A governing body at a school helps steer a school, establish its vision and ethos and challenge the staff to deliver the goals that are set. This body is part of a team committed to improving the lives and future prospects of young people. 

Our legal duties include: 

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives 
  • approving the academy budget 
  • reviewing progress against the academy’s budget and objectives 
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the Principal 

The governing body meets at least once every term. We set up committees or working groups to look at particular issues (such as pay, performance management, buildings development). A small group (principal, governor responsible for finance and the academy finance officer) meets to keep an eye on academy finances between our termly governor meetings. All governors are informed about what happens at these finance meetings. 

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the academy. All governors have equal status however they are appointed. 

This group of Governors and Ormiston Academy Trust staff meet half termly to review the progress of the academy towards its school improvement targets. 

  • Rebecca Bierton – OAT Director of Primary 
  • Craig Honey – Principal at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy 
  • Rhian Harris – Chair of Governors 
  • Michala Warner – Vice Principal at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy
  • Hollie Blake – Assistant Principal & SENDCo at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy
  • Joanne Harvey – DSL & Pastoral Lead at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy

Rhian Harris – Chair of Governors

I’ve worked in education since 2009, having started my career teaching science in an Ormiston Academy. I have a Masters degree in Educational Leadership, for which I researched the effectiveness of Continuous Professional Development for teachers. I’m currently a manager for an education charity, where my responsibilities include account management of two regional Teaching School Hubs. 

Joe Waters – Community Governor

My name is Joe Waters currently Assistant Principal at Ormiston Venture Academy. This academic year my responsibilities are lead behaviour specialist, line manager for PE and Childcare faculty, and lead of Innovate college. In previous years I have been the lead for student voice working with and developing the Union of Venture Students, ITT professional tutor for various training providers, line manager for Science, and developing a behaviour change intervention programme. I qualified as a PE teacher and have developed my teaching pedagogy and leadership skills whilst at Ormiston Venture Academy to become Assistant principal for the last six years.

The reason I would like this position as Governor at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy is that I am passionate about the community I live in and breaking the glass ceiling regarding opportunities for every student that I have the pleasure in working with. I believe that being a governor at Edward Worlledge I could help the academy on its journey to give every student the education they deserve working with the passionate team that is already in place. 

On a personal note, I have two young daughters one of which will be starting her education soon and I would like to get a greater understanding of how primary schools function so I can support my girls as best as I can.

Monica Adams – Staff Governor 

I am currently working as a Learning Support Assistant at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy. I have always valued the ethos of our academy and have been part of its evolution from a middle school to an all-through primary academy. I have over 15 years’ experience in education and have a good knowledge of the curriculum and how to adapt it to meet the needs of all learners. In addition to this, I have led interventions and supported SEND children in making outstanding progress.  I am passionate about the incredible children in our community, helping them to work through any barriers to learning they may encounter and in accessing a wide range of opportunities to ensure they make good progress.  

Stacey Brett – Staff Governor 

 I have been a teacher for 14 years and taught across both primary key stages. I have led maths for 6 years but have recently taken on pupil premium lead since returning to Edward Worlledge. I love all things creative; I completed a BA Hons in Graphic Design before doing a PGCE and my ability to think outside of the box has benefited me hugely since working in education. I became a governor because Edward Worlledge is a wonderful to work; the staff and children are like no other and I wanted to be part of improving outcomes for the children, whilst being the voice of the teaching staff.

If you need to contact the Chair of Governors or any member of the Governing Body, you can do so via the following:- 

  • Postal: Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy, Suffolk Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 0ER 
  • Telephone: 01493 603462 
  • Email: Clerk to Governors [email protected] 

Being a governor is a great way to have a positive impact on your community, by making a difference to the lives of its children. You’ll help steer your academy, establish its vision and ethos and challenge staff to deliver on targets. You will join a team committed to improving the lives and prospects of young people. 

Ormiston Academies Trust will support you in your new role and continually supports the governing body on its journey. We provide induction training, expert advice and ongoing support throughout every governor’s term of office. 

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