St Martin at Shouldham CE
Voluntary Aided Primary Academy

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Articles of Association and registrations

The Certificate of Incorporation and the original Articles of Association for DEMAT were revised by the DEMAT Board on 23rd May 2018, and approved by special resolution.


The Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT) was incorporated under the Companies Act of 2006 as a Private Limited Company, number 8464996, on 27th March 2013.


DEMAT registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on 18th December 2014, registration number ZA087951.

Village Saints Partnership Local Governing Body 


Governors are a voluntary body of people who guide and support the strategic direction of the school. They are members of the school team and their contribution to the running of the school is highly valued. Our minutes are all on GovernorHub and our Clerk has access to them if required. 


The Chair of Governors can be contacted through the school office. 

Contact number: 01366 347260


The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

'The current chair of governors and vice-chair are strong leaders who have recruited a wide skill-set to ensure the work of the governing board is effective; they have well-established and purposeful systems for monitoring and evaluating the school.' (SIAMS January 2019) 

Governor Profiles 

Fiona Jordan- Chair 

Category of Governor- Parent

Additional Information- Focusing on safer recruitment and Headteacher PM

Declared Interests- Parent of a child at All Saints Academy 

I volunteered to become a governor at All Saints Academy as I wanted to be involved in my son’s education and was really keen to help the school achieve some of its aims, specifically around the learning and development of children.

I am currently a Senior Project Manager for a software company and I hope to bring some of my attention to detail to the role of governor and hope to support the school in being a “critical” and “supportive eye”.

Finally I want to contribute to my local community more and hope I can do this by being part of the governing body.

Geoff Hipperson- Vice Chair  

Category of Governor- General

Additional Information- Health and Safety, Premises, Headteacher PM 

Declared Interests- 

Geoff is the current Mayor of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk. Now semi-retired, Geoff previously worked in a local farming partnership and has lived in Shouldham since 1973. In addition to family commitments and farming, Geoff has been involved in several local organisations including Downham Market Young Farmers, Secretary of the Pelicans Hockey Club and as a Parish Councillor. More recently, Geoff has helped with the re-opening of the King's Arms community pub in Shouldham and is a member of the management team. 

Katherine Howe- Headteacher  

Category of Governor- Staff

Additional Information- Curriculum

Declared Interests- 


Liz Evry

Category of Governor- Parent 

Additional Information-Health and Safety, Core subject monitoring 

Declared Interests- Parent of a child at the school

I am really pleased to be part of the Governing body to offer my support to the future development of the school.  I applied to be a Governor as I am looking forward to being part of my son’s school experience as he starts school in 2019. I hope to transfer some of my experience from senior communications and marketing roles within the training and further education sector. I’ve been involved in opening new specialist schools where I’ve had exposure to the strategic and educational elements of school life that I will use to benefit our school. I hope this will help to continue shaping the best learning experience for our children and the best working environment for our staff.

Mark Ginger

Category of Governor: Parent

Additional Information: Core subject monitoring 

Declared Interests – Parent of a child at All Saints Academy

I am excited to be part of this new Governance Team and hope I can contribute by supporting and enhancing the Village Saints Partnership. My Son started his education Journey in 2018 and I am resolute in my support of him, his friends, teachers and the wider School Community.

I have specialised in various fields of protective security and am currently employed in the training environment. I hope my ability to think outside the box, adapt and overcome problems and hardship in high pressure situations will compliment a strong team.

Helen Crossley 

Category of Governor- Parent

Additional Information- Safeguarding, SEND

Declared Interests- Parent of children in the school 

As a parent of two children attending the Village Saints Partnership I volunteered to become a governor as I wanted to be involved with both my sons' education and that of all the pupils that attend both academies. 

I am currently the Lead Cook for St Martins so I already look after their nutritional needs on a daily basis. I also have a great interest in the SEN side of education and the welfare of all the children. 

I hope to be of great help and support to the schools and help them achieve the highest standards possible for each individual child and also the staff.

Carol Nicholas-Letch 

Category of Governor- General

Additional Information- Finance, Christian Distinctiveness

Declared Interests- 


Amy Jolly

Category of Governor- Parent 

Additional Information- 

Declared Interests- Parent of children in the school 

I have volunteered to become a governor at the schools since my children have moved to St.Martin in the second term of 2019. I was previously a governor volunteering for a local academy with 3 village schools under the governing body. I am very interested in EYFS and KS1 and the overall approach to education that schools take and how we can grow and adapt in order to meet the needs of the children. 

I have been a Hotel Manager for a large local hotel for over 10 years and manage a team of 45 staff. I hope to bring my management expertise, high standards and attention to detail and also to focus on emotional well-being in the school and I hope I can offer challenge and support in equal measure.

Niki Pybus 

Category of Governor- Parent 

Additional Information- 

Declared Interests- Parent of child in the school 

I have volunteered to become a Governor at The Village Saints Academy as I feel it is important to support local schools in helping them to provide a structured learning environment for every pupil. I have an interest in not only the academic development of children through the curriculum but also values and skills positively reinforced within the school environment. I think it would be on most parents' agenda to hope for their child to be able to confidently move to the next phase of the academic journey armed with all they have been taught. As a parent, this is most certainly my hope for my son who is a pupil at St Martin's. 

I am a trained Management Accountant, now based in King's Lynn, having recently moved from supporting a Tornado contract to out of service based at RAF Marham for 10 years. I bring with me analytical skills, integrity, challenge, teamwork and a keen eye to detail. I hope my professional experience will be of great benefit in supporting the Governing body of the Academy. 


Dr Laura Blackburn 

Category of Governor- Parent 

Additional Information- Safeguarding and SEND 

Declared Interests- Parent of children in the school 

The opportunity to become a school governor was one I couldn't resist. My eldest son moved to the school in early 2019, and I am keen to support both St Martin and All Saints given the positive benefits they have already brought to my eldest's education, and now also his brother. I believe in both the quality of the schooling, enthusiasm and commitment of the staff, and the overarching vision and values of the school. 


I have a diverse career as an Occupational Health Physician and Head of Clinical Compliance, University Lecturer and also as a qualified and accredited coach. My aim is to apply my understanding of management, governance and education to overseeing the financial and educational performance of the school, offering strategic support to the school achieving its vision. The opportunity to assist the Head throughout by providing a coaching approach to supportive challenge. Given my role as Safeguarding governor, a key focus will be health, safety and welfare of your children during this early stage of their education. 

Christina Towers  

Category of Governor- Parent 

Additional Information- Pupil Premium, Sports Premium

Declared Interests- Parent of children in the school 

Louisa Booth 

Category of Governor- Parent 

Additional Information-  

Declared Interests- Parent of children in the school, welfare and pastoral support of service children. 

I volunteered to take on a governor's position within the Village Saints Academy as an opportunity to be involved in my child's education, while supporting the school and local community.  As a serving member of the Royal Air Force I was keen to offer a military 'eye' to a setting that has a small number of Forces pupils. I have been an Air and Space Operations Manager in the RAF for 18 years, serving across the country and overseas as well as on numerous operational deployments. I hope to bring some of my skills and experience to the school and give back to the local community that is so supportive of the Armed Forces in the area. 


Rachel Beasley- Deputy Headteacher  

Category of Governor- Staff

Additional Information- Curriculum, Pupil Premium, Sports Premium 

Declared Interests- Parent of children in the school 


Kayley Lodge- SENCO

Category of Governor- Staff

Additional Information- SEND, Curriculum 

Declared Interests- 


Governor Information and attendance records

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