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Publication of Governor’s Details and the Register of Interests.


The new Instrument of Government Order came into force on 23rd January 2015.  All Governors began a new four year term of office from this date.


Introduction from the Chair of Governors

My name is Tim Rideout and I was elected to the position of Chair of Governors in December 2012.  I am immensely proud to serve Reepham Church of England Primary School in this way. I am a qualified accountant, I have a background in senior management in the NHS and I have held a number of Director of Finance and Chief Executive positions.  I now work as the Director of Commissioning Operations (Cumbria and the North East) for NHS England. 

Reepham is an excellent primary school, where every child is encouraged to fulfil their potential in a safe and supportive environment.  The School has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence and provides support to other local schools in addition to ensuring that our own children receive a high quality education, underpinned by the values associated with a Church of England school.  At our most recent Ofsted inspection (in 2011), the School was rated as ‘Outstanding’.

The core purpose of the Governing Body is, in the role of ‘critical friend’ to the School, and to support and hold the Headteacher to account in determining strategy and direction of the School.  The Governing Body also ensures the proper implementation of legal requirements, monitoring of achievement and standards, and the monitoring and evaluation of the School’s Improvement Plan.  The Governing Body sets aims and objectives and agrees, monitors and reviews policies, targets and priorities. The Headteacher, with his staff, is responsible for planning, teaching and the day-to-day running and management of the school.  The Governors, Headteacher, staff and children work in partnership to promote the aims and values of the school.


The Governing Board of Reepham C.E. Primary School is the sole Board with no sub-committees, unless required by exceptional circumstance.  The composition is as follows:     


Position Name Pecuniary Interest Attendence 2016-17 (Max 6)
Chairman:  Governor Mr Tim Rideout None 6
Headteacher:(H/Teacher Governor) Mr Ian Randall None 6
Vice Chairman: Mr David Scott   5
Parent Governors

Mr David Scott

Mrs Laura Markham

Wife a teacher




Foundation Governors:

Rev P Green

Mrs Claire Simpson





Local Authority Mr Tim Rideout None 6
Co-op Governor Mr Graham Akrill None 6
Staff Governor Mrs H Swan None 6
Clerk to the Governors Mrs Claire Salton None 6

Please note: Governor minutes are available in the office.

The school office holds an up-to-date register of governor interests in the school office and declarations of interest are updated as part of all meeting minutes. 






Tim Rideout has held the position of chair of the governing board since January 2013.  He has been a governor since 2004.  Tim is a qualified accountant (CIPFA) and has worked in and with the NHS since 1989.  He has held a number of senior positions in the NHS at Director of Finance and Chief Executive level and has also worked in the Department of Health as a senior civil servant. He is currently employed by NHS England as Director of Commissioning Operations, responsible for the commissioning and planning of NHS Services across Cumbria and the North East.



David Scott has worked in various HR and Recruitment roles in industry for in excess of twenty years and his children have attended the school since 2008. He brings a range of skills to the position of parent governor & Vice Chair, including objectivity, a collaborative approach, openness to change, willingness to learn and a sense of humour.



Reverend Penny Green is a Foundation Governor at Reepham and has been so since her appointment as Vicar to St Peter and St Paul, Reepham in September 2010. Penny’s background is in Education. Prior to coming into the Ministry, she was Assistant Headteacher in a large comprehensive school followed by six years in the education department at Lincolnshire County Council. As Foundation Governor, her task is to ensure that the Christian nature of the school is preserved. She says it’s an absolute joy to be involved with the school!



Graham Akrill has held active senior management positions for twenty five years within both the private and public sector, with a focus in developing new businesses, organisational improvement processes and commercial management. These business and people skills, combined with industry experience are complimentary to the co-opted governor role and assist the school to continually seek opportunities for improvement.



Laura Markham works as a national account manager for a large UK retailer. Her role is varied and as a result she has a wide variety of skills which she brings to the governing body at Reepham School. She has extensive experience in professional leadership as well as project management. Laura is well practiced at managing budgets and takes a keen interest in the way the school operates within their budgetary constraints, to find the best solutions for all pupils within the school.



Claire Simpson is a solicitor specialising in social and health care law. She has experience of child protection and safeguarding, as well as mental health and working with the CAMHS service.  Claire has experience of HR issues, admission appeals, information governance and a general knowledge of public law issues.  Since becoming a governor, she has attended various training events to gain and consolidate knowledge of primary school education.  In addition she has qualifications in solicitors' accounts and business management.



Ian Randall is the Headteacher of Reepham Church of England Primary School and has an Ex-Officio position on the Governing Body. He works with the Governors to ensure they have a full understanding of the school. Working in partnership ,they set the strategic vision for the school and regularly monitor the impact, never losing site of the school strategy.



Helen Swan is the teaching staff governor for the school. She has been employed as a teaching assistant for fourteen years, having experience in all key stages. As staff governor, she is responsible for ensuring clear communication between the governors and all stakeholders including staff and the wider community.