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, Key Stage 2 combined Reading, Writing & Maths, Strategic Overview 31st August 2021
Co-opted - Vice-chair of Governors Mrs Rosalie Monbiot Safeguarding, SEND 31st August 2021
Co-opted Governor Miss Sue Penlington Attendance 13 January 2024
Co-opted Governor Rev Steven Wood Key Stage 1 Reading & Writing 15th July 2023
Parent Governor Mr Dugan Aylen EYFS Reading & Writing 8th October 2021
Parent Governor Mr Paul Burbridge Key Stage 2 Reading & Writing 21st June 2022
Staff Governor Mrs Julia Norman   8th October 2021
Headteacher Rachel Stroulger   n/a
Clerk Mrs Jennine Reynolds   n/a


Governors' Business Interests - Declared in September 2019

Mr Christopher Beek
Mrs Rosalie Monbiot Governor of St Mary's School, Roughton and Trustee of Wells Hospital
Mrs Zofia Catt None
Mr Dugan Aylen Owner of Franchise Recruitment Services Ltd
Mr Paul Burbridge Self-employed, trades as 'practical maintenance'
Mrs Julia Norman Employed by The Wensum Trust
Mrs Rachel Stroulger Employed by The Wensum Trust
Mrs Julie Brown Employed by The Wensum Trust and clerk to the governing body for Alderman Peel High School
Rev Steven Wood Priest in charge of Burnham's Benefice and trustee of the Bedfordshire Flute Academy
Mrs Sue Penlington TBC