Junior School

Our Governors

Local Advisory Board

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.  The role of the LAB is to:

  • implement The Wensum Trust strategic aims/vision alongside Firside Junior School  vision and values
  • to question and challenge leadership and to hold them to account for the educational performance of students, ensuring value for money
  • to ensure compliance with statutory regulations and acts of parliament
  • provide regular reports on governance & compliance and quality assurance of the trust provision

There is one LAB for both Firside Junior School and Kinsale Junior School.  The LAB meets at least once each half term and considers information provided by the headteacher and staff as well as information on progress and attainment. 

There are no sub-committees, but members of the LAB each take at least one area of interest to support, challenge through relevant questions and assist in improving.  These responsibilities involve visits to both schools, meetings with lead staff and, occasionally, interviews with groups of children.  The outcomes of visits are reported to the full LAB.  Governor responsibilities are linked to the School Improvement & Development Plan and statutory requirements.

To contact the Chair of Governors, please email chairofgov@firside.norfolk.sch

Minutes of meetings of the Local Governing Board are available on request.

Governors appointed to the Local Advisory Board for Firside Junior School & Kinsale Junior School

Type of Governor Name Responsibilities Term of office expiry date
Co-opted - Chair of Governors Anthony Goodson

HT Performance Review, Safeguarding, SIDP

Co-opted - Vice Chair Peter Balcombe LAC & Vulnerable Groups, SEND, SIDP 27.03.2027
Co-opted Governor Gav Dent Mental Health Champion, Pupil Premium, Sport Premium, SIDP 28.11.2026
Co-opted Governor VACANCY    
Parent Governor - Firside VACANCY    
Parent Governor - Kinsale Jason Baston Attendance, SIDP 28.11.2026
Staff Governor - Firside Jacqui Harris Website Compliance, SIDP 11.03.2028
Staff Governor - Kinsale Joanna Philpott Website Compliance, SIDP 11.07.2026
Headteacher Rosalind Robinson Headteacher n/a
Deputy - Firside Steve Keer Deputy Head n/a
Deputy - Kinsale Angela Neal Deputy Head n/a
Governance Professional Cathryn Wesson Clerking responsibilities n/a