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Wickham Market Primary School

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Local Advisory Board

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The Local Advisory Board

 

The Trust

Avocet Academy Trust was founded in 2014 with the shared belief that collaboration is the key to success. This belief is adopted at all levels throughout each of the Academy schools.

 

Our vision centres on the child. The way we ensure everything centres on the child is through our core values:

 

  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Responsibility
  • Enrichment
  • Inclusion

 

We believe that this enables children to excel in whatever they do.

 

Avocet MAT is based on a set of values that determine all actions and decisions made throughout the Trust. All of these values are centered around the children to ensure that they have the perfect platform from which to grow.

 

With all decisions and actions based around these core values we are able to deliver an education which takes into account the needs of the different pupils, schools and communities in which they serve.

The Local Advisory Boards

 

Each school within the Academy has an Advisory Board. 

 

The Avocet Board has established five key roles for Advisory Boards:

 

  • To advise/act as a critical friend to the school leader;
  • To advise the Trust Board about local issues they need to consider that affect the school;
  • Represent the interest of the school community in the running of the school;
  • Represent the school in it's community;
  • Provide support to the school leader in undertaking appropriate day to day procedures that are essential in the life of the school.

 

The five roles translate specifically into the following tasks that the AB undertakes: 

 

  • it acts as a key link between the school, parents and local community;
  • it supports the work of the school in the community;
  • it supports the school leadership team in the development and implementation of the school development plan and other relevant plans, ensuring that the Avocet ethos remains at the heart of the school community; ​​​​​​
  • it helps on the ground with the implementation of certain whole Academy and school policies;
  • it offers challenging by positive and proactive support to the school leader;
  • it regularly reviews the schools performance in relation to the Key Performance Indicators.

For all academy policies including charging and remissions, whistleblowing and finance please follow this link here

 

If you would like more information about Avocet Academy Trust and it's members please follow this link here

 

For more information about the role of school governors and trustees, please follow this link.

 

Members of Wickham Market's Local Governing Body

 

Joanne Ashburn

 

Position and Responsibilities:

 

Chair of Governors (Parent Governor)

 

Brief Biography:

 

Jo was voted the Chair of Governors in October 2023 and currently has a son at the school. She brings 20 plus years of experience as a children’s sports coach and children’s ski school manager. Working in a variety of resorts in New Zealand and USA, she has returned home to Suffolk. She is passionate about a varied curriculum to motivate learning and plenty of physical activity opportunities.

 

Louise Turner

 

Position and Responsibilities:

 

Clerk to the Governors

 

Brief Biography:

 

I am clerk to the governors, having had three children previously educated at Wickham. Prior to moving to the village I was a governor at a school in South Yorkshire for many years. I have experience in youth work, journalism and publishing, and currently I co-run a media company. I’m extremely keen to enhance pupil wellbeing and contribute to positive learning across the academy, with particular attention to reading and e-safety.

 

Ruth Leigh

 

Position and Responsibilities:

 

Vice Chair and Community/Co-Opted Governor

 

Brief Biography:

 

I am a freelance writer and author who lives just outside Wickham Market with my husband and three children.  We moved to Suffolk in 2006 and all three children attended Wickham Market Primary School from Nursery through to Year 6.  I am passionate about community and am always trying to find ways to add value.

 

Mandy Garland

 

Position and Responsibilities:

 

Staff Governor

 

Brief Biography:

 

As staff Governor I represent the dedicated team of teachers and support staff that work at Wickham Market Primary School. 

 

I have worked at our school in various roles from Teaching Assistant to my current position as Family Welfare Practitioner since 1998. Prior to this I trained and worked at the Ipswich Hospital as a staff nurse within the Gynaecology unit before leaving when my son was born and thereafter my daughter. 

 

Working closely with and supporting our families, in addition to my position as subject leader for Relationships, Sex and Health Education enables me to fulfil my commitment to promoting and supporting the emotional and physical wellbeing of each child within our setting.

 

Carey Cooke

 

Position and Responsibilities:

 

Community/Co-Opted Governor

 

Brief Biography:

 

We have lived in Suffolk since 1981 moving from Westleton to Wickham Market with our now adult children in 1994. As a retired Secondary School English teacher and member of the school's Reading Army, I have a particular interest in reading.

Barbara Harrington

 

Position and Responsibilities:

 

Community/Co-Opted Governor

 

Brief Biography:

 

 

I have worked as a librarian and teacher in Leicestershire and Devon and have been a governor in another authority. I am now retired.

 

Having recently moved to Wickham Market, I wanted to get involved with the local community, so my first stop was the school. I started as a volunteer reader and was appointed as a governor one year ago.

 

I really enjoy playing a small part in school, giving back something to the community and working alongside our children and teachers. I am very keen to achieve the best possible education for all our young people.

Tracey Walker

 

Position and Responsibilities:

 

Community/Co-Opted Governor

 

Brief Biography:

 

Having taught for 37 years, I hope to be able to use my experience in the classroom, as well as my experience managing whole school initiatives, to good effect in an advisory role at Wickham Market Primary School. I have always been interested in how children learn and what is required to enable all children to fulfil their potential. I have worked in SEN departments and have also run programmes for the academically gifted so I understand the need for a school to offer support and encouragement across the ability range so that all children feel confident and empowered to do their best. I have lived in Suffolk for 28 years and raised my son here. Now that I am retired, I want to focus my effort in my local community and it makes sense to volunteer in this capacity.

 

Wickham Market LAB Attendance 2021-2022

This information can be found on the Trust Website here
 

Wickham Market Governors Membership, Pecuniary Interests and Meeting Attendance 2019/20

NameDate AppointedResignation datePecuniary InterestsMeeting Attendance
Roger Theobold (chair)01/11/14na None 
Jo Maghoo01/11/14na Wattle designs Owner (10636708) 
Elizabeth Barnham na  
Louise Turner01/11/14na Alej ltd (06150994) 
Joanne Ashburn12/06/17na None 
Helen Murray (Headteacher)01/09/16na None 
Mandy Garland (staff governor)  na  
     

 

 

Wickham Market Governors Membership, Pecuniary Interests and Meeting Attendance 2018/19

NameDate AppointedResignation datePecuniary InterestsMeeting Attendance 
Roger Theobold (chair)01/11/14na None  
Jo Maghoo01/11/14na Wattle designs Owner (10636708)  
Elizabeth Barnham na   
Louise Turner01/11/14na Alej ltd (06150994)  
Joanne Ashburn12/06/17na None  
Helen Murray (head of school)01/09/16na None  
 Joanne Harris (staff governor)  na  Long term leave 
 Emma Robson (temp staff governor)  na   
      
      
      

 

Wickham Market Governors  Membership, Pecuniary Interests and Meeting Attendance 2017/18

 

NameDate AppointedResignation datePecuniary InterestsMeeting Attendance
Roger Theobold (chair)01/1114na None 
Jo Maghoo01/11/14na Wattle designs (10636708) 
Louise Turner01/11/14na Alej ltd (06150994) 
Joanne Ashburn12/6/17na None 
Helen Murray (head of school)01/09/2016na None 
     
     
     
     
     
     


 

 

Wickham Market Governors Meeting, Pecuniary Interests and Training Attendance 2016/17

 

 

NameDate AppointedResignation datePecuniary InterestsMeeting Attendance
Roger Theobold (chair)01/1114na None 
Jo Maghoo01/11/14na Wattle designs (10636708) 
Louise Turner01/11/14na Alej ltd (06150994) 
Joanne Ashburn12/6/17na None 
Helen Murray (head of school)01/09/2016na None 

 

 

Wickham Market Governors Meeting, Pecuniary Interests and Training Attendance 2016/17

 

 

 

LAB Attendance 2020/2021

All agendas and minutes are available upon request (excepting confidential documents). 

Please contact nls@avocetacademy.org stating the documents you are requesting.

Financial Information

 

Please follow the following link for audited accounts for Avocet Academy Trust. You will also find a link to the school's financial benchmarking service

 

 

Account information

 

Funding Agreement

 

Avocet Academy Trust does not currently have any employees earning over £100K

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