The Trinity Federation of Church Academies Local Governing Body
St Peter’s Church of England Primary Academy, Easton, Hockering Church of England Primary Academy and Great Witchingham Church of England Primary Academy
The Trinity Federation is a member of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) and has one Local Governing Body that serves the three schools. All the Governors are volunteers who are committed to ensuring that the three schools provide the best education possible for the pupils in line with the agreed aims.
We contribute to the strategic leadership of the schools by working closely with the Executive Head teacher and the Senior Management Team. We support and challenge the staff in a number of ways, however it is not our role to be involved with the day to day management of the schools.
Our main responsibilities are
- Ensuring clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Federation
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the Federation and its pupils
- Overseeing the financial performance of the Federation and making sure its money is well spent
The full governing body meet at least six times a year but most governors sit on at least one of the three committees and all the committees meet at least once a term. The committees are:-
The Standards and Curriculum Committee
This is a very busy committee which meets three times a year and monitors the provision of the curriculum by talking to staff, subject leaders and pupils and visiting the classrooms to see examples of the work the children are doing. They receive reports from school staff about successes and challenges connected with the delivery of specific areas of the curriculum. They also agree and review the schools’ policies to ensure they are kept in line with current requirements. The committee holds at least one meeting in each of the three schools during the year and complete regular monitoring visits across all three schools.
The Ethos and Community Committee
This committee is made up of members of the governing body who represent the schools’ very close links with the Church of England. They receive reports and conduct a dialogue with pupils drawn from all three schools and are responsible for reviewing the policies on the teaching of Religious Education and Collective Worship.
The Resources Committee
This committee is responsible for approving the Federation budget and for reviewing its progress throughout the year. The Federation finance officer attends these meetings and the schools’ finances are looked at in detail every term.
This committee also deals with all areas of safety for the pupils and staff connected with the premises and grounds of each school, and a working party meet every term with a specific Health and Safety focus.
All Committees have delegated powers and they report back to the full governing body after each of their meetings.
The Governors work very hard to support all areas of the life of the three schools. They continuously evaluate the work of the schools helped by reports from the Executive Head Teacher and other members of the Senior Management team.
Find out more about the Governors
Mary Blathwayt (Chair)
I have been a governor since 1983, first for St Peter’s Primary School, Easton and I then became a Federation governor as soon as the Federation was formed. I have been Chair of Governors for several years now and have seen the three schools improve to achieve either outstanding or good grades from Ofsted. In June 2013 I was honoured to receive an award from Norfolk County Council for making an outstanding contribution to Governance.
I was a Special Needs Teacher for about 20 years in mainstream schools, teaching children and young people from four to sixteen in rural and city schools. I passionately believe in the importance of a good education for children whatever their ability and have been privileged to be involved in some way with the education of hundreds of children. I am very proud of what we have achieved in the formation and development of the Trinity Federation and it has been at times stressful but also hugely rewarding.
Peter Pease (Vice Chair)
I am at present a Trust Appointed Governor of the Trinity Federation of Church Academies. I have been a Governor since 1980 serving on the Governing Bodies of Costessey High School, Costessey Junior School and St Peters CofE VC primary School which later included Great Witchingham Primary and, later, Hockering Primary and became the Trinity Federation of Church Schools.
I have served as chair of Governors on Costessey Junior, St Peters Easton and the Trinity Federation and also Governor Chair of the Costessey Cluster. I was first asked if I would be a parent governor of Costessey High School, which I accepted and during that time I became interested in continuing as a governor as I was getting an enthusiasm to help to ensure that children get the best possible start in life when they are
I have taken training courses in many things including Finance, Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment, Being a Church Governor and preparing for SIAMS. I am the Safeguarding Governor for the Federation and chair of the Resources Committee. I have recently updated my Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment training. I am Churchwarden and Reader and am also on the Deanery Synod and on the Deanery Synod Standing Committee and have been on the Diocesan Synod. Based on this I feel that I am able to be an effective Governor of a Church Academy.
I am a trust governor and have been a governor of the Federation since September 2014. I hold a particular interest and role in Special Needs and Health and Safety within the Governing body. Living in Weston Longville and working just a few miles away I have close links to the community. As a mother to three girls, with the eldest two attending Great Witchingham Church of England Primary Academy, the Federation plays an important part in our lives and I see the outcome of learning and strong Christian morals the teaching and management provides first hand in my children. I feel strongly that Education is so important for children
to give them a balanced and strong start to life and am so happy to be involved with the schools in the role of Governor.
I have a science background by education and currently work in the field of compliance. Therefore I bring to the governing body experience in reporting and monitoring, legislation interpretation, analysis skills and the ability to question.
Mark Moore (Executive Deputy Headteacher)
I am really fortunate to be Deputy Headteacher of the Trinity Federation of Church Academies where I am able to work with talented members of staff, excellent Governors and genuinely caring, respectful and enthusiastic children, who all recognise the importance of education on everyone’s lives.
In my current role, I work across the three schools in our Federation, leading teaching and learning. I am also the English lead for the Federation and remain responsible for the day-today running of Hockering CE Primary Academy.
I have been a teacher for 12 years and have spent six of those as Assistant Headteacher of Hockering CE Primary School, where I taught a mixed-age class for children in years three to six. Prior to working for the Federation I was a class teacher and part of the leadership team at two schools in Norwich.
Outside of school I value the time I spend with my young family, playing in and exploring the fantastic Norfolk countryside. I also enjoy rowing on the River Yare and competing in races as a member of a local club.
Rebecca Newman (Executive Headteacher)
I have worked within schools in this Federation since 1997, first as a class teacher and then as Deputy Headteacher, before becoming Executive Headteacher in April 2016. I have been on the journey of with all the schools through partnership, Federation and latterly academisation. I consider myself very fortunate to work in our Federation where the staff and governors show utter commitment to achieving the best outcomes for all our children.
In my spare time I take part in a lot of music in and around Norwich either singing or playing percussion.
I have served on the Governing Body for the past 12 years. I have been employed at St Peters for over 28 years and in that time have seen many changes - from a small first school to primary, then a partnership into the Trinity Federation and now as a member of the DNEAT Academy.
I have lived in Easton for the past 36 years. I am married, have 2 sons and 2 wonderful granddaughters. I am also a very committed and active member of St Peters Church in Easton. My hobbies include cooking, reading and gardening.
After a lifetime of responding to school bells and Government changes in education systems which covers pupil and student, teacher and teacher trainer, examiner and curriculum planner, inspector and senior manager, governor and governor trainer and finally education officer responsible for over 100 schools it has been a luxury to focus as a governor on just 3 great schools.
I have always tried to keep up-to-date by taking part in training and exploring new ideas so as to provide the very best for all the children and support our great staff in all they do.
In April 2017 I joined the Trinity Federation and this is my first experience of the Governor role.
Until my retirement in October 2015 I worked for 27 years in the National Health Service in the department of Human Resources. Throughout my career in the NHS I was fortunate to work alongside dedicated, inspiring, challenging and talented colleagues working collaboratively to provide patients with the best health care.
I believe all children should have access to a good education and I hope I can contribute in some way to making this possible in my role as Governor.
I am delighted to have been appointed a Governor of The Trinity Federation and look forward to working with the three schools and their wider communities. I have lived in the local area for nearly 25 years and have been excited by the changes and developments within the schools making the Foundation the great success it is today.
I have just retired from teaching. I started teaching in Bristol and moved to Norwich 30 years ago. Since then I have taught in many Norfolk High Schools along with raising my own family. For the past 17 years I have been Deputy Head and then Head Teacher of a local High School before spending last year back in the classroom teaching my subject, Geography. Working with young people has always been my greatest pleasure and privilege doing everything I can to ensure all are able to enjoy and value a broad education. I still work with teenagers involved in The Duke of Edinburgh Award and, in my spare time, enjoy walking, fitness and distance running along with being an active member of the local Anglican Church.