Colman Junior School Governing Body supports the aims and values of the School. We work closely with the Head Teacher and staff acting as a ‘critical friend’, providing challenge and support to assist school improvement.
The governing body is made up of representatives of parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, the community and the Local Authority. Full governing body meetings are held 6 times a year. Governors also sit on 3 committees that oversee the work of the school – the Finance and Premises, Personnel and Curriculum Committees, which meet at least once a term.
Our current governors include:
I have been a parent governor at the Junior School since September 2013, and was a parent governor at the Infant School until July 2014. I am Chair of the Governing Body. I work in IT at the UEA, which being close to the school enables me to help with the school run. I have 2 daughters, both of which are now at the Junior School. I became a governor to do all I can to ensure they and the other children who go here get a great start in life.
I volunteered to become a Teacher Governor in the summer of 2015. Having taught at Colman Junior for just over 11 years, and with a previous ten years teaching experience in East London, I am committed to ensuring children have the opportunity to realise their potential. Since moving to Norfolk, with my partner and twin daughters, I have embraced country life; happy to be walking in the beautiful countryside or on a beach. Always with a book on the go, I am keen to share my love of reading as well as my love of sports.
I have been a local authority governor since 2012 and my area of responsibility within the school is English. I also chair the curriculum committee. I am a retired physiotherapist and find being a school governor a rewarding and challenging experience. In my spare time I enjoy singing, gardening, walking and wildlife. I also enjoy volunteering at Blickling hall and doing some voluntary office work.
Maria O’Connell (Searcey)
I have been a parent governor since 2012 and am Chair of the Personnel Committee. I have a son who attended the school and a daughter in Year 3. I lecture and carry out research in science at the University of East Anglia and have a background in nutrition. I love music and used to teach piano. I became a governor in Colman Junior to help support the school in providing the best possible learning environment for the children.
I have been a parent Governor at Colman Junior School since February 2014 and I’m currently responsible for SEN provision, Pupil Premium and Maths. I have three daughters – 2 of whom are at the junior school. Before having children, I worked as a radio journalist and I am currently working as a freelance writer. I’m also Event Director of Norwich junior parkrun. I really enjoy supporting the school to get the best possible outcomes for all pupils.
I am a Community governor, a parent of 4 (running the range from 18, 9, 8 and a new born) and Head of Apprenticeships at City College Norwich. I have been involved with education in a variety of forms for 18 years. I am passionate about ensuring the best education for all, whether in my day job or as a governor.
I have been an LEA governor for 9 years and it is an interesting and rewarding way to be involved with children and the community. I am joint Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee. I have lived in Norwich for 35 years, but originate from the East Midlands. Now retired, I worked for many years in IT, but have also been a teacher. I am also involved with the local Soroptimist International club and Health walks, and any spare time is spent bird watching, walking and travelling all over the world.
I have been Headteacher of the school since 2013 and feel very fortunate to work with such amazing children, families and staff every day. I have been a school governor in a variety of schools for 18 years now and I am passionate about lifelong learning, regularly challenging myself to learn new things. I have two children aged 21 and 24 and live in rural South Norfolk with my husband and a grumpy ginger cat.
I am a Co-Opted Governor. I work as a Finance Manager at Aviva in Norwich. I come from the local area, living in Mulbarton and attending Hethersett High School. In 2013 through my work I got involved in providing Runaway Prevention sessions in schools around Norwich. I felt I was making a difference and wanted to get more involved. I thought with my finance experience, I had something to offer to the local community and decided to become a school governor. I joined the school as a governor in 2015, and am now Chair of the Finance Committee.
Full Governing Body
Liam Dolder (Chair), Simon Harrowing, Stewart Furlong, Kate MacMillan, Maria O’Connell, Jo Phillips, Ed Rose, Julie Sandford, Lynda Vincent, Jenny Wilson.
Committee Members 2015-16
Personnel: Maria O’Connell (Chair), Ed Rose, Julie Sandford.
Finance/Premises: Simon Harrowing (Chair), Lynda Vincent, Ed Rose, Julie Sandford.
In attendance Wendy Durrant, Wayne Howe.
Curriculum: Kate Macmillan (Chair), Jo Phillips, Julie Sandford, Jenny Wilson.
Performance Management: Kate Macmillan, Lynda Vincent.
Head’s PM Review Officer: Ed Rose
Staff Dismissal: All Governors, according to availability
Governors with special responsibilities
SEN & Gifted + Talented: Jo Phillips
Child Protection & Children in Care: Jo Phillips
Safeguarding: Maria O’Connell
Health & Safety: Lynda Vincent
Norfolk Governor Network:
Link Governor for training:
Equality & Attendance:
New Governor Induction: Lynda Vincent
Data: Ed Rose
Non-Staff Governor Terms of Office
Liam Dolder – 02/10/2013 – 01/10/2017
Simon Harrowing – 23/03/2015 – 22/03/2019
Kate MacMillan – 23/03/2015 – 22/03/2019
Maria O’Connell – 10/10/2012 – 09/10/2016
Jo Phillips – 03/02/2014 – 01/02/2018
Ed Rose – 03/02/2014 – 01/02/2018
Lynda Vincent – 01/09/2014 – 31/08/2018