The governors at Wicklewood School are the people who work quietly behind the scenes supporting and challenging the school. They are ultimately responsible for the running of the school, although the major part of that is delegated to the head teacher on a day to day basis.

The governing body acts as a critical friend to the school, offering opinions, evaluating progress, and being part of all major decision-making.

The governors attend a termly meeting of either the ‘Operational’ or the ‘Raising Standards’ committee, as well as a Full Governing Body meeting.

They also have individual responsibilities for curriculum areas such as Maths, Literacy, Health and Safety, Special educational needs etc.

The clerk to the governors is responsible for setting the meetings, all the associated paper-work and any legal requirements.

Position Biography, Key Responsibilities and Declared Business Interests Term of

Julia Brooks


Julia has worked at the school since 2004. Initially her appointment was for a year 2/3 teacher. During subsequent years she has been promoted to SENCo, then Deputy Headteacher, then Acting Headteacher and, to date, is the current Headteacher.

Julia has a daughter who attended the school and is now at Wymondham High Academy.

Peter Meacock


Peter has been a School Governor for over 26 years, initially at a Nursery School in East London where he was in business; he then joined Wicklewood School as a Governor in 2005. He has lived in Wicklewood for nearly 19 years with his wife and two children who are now grown up.  He founded Wicklewood Cricket Club in 2003 and served as Chairman until 2009, he was also a Wicklewood Parish Councillor for 3 years. Peter became Chairman of Governors at Wicklewood in 2014. Peter and his wife are now kept very busy running their property company. His interests are cinema, fine dining and cricket.

Responsibilities: Health and Safety and Science


Ed Godbold

Vice Chair

Ed lives in Wicklewood with his girlfriend Tracey and two sons, Luke, who attends Wicklewood School and Jordan who is working as an apprentice having previously studied at Wicklewood school.

He has worked at Aviva for over 30 years and in his current role he designs computer systems.

He became a Governor as he wanted to help maintain the high standards that he observed whilst Jordan was at Wicklewood.  He has first-hand experience through Luke that these are being maintained.

Since becoming a governor he has had the satisfaction of Wicklewood achieving an outstanding Ofsted rating and delivered several big projects including the long awaited new field and car park.

In his spare time he is a keen cyclist and can often be found cycling in the lanes around the Wicklewood area.  A while ago he fulfilled a long time ambition and rode on the Olympic Velodrome

Responsibilities: PE and ICT

Robert Crowden


Robert moved to Norfolk to study American History at the UEA and, apart from a year in the U.S., has stayed ever since. He moved to Wymondham after graduating and splits his week working in Norwich and London in Aviation insurance.

Robert became a Governor at Wicklewood in February 2014. He is currently on the Finance, Operational and Raising Standards committees. .

He has two children, currently aged 8 and 4 at / soon to start school in Wymondham.

In his spare time he enjoys photography and playing the drums.

Responsibilities: History and RE


Elise Meers


Elise is a parent governor with her youngest child in Year 6 at Wicklewood School and her eldest now at Wymondham College.

Having left university with a music degree, she then qualified as a chartered accountant and worked in London for 15 years.  A desire for a more rural way of life led her to uproot from Hertfordshire and move to Norfolk where she now runs a software company with her husband.  She is still a very keen musician and regularly performs on the concert stage and also at various national competitions.

She has no interests in any companies that Wicklewood Primary  School and Nursery has financial dealings with.

Responsibilities: Literacy and Music


Karl Pocock


Karl studied law at King’s College London before qualifying into the tax team of a leading London law firm.  He currently heads up the Corporate Tax team at Birketts LLP.  In his spare time he enjoys watching (and occasionally playing) football and cricket, eating out and spending time with his wife, their four year old son and their two dogs.

Responsibilities: Literacy


Nina Schutte


Nina’s three children spent many happy years at Wicklewood School. In 2004 she was appointed Parent Governor and in 2011 became a Partnership Governor. “This must be testament to what a rewarding job it is!” Nina is on the Finance, Premises and Staffing Commitees and was previously on the Curriculum Committee.

Nina works as a GP (Dr Pereira) at Wymondham Medical Partnership in Postmill Close. Outside of work, the children’s activities and an old house plus smallholding take up most of her time. She spends any free time out of doors on a never-ending list of projects!

Responsibilities: Music and Modern Foreign Languages


Ian Skates


Ian is a qualified accountant with over 15 years’ experience. He is Head of Finance and Education Business Development at Central Veterinary Services which includes a Veterinary Nursing College, an Awarding Body, a Software Development Company and Veterinary Practices. Ian has experience in managing the largest youth apprenticeship contract in England, Scotland and Wales with up to 15,000 apprentices on programme at any one time with the English provision judged as “outstanding” by OFSTED in November 2012. Ian was “Responsible Officer” to OFQUAL for the 10th largest awarding body in England with over 500 centres. Ian is also Trustee at St Edmund’s Charity in Norwich and founding Chairman of the Federation of Independent Veterinary Practices.

Responsibilities: Safeguarding


Paul Sully


Paul is married to Marion and is dad to Owen  and Emily, both ex-pupils of Wicklewood Primary School and Nursery.  He has been a Parent Governor at the school for a total of 12 years, starting when Owen joined Reception class, before transferring to the role of community governor, and has previously held the post of Chair of Governors.

Paul started his working life in the RAF and after getting married in 1992 he was initially based in Norfolk. After many moves around the UK he ended his 9 year RAF career as a Flight Lieutenant – Station Adjutant at RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland.Work was responsible for Paul and his family moving back to Norfolk and after a brief period working for Rehau windows and conservatories in an HR role, Paul was employed as a Human Resources Advisor for Norfolk Constabulary, based in Wymondham for 16 years until March 2016. After taking a well-earned break and learning to Paramotor, Paul is now working part-time in HR.

During his spare time Paul enjoys spending time with his family at weekends and school holidays in their caravan, walking the dog, cycling and is now a Civilian Instructor with the local Air Cadet unit.

Responsibilities: PHSCE


John Spratling


Married to Louise for 17 years this year and proud father of two, Hannah and Joshua who have both been to the school. He has been a local resident since 2008. John has had the pleasure of serving as governor since 2010 on both the Finance and Premises teams and is delighted to have been able to contribute to the premises changes that can be seen regarding the school field and parking area. He joined the Governors after a short period of joint chair of The Friends of Wicklewood School.

During his average day, he is involved in running his software business and playing taxi to both his children.

To John, being a Governor has always been about delivering the very best for the children.

Finally, he is always looking for suggestions and volunteers to help out at the school, so don’t be shy, make yourself known.


Andrew Thurston


Andrew is a retired Farm Manager. He was a Parent Governor at Wymondham High School from 1988 to 1991.

Andrew has no interests in any companies that Wicklewood Primary School and Nursery has financial dealings with.

Responsibilities: Maths and Geography


Sally Wickham


Sally has been a governor at Wicklewood Primary School and Nursery since 2014. During that time she has been on the Curriculum Committee. She has also been involved in volunteering in order to raise funds for the many projects being undertaken by the school.
Responsibilities: Art and DT

Sarah White


Sarah is a parent governor.  She has two children, one of whom is in year 5.  She has more than 7 years’ experience of working with young children in educational settings and almost 4 years within social services, with a particular focus on child protection.

Responsibilities: SEN and Safeguarding


Chris Wolstenholme


Chris works for Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group and until recently was a member of the Armed Forces. Chris is married to Rachael, who is the school’s Nursey Manager. He has no other business or financial interests and no other governance roles in other schools.

Responsibilities: Maths


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