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.

Governor Action Plan: April 2020 - July 2021

If you require any copies of the minutes then please email the clerk, Lauren Stanbridge,

Please click on the links below for the Vision of the Governing Body, Governors Attendance and Declaration of Business.

Governor's Attendance 2018-2019

Finance and Premises Committee
For the Finance Committee terms of reference click on the link.
School Development Committee

The Governing Body

Role Name Date of appointment Term of office end
Staff Governor Clara Bettermann 7 March 2020 06 Mar 2024
Chair of Governors Laura Cowan 1 Oct 2019 30 Sep 2023
Co-opted Governor Holly Davis 15 Aug 2020 14 Aug 2024
Co-opted Governor Andrew Ridgway 1 Jul 2019 30 Jun 2023
Co-opted Governor Philip Broadhurst 15 Aug 2020 14 Aug 2024
Parent Governor Rachael Howard 1 Jul 2019 30 Jun 2023
Parent Governor Tania Farrow 22 Oct 2020 21 Oct 2024
Local Authority Governor Sonia Walker 22 Oct 2020 21 Oct 2024
Headteacher Penny Sheppard 1 Sep 2008 Headteacher

Historic (within last 12 months)

  • Mrs Rachel Gray (Parent Governor) Term of office due to end 18/12/20
  • Mrs Loren Carpenter (Staff Governor) Term of office ended January 2020
  • Lynn Lawrence (Coopted Governor) Term of office ended October 2020
  • Mr Satpal Matharoo Approved on 01/12/2017 Term of office end 31/12/2019

Meet The Governors

Laura Cowan

Laura Cowan - Chair of Governors

My role as Governor at Queen's Hills Primary School started when I joined the board in November 2015. I am currently Chair of Governors and monitor KS2, safeguarding, behaviour and attendance. Whenever I have the privilege to visit Queen’s Hill and speak to the Headteacher, staff and children I am always impressed with the energy, motivation and resilience to be the amazing school that it is.

After a long career in teaching I retired in 2018. My working lifefocussed on secondary education and in helping Norfolk schools to improve and be the best they can. I currently assess school improvement projects for Middle and Senior leaders from national Primary and Secondary schools through NPQonline.

I am supported by my husband Colin; I have two grown up married sons who have settled with their lovely wives in Norfolk. I love reading, walking, undertaking creative projects and travelling to exotic places. We live in the small village of Seething which is south of Norwich and have a black and white cat called Lennon and following in with the Queen’s hill tradition, a dalmatian called Molly.


Holly Davis - Co-opted Governor

I am a co-opted governor and joined the board in July 2020.

I am a chartered surveyor working in infrastructure advisory at a big four consultancy. My role is commercially-focussed and I advise on contracts, risk, procurement, and anything else you need to deliver major infrastructure. I've recently moved back to Norfolk, where I grew up, and wanted an opportunity to use my skills in the community. It is a privilege to be a governor at Queen's Hill, playing a role in ensuring young people gain the education and skills to empower them as they progress into their adult lives.

I am a marathon runner and triathlete and love all sports, so I am also passionate about young people finding physical activity they enjoy and making it a part of their lives


Clara Bettermann - Staff Governor

I joined the board as staff governor in August 2020. I completed part of my teacher training at Queen’s Hill Primary School in 2016 and returned to the school in 2018. I am now teaching in year 4 and am part of the Community Values team specialising in languages. I feel privileged to be a member of staff at Queen’s Hill and look forward to contributing to the future of the school. I am passionate about education and in helping children to become the best they can be. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, travelling and spending time with my family.

PBroadhurst NNUH ID Photo

Philip Broadhurst

My tenure as a co-opted school governor at Queen’s Hill Primary School began in August 2020. As part of my role, I sit on the School Development sub-committee, as well as monitoring responsibilities for selected subject areas. I am completely blown away by the infectious energy and charisma of the staff and pupils at Queen’s Hill. It is an absolute privilege to be a member of the governing body.

My background is in healthcare and I currently work as a junior doctor at a local Norfolk hospital, following undergraduate training completed in Liverpool. Aside from clinical responsibilities, I also have an academic role and hold an honorary contract with the University of East Anglia. I am actively involved in clinical and epidemiological research. I hope to utilise my extensive critical appraisal skills and eye for detail to drive quality standards within the school; ensuring pupil fulfilment and wellbeing are at the heart of everything I do.

Tania Farrow

For me the difference between a school education that only provides knowledge to another that allows students to enjoy learning and discover and develop their potentials can only be done in an institution where all its members are convinced of this difference and have and seek the best educational strategies. But I’m convinced the school couldn't do it without the interest and involvement of parents. For this reason, since my children started school, I have tried to be very close and participate in the different schools where they have been. Due to my husband’s work we have been fortunate to live in Romania, Spain, Mexico, Slovakia and now able to be back in England.

As a parent I have had different roles at the international schools my kids have been, in Mexico at Westhill Institute I was president of the PTA and member of the school board until we moved to Slovakia, where I was also part of the PTA and became chair of Friends and Family Association of the English International School of Bratislava, where because of my professional background I had the opportunity to work as Marketing Director and Admissions Officer.

I studied International Relations and graphic design, I have over 18 years of experience in the Marketing, Advertising and PR Sector.

I consider that my experience in the various international IB schools we have been part of and my professional background could be useful on the governing board so I gladly accepted the invitation to participate as parent governor, my younger son attends Queen’s Hill Primary School, and my eldest daughter is studying Performing Arts at College.

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.


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.

Sonia Walker headshot

Sonia Walker - Local Authority Governor

It is a pleasure to have recently joined the governing body at Queens Hill. I have been in education for over 25 years, as a teacher, senior leader and now as a Senior Adviser within the local authority. While my first love was teaching French and Spanish, both in the UK and overseas, my current role has a distinct SEND focus. I look forward to being to support the school in that area where possible and am keen to become part of the Queens Hill community. In line with other governors, I must also mention Hector the cat, who is my faithful assistant when working from home.