Governors

I am writing to inform you that Kevin Cheetham has stepped down from his role of Chair of Governors, due to personal circumstances. After an election process conducted by our clerk, Gill, I have been re-elected to chair of governors.

I would firstly like to say thank you to Kevin for the good job he has done as chair since October. I am also glad that he would like to remain as a governor, as he is a true asset to the governing body.

It seems that in a year we have come full circle. I stepped down due to my workload increasing as I took on extra fitness classes. Now a year on, after lockdown, with my husband working from home and me not currently working, we have both re-assessed our work/life balance and I have decided to reduce my working hours even when gyms eventually open. This will give us as a family, a lot more quality time together and the time I need to be Chair of Governors.

The governing body has been meeting regularly, albeit via Google Meet and just to let you know there are some exciting things in the pipeline for The Coastal Federation, so watch this space!!

I hope you and your families are staying safe and indeed sane. We are hoping that come September, school life will hopefully start to be a bit more 'normal' as all children return to school.

If you have any concerns or indeed would like to know more about the work of the governing body, please feel free to contact me.

Wishing everyone a good and warm summer

Best Wishes
Annie Edwards​
Chair of Governors

Please contact me if you would like to discuss any issues relating to the school, bearing in mind your first port of call regarding any school/child based issues should always be the heads of school.

David Hopkins, Bacton Primary School - headofschool-bacton@coastalfederation.com

Abi Howett, Mundesley Infant - headofschool-mis@coastalfederation.com

Emi Croft, Mundesley Junior School - headofschool-mjs@coastalfederation.com

Or alternatively please contact Simon Wakeman the Executive Head of the Federation - exechead@coastalfederation.com

My contact details are chairofgovs@coastalfederation.com 01263 720401 (School Number)

Annie Edwards

Annie Edwards
Chair

Steve Lunniss

Steve Lunniss
Vice Chair

Simon Wakeman

Simon Wakeman
Executive Head

Julie Watts

Julie Watts

Jennifer Rooke

Jennifer Rooke

Rev Andrew Jones

Rev Andrew Jones

Jeanette Tupper

Jeanette Tupper

Gov Vacancy

Jeremiah Williamson

Kevin Cheetham

Kevin Cheetham

Abi Howett

Abi Howett
Head of School - Mundesley Infants
Staff Governor

Helen Peck

Helen Peck

Emie Croft
Head of School - Mundesley Junior
Co-opted Governor

Alix Mann

David Hopkins

David Hopkins
Deputy Executive Head
Associate Governor

Jenny Goodman

Jenny Wood
Federation Business Manager
Associate Governor

Gill Leah

Gill Leah
Clerk

Our Governing Board

Our Governing Board is made up of a range of people who bring different skills and experience to support the strategic running of the school.

Governing Boards organise themselves in a certain way to make sure they work properly.  We have a Code of Conduct, a Constitution and keep a log of governors and their interests, as well as our attendance at meetings.

We also attend governor training and keep our skills up to date.

What do Governors actually do?

Our job is to be a 'critical friend' to the Senior Leadership team, both supporting and challenging them (and each other!) to make sure we are all always doing our best for The Coastal Federation children and families.

A vital part of what we do is monitoring how our strategic plans (SIDP) are going in practice and that we are delivering our vision and ethos.

We oversee the financial performance of the schools (School Budget, Pupil Premium, Sports Grant) to ensure that we are getting value for money and that we are spending it where is best supports the children.

We also hold the Executive Head to account for the educational performance of the school.  This means we ask challenging questions to the Head and the Senior Leaders to ensure children are getting the best education available at our school.

How do we monitor the schools in Federation?

Monitoring can take many different forms.  It may mean visiting the school, joining lessons, as well as meeting teachers and other staff.  It can mean reading and asking questions about school information, such as children's progress and attainment or our staff teams.

We also talk to children about what they think about school, sometimes by attending school council meetings, asking them what they think in class or by having lunch with them.  We always learn a lot from their opinions and try to include these in our decision making.

Parent and carer views are vital and we try to attend important information evenings, parent forum and PTFA.  We use surveys to understand a range of different perspectives and are currently developing our use of working parties to support continuous school improvement.

Achievement & Standards

Kevin Cheetham
David Hopkins
Miss Abigail Howett
Katherine Kingswell
Gill Leah (Clerk)
Helen Peck
Jennifer Rooke
Jeannette Tupper (Chair)
Simon Wakeman
Julie Watts

Leadership and Finance

Kevin Cheetham
Emie Croft
Jenny Wood
David Hopkins
Miss Abigail Howett
Rev Andrew Jones (Chair)
Gill Leah (Clerk)
Steven Lunniss
Edward Maxfield
Simon Wakeman

Premises and Health and Safety

Kevin Cheetham
Jenny Wood
Gill Leah
Steven Lunniss (Chair)
Alix Mann
Jennifer Rooke
Simon Wakeman

School Effectiveness Committee

Kevin Cheetham
David Hopkins
Gill Leah (Clerk)
Jennifer Rooke
Simon Wakeman
Julie Watts
Jeremiah Williamson

Information about the Federation Governing Body 2018-20

Governor Name Type of Governor Position currently held Term of office Relevant business and pecuniary interests Governance roles in other schools Relationships between other Governors or school staff Attendance record at Governing Body meetings
(Sep 18
-Dec 19)
Attendance record at Committee meetings
(Sep 18
-Dec 19)
Kevin Cheetham Co-opted Chair of Governing Body 9.6.16 - 8.6.20 Company Secretary

J. Bourne Ltd.

Educational Services /

Infrequent supply teacher / volunteer - Mundesley Junior.

None None 6/7 8/12
Emie Croft Co-opted 3.12.19 - 3.12.23 None None None 1/1
Annie Edwards (no voting rights) Associate

(Chair until Oct 19)

Oct 19 - None None None 6/6 9/10
Jenny Wood (no voting rights) Associate (Business Manager) None None None 7/7 8/8
David Hopkins

(no voting rights)

Associate (Head of School - Bacton) None None Wife is a supply teacher 6/7 8/8
Abi Howett Staff 18.7.18 - 18.7.22 None None None 6/7 4/4
Rev Andrew Jones Co-opted Chair of Leadership & Finance Committee 1.9.15-1.9.23 None None None 2/7 4/5
Katherine Kingswell Parent 3.12.19 - 3.12.23 None None None 1/1
Steve Lunniss Co-opted Vice-Chair of Governing Body

Chair of Premises and Health & Safety Committee

7.7.16 - 6.7.20 None None None 6/7 9/9
Alix Mann Co-opted 3.12.19 - 3.12.23 None None None 0/1
Edward Maxfield Co-opted 1.9.15 - 1.9.23

 

County Councillor None None 6/7 4/5
Helen Peck Co-opted 1.9.15 - 1.9.23 None None None 3/7 1/2
Jennifer Rooke Co-opted 1.9.15 – 1.9.23 Husband works for Benjamin Foundation None None 7/7 4/6
Jeanette Tupper  Co-opted Chair of Achievement & Standards Committee 1.9.15 – 6.7.20 None None None 4/7 1/2
Simon Wakeman Headteacher 1.9.15 - None None None 7/7 11/12
Julie Watts Co-opted 1.9.15 - 1.9.2023 None None None 4/7 2/3
Jeremiah Williamson Parent 3.12.19 - 3.12.23 None None None 1/1
 

Governor
resigned

Bonnie Duffield Resigned July 2019 3/4 1/1
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