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.


Governor’s Attendance

Governor Attendance 2018-2019


The Governing Board

RoleNameDate of appointmentTerm of office end
Co-opted GovernorLaurence Ashley16 May 201915 May 2023
Staff GovernorLoren Carpenter16 Nov 201815 Nov 2022
Co-opted GovernorHannah Clark5 Oct 20174 Oct 2021
Co-opted GovernorLaura Cowan1 Oct 201930 Sep 2023
Co-opted GovernorRachel Gray26 Nov 201825 Nov 2022
Parent GovernorRachael Howard1 Jul 201930 Jun 2023
Local Authority GovernorLyn Lawrence18 Dec 20181 7Dec 2022
Co-opted GovernorSatpal Matharoo1 Dec 201730 Nov 2021
Parent GovernorAndrew Ridgway1 Jul 201930 Jun 2023
HeadteacherPenny Sheppard1 Sep 2008Headteacher
Chair – Laura Cowan
Vice Chair – Hannah Clark
Clerk – Debra Fraser
Finance and Premises Committee
Chair – Laurence Ashley
Committee: Penny Sheppard, Hannah Clark and Satpal Matharoo, Malcom Johnston
For the Finance Committee terms of reference click on the link.
School Development Committee
Chairman – Rachael Howard
Committee: Loren Carpenter, Laura Cowan, Rachel Gray, Lyn Lawrence, Andrew Ridgway and Penny Sheppard

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

Meet the 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

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.

Rachel Gray

Rachel Gray

I am a Co-opted 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

Rachael Howard

I am a parent Governor and chair of the School Development Committee. Having been a teacher for 20 years, I became a Governor with the belief that I could use this experience to guide, assist and support Queen’s Hill Primary School to continue to provide a quality education that excites and engages every child.

I am a mum to four children, three of whom attend Queen’s Hill while my eldest has now moved on to High School. I enjoy spending time with my family and walking our two dogs, Poppy and Willow.

Lyn Lawrence

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.

Satpal Matharoo

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.

Andrew Ridgway

Andrew Ridgway

I have over 20 years’ experience in various roles within the public sector, where I have developed skills in understanding and interpreting complex data and working with teams to deliver results. I started a new career in October 2018 as a “Governance Support and Development officer” at Educator Solutions (Part of Norfolk County Council). Through this employment I am building a degree of expertise in the school governance role, and now I want to use that experience to help make a positive difference at Queen’s Hill Primary School

Debra Fraser – Clerk

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