Governor roles and structure

Ormiston Denes Academy is committed to delivering an exceptional education for its students. As such, all aspects of our provision are required to be of the highest standard. Our expert governance team works to both support and hold to account senior leaders in the fulfilment of our aspirations.

Our governors:

  • Work with leaders to communicate the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the academy, and develop a culture of ambition.
  • Provide a balance of challenge and support to leaders, understanding the strengths and areas needing improvement at the academy.
  • Understand the impact of teaching, learning and assessment on the progress of students in the academy.
  • Ensure that the academy’s finances are properly managed, and can evaluate how the academy is using the pupil premium, Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium and special educational needs funding.
  • Are transparent and accountable, including in the recruitment of staff, governance structures, attendance at meetings and contact with parents.

Current governors

Name Role Appointed Appointed by Term
Mr Ben Driver Principal 1st Sept 2016 OAT Ongoing
Mrs Tina Ellis Chair of Governors
Effectiveness of Leadership & Management
1st Apr 2013 OAT 4 year
Mrs Kate Gill Community Governor
Catch-up funding
Pupil premium
Student outcomes
3rd Sept 2015 LGB 4 year
Mr Paul Mayne Community Governor
Parents’ forum
Personal development, behaviour & welfare
1st Apr 2013 OAT 4 year
Mrs Louise Bernasconi Parent Governor
Safeguarding, including PREVENT and online safety
Parents’ forum
Personal development, behaviour & welfare
18th Feb 2015 Parents 4 year
Mrs Tamsin Poulter Community Governor 1st Sept 2017 OAT 4 year
Mrs Rae Aldous Community Governor
Quality of teaching, learning & assessment
16th Feb 2018 OAT 4 year
Mrs Catherine Craig Community Governor
1st Nov 2018 OAT 4 year
Mrs Carole Davies Community Governor 7th Jan 2019 LGB 4 year
Mrs Jane Webster Staff Governor 1st Apr 2013, 2015, 2017 Support staff 2 year
Mr James Kerry Staff Governor 1st Sept 2018 Support staff 2 year
Mrs Linda Jeal Clerk to Governors 1st Sept 2014 Chair of Governors Ongoing

Structure of Committees

Governing Body/Panel Structure
Local Governing Body All Governors, Chair: Tina Ellis
Finance & General Purpose 5 Governors, Chair: Paul Mayne
Co-curriculum Board 4 Governors, Chair: Tina Ellis
Strategic Progress Board 4 Governors, Chair: Gwayne Webb, OAT Regional Director East
Disciplinary Panel 3 Governors
Admissions Panel 4 Governors
Exclusions Panel 3 Governors
Governors available for interviews Ben Driver, Tina Ellis, Kate Gill, Paul Mayne, Tamsin Poulter

Meeting dates and attendance

Governor meeting dates 2018–19

Governor meeting attendance 2018–19

Disclosed business and pecuniary interests

Governor Business/Pecuniary interest
Ben Driver Nothing to declare
Tina Ellis Vice Chair of Governors East Coast College
Member of Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber Executive
Kate Gill Trustee/Chair of Norfolk Community Transport Association
Trustee of Great Yarmouth & Waveney MIND
Paul Mayne Nothing to declare
Louise Bernasconi Nothing to declare
Tamsin Poulter Principal at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy
OAT Governor for Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy
Rae Aldous Principal of Westwood Primary School
Husband is Assistant Principal at Ormiston Denes Academy
Ex-Headteacher at Grove Primary and Westwood Primary Schools
Governor at Grove Primary and Westwood Primary Schools
Catherine Craig Nothing to declare
Carole Davies Nothing to declare
Jane Webster Vice Chair Governor at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy
James Kerry Nothing to declare

Additional information

OAT Local Governing Body Terms of Reference 

Ormiston Academies Trust Scheme of Delegation

Apply to be a governor

To apply to be a governor, please download and complete our Governor Expression of Interest form (below).

Expression of Interest – Ormiston Governor

If you wish to contact our governors please email in the first instance.

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