Academy governance

 

 

Eastgate Academy is part of the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust and the Academy and its Governing Body are responsible to the Trust’s Board of Directors.

Our Local Governing Body (LGB) members

Link to governors hub

Melanie Wellard – Chair

I have been the Chair of Governors since Eastgate first became an Academy, and I have found it extremely rewarding. I share the vision of the Academy and very much want to see the children of the community be the best they can be and receive the best education and support they can possibly get.  I strongly believe they receive that at Eastgate Academy and I am very proud to play my part. 
 
I work full time at the College of West Anglia as Head of Department for Partnerships and School Liaison.  We bring 13-16 year olds from local schools/academies into the college to study vocational programmes as part of their school curriculum.

Linda Hothersall – Principal


I am the Principal at Eastgate Academy, having worked here for over five years.  I have lived and worked in Norfolk for nearly twenty years in different primary schools both teaching and as a Deputy Head and a Headteacher.  I believe strongly that we should provide the best opportunities that we can for all pupils who attend Eastgate and our Local Governing Body supports and challenges us in achieving this.

Louise Gayton – Vice Chair

I work in Local Government and have done for over 10 years; within this I am involved with the trade union.  I live and work in King’s Lynn and so the community is very important to me, not least because I have two small children myself, one of whom attends Eastgate.  I became a Governor because I’m passionate about learning both in and out of school.

Ann Higgins – Sponsor Governor

Ann Higgins

This will be my fourth year as a Governor of the school and I find my role has become more challenging but also more interesting and enjoyable since we have become an Academy.  As Safeguarding link governor I meet groups of children termly to talk about safety and am always impressed by their knowledge and attitude.  When I visit as Read Write Inc link governor I go into all classes and see how hard the children and staff work.  I am a retired teacher and have many interests but hope to continue my association with Eastgate Academy.

 

Brian Elflett – Elected Parent Governor

My background is varied as I have worked at the Lynn News and  I am now back in the motor trade.  This included running my own garage for a while.  I was Chairman of the local branch of Diabetes UK which I gave up to become a Parent Governor as I wanted to do more with the school that my two children attend.  I am the Link Governor for Health & Safety.

Claire Gosling– Staff Governor

I joined Eastgate Academy over 4 years ago as a teaching assistant and I have worked in a variety of classes. I recently completed my degree in early years. I am the staff governor and a link governor for SEND. I believe strongly in the importance of education for all.

Val Creasey-New Governor

 

I became a Governor as I believe all children deserve the best education possible to allow them to reach their highest potential and I wanted to offer any support I could to the Academy for this to occur as it is clearly their belief too

In my day job, I am currently the Attendance and Exclusions Strategy Manger at Norfolk County Council.

 

Richard Brown – New Governor

‘From a background of secondary Headship and now educational consultancy, I joined the Eastgate Governing Body in January 2017.  Although the bulk of my career involved older students, I have always understood the importance of those primary years in education and am pleased to have an opportunity to make a contribution.’

 

Elanor Westbury – New Governor

 

 

Deborah Hinks – Clerk to Governors

I joined the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust in January 2014 and am Clerk to the Trust Board of Directors and also Clerk to the Local Governing Bodies at two more of the Trust’s Academies (Nelson and Downham Market).  I am a Business Management graduate and have three children, all of whom have come through the local state education system with considerable success and gone on to Further and Higher Education.  I am keen to play a part in helping other local children to do the same.

 

EASTGATE ACADEMY GOVERNORS
NAME ROLE NATURE OF APPOINTMENT DATE OF APPOINTMENT  

ATTENDANCE RECORD LGB 2015/2016

 

Melanie Wellard Chair

Leadership & Management

Teaching

Learning Behaviours

Curriculum

Pupil Voice

Trust-appointed Governor

 

1/4/14 100%
Louise

Gayton

Vice Chair

Data

Marking

Differential Learning

Maths

Homework

Oracy & Language

Parent Governor  1/4/14  100%
Ann Higgins  RWI

Literacy

Writing

RE

Safeguarding

LAC

Trust-appointed

Governor

1/4/14 67%
 

Brian Elflettt

 

Health and Safety Elected Parent Governor  22/5/14  100%
Claire Gosling  SEND

Broad & Balanced curriculum

Elected

Staff Governor

1/9/2016 n/a
 Val Creasey Pupil Voice

Houses

Trust-appointed  Governor  8/11/2016  n/a
Richard Brown

 

Trust-appointed Governor

 

 22/11/2016  n/a
 Elanor Westbury Houses Trust-appointed Governor 8/11/2016 n/a
Deborah Hinks Clerk to Governors

 

Linda Hothersall Principal Senior Leader Link Ex-officio 1/4/14 100%

Our register of business and pecuniary interests

Details of our register of business and pecuniary interests can be found here.

Governor Vacancies

When vacancies for Parent Governors arise these are advertised to parents and a formal process for nomination takes place including a ballot (if necessary). At present we have one vacancy for a parent governor.

LGB Meeting Dates

8th March 2017

Minutes of LGB Meetings

Funding arrangements

Funding agreements and other Eastern Multi-Academy Trust documents can be found here.