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Smithdon High School


Welcome to the Governors’ page. Here you will find out about the current composition and working of the Local Governing Body, its role and how it supports the school on a day-to-day basis.

Our Governing Body 

Governing Body



Date of Appointment

Mr A Gee

Chair of Governors

19th January 2017

Mr J Crofts

Vice Chair of Governors

4th July 2019

Ms C Bower

Trust Appointed Governor

19th January 2017

Mr M Cobb-Pernak

Parent Governor

23rd March 2017

Mr J Hirst


1st September 2019

Ms L Jackson

Trust Appointed Governor

4th July 2019

Mr A Johnson

WNAT Executive Headteacher

19th January 2017

Mr J Johnson

Trust Appointed Governor

23rd March 2017

Mr R Lodge

Trust Appointed Governor

19th January 2017

Mrs C Pike

Staff Governor

26th September 2018

Ms J Seed

Trust Appointed Governor

19th January 2017

Ms C Spencer

Trust Appointed Governor

29th June 2017

What Our Governors Do 

The current Chairman is Mr A Gee and the  Governors meet six times a year.

The Governing Body has a strategic role in setting aims and objectives, agreeing targets, policies and priorities and monitoring effectiveness.  It also evaluates the school’s performance through results and data, outside agency reports and the School Development Plan. 

The range of skill, experience and expertise among the Governors is considerable and this enables the Governing Body to support the school across many areas and in various ways.

Governors attend all major school events, such as the Prize Presentation Evening and School Productions.

The governors are an enthusiastic and dedicated group who enjoy the school’s successes and progress. However, they take the role of ‘critical friend’ very seriously and challenge the school's Senior Leaders on issues of performance and effectiveness. Governors achieve the very best possible for the school. 

Governor Documentation 

Please click on the links below to view the up to date Governor Documentation:

Governor Overview of Membership - Including Responsibilities, Relevant Interests and Attendance:

Governor Overview 2020 - 2021
Governor Overview 2019 - 2020
Governor Overview 2018 - 2019

Declarations of Business Interest - Including links and business interest within the school and trust:

Governor Declarations of Interest 2020-2021
Governor Declarations of Interest 2019-2020 

Governor Roles and  Responsibilities  - Showing individual members areas of responsibility within the governing body:

Roles and Responsibilities 2020 - 2021
Roles and Responsibilities 2019 - 2020

Contact Details

Clerk to the  Governors is Mrs Samantha Simms.

If you wish to contact the Governing Body, please address any correspondence to her via the following:

FAO Mrs S Simms
Clerk of Governors
Smithdon High School
Downs Road
PE36 5HY

Tel: 01485 534541

Forth Coming Election of Parent Governors - January 2021

There are two vacancies for parent governors on the school's governing body. The governing body is made up of parents, staff and Trust Appointed governors. Parent governors are elected by the parents of children attending the school. For more information on becoming a school Parent Governor click here.

Nomination papers are available to download hereOnce complete please return to the school by email to: by Friday 12th February 2021.

Governor Recruitment 

If you are interested in being a Governor at this school or any other school within West Norfolk Academies Trust, ple ase click on the link below for further information:

WNAT Governor Recruitment Information 

WNAT Trustees

Responsibility for all the academies that make up  West Norfolk Academies Trust and for providing education in those academies is entrusted to the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees  have overall accountability for all the schools within the trust and manage all finances (including audits), premises and personnel areas,  via sub committees. Work is also delegated to our local governing body whose assistance  is  greatly valued and supported by the Trustees.

For further information on our Board of Trustees visit the West Norfolk Academies Trust website Governance Page.