, please write to the Chair of Governors via the school office. We are confident that you will be happy with our school, but in the unlikely event of any complaint or concern about any aspect of the school, do not hesitate to come in and speak to the Headteacher. We aim to work together for the benefit of the children at all times. A copy of the school’s complaints procedure may be obtained from the office.

Our school’s motto is: “To be the best that I can be”

If you would like further information about the Governing Body, I am sure that any Governor would be pleased to answer your questions, or alternatively please feel free to write to me. Thompson Primary School is always keen to welcome new school governors, so if you have time and feel you have something to offer the children and school, please get in touch. Please address any correspondence to the school. Thank you for your interest and I do hope we shall be able to offer your child/children the very best education during their time with us at Thompson Primary School.

Dale Wilder

Chair of the board of governors

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