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The Nar Valley Federation Of Church Academies

Better Together

Your Governors

Local schools have a special place in the communities they serve and The Nar Valley Federation of Church Academies is no exception. We have a dedicated team of teachers, ancillary staff and governors who, together with you, are anxious to see the highest standards of education made available for the growth of our children.

What is a Governing Body?

Each of the schools within the Nar Valley Federation of Church Academies is an academy member of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) and as such is governed by the board of this trust. The Local Governing Body (LGB) are appointed by DNEAT as per their articles of governanance (available on their website). The LGB is made up of 7 Trust Appointed Governors, 3 elected Parent Governors (one from each of the Nar Valley Federation Academies) and 1 elected Staff Governor. The LGB Governors are volunteers who are drawn from different parts of the communities and who are passionate about the education of the children at our academies and bring diversity of knowledge and experience to the strategic management of the academies.


The Governing Body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the schools with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Its responsibilities include:

  • Helping to establish and review the aims and policies of the academies
  • Working strategically to help raise standards
  • Setting targets for pupil achievement
  • Supporting the Head Teacher and staff
  • Making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • Appointing staff

If you have a question about the Governing Body please don’t hesitate to contact us via your academy office.

Governor vacancies

There is currently one vacancy on the Local Governing Body of the Nar Valley Federation of Church Academies.  

How to contact us

We are always interested in hearing your views on your academy, and if you have any questions you would like to ask us please do get in touch with our Chair Mike Dwyer via Castle Acre Cof E Primary Academy office, Tel: 01760 755305 (Miss Howman, Secretary & Clerk to Governors).

A copy of the Scheme of Delegation between the Dioceses of Norwich Multi-Academy Trust and the Local Governing Body of the Nar Valley Federation of Church Academies can be requested from the academy offices. 

Our Governing Body currently has the following sub committees:

Resources – covering personnel, finance, safeguarding, inclusion and premises.

Standards – covering standards/monitoring and the curriculum, attendance, health and safety.

Committee members have agreed delegated responsibilities and meet at least termly.


Governors for The Nar Valley Federation of Church Academies

Name Governor Type Role
Mike Dwyer Trust Appointed Chairman, Health & Safety, Resources & Standards Committees
Michael Ball Trust Appointed Vice-Chair, Performance Management, Resources Committee
Canon Stuart Nairn Trust Appointed Performance Management, Resources Committee
Sara Hickling Trust Appointed CPD for Governors, Attendance, School Visits, Standards Committee
Louisa Sliwa Trust Appointed Performance Management, Maths, English, Standards Committee
Rachel Bond-Green Trust Appointed Safeguarding, Resources Committee, Standards Committee
Brigid Vogel   Trust Appointed

SEND, Standards Committee

Vacancy Parent (Sporle)  
Carolyn Watts Parent (Castle Acre) Looked After Children, Safeguarding, Website Compliance Resources Committee, Standards Committee
Sylvie Wright Parent (Narborough)

Pupil Premium, EYFS, Standards Committee

Kelly Scott Head Teacher Performance Management of Staff, Resources & Standards Committees
Kim Stabler Staff Resources & Standards Committees
Karen Howman Clerk  

No Governor is related to staff members or married to staff members unless identified above.

Please see attached below our Record of Committee Membership and Designated Governors, which also outlines their dates of terms of office (4 years) plus an external review report of the Governing Body from 2013.