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Our current Governors


Name   Mrs Valerie Axton

Governor Type  Co-opted

Term of Office  2015-2019

Role  Chair of Governors 2015-2016

Committees   Personnel and Communications, Curriculum and Pupil Discipline Committees

Responsibilities  Attendance, More Able, Humanities

Pecuniary Interests  Upbeat - West Suffolk Heart Charity - Treasurer/Membership

Attendance at meetings 2014-2015  6 Governors meetings and 12 Committee meetings


Name  Mrs Alison Blackwell

Governor Type  Parent Governor

Term of Office  2014-2018

Role  Vice Chair of Governors (joint)

Committees  Chair of Personnel and Communications; On Finance and Premises, Hearings Committee and Travel Plan Working Party, Link Governor

Responsibilities  P.E., Eco and Forest Schools,

Pecuniary Interests  Abbeycroft Leisure - Development Director

Attendance at meetings 2014-2015  6 Governor meetings and 3 Committee meetings


Name  Mrs Daphne Dyer

Governor Type  Local Authority Governor

Term of Office  2013-2017

Committees  Chair of Curriculum Committee; On Personnel and Communications, Appeals and the Head's Performance Review

Responsibilities  Literacy and the Arts

Pecuniary Interests  Suffolk Young People's Theatre - Trustee

Attendance at meetings 2014-2015  5 Governor meetings and 7 Committee meetings


Name  Mrs Gemma Brockwell

Governor Type  Parent Governor

Term of Office  2014-2018

Committees  On Finance and Premises, Curriculum, Appeals and the Working Party for the Travel Plan

Responsibilities  LAC - Looked After Children, Safeguarding, E-Safety, Computing

Pecuniary Interests  Suffolk County Council - Social Care and Integrated Services. Sexton's Manor CP School - Helping Hands PTA

Attendance at meetings 2014-2015  5 Governor meetings and 3 Committee meetings

I attended Sextons Manor as a child, my eldest son is currently enrolled and my younger son is due to start in the nursery September 2016.

I have been on the Governing body as a parent governor since January 2014 and have taken on the role as Safeguarding Governor.  I have 13 years’ experience of working for the local Authority’s Children and Young Peoples Directorate, specialising in Social Care and Early Help.  My role within the Local Authority equips me with an extensive knowledge of local government policies and procedures.  During this time I have been closely involved with supporting teams of Social workers, practice managers, senior managers together with managing my own team of staff.   I feel that I have a good mix of skills to bring to the Governing Body including staff management, recruitment, HR Issues,  IT, Data Protection and Finance.

I am very much enjoying my term as a parent governor and having seen the changes brought on by the Schools Reorganisation feel very encouraged to support the school through this transition and for both of my children and others to remain here within Suffolk’s two tier system.


Name  Mrs Helen Davies

Governor Type  Parent Governor

Term of Office  2015-2019

Role  Vice Chair of Governors (joint)

Committees  On Curriculum and Hearings

Responsibilities  Math and Science

Pecuniary Interests  None

Attendance at meetings 2014-2015  New Governor 2015

I have been a parent governor at Sextons Manor Community Primary school since 2015. My two children attend Sextons
Manor. They are very settled and progressing really well and I want to contribute to the ongoing success of the school. I
have a background in politics and education and currently work for the exam board OCR in Cambridge.



Name  Mrs Debbie Knight

Governor Type  Headteacher

Role  Headteacher

Term of Office  Not applicable

Committees  Personnel and Communications,  Finance and Premises, Curriculum

Responsibilities  All

Pecuniary Interests  None

Attendance at meetings 2014-2015  Attended all meetings


Name  Mrs Jackie Jones

Governor Type  Staff

Role  Deputy Headteacher

Term of Office  2015-2019

Committees  Curriculum

Responsibilities  PSHCE and School Council plus others at school

Pecuniary Interests  Family member runs a coaching company 'AJC' Thetford, Norfolk.

Attendance at meetings 2014-2015  New Governor 2015.  Attended as Observer 2014-2015

As deputy head teacher I enjoy being a staff governor. The position gives me a valuable insight into the governance of the school and the ability to contribute to the decisions that are made by the governing body.  In addition I am a link between the staff of the school and the governing body ; able to explain things that are happening in school to governors, as well as reporting back to staff when appropriate.


Name  Mr Cornelis Van den Oort

Governor Type  CO-OPTED

Term of Office November 2015-18 November 2019

Committees Finance and Premises and Hearings

Responsibilities Health and Safety, MFL

Pecuniary Interests Beautiful Beers-Proprietor of an Off License

Attendance at meetings 2014-2015  N/A - New governor

Mr. Cornelis ( René) van den Oort

René has joined the Board of Governors in November 2015 as a Co-opted Governor.  His experience in business, from Head Chef through to General Catering Manager in the City of London for large banking organisations, to proprietor of a restaurant and a retail unit in Bury St. Edmunds, can make a valuable contribution to Sexton’s Manor. Raising his two children in a bi-lingual household, he is fluent in four languages. With attention to detail and experience in business and people management he wants to support the school’s Head and Teaching Team with their ongoing delivery of quality care and teaching at Sexton’s Manor. He is a keen cyclist and outdoor person.


Name  Mrs Hannah McWattie

Governor Type  PARENT

Term of Office  November 2015-18 November 2019

Committees  Curriculum, Pupil discipline, Appeals

Responsibilities  Maths

Pecuniary Interests  Member of staff of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust

Attendance at meetings 2014-2015  N/A - New governor


Clerk to the Governors  

Name  Mrs Jackie Ven Der Ree

Pecuniary Interests  SCC Schools Choice governor Services Clerk; Norton CEVC Primary School Office Assistant/TA

Attendance at meetings  Attends all full Governor meetings





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