The Role of the Governor
As Governors, we are ultimately responsible for agreeing and overseeing the implementation of our school’s vision and policies. We support the school’s commitment to creating an enjoyable learning environment that recognises the importance of play as a learning tool. In addition to our statutory duties, we have an integral and strategic role in the school community and spend time getting to understand our school through a variety of ways including regular visits, meetings and analysis of data. We work as objective supporters of the school and use questions and challenge to help identify and celebrate best practice, while always retaining the ultimate goal that all children are provided with the best education and an enjoyable school life that stimulates and inspires them to reach for lifelong learning and success.

What do our school governors do?

  • Together with the Headteacher they are responsible for making sure our school provides good quality education.
  • They provide challenge and support to the Headteacher, drawing on their knowledge and experience.
  • They make decisions together on matters such as performance, targets, school policies and school development plans.
  • They monitor the impact of policies and oversee the school budget and staffing.
  • They report on school achievements and respond to inspection recommendations.
  • They ask searching questions and respect the position of the Headteacher as the professional leader of the school.
If you require any copies of the minutes then please email the clerk, Debra Fraser
Please click on the links below for the Vision of the Governing Body, Governors Attendance and Declaration of Business.
Clerk – Debra Fraser  
Chairman – Laura Cowan
Vice Chairs – Hannah Clark
Finance and Premises Committee
Chairman – 
Committee: Penny Sheppard, Hannah Clark and Satpal Matharoo
For the Finance Committee terms of reference click on the link.
School Development Committee
Chairman – Rachel Howard
Committee: Loren Carpenter, Penny Sheppard and Laura Cowan
Phase Links
EYFS – Lyn Lawrence
KS1 – Rachel Howard
KS2 – Laura Cowan
Subject Links
English – Rachael Howard
Maths – Satpal Matharoo
Community Values – 
Critical Incident – Laura Cowan/Hannah Clark
Safeguarding –  Laura Cowan
Evolve – Laura Cowan
KUW – Rachel Gray
Sports (sports premium) – Hannah Clark
SEN – Rachel Howard
School Council – Lyn Lawrence
School Website –
Pupil Premium – Hannah Clark
ICT – Satpal Matharoo
Curriculum Foci
English, ICT, Art, DT, Religious Education
Maths, Humanities, Primary Languages and Community Values
Gifted and talented, PE, music, SEN
Governors who have left their role in the last 12 months:
Denis King
Hayley Bullock
Terms of Office for Governors.
Chair of Governors
Mrs Laura Cowan Approved on 01/09/2015 Term of office end 31/08/2019
Mrs Penny Sheppard Approved on 01/09/2008 Term of office end 31/08/2020
Mrs Hayley Bullock Approved on 30/06/2014 Term of office end 29/04/2018
Mrs Rachel Howard Approved on 01/10/2015 Term of office end 31/10/2019
Mr Satpal Matharoo Approved 01/01/18 Term of office end 01/01/2022
Lyn Lawrence is the LA governor
Rachel Gray is an Associate Governor.
Loren Carpenter is the Staff Governor
Historic (within last 12 months)
Mrs Stacy Hartshorn Approved on 01/09/2014 Term of office end 01/09/2018
Mrs Sharon Blundell Approved on 05/04/2016 Term of office end 05/06/2020
Mr Stuart Barker Approved on 01/09/2015 Term of office end 31/08/2019
Mr Denis King Approved on 01/09/2015 Term of office end 31/08/2019
Mrs Hayley Bullock Approved on 30/06/2014 Term of office end 29/04/2018
Mrs Kate Harris Approved on 01/03/17 Term of office end 01/03/21

 Below is a list of our current governors:


Laura Cowan – Chair

I am a Co opted Governor and joined the board in November 2015.

My working life has been focused on Secondary education and in helping schools to improve and be the best they can. When I visited Queen’s Hill and spoke to the Headteacher, staff and children I was impressed with the energy and motivation from the whole school to be an amazing school. I am currently working at Acle Academy as Deputy Headteacher. I am supported by my husband Colin and I have two grown up married sons who have settled in Norfolk. I love reading and travelling to exotic places. We live in a small village outside Norwich and have a black and white cat called Lennon.

Hannah Clark – Vice-Chair

I am a co-opted governor and joined the board in June 2017.

I work as a software developer as part of the team at Governor Hub, the website for school governors. Having worked as a teaching assistant at Queen’s Hill in 2015, and after seeing the amazing work that governors do across the country, I became a governor at Queen’s Hill to offer my time and skills to support the school as it continues to grow. And I missed being part of such a unique and brilliant school!

Outside of work I enjoy reading, music, and visiting my family (and pets) in Spain as often as I can.

Lyn Lawrence

I wish to support Queen’s Hills Primary as local authority governor as I have a passion for education for our young people.  I am committed to ensuring every child has access to education that allows for growth and achievement.  I am a champion for the marginalized children in our society, but equally support every child, celebrating differences.  I wish to be involved in taking the school into the future, providing a safe environment with excellent learning opportunities for all children, including my own grandchildren.

I have worked in industry and then for 20 years in education as a college lecturer where I taught Food Studies, Hospitality & Life skills to mainstream students and learners with additional needs.

I am familiar with the school as I have voluntarily supported classes in food preparation and cooking as part of the Technology curriculum.

Rachel Gray

I am an Associated Governor and joined the board in January 2019.

I became a member of the board in order to be part of an environment that encourages young people to become engaged and excited about learning and finding ways to ensure this motivation continues as they move through their educational journey.

I moved onto the housing estate in 2016 with my son now attending Queen’s Hill Primary School and I felt this would be a constructive avenue to support not only his progress and learning but the community we live in. The impact the early years have on a student’s progression route and aspirations can never be underestimated and feel my experience would support the Board with this.

Outside of my role as a Governor, I work at the UEA as the Data and Systems Manager within the Universities Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing Department working to ensure the data accuracy of student records and implementing process improvements. Prior to this I worked at City College Norwich as the Examination and Achievements Team Leader responsible for ensuring 4000+ students undertake exams and assessments, and achievements are accurately recorded and reported.


Rachael Howard

I am a co-opted Governor, appointed in November 2015.

I became a Governor because I believe that I can use my experience and skills to guide, assist and support the school as we continue to move forward into a challenging and exciting new phase.  I am a Primary School teacher with 17 years’ experience and currently work part time in a local Primary School Partnership, as a PPA cover teacher, working in classes from Reception to Year 6. I am also a mum to four children, three of whom attend Queen’s Hill Primary School, with my fourth due to start in September. I enjoy spending time with my family, cycling, walking and gardening. I am also an avid reader.


Satpal Matharoo 

I am a Finance Governor and joined the board in Dec 2017.

I joined the team to help and assist with the finances for the school. My background is Accountancy related. I have extensive knowledge and over 20 years experience in Finance.

I am also a volunteer and mentor to year 5 students at Queen’s Hill Primary School.  I enjoy spending time with my family, my daughter also attends Queens Hill Primary School. Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym and I’m passionate about cars and enjoy watching Formula 1 racing.

Debra Fraser – Clerk

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors please email Debra Fraser at or phone 01603 746857.

Governor’s Attendance

Governor Attendance 2018

Governor’s Activity Day

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