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

Louise Gayton  – 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.

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.

Vacancy – Vice Chair





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 Creasy – 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 Manager at Norfolk County Council.


Richard Brown – 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.’

 Melanie Wellard- Governor

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.

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.





Melanie Wellard  

Leadership & Management


Learning Behaviours


Pupil Voice

Trust-appointed Governor


1/4/14 100%





Differential Learning



Oracy & Language

Parent Governor  1/4/14  100%

Brian Elflett


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

Broad & Balanced curriculum


Staff Governor

1/9/2016 n/a
 Val Creasy Pupil Voice


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


Trust-appointed Governor


 22/11/2016  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

14th March 2018

13th May 2018

18th July 2018

Minutes of LGB Meetings

Funding arrangements

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