A message from Keith Jennings, Chair of Governors:

The role of school governor can sometimes be demanding but also very rewarding and is a good way to give back to the local community. Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy’s local Governors are responsible for working with the Academy to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies. Key roles of the Governors include:

  1. To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  3. To oversee the financial performance of the Academy and make sure its money is well spent

Governors work with the Academy in ensuring that every child has the opportunity to make the most of their potential, within the all-embracing concept of the Academy’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

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 further information or have any questions 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
Keith Jennings
Chair of Governors
Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy

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 2017

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, 5 Trust appointed governors and one Associate member. There are currently vacancies for a further Trust appointed governor. 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.

All 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 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 support the 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 challenge the Headteacher on how the Pupil Premium funds being used by the school and what impact this had on outcomes.

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 2017/2018 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 2017.

One of the roles for the governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies, and over the 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.

Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents – arrangements have been 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.


Curriculum and Standards


Strategic and HR

Adrian Crossland  David Bunkell (Chair) Adrian Crossland
Jill Horne (Chair)  Adrian Crossland Keith Jennings (Chair)
Katherine Meadows Katherine Meadows  David Bunkell
Sarah Smith  Keith Jennings Suzanne Church  (Clerk)
Emma Stonehouse Royston Emmerson
Suzanne Church  (Clerk) Suzanne Church  (Clerk)

Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy Governing Body

Keith Jennings

Chair of Governors
DNEAT Trustee
Term of office: 11/05/2019 – 9/05/2023
Appointed by: Trust Appointed
Governor’s pecuniary interests: Personal interest wife Dee Jennings, Headteacher

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.

Adrian Crossland


Term of office: Ex-Officio
Appointed by: Ex-Officio
Governor’s pecuniary interests: Headteacher at Kessingland C of E Primary Academy
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

DSCF5479David Bunkell

Vice Chair of Governors
Chair of Resources Committee

Term of office: 06/02/2019 – 05/02/2023
Appointed by: Trust Appointed
Governor’s pecuniary interests: SIAMS Inspector, Director of Music, St Margarets Church, Lowestoft, Self employed educational and musical consultant, Friends of East Suffolk Performing Arts (FESPA), Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) Norfolk bench
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.

Mrs Jill HorneJill Horne

DNEAT Trustee
Term of office: 17/03/2016 – 16/03/2020
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.

Sarah Smith

Staff Governor
Term of office: 28/09/2016 – 27/09/2020
Appointed by: Staff Election
Governor’s pecuniary interests: Employed by Kessingland C of E Primary Academy

Katherine Meadows

Term of office: 19/03/2019 – 18/03/2023
Appointed by: Trust appointed
Governor’s pecuniary interests: Young Carers Adviser at Suffolk Family Carers

About me...

I am 24 years old and live with my family in Suffolk. However, I spend much of my time in Lowestoft where I work as a Young Carers Adviser for Suffolk Family Carers.

In 2017, shortly after graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University with a degree in psychology, I was successful in my application to join the Young Carers Team. This means I get the opportunity to visit many local schools and get the privilege of meeting a variety of different young people. Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy is one school I have visited regularly over the past couple of years and am always amazed by the incredible support offered to their young carer community. So much so, Kessingland are currently working towards their National Schools Award in recognition of this support which is hugely exciting!

In my spare time I love spending time with friends and family. I regularly attend fitness classes which I really enjoy. I have also been very fortunate in the holidays I have experienced and hope to continue exploring new places.

I endeavour to support Kessingland CofE Primary Academy further and I am delighted to be joining their Governing Body.

Emma Stonehouse

Parent Governor

Term of office: 20/11/2017 – 19/11/2021
Appointed by: Parent Election
Governor’s pecuniary interests: Employed by Kessingland C of E Primary Academy
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

About me...

My family have recently moved to Suffolk from Essex in the summer of 2017. I have two children who attend Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy.

I have taught in primary schools within Essex. In my last position I taught the Reception class and taught art throughout the whole school (Reception – Year 6).

I have a wide range of experience working with children in Social Services and within the education environment. I enjoy working with children with additional needs and have recently been on courses /workshops regarding Autism.

I feel with my different experiences I will hopefully bring a varied skill set to the Governing Body.

I am part of Friends of Kessingland PTA and enjoy helping with the Academy’s events.

I find it an absolute privilege to be working alongside the superb governing and leadership team within the Academy.

Royston Emmerson

DNEAT Trustee

Term of office: 19/03/2019 – 18/03/2023
Appointed by: Trust appointed
Governor’s pecuniary interests: Employed by Community Action Suffolk
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

About me...

I live in Halesworth with my wife and two children and work across Lowestoft and Kessingland as the Senior Community Enabler for Community Action Suffolk.

After graduating from the University of Surrey with a Master degree in Sport & Cultural Studies I have worked in a variety of roles in both Community Development and Education. I spent six years working for Suffolk County Council as an Extended Schools and Community Development Officer, covering the South Lowestoft and Waveney school clusters and four years as the Learning Support Manager at Lowestoft College.

In 2010 I was appointed as a Parent Governor at Edgar Sewter Primary School and was a part of the school governing body for six years, serving as Vice Chair of governors in the last two years of my tenure.

I am passionate about helping young people to achieve their full academic potential and I am very honoured to be appointed as a Governor of Kessingland CofE Primary Academy.




Local Governing Body Meeting Minutes:


Pecuniary and Personal Interests


Scheme of Delegation


DNEAT Governor Arrangements