Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham's CEVA Primary School

Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham's CEVA Primary School and Nursery

Learning Caring Inspiring


Governor Vision

Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s is an Ofsted determined ‘good’ school and is well regarded in the local community - our Governing Body continues to build on and enhance this.

Our aim is to provide truly outstanding education that develops all our pupils into confident, well-rounded, caring young people who learn effectively and contribute to their communities and wider society. We strive to do this through the provision of outstanding teaching in a caring and supportive environment that gives every child the opportunity to achieve their academic, personal and social potential.

We will strive to ensure that:

  • every child’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is promoted with an emphasis on our Christian ethos and provide positive experiences through a wide range of academic, sports, arts and other cultural opportunities.
  • the distinctive Christian ethos of our school and its focus on Christian values is sustained, enabling our pupils to grow and develop in a loving caring community where the very best standards of conduct, moral purpose, integrity and concern for others are the norm.
  • the Governing body continues to develop, in order to provide more challenge, rigour and strategic support to the school.
  • we build on our sustainable and supportive links between Governors, School Staff, Parents and the wider community.
  • there is improvement in the pupils' year on year achievement levels and consistent progress.
  • the school is financially sound, making the best use of its income in ways which have a positive impact on the quality of teaching and learning, achievement, assessment and pupils’ experience.

What does the role involve?


Our Governing Body is made up of a cross section of local people who freely volunteer their time. We meet at least twice each term to discuss a wide range of school issues. Each Governor belongs to a range of committees and is linked to a curriculum subject area.  Minutes of Governing Body meetings are available from the school office on request. 

Becoming a School Governor?


The most important qualities for becoming a Governor at Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You don’t need teaching experience, but it’s useful to bring skills from other areas of your life. You will need to attend a Governors' meeting each half term. You will also be expected to join some sub-committees – these cover different areas like the curriculum, admissions, finance or buildings. You will need to be able to work well in a team, as you will be making joint decisions on policy.

Demands on your time depend partly on what’s going on in the school. As a Governor, you may need to contribute approximately eight to ten hours a month. 

When there’s a vacancy for a Parent Governor, the school will inform all parents and the wider community, so that everyone has  a chance to stand for election.  Even if there’s no vacancy at present, you  can talk to our current Chair of Governors by first contacting the School Office.

Before you put yourself forward, talk to your employer. Many employers recognise the role of school Governor as useful work experience and may offer paid leave for Governor duties.

Procedure for appointing a Parent Governor

 Mrs Helen Picton Ex Officio - Head
 Mrs Caroline Hopkins Elected Staff Governor
 Mrs Louise Kindred Elected Parent Governor
 Mr Will Swan Elected Parent Governor
 Revd Mark Sanders Ex Officio - Foundation Governor - Vice Chair of Governors
 Mrs Julie Clarke Diocesan Foundation Governor - Chair of Governors
Mrs Paula Kerr Diocesan Foundation Governor
Mrs Glenys Morgan Diocesan Foundation Governor
Mrs Emma Lawley

Diocese Foundation


Mrs Jane Colchester Associate Governor

Governor Biographies 

 Julie Clarke - Chair of Governors

I have been a School Governor and worked in schools, for many years, until my retirement in 2012. Having been appointed  Chair of Governors in September 2016 I am enjoying the challenges that this role brings. Finance is one of my passions and as a member of the finance committee I aim to ensure that our school funding is used to benefit the teaching and learning of all children who attend Sir Robert Hitcham’s.

Revd Mark Sanders - Vice Chair

I have been Rector of Framlingham and Saxtead since the end of 2014 and feel hugely privileged that part of my responsibility is to share in the life of Sir Robert Hitcham’s both as a school for many local communities but also as a Church School. This means sharing in assemblies in school and Church but more importantly having a care for children and staff. I help run the Hitchams Holy Horrors after school club and try and ensure there are services which really welcome children and families. Before coming here I was responsible for some Selection and Training for the Church of England in Suffolk and before that was Rector of Melton near Woodbridge where I was involved with the school as well as a governor. I am married to Clare who is also a Rector and she now has to commute as we live in Framlingham.

 Paula Kerr

I moved to Framlingham from Hertfordshire in 2015 and was proposed as a Foundation Governor by the PCC at St Michael's Church, where I am Safeguarding Officer. I have a first degree in Microbiology from Bristol University and a Master's degree in Health Management from City University, London. My early career was spent in UK and international marketing roles in the pharmaceutical industry. Subsequently, as a board member, I have helped to lead public and voluntary sector organisations in the fields of health, social care and education. I hope to use this experience to make a positive contribution to the education of the children at Sir Robert Hitcham's. My husband runs a biomedical science company in Cambridge and I have two grown up sons.

 Glenys Morgan

I have been a part of life in Framlingham and St Michael's Church for over 40 years and have been involved in the education of its children for the majority of that time until my retirement.  I feel passionately that our children deserve the very best education and opportunities to develop and flourish so I was delighted to be proposed as a Foundation Governor by the Parochial Church Council.  It is a privilege to be a member of the Governing Body and be able to contribute to the continuing development of the school and its children.

 Emma Lawley

My family and I moved to Suffolk in 2013 and all three of my children now attend Robert Hitcham’s. I feel passionately about the role primary education plays in shaping the future of our own children and the wider community.  I have a BA from Bristol in English Literature and co-own a film & television distribution company with my husband David.  I have been in television for the last 20 years.  I am a Foundation Governor at the school, as well as being active in the Friends and responsible for organizing the school’s annual Summer Fete.

  Will Swan

My wife and I moved to Suffolk in 2012 and our son and daughter are currently in the early years at Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s. I have an degree in economics and run a small, family business designing and renovating golf courses. I became a parent governor in December 2017 and am enjoying supporting the staff in their efforts to nurture and educate the children attending SRH.

Governors Details and Register of Interests
Governor Attendance Record