Acle Academy

Our Governors

Acle Academy is committed to delivering an exceptional education for its young people. All aspects of our provision need to be of the highest standards. Our expert governance ensures that we will achieve our aspirational vision.

Acle Academy is part of the Wensum Trust family of schools. The overall strategic direction of all schools in the Trust is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees, whose pen portraits and details are available to view on the Wensum Trust website. Each school however, has a Local Advisory Board (LAB) which has powers according to the Scheme of Delegation. The Wensum Trust operates a system of “Earned Autonomy” i.e. the better the school, the lighter the touch from the Trust is. 

The Local Advisory Board of Acle Academy has recently been appointed by the trustees. It consists of several of the newer governors who have been responsible, along with the excellent Principal and new Leadership Team, in ensuring the school is making effective progress to the removal of the school from special measures. In addition the LGB now has two parent governors and a staff governor.

Governance Structure & Responsibilities

Name Gov. Category Responsibility Date Appointed Term of Office
Matthew Arrowsmith-Brown Chair of Governors
Leadership & management and Pupil Premium TBC

27/03/17 - 26/02/25

Stuart Turner Vice Chair of Governors
Behaviour and attitudes TBC 27/02/17 - 01/09/21
Ralph Masterson Appointed Safeguarding, looked after children, behaviour and attitudes TBC 27/02/17 - 26/02/25
Helen Watts Principal School Principal TBC 01/09/16 - n/a
Lisa Frary Staff School Staff and SENDCo TBC 27/02/17 - 01/09/21
Jason Chapman Parent Quality of education TBC 20/04/18 - 19/04/22


Governors Business, Material & Pecuniary Interests

We are currently updating this content, for publication in April 2021.


Governors Attendance Record

We are currently updating this content, for publication in April 2021.

Contact Details

Role Name Email Address
Chair of Governors Matthew Arrowsmith-Brown
Vice Chair of Governors Mr Stuart Turner
Staff Governor Miss Lisa Frary
Governors Mr Ralph Masterson
Mr Stuart Turner
Mr Jason Chapman

A copy of the governors' minutes are available from the school, upon request.


Ten Essential Features of an Effective Governing Body

  1. There is clarity of understanding of the governor role, awareness of the key relationships and boundaries between lead professional staff and the Governing Body.
  2. Governors hold a shared vision for the school which is clear, understood and well communicated to staff, parents and pupils
  3. The governing body sets the strategic direction of the school and has a central role in the leadership of the school.
  4. Governors are confident in providing high levels of professional challenge to hold the Principal to account including their responsibilities for performance management.
  5. The governing body knows the school, its strengths and weaknesses, understanding data and knowing how to use it to raise standards. There is an ongoing commitment to monitoring and evaluation of school performance and offering the right level of challenge and support.
  6. Governors have a realistic plan for school development, ensuring it is implemented and resourced effectively including the use of the pupil premium and the impact on attainment.
  7. Governors engage effectively with parents, pupils and staff and are well informed about their views and use this to inform strategic priorities for development planning.
  8. Governors are fully and systematically involved in the evaluation process, keeping the work of the school under review and acting upon their findings.
  9.  The governing body has adopted a robust approach to self review of its own performance, which includes a plan for improvement including personal development for individual governors.
  10. There are effective working practices including individual roles and the governing body structure is fit for purpose. Having governors with personal commitment for the time the role takes. The governing body needs a balance of skills and a planned approach to recruitment and succession planning.