What is a school governor?

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors - together they’re called the 'governing body'. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline.

Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. They support headteachers, but also ask questions and make sure the headteacher is taking the school in the right direction.

Who can be a school governor?


Anyone over 18 can be a school governor – you don’t have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every governing body includes parent governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school.

The most important qualities for being a governor 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.

What does the role involve?


At most schools you’ll need to attend a governors' meeting each half term. You’ll also be expected to join some sub-committees – these cover different areas like the curriculum, admissions, finance or buildings. You’ll need to be able to work well in a team, as you’ll be making joint decisions on policy.

Demands on your time depend partly on what’s going on in the school. Being a governor is likely to be busy {busier} busy if the school is going through a big change.

As a governor, you’ll probably need to work eight to ten hours a month.

How do I become a school governor?


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.

Mrs Helen Picton Ex Officio - Head
 Mrs Caroline Hopkins Elected Teacher Governor
 Mr David Mulrenan Elected Support Staff Governor
 Mrs Rebecca Jennings Elected Parent Governor
 Mr Rufus Owen Elected Parent Governor
 Revd Mark Sanders Ex Officio - Foundation Governor - Vice Chair of Governors
 Mr Peter Lamb PCC Foundation Governor 
 Mrs Julie Clarke Diocesan Foundation Governor - Chair of Governors
Mrs Rebecca Pickup Diocesan Foundation Governor
Mrs Paula Kerr Diocesan Foundation Governor
Mrs Glenys Morgan Diocesan Foundation Governor
Mrs Amanda Taylor Local Authority Governor
Mr Ian Moore Associate Member
Mrs Jane Colchester Associate Member

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.  My family and grandchildren are involved in education.  Finance is my passion and as Chair of Finance, 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.

 Amanda Taylor

I moved to Framlingham in 2009 when my husband became headmaster of another local school.  I have a degree in English and Fine Art from Exeter University and a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the University of Kent.  Over the years I have worked variously in the worlds of publishing, fine art and education. Still fully immersed in education, it is something about which I care a great deal and understand that being a governor is a real privilege.  With my four children now finding their own way in the world I am enjoying coming up for air, having more time for what each day brings and anticipating what lies ahead…

 Peter Lamb

I joined the Governing Body in 2013 following retirement from a career in education.  I was proposed as a Foundation Governor by the Parochial Church Council (of which I am a member as well as being a Lay Elder) of St Michael’s.   I am part of the team which runs the HHH (Hitcham’s Holy Horrors) – an after-school club that meets weekly on the school premises during term-time, and I also lead one or two whole-school assemblies per term.

Rebecca Pickup

I am an economist and financial analyst by profession, having worked in London for National Economic Research Associates and in two City investment banks, and as Director and Head of Global Water Utility Research for Lehman Brothers. In these roles I gained experience in financial modelling and data analysis, published extensive research papers, and spent time working closely with the Boards of listed companies and fund managers. I have a degree in Mathematics and Economics and Postgraduate M.A. Degree in Economics.  I moved to Framlingham 12 years ago and my two children have attended Sir Robert Hitchams’s Primary School.  As co-founder and Director of Oyster Search & Selection Limited, I now provide recruitment services to firms predominantly in the legal sector.  In addition I am finance manager for the publisher Full Circle Editions and the charitable arts organisation FlipSide (managing 6 successful Arts Council budgets).  I am enthusiastic about education and have volunteered at Sir Robert Hitcham’s for the last 9 years, helping also with maths, which I have a deep-rooted passion for.

Rufus Owen

I was brought up and educated in Suffolk.  I am an architectural photographer working both in the area and further afield.  I have two children at Sir Robert Hitcham's and joined the Governing Body in 2013. I have enjoyed having an insight into the running of the school and enjoy the challenges involved.   


Rebecca Jennings

Following university and a spell as a field archaeologist, I worked for 15 years or so in a range of different educational settings, including a special school and with young and juvenile offenders. I qualified as a teacher 16 years ago, but am currently very much enjoying being a mum at home with my girls - the youngest of whom is just starting nursery at Sir Robert Hitchams, whilst the oldest is in Year 2. I am passionate about teaching and learning  and am enjoying the privilege of serving our wonderful school as a Parent Governor during what is an exciting and challenging time for education nationally.

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.

Governors Details and Register of Interests
Governor Attendance Record