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Sean Allison.  I joined the Governors in Autumn 2019 to be involved with Sexton's Manor Primary School and help maintain it's high standards. My first child started in Reception in September 2019 and my daughter who is two will join him in a few years. I have worked in agricultural research for the last ten years and previously to this, I was a Greenkeeper at golf courses in St Andrew's and in Cambridge.

Valerie Axton. Valerie Axton retired in 2012 after thirty eight years as a teacher and Headteacher, mainly in Suffolk.  She originally trained as a Nursery/Infant teacher but mainly worked with older children.  Her particular interests are School Management, More Able and Special Needs and all Curriculum subjects.  She joined the Governing Body in 2013 as Chair of Governors.

Jacqueline Rozier. Now retired from her role as a Deputy Headteacher, having taught mainly in Suffolk and Norfolk. She has extensive experience of teaching pupils in both middle and secondary/upper schools and has held various roles of responsibility, including subject and pastoral leader, assessment co-ordinator and curriculum lead. She has worked for the Local Authority as a reading Consultant and trained as an Ofsted inspector. Beyond her teaching role, she has been a school governor and has played an active role on school PTAs. She is now keen to put this knowledge and expertise to good use by playing an active role on Sexton Manor’s Governing Body to support staff and pupils in their drive to raise standards and opportunities for all at the school.

Alison Blackwell. Alison joined the governing body in 2014 and has one child and Sexton's Manor. She has a professional and personal interest in physical activity and is the lead governor for PE at the school.

David Brett. I joined as a parent governor in 2020. I was inspired to join as my son attends the school and hopefully my daughter will join next year too. I am looking forward to being involved in a supporting role and the strategic decision making. I have a particular interest in the learning achievement aspects of the school.  I have worked as an engineer for the last 15 years and I have a passion for science and technology. I am also a keen runner in my spare time.

Keren Abbott.  I joined as a parent governor in late 2020 after my youngest child began attending the school. After seeing how much of a friendly and committed team they are, I decided to offer my knowledge and skills in a way that could directly benefit the school and pupils. I currently work as an executive coordinator for a business development company and study Law alongside it. I have a passion for learning and development and hope that my contribution will help the school to flourish even further. In my spare time, I enjoy raising funds for charities especially through sports; including obstacle course racing where I try to get the family (and anyone else) involved.

David Butler. I was welcomed onto the governing team in late 2020.  With my son due to attend Reception in September I was inspired to jump onboard to support the school in engaging the pupils. My interests lie within sport; I have been involved in Primary PE across Norfolk, Suffolk & Essex for 15 years in both a delivery & organisational role and hope to encourage a positive influence on the school’s physical education curriculum. In my spare time I love to play a variety of sports, especially football, and enjoy day trips to the coast with my son.

Gemma Brockwell. I attended Sextons's Manor as a child and one son now attends the school. I have been on the Governing body as a parent governor since January 2014 and have taken on the role as Safeguarding Governor.  I have 13 years’ experience of working for the local Authority’s Children and Young Peoples Directorate, specialising in Social Care and Early Help.  My role within the Local Authority equips me with an extensive knowledge of local government policies and procedures.  During this time I have been closely involved with supporting teams of Social workers, practice managers, senior managers together with managing my own team of staff.   I feel that I have a good mix of skills to bring to the Governing Body.

Annie Wainwright. Annie retired in 2018, having spent forty years in the teaching profession. She has worked mainly in Suffolk, teaching pupils in the 8 -13 years age range, in both state-funded and independent sectors. Although initially a class teacher of all subjects, she later qualified in special educational needs & disabilities (SEND), specialising in teaching dyslexic and dyscalculic pupils. To widen her experience, she worked part time for five years at Highpoint Prison assessing and helping inmates with dyslexia, and was a parent governor for four years at a local special school. She hopes to put her extensive experience to good use to support Sexton’s Manor School.


Previous Governors

Dr John Parr: Term of Office  2018 - 2020                     Rev Matt Selman: Term of Office  2017 - 2020                    Mrs Hannah McWattie: Term of Office  2015 - 2020   

Mrs Jackie Jones: Term of Office  2014 - 2020                    Cornelis Van  den Oort: Term of Office  2014 - 2020

  • What are governors for?

    Governors enable the school to run as effectively as possible, working alongside the headteacher and supporting staff to raise standards and provide an excellent education for the children

  • What do governors do?

    Governors have legal powers and responsibilities to:

    • Make decisions about how the school is run
    • Monitor the quality of Teaching and Learning
    • Interview and select staff
    • Decide on how the school budget should be spent
    • Report information about the school to the parents
    • Oversee the maintenance of the school building

    There is a Handbook for Governors

  • How often do governors meet?

    There are 6 full meetings to attend (one every half term).  You will also be encouraged to be on at least one committee that meets every term.

  • Do I need any qualifications to be a governor?

    Not at all.  In fact, you do not even need to be a parent.  Governors bring their own skills and knowledge to support the school and there is training and support for the things you may need to learn about.

  • How can I apply to be a governor?

    Simply contact the school and express your interest.  Someone on the governing body will then be in touch to discuss things further.  

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