Governance

The governing body has responsibility for raising school standards through three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and acting as a critical friend. You are most welcome to contact a governor with any comments or questions - please speak to the reception or attend one of our monthly "meet a governor" sessions.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Governor, please contact the school office or email:  info@avocetacademy.org

 

We do not have governing body committees. The whole governing body work together on standards in the school with named people providing reports on areas such as safeguarding and premises. The Trust have a finance committee who report directly to the governing body. 

If you would like more information about Avocet Academy Trust please follow this link

Members of Wickham Market's Local Governing Body

 

Mr Roger Theobald crop  Mrs H Murray Head of School
Roger Theobald Helen Murray
Position and Responsibilities: Chair of Trustees and Chair of Governors at Wickham Market, responsible for Standards Position and Responsibilities: Head of school
Brief Biography: Roger was professionally involved in education over his working life, including time as a headteacher of two Primary schools and as a Senior Adviser, time which included advising headteachers and staff in schools and managing initiatives in several key areas of school improvement. Since moving to Wickham Market in 2012, he has been involved in the governing body of Wickham Market Primary School, as well as the setting up of the Academy trust, and as a volunteer helper at the school. He is pleased to be able to offer both his professional experiences and his commitment to being involved in the community of Wickham Market to both the school and the academy trust.  I have been the Head of School at Wickham Market Primary School since September 2017. Prior to that I worked at Easton Primary School which is part of Avocet Academy Trust. I also had the pleasure of working in an Independent International School in Muscat, Oman for many years as well as an inner city school in Manchester. I feel the breadth of schools I have worked brings an understanding of the unique child. I have been delighted by the warm, family atmosphere, close community links and polite, well-motivated pupils at Wickham Market School. We are blessed with an excellent team of teachers and teaching assistants, together with a very proactive governing body which makes education at the school really enjoyable. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be the Head of School of such a fabulous school. As a small primary school, Wickham Market provides the diversity and challenge I sought when moving to headship and I feel sure that we will continue to be a thriving part of the local community for many years to come.
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Jo Maghoo Louise Turner
Position and Responsibilities: Vice Chair, Health and Safety Governor Position and Responsibilities: Vice Chair and Safeguarding Governor
Brief Biography: Jo is a parent governor at Wickham market with two boys currently at the school. She is a primary school teacher who has taught for many years in a variety of schools both in the UK and Australia. Brief Biography: I am a parent governor with one child currently at the school, having had two older children previously educated at Wickham. Prior to moving to the village I was a governor at a school in South Yorkshire for many years. I have experience in youth work, journalism and publishing, and currently I co-run a media company. I’m extremely keen to enhance pupil wellbeing and contribute to positive learning across the academy, with particular attention to reading and e-safety.
Jo Ashburn 28.11.18  
 Joanne Ashburn  Elizabeth Barham
Position and Responsibilities: Community Governor  Position and Responsibilities:
Brief Biography: Jo is a community governor with a son currently at the school. She brings 20 plus years of experience as a children’s sports coach and children’s ski school manager. Working in a variety of resorts in New Zealand and USA, she has returned home to Suffolk. She is passionate about a varied curriculum to motivate learning and plenty of physical activity opportunities.

 Brief Biography:

Elizabeth spent a few years working in business before deciding that education would be much more rewarding. She trained as an English teacher and enjoyed a long career in secondary teaching. As assistant headteacher she gained experience in such areas as special needs, pastoral management, assessment, curriculum and strategic planning, school improvement, teacher training and behaviour management. Although now happily retired, Elizabeth retains a deep interest in educational issues. Having moved from London to Suffolk, she is very much enjoying getting to know this special county.

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Emma Robson  
Position and Responsibilities: Staff Governor  
Brief Biography:  Jo is a community governor with a son currently at the school. She brings 20 plus years of experience as a children’s sports coach and children’s ski school manager. Working in a variety of resorts in New Zealand and USA, she has returned home to Suffolk. She is passionate about a varied curriculum to motivate learning and plenty of physical activity opportunities.  

  

Wickham Market Governors Membership, Pecuniary Interests and Meeting Attendance 2018/19

Name Date Appointed Resignation date Pecuniary Interests Meeting Attendance  
Roger Theobold (chair) 01/11/14 na  None    
Jo Maghoo 01/11/14 na  Wattle designs Owner (10636708)    
Elizabeth Barnham   na      
Louise Turner 01/11/14 na  Alej ltd (06150994)    
Joanne Ashburn 12/06/17 na  None    
Helen Murray (head of school) 01/09/16 na  None    
 Joanne Harris (staff governor)    na    Long term leave  
 Emma Robson (temp staff governor)    na      
           
           
           

 

Wickham Market Governors  Membership, Pecuniary Interests and Meeting Attendance 2017/18

 

Name Date Appointed Resignation date Pecuniary Interests Meeting Attendance
Roger Theobold (chair) 01/1114 na  None  
Jo Maghoo 01/11/14 na  Wattle designs (10636708)  
Louise Turner 01/11/14 na  Alej ltd (06150994)  
Joanne Ashburn 12/6/17 na  None  
Helen Murray (head of school) 01/09/2016 na  None  
         
         
         
         
         
         



 

Wickham Market Governors Meeting, Pecuniary Interests and Training Attendance 2016/17

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Wickham Gvr web info 10 10 17 17 V7 Wickham Market Attendance