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Sporle Primary Academy

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 academies within the Nar Valley Federation of Church Academies is a member of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) and as such is governed by the DNEAT Board of Trustees. The Trust delegates responsibilities to the Local Governing Body (LGB) of each Academy or Federation via a document called a Scheme of Delegation. 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 three core functions for governance in academies are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Executive Leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff:
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.

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

Governor vacancies

There are currently two vacancies on the Local Governing Body of the Nar Valley Federation of Church Academies, which are for one Trust Appointed Governor and one Parent Governor for Sporle.  

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 Interim Chair Jan Pierson via Castle Acre Cof E Primary Academy office, Tel: 01760 755305, Email:  (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 or downloaded from the Scheme of Delegation page of this website. 

Our Governing Body currently has the following sub committees:

Resources – covering Finance, Premises, IT, Health & Safety.

Standards & Curriculum – covering Teaching, Learning and Safeguarding.

Ethos & Community - covering RE, Christian Distinctiveness, Collective Worship, Engagement with Staff, Pupils, Parents and Community.

The full LGB meets twice each term. There are also termly meetings for each of the sub-committees.

Governors for The Nar Valley Federation of Church Academies

Name Governor Type Role(s) & Committee(s)
Bruce Gordon Trust Appointed Interim Chair of Governors


  Chair of Governors, Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Relationships & Sex Education Resources, Sports Premium, Staff Induction, Resources, Standards & Ethos Committees
Sara Hickling Trust Appointed Attendance, School Visits, Subject Lead Link for RE & Art/DT, Standards & Ethos Committees
Louisa Sliwa Trust Appointed Head Performance Management, Curriculum Champion, Maths, English, Staff Induction, RSHE, Subject Lead Link for RSHE, Standards & Ethos Committees
Brigid Vogel Trust Appointed SEND, English as an Additional Language (EAL), Equality & Diversity, Achievement for All, Subject Lead Link for Music, English and MFL, Standards and Ethos Committees
Grant Jukes Trust Appointed

Website Compliance, Health & Safety, Subject Lead Link for History & Geography, Resources Committee

Alan Brumby Parent (Sporle)  
Carolyn Watts Parent (Castle Acre) Vice-Chair, Safeguarding, Looked After Children, Resources & Standards Committees
Zoe Hill Parent (Narborough) Subject Lead Link for Science
Jessy Behan Staff  
Anne Neary Head Teacher Resources, Standards & Ethos Committees
Karen Howman Clerk  

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

Please see below Records of LGB Membership for 2018/19 and 2019/20 (to date) which outline Governor dates of terms of office (4 years), plus the number of 2018/19 LGB meetings attended and the number attended to date for 2019/20.