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Sporle Church of England Primary Academy

Better Together

Your Governors


Local schools have a special place in the communities they serve and The Nar Valley Federation of Church Academies is no exception. We have a dedicated team of teachers, ancillary staff and governors who, together with you, are anxious to see the highest standards of education made available for the growth of our children.

What is a Governing Body?

Each of the academies within the Nar Valley Federation of Church Academies is a member of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) and as such is governed by the DNEAT Board of Trustees. The Trust delegates responsibilities to the Local Governing Body (LGB) of each Academy or Federation via a document called a Scheme of Delegation. The LGB is made up of 7 Trust Appointed Governors, 3 elected Parent Governors (one from each of the Nar Valley Federation Academies) and 1 elected Staff Governor. The LGB Governors are volunteers who are drawn from different parts of the communities and who are passionate about the education of the children at our academies and bring diversity of knowledge and experience to the strategic management of the academies.


The three core functions for governance in academies are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Executive Leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff:
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.

If you have a question about the Governing Body please don’t hesitate to contact us via your academy office.

Governor vacancies

There is currently one vacancy on the Local Governing Body of the Nar Valley Federation of Church Academies, which is for a Trust Appointed Governor.  

How to contact us

We are always interested in hearing your views on your academy, and if you have any questions you would like to ask us please do get in touch with our Chair Mike Dwyer via Castle Acre Cof E Primary Academy office, Tel: 01760 755305, Email:  (Miss Howman, Secretary & Clerk to Governors).

A copy of the Scheme of Delegation between the Dioceses of Norwich Multi-Academy Trust and the Local Governing Body of the Nar Valley Federation of Church Academies can be requested from the academy offices. 

Our Governing Body currently has the following sub committees:

Resources – covering Finance, Premises, IT, Health & Safety.

Standards & Curriculum – covering Teaching, Learning and Safeguarding.

Ethos & Community - covering RE, Christian Distinctiveness, Collective Worship, Engagement with Staff, Pupils, Parents and Community.

The full LGB meets twice each term. There are also termly meetings for each of the sub-committees.


Governors for The Nar Valley Federation of Church Academies

Name Governor Type Role(s) & Committee(s)
Mike Dwyer Trust Appointed Chairman, Health & Safety, Resources, Standards & Ethos Committees
Michael Ball Trust Appointed Vice-Chair, Performance Management, Pupil Premium, Resources Committee
Canon Stuart Nairn Trust Appointed Resources & Ethos Committees
Sara Hickling Trust Appointed Attendance, School Visits, Standards & Ethos Committees
Louisa Sliwa Trust Appointed Performance Management, Maths, English, Standards & Ethos Committees
Brigid Vogel Trust Appointed SEND, English as an Additional Language (EAL), Equality & Diversity, Standards and Ethos Committees


Christopher Soames Parent (Sporle) Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Champion for Sporle School, Resources Committee
Carolyn Watts Parent (Castle Acre) Safeguarding, Looked After Children, Website Compliance, Champion for Castle Acre School, Resources & Standards Committees
Matthew Begg



Sports Premium, Champion for Narborough School, Standards Committee
Kelly Scott Head Teacher Performance Management, Resources, Standards & Ethos Committees
Kim Stabler Staff Performance Management, Resources & Standards Committees
Karen Howman Clerk  

No Governor is related to staff members or married to staff members unless identified above.

Please see below (and attached) our Record of LGB Membership for 2017/18 which outlines their dates of terms of office (4 years), plus the number of 2017/18 LGB meetings attended.  Also attached below is an external review report of the Governing Body from 2013.