A message from Jan Pierson, Chair of Governors:

Many people ask me to explain the role of a governor. In all types of school, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

I am keen to ensure that our focus remains on promoting and securing the best possible opportunities and outcome for every pupil in the school whilst retaining our individuality as a member of a multi academy trust. We currently have vacancies for DNEAT appointed trustee governors and I would be delighted to hear from you if you share our commitment in helping every pupil to reach their full potential or know of any local businesses who may be able to support us.  Please do contact me via if you would like any further information or have any queries at any point and I would be delighted to meet with you.

I am delighted to confirm the details of the governors in post at the present time below.

Best wishes
Jan Pierson
Chair of Governors
Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy


Curriculum and Standards
Strategic and HR
Adrian Crossland  David Bunkell (Chair) Adrian Crossland
Jan Pierson  Adrian Crossland  Jan Pierson (Chair)
Jill Horne  Jan Pierson  David Bunkell
Peter Clements  Keith Jennings Joanie Marion  (Clerk)
Sarah Smith Joanie Marion  (Clerk)
Joanie Marion  (Clerk)

Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy Governing Body


Jan Pierson

Chair of Governors
DNEAT Trustee

Term of office: 09/11/2015 – 08/11/2019
Appointed by: Trust Appointed
Governor’s pecuniary interests: Chair of Governors at St. Peter and St. Paul CofE Primary Academy Carbrooke
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

About me...

As a recently retired Headteacher, recruited by the Diocese of Norwich Education Academies Trust as a Governor Improvement Associate, I am able to use my school leadership experience in supporting Local Governing Bodies. In addition, my knowledge and understanding of school improvement and broad range of leadership experience is valuable in creating supportive, yet professionally challenging relationships with Headteachers. I thoroughly enjoy the opportunities that my new role gives me in being able to continue to support children’s education.
In my spare time I enjoy traveling, reading, watching rugby and spending time with my grandson.


Adrian Crossland


Term of office: 09/11/2015 – 08/11/2019
Appointed by: Ex-Officio
Governor’s pecuniary interests: None
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

David Bunkell

Vice Chair of Governors
Chair of Resources Committee

Term of office: 06/02/2015 – 05/02/2019
Appointed by: Trust Appointed
Governor’s pecuniary interests: Member of the Transition Board at Northfield St Nicholas Primary Academy.
Self-employed educational consultant.
SIAMS inspector.

Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

About me...

Following a degree in music at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, David completed a PGCE at Keswick Hall Church of England College of Education (now subsumed into UEA). His first teaching post was at a voluntary controlled Church of England middle school in Norfolk. He later taught in London, holding senior management positions.

After 24 years of teaching, since 2003 David has pursued a portfolio career in education and music. Having always been a church organist, he is currently Director of Music at St Margaret’s Church in Lowestoft. In addition, he plays regularly at the Electric Picture Palace in Southwold. Work in education has been very varied, and has included consultancy work for governemnt departments, and reviews of school governance when required by Ofsted. He still has QTS. Until recently he was a Reporting Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), leading more than 30 inspections throughout England, along with further inspection work abroad for other organisations. He now carries out church school (SIAMS) inspections. For several years he was clerk to the governing body of a total of 16 schools and a pupil referral unit for Suffolk County Council and Norfolk County Council, including Roman Catholic and Anglican voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools. He has been a school governor since 2004, including six years as chair of governors at a local primary school. He is also a magistrate, has been the chairman of a local council, and reviews concerts and theatre for the Eastern Daily Press and other newspapers.


Keith Jennings

DNEAT Trustee
Term of office: 11/05/2015 – 11/05/2019
Appointed by: Trust Appointed
Governor’s pecuniary interests: None

About me...

I am 63 years old and have lived in Westhall, Halesworth for over 15 years with my wife, who is a headteacher of a local special school. We have a 23 year old daughter who lives in Norfolk and works at Banham Zoo.

I originally came from London (Islington & Hackney) where I taught outdoor education before moving into Islington’s Education Department as part of their inspectorate team.  We moved to Suffolk in the year 2000. I worked for Suffolk Council’s Children and Young People’s Department until my retirement as County Youth Manager and Transitions Manager in 2014. Education and studying has been a main driver throughout my working life and I have achieved Masters and B.Ed. Hons. Degrees in education.

My wife and I enjoy scuba diving and are master scuba divers, underwater videoing and photography is a particular passion of mine, video editing and production occupying much of my spare time. We also enjoy skiing and hill walking and have done so all our lives.

Until we moved to Suffolk I was a governor of a large secondary school in Hackney and whilst time and work pressures for Suffolk County Council constrained me resuming this worthwhile activity, I am now delighted to be able to contribute to Kessingland’s governing body.


Peter Clements

DNEAT Trustee
Term of office: 18/09/2015 – 17/09/2019
Appointed by: Trust Appointed
Governor’s pecuniary interests: None

About me...

I am a retired high school teacher who maintains an interest in education particularly in terms of teaching, learning and assessment. I still work as an examiner and write history textbooks. I hope to use my expertise to serve the community as a school governor.


Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Staff Representative
Term of office: N/A
Appointed by: Staff Governor
Governor’s pecuniary interests: None
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None


Mrs Jill Horne

Jill Horne

DNEAT Trustee
Term of office:
Appointed by: Trust appointed
Governor’s pecuniary interests: None
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

About me...

After many years’ experience as a primary school teacher, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and deputy headteacher I joined a team of specialist teachers advising on the education of children with autism. In 2014 I retired as lead specialist teacher for autism in Essex and moved to Southwold, a town with which I and my family have had connections for many years.
In Southwold I am active in parish church affairs, help with the local Girl Guides and am a member of the Trefoil Guild. I enjoy spending time with my three children and four grandchildren.

 Kessingland LGB
Membership 2017-2018
 Kessingland LGB
Membership 2016-2017

Annual Governance Statement

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy (a school within the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust)

September 2016

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy’s Governing Body are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body of Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy was founded on 1st September 2014 when the school converted from a Local Authority maintained school to an academy under the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust.

The Local Governing Body includes of 1 staff governor, the Headteacher, 2 elected Parent Governors, 4 Trust appointed governors and one Associate member. There are currently vacancies for a further Trust appointed governor and Parent Governors. The Trust appointed governors are appointed by the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust and are people who, in the opinion of the Trust and the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Of the current four Trust appointed governors, the Chair and Vice Chair are currently governors in other academies and the other Trust appointed governors have been governors in schools previously and have education backgrounds. The Chair of Governors has strong school leadership experience, having served as a Norfolk Headteacher. The Vice Chair of Governors is a SIAMS inspector, has QTS and frequently delivers training for Norfolk County Council.

The full Governing Body meets once each half term and also has three committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail.

Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy has a Resources Committee, which focuses on finance and premises; a Curriculum and Standards Committee, which focuses on academic achievement and attainment; a Strategic and HR Committee, which focuses on personnel matters including pay and performance and other strategic matters. There is also a Headteacher’s Performance Review Committee and other committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline etc.

The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body

The Governing Body has had another busy year, focusing on school improvement, Ofsted and SIAMS inspections and spent considerable time assessing and considering the Academy’s progress. Governors have carried out monitoring visits which include learning walks, lesson observations and attending curriculum development meetings with subject leaders. Governors have attended school events including Parent’s evenings, a Multi-faith day, Christmas performances, school trips and have also supported by joining in residential trips.

A governor panel has been involved in Headteacher performance management which includes target setting and review meetings.

The Strategic and HR Committee reviewed staffing in the light of school development and within financial constraints.

The Curriculum and Standards Committee has monitored the development of the new curriculum and has spent a great deal of time getting to know and understand the new assessment systems. Governors receive updates about the Edison framework its associated school self evaluation plans. All governors have access to Pupil Asset and discuss key data (pupil achievement and progress) at both governing body and committee level, so that they can be sure that the school is on track to fulfil its ambitious targets for all pupils. The Headteacher consistently maintains pupil tracking systems and provides the Governing Body with regular updates on the progress of key groups of children. This means governors are able to challenge the performance of some groups, where it may not meet targets.

Governors have information on the starting points of children at the start of the academic year and are able, therefore, to keep track of overall performance.

Governors challenged the Headteacher on how the Pupil Premium Grant was being used by the school and what impact this had on outcomes. In the Summer term 2016, Governors attended an external review of PP, which examined and reviewed the strategic planning of funding allocations.

The Resources Committee has had a challenging year as the academy has got used to the different financial management system and the difference in finance management. Academies, unlike Local Authority maintined schools, receive a monthly income from the EFA and must keep a balanced bank account. Funding for this academic year is low, due the the previous year’s fall in pupil numbers which means that with the Headteacher, Governors have needed to seek external funding for building repairs, for example leaks in many areas of the roof.

Governors are particularly concerned about safeguarding and the Chair of Governors is the nominated governor for Safeguarding. Considerable attention has been given to understanding the school’s safeguarding procedures and ensuring relevant training has taken place.

In March, the Resources Committee approved the 2016/17 budget plan for the school.  A much tighter budget means that any staffing losses will not be replaced and there will need to be larger classes in September 2016.

One of the roles for the governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies, and over the 2014-15 academic year, the governing body considered a number of key policies, including Behaviour Management and Safeguarding. The majority of the statutory policies are provided by DNEAT but the governing body has taken time to review the model policies provided and has been instrumental in the review process and dialogue with the Chief Executive of DNEAT with both the Chair and Vice Chair undertaking reviews prior to adoption by the Trust Board and subsequently. A new Attendance Policy was approved as a result of legislation changes that no longer allow schools to authorise term time holidays. The Governing Body recognises the problem that this may cause for some parents, but were pleased that attendance figures at the school improved considerably and a meeting with parents to explain the changes was reasonably well attended.

Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents – arrangements are being made so that they will be published on the Governors’ page of our website.  Members of the public can also ask at the school office if they would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.

Click here to download our Scheme of Delegation

How you can contact the governing body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors via the school office.