How do I become a Governor?

Governing bodies are the key strategic decision makers and vision setters in every school and academy. They are also a key part of the overall system for school accountability. More than ever governing bodies have a vital role to play in driving up school and pupil performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child the best possible education.

Our governing body is made up of Local Authority, Co-opted, Staff and Parent Governors.

When vacancies for parent governors arise the school will send out a letter asking for nominations and if there are more notes of interest than spaces there will be an election involving all of the parents.

Please see ‘Our Governors’ page for details of our governing body.

Instrument of Government Report


Message from the Chair

Introduction from the Chair of Governors

Great Dunham Primary School is renowned for its happy and successful teaching environment, where every child is encouraged to develop their own special talent. Our dedicated teachers will provide the children with the very best start in education, and prepare them for a life of learning. The governors support the teachers in their continuous improvement of teaching facilities and standards at the school. We were delighted that OFSTED agreed our children thrive in their learning, and that achievement and teaching are good and improving.

I am pleased to welcome you to our website where you will find most information about the school.  If you require any further information, please contact the head teacher, myself or any of the governors and we will be pleased to help

Kim Whitlock

Chair of Governors


Our Governors

Governing Body at Great Dunham Primary School

Pen Portraits of our Governing Body

Paul Gorham~ Vice Chair, Co-opted Governor

Having recently moved to the village of Great Dunham, I am thoroughly enjoying my first term as co-opted governor.  I  feel passionately about supporting the continued success of our village school.

Brenda Upton BSc~ Co-opted Governor

I have lived at Church Farm, Great Dunham for 32 years and been a LA governor since 2001. My areas of special interest at the school are Safeguarding and Child Protection, Safer recruiting, Looked After children and the school Curriculum. I am an Independent Monitor at Wayland Prison, work with the Norfolk Youth Offending team as a panel member overseeing referral orders and have sat on the Parish Council for a number of years.

Dr Caroline Elburn ~ Parent Governor

I am a co-opted governor who joined the team in July 2017. I am also a parent of three children who have been or currently are learning at Great Dunham Primary School. I have been teaching science for the past 11 years and I’m currently teaching chemistry to international students at UEA. I am working on the Curriculum Standards and Engagement Committee, where I take a special interest in science and mathematics.

Lucy Cooper – Parent Governor

I am a parent governor who joined the team in July 2018. I am a parent of two children who are either currently or will be in the near future learning at Great Dunham.

I have been an Early Years teacher since I qualified in 2004 and currently teach in a mixed reception and nursery class in a small rural school in Norfolk.

Joanna Lakey – Parent Governor.

I am a parent governor who joined the team in July 2018.  From January 2019 I became the named Governor for the Pupil Premium Grant.

My background is in primary education where I believe that the child should be at  the heart of the learning process.

I now work for  NCLS and The E-Learning Service.

Joseph Whitty – Staff Governor

Sharon Nour~ Headteacher

I have been Headteacher at Great Dunham since September 2014. I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Please feel free to contact any of our governors via the school office.

office@greatdunham.norfolk.sch.uk

01328 701357

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