Primary & Nursery 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 eight 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 Data, Pupil Premium, Catch Up, Key Stage 2 combined Reading, Writing & Maths, Strategic Overview, Safeguarding & SEND 31st August 2021
Co-opted - Vice-chair of Governors Vacancy due to retirement on 22/4/2021 due to ill health    
Co-opted Governor Miss Sue Penlington Attendance, Maths 13 January 2024
Co-opted Governor Rev Steven Wood Wellbeing, Key Stage 1 Reading & Writing 15th July 2023
Parent Governor Mr Dugan Aylen EYFS Reading & Writing, Sports Premium/PE 8th October 2021
Parent Governor Vacancy    
Staff Governor Ms Suzanne Davidson Deputy Headteacher 27th Sept 2024
Staff Governor Mrs Julia Norman Deputy Headteacher 8th October 2021
Headteacher Rachel Stroulger   n/a
Clerk Mrs Cathryn Heseltine   n/a


Governors' Business Interests - Declared in September 2020

Mr Christopher Beek
Mrs Rosalie Monbiot Trustee of Wells Hospital
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
Mrs Sue Penlington Education Manager at Holkham Estates