Burnham Market

Primary School

Our Governors

The Trustees of the Wensum Trust have overall responsibility for the organisation and running of the school. This includes matters relating to standards, the school budget, staffing and buildings.

The school governors form the Local Advisory Board (LAB) and have devolved responsibility for the oversight of teaching and learning and for ensuring high standards in progress and outcomes for all children. Members of the LAB also have responsibility for a number of devolved policies including SEND, Admissions and Behaviour.

There is one LAB with nine members for both Wells Next-the-Sea Primary and Nursery School and Burnham Market Primary School. The LAB meets at least once each half term and considers information provided by the head teacher and staff as well as information on progress and outcomes for groups of children. The LAB provides both support and challenge in respect of the issues under consideration.

There are no sub-committees but members of the LAB each take at least one area of interest to investigate, improve understanding and to ask relevant questions. These responsibilities involve visits to both schools, meetings with lead staff and, from time to time, interviews with groups of children.  The outcomes of visits are written up and reported to the full LAB. Governor responsibilities are linked to priorities set in the School Improvement Development Plans for each school, as specified in the table below.


Governors appointed to the Local Advisory Board for Burnham Market Primary School and Wells Primary & Nursery School:

Type of Governor Name Responsibilities Term of office expiry date
Co-opted - Chair of Governors Mr Christopher Beek Pupil Premium, Catch Up, Safeguarding, HT performance review, Curriculum development. 18th July 2025
Co-opted Governor Miss Sue Penlington Website, Maths, Curriculum development. 13th January 2024
Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair Rev Steven Wood Staff Wellbeing, LAC and vulnerable groups, children's health and wellbeing. Curriculum development. 15th July 2023
Co-opted Governor Miss Patricia Bannister Attendance, Curriculum development. Other focus to be decided 27th October 2025
Parent Governor Sam Dack PE & Sports Premium, Curriculum development.  31st January 2026
Parent Governor Kelly Cawston SEND, Curriculum development.  31st January 2026
Staff Governor Mrs Julia Norman Deputy Headteacher 21st October 2025
Staff Governor Ms Suzanne Davidson Deputy Headteacher 27th September 2024
Headteacher Rachel Stroulger Headteacher n/a
Clerk Mrs Jane Phelps Clerking responsibilities Started 10th January 2022


Governor's Business Interests - Declared in September 2021

Mr Christopher Beek
Ms Suzanne Davidson Employed by The Wensum Trust
Mr Dugan Aylen Owner of Franchise Recruitment Services Ltd
Mrs Julia Norman Employed by The Wensum Trust
Mrs Rachel Stroulger Employed by The Wensum Trust
Rev Steven Wood Priest in charge of Burnham's Benefice and trustee of the Bedfordshire Flute Academy
Miss Sue Penlington Education manager at Holkham Estates


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