|J'Anne Robertson||Chair of Governors|
|Lesley Hogg||Vice Chair|
|Kalle Boyle||Associate Member|
|Claire Vittles||Parent Governor|
|Martha Evans||Parent Governor|
|Toni Glennon||Staff Governor|
|Henry Armes||Associate Member|
J'anne Robertson- Chair of Governors
As Chair of Governors I am elected by the Diocese of Norwich Educational Trust (DNEAT). I am also Chair of a further DNEAT partnership of schools.
I am a National Leader of Governance with a wide experience in education from being a teacher, headteacher, SENCO and registered inspector for Ofsted. Serving in schools for many years in the primary sector as well as having experience of headship in a complex needs school.
Prior to retirement I worked for Norfolk Children’s Service in a variety of Advisory roles at Senior level and was finally Head of service for Leadership and Governance. During my work with Norfolk I had responsibility for school improvement for Thetford’s primary age schools. It is therefore a pleasure to return to Thetford once again within a community which I have always felt privileged to work with.
Lesley Hogg- Vice Chair
I am currently Vice Principal at Thetford Academy, having worked at Charles Burrell High School previously. I came to education later in life, after several jobs that fitted in with raising my four children, including running a pub and working at the Aldi store in town. I have lived in the area for the past thirty years, although I originate from Wales. Whilst I do not have an accent anymore, I do still enjoy supporting Wales at rugby, and going to a Tom Jones concert.
Claire Vittles- Parent Governor
Hello. I’m a mum to 4 very happy children. I’ve seen my eldest flourish at Bishops from nursery through to year 6 and then go on to Thurston Community College. I currently have 2 children who attend Bishops C of E Primary Academy and the 4th who is already on the application list to start when she's 3. I have a very keen interest in the school environment and the education my children receive.
Along with looking after my family, I work part time for Tesco on the night team 2 nights a week. I also tend to my allotment where I have won a couple of awards for the quality of my plot. I love for my children to understand where food comes from the work that goes in to producing things for us to eat. This year alone we have been onion, green bean and courgette sufficient . In my spare time, I sew crafts from my kitchen table. I love making bunting and sensory luvies.
Some of my best qualities are that I have a great can-do attitude. I have seen the school develop over the last 8 years and go from strength to strength.
I’m looking forward to my new role as a parent governor. I have seen the change over to the new Academy trust as a positive thing and would love to help you have a parents input on current and future changes within the school environment.
Martha Evans- Parent Governor
My name is Martha Evans and I am one of your new parent governors. I have a son who is in year one at Bishops. Many of you will know me from Tesco where I have worked for 26 years. I love to cook and grow herbs and am always looking for new recipes for my family to try.
Toni Glennon- Staff Governor
My name is Mrs Toni Glennon. I have a BA Hons Degree in Education and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (with Masters Level). I have been teaching at The Bishop’s Primary Academy since 2016. Prior to taking the role of Staff Governor I gained over two years (combined) experience of being a Parent Governor and an Elected Governor at my children’s primary school. During this time I was also a member of the Curriculum sub-committee and Continual Improvement sub-committee. I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and I am passionate about high quality education, where each and every child is seen as an active participant in their learning. I feel very fortunate to be part of a Governing Body that is so committed to the continual improvement of our school.
Kate Clements- Finance Governor
I have been a co-opted governor at a small village primary school in Suffolk since 2012. More importantly I am a mum of three girls aged 12, 11 and 9, who bring a great deal of fun into my life along with some challenges as they develop and grow.
I also work part time as a Finance Director supporting our business which my husband set up back in January 1997. I previously worked as a full time Finance manager for a large manufacturing company where I learnt a great deal about communication and managing people. I am now also extremely lucky to be able to volunteer some of my spare time in supporting children at the local village school.
Whilst being a school governor, I have learnt to appreciate the pressures in education whilst staff endeavour to nurture every individual child’s needs and aspirations.
Thetford is a town that has supported my family and my grandparents who used to live here back in the 1970’s/80’s and I have made some very special friends. I hope I will be able to give back to Bishops my experience, enthusiasm and positivity for meeting the challenges that the school will face moving forwards.
I’m a trust appointed Governor and I work for Virgin Money in Norwich within their HR function. I’m a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and have over 30 year’s operational and strategic experience. I’ve lived in Norfolk for most of my life, I’m married to Richard with 3 grown up children. I’m really excited to take up the role of School Governor as I’m passionate about ensuring young people get the right start in life, and I firmly believe that people from the business community should get involved and play and active role in supporting local communities.
Kalle Boyle- Associate Governor
I have had the pleasure of working at The Bishops Academy for almost two years now, teaching in year 6 and leading mathematics across the school. I previously worked in Essex and was the Geography and History Lead at my last school. Becoming a member of the governing body has added a new dimension to my role at Bishop’s and created further opportunities for me to make a difference. I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and am passionate about high quality education and each and every child reaching their full potential. Nothing but the best is good enough.
Henry Armes- Associate Governor
I joined the Bishops Primary family in July 2016 as Business Manager with a passion to help improve the learning provision for children in Thetford. Having lived in Thetford all my life and now raising my own family in the town I am a keen to continue to grow the link between our school and our local community.
Outside of school I have a keen interest in sport and music and will take any opportunity to escape to the coast with my wife and 2 children.
I believe my local knowledge along with my varied working background from banking to building sites will be an asset to our governing body.