Creative Learning Without Limits

Our Governors

Our role is to work in partnership with the Headteacher to provide the best education for the children in line with the school’s vision and Christian values. We meet as a full Governing Body five times during the academic year. At these meetings we receive a report from the Headteacher, discuss the work of our sub-committees and consider other information that is important to the school. Each year we also hold a governors ‘Deep Dive’ day. Focussing on a particular priority from our Improvement and Development Plan, we spend the day in school talking and listening to children so we can understand their perception of their learning and progress.



We are responsible for monitoring and evaluating the performance and effectiveness of the school and most of this work is carried out through one of the following sub-committees:
  • Teaching and Learning Committee – Governors consider the schools performance in line with the National Curriculum. It monitors targets set in the Improvement and Development plan and analyses its impact on the progress and attainment of pupil groups.
  • Teaching and Learning Committee Terms of Reference
  • Resources Committee (Finance, Personnel and Premises) – Governors look at the financial performance of the school, monitor its income and expenditure against improvement and development priorities and makes sure its money is well spent.   They oversee the appointment and performance management of all staff. Alongside the Headteacher, they also support the professional development and well-being of the Pulham staff team.  This committee is also responsible for making sure the schools premises are kept in good order and that the requirements of Health and Safety law are met.
  • Resources Committee Terms of Reference

Register of Business Interests

Name Governor Category and

Term of Office

Committee Membership Roles Declaration

of Interest

Attendance Record
Donna Eaton

I live in Pulham Market and have three children, two currently attend Pulham School and one attends Archbishop Sancroft High School. I am an accountant and work locally part time. I regularly attend St Marys Magdalen Church and local family services.


Co-opted Governor


Appointed by Governing Body


05/11/18 – 04/11/22

All Committees ·   Chair of Governors

·   Safeguarding Governor

·   SEND Governor

None FGB 4/4

Res 3/5

Ann Barth

I have lived in Pulham Market for 5 years and have served as a Governor on two previous occasions, both at Pulham Primary and Harleston Infant School before it combined with the junior school.  I have always had a keen interest in children’s education which plays an important part in shaping them for the future.  I have 6 children and 16 grandchildren and am an active member of the local church. I also lead a church team who regularly visit the school to conduct Open the Book assemblies.


Foundation Governor


Appointed by Parochial Church Council


03/01/19 – 02/01/23

Teaching and Learning ·   Community Links None FGB 2/2
Clare Crane

I am a CiLCA qualified Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to Pulham Market and Starston Parish Councils and the Administrator for the Pulhams Pre-School. I am also the treasurer for a local social club and a level 1 gymnastics coach.

Co-opted Governor


Appointed by Governing Body


21/09/16 – 20/09/20




Teaching and Learning ·   Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

·   Pupil Premium Curriculum Governor

None FGB 4/4

T&L 4/4

Simone Goddard

I have been Head Teacher at Pulham Primary for 5 years and before that was the Deputy Head Teacher. I have been in education for 16 years. Before qualifying as a teacher I worked at Norwich Theatre Royal as the Education Manager, running and organising education projects including the Norfolk Schools Project, introducing children to dance and opera. I have been married for 30 years and have two sons. I became a teacher and then a Head Teacher as I believe passionately in the right of every child to have an exciting, inspiring and quality educational experience with no ceiling placed upon their learning and with the chance to surprise themselves and their teachers every day.




Appointed by Governing Body


On-going with post

All Committees ·   Headteacher Pulham Primary School staff FGB 3/4

Res 5/5

T&L 3/4

Pers. 5/5


Stephen Plume Associate Member


Appointed by the governing body


17/09/19 –


· Governor of Thetford Grammar School

· Ex Officio Governor of Iceni Academy

FGB 1/1
Jonathan Powell

I live in Harleston and have a daughter who attends Pulham School. I am a Director for a Suffolk based manufacturing company and am responsible for the global sales & marketing activities of the business. In my spare time I am an involved in sports and music; coaching martial arts and playing in a local band. I have been impressed by how well my own daughter has thrived at Pulham School and am pleased to be able to offer my support.


Parent Governor


Appointed by parent election


23/04/19 – 22/04/23

Resources ·   PE & Sports Premium

·   Pupil Premium Finance

·   GDPR

·   Computing

None FGB 2/2

Res. 1/2

Pers. 1/2

Vicki Read

My teaching career started in London in 1989, time enough to hold a host of different roles and time to observe the ever changing and cyclical nature of education philosophy, policy and practice. My three children enjoyed their time at Pulham and I began here in 2005.  Currently I am the SENCo at two schools, a role that provides opportunity to nurture learning in its widest sense for neurodiverse young people and their families.


Staff Governor


Appointed by staff


04/02/19 – 03/02/23

Teaching and Learning ·   Senco

·   Collaboration

Pulham Primary School staff


Husband’s photography business has undertaken work for school.

FGB 2/2

T&L 1/2

Karen Rix

I have worked at Pulham School since 2008. As School Business Manager I manage the premises and finances as well as administrative functions ensuring the smooth day to day operation of the school.  I have worked in schools since 2003 and have previously served 4 years as a parent governor at my children’s school.


Co-Opted Governor


Appointed by Governing Body


17/10/16 – 16/10/20

Resources ·   School Business Manager

·   Training

Pulham Primary School staff FGB 4/4

Res. 5/5

Alan Thorp

I am a retired Business Consultant having worked on assignments in both the UK and abroad. Latterly I worked with the Governor Services Team in Norfolk, training school governors.  I have an enduring interest in the potential of young people having volunteered as a school governor at Archbishop Sancroft Academy for twelve years, retiring as Chair of Governors.  I have been involved in Scouting from a young age and currently serve as Church Warden of Pulham Market Church. Family life and Christian values are very important to me.


Foundation Governor


Appointed by Diocesan Board of Education


03/01/19 – 02/01/23

Resources ·   Chair of Resources


None FGB 2/2

Pers. 3/3

Res 2/3

John Young Local Authority Governor


Appointed by Norfolk County Council


17/09/19 –



Resources ·   Health & Safety None FGB 2/2
Sarah Veness

I am a trained journalist and also run a local publishing company which produces a range of publications including an arts magazine, theatre programmes and council publications. I have lived in Pulham on and off for 15 years and have two children currently at the school.

Parent Governor


Appointed by Parent Election


09/05/17 – 09/05/21

Teaching and Learning ·   EYFS

·   Governor Communication

None FGB 4/4

T&L 4/4


Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months

Governor Governor Category and

Term of Office


Sub Committee Roles Declaration

of Interest

Nick Buxton Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body 08/12/15 – 07/12/19

All Committees Chair of Governors None
Mandy Reeve Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff Election

03/02/16 – 03/02/20

Teaching and Learning Pulham Primary School Staff