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Parent Governor Election

Governors are keen to fill the current vacancies within their existing team.  The structure of the governing body is as follows:

7 Trust Appointed Governors (2 current vacancies)

3 Parent Elected Governors (2 current vacancies)

3 Staff Elected Governors (1 current vacancy)

We have received 4 expressions of interest from the parent community (please see the below statements).  This election will fill one parent governor position and then the Trust will need to appoint at least one more governor before the second parent governor vacancy can be filled.

It is proposed that there is one election and the successful candidate will join the governing body team immediately, subject to the usual statutory checks, and that the candidate with the second highest number of votes will join as soon as the Trust have filled those vacancies.  If there is a significant delay it may be necessary to hold a further parent governor election.

Elections will be taking place online via a Microsoft Teams survey - each eligible parent is entitled to one vote.

Mr Johnson is the returning officer.  The deadline for voting is Thursday 3rd December, 2020

Please cast your vote electronically via the link below.

If you would prefer to vote by post, you are able to do so through addressing the letter 'FAO Mr Johnson (Returning Officer)' at the College address.  You should include your name, your child's name, and the name of the candidate for whom you wish to vote


Candidate statements.

Simone Williamson

A parent of children in years 9 and 11, I have a strong interest in the impact college has on our children’s outcomes; not just academic achievements but who they are as people. I passionately believe schools have a vital role in teaching young people how to navigate the world; from politics to fake news; social media to mental health, Religious diversity to tolerance; global pandemics to finding a job. To do this successfully requires self-belief, compassion, curiosity and critical thinking, among other skills. As a parent governor I would support the leadership team of the college to ensure it is doing the best it can, for both students and staff.

An ex-pupil of the college, I moved away to attend university but moved back to Norton when I had children of my own as my husband and I believe this is a fantastic place to raise children. I have a background in both science and finance which gives me a logical and pragmatic approach to problem solving. I have experience running a graduate programme, giving me an insight into coaching and development of young people. I am also a sensei at a local family karate school teaching parents and children.

Laura Waller

My name is Laura and I am applying to become a parent governor at Norton College to support the college during this exciting time of new leadership at the college. 

I have 7 years governance experience in local authority maintained primary settings where I completed my Chair of Governor training with the National College. More recently I have moved into clerking for a small primary federation. I have completed the Professional Clerks’ Development Programme, so I have experienced governance from different sides.  

I am employed as a school business manager in a primary school and hold a Level 4 Diploma for School Business Professionals. I believe I have enough previous governance experience and a questioning nature that would make me an effective member of the team at Norton.  

I am married with two daughters, one in Year 8 at the college and one in Year 2 at primary. I enjoy gardening and baking in my free time, and we share our home with a cat called Patch. 


Kelly Dunn

I’m a previous student of Norton College myself, and I now have my own children here.

I am passionate about being able to support the governors with the running of this amazing college.

I have worked in Recruitment for many years and successfully run my own business locally for the last 3. During this time, I have supported many schools and colleges in the region with their recruitment strategies, along with giving advice and guidance on workforce planning, candidate attraction and salary benchmarking. I have also sat on many interview panels, grievances and disciplinaries. I can bring this vast experience to the college by supporting them with their recruitment campaigns and attracting the best talent around.

As a business owner, I set and manage my own financial budgets as well as operationally running a variety of projects on any given day. I am active within the local community as an organiser of networking groups and events, including one for this years’ International Women’s Day, where we looked to inspire women across the region from students at school, to single parents, working mums and also retired business women with a range of amazing speakers and workshops.

I would love to bring my experience, passion and enthusiasm to this amazing opportunity.


Helen Robinson

I am a parent to 3 children in Norton College, in year 7, 9 and 11 and am also an ex-pupil having left the school in 1992. I have been a parent governor at Norton CP School for 8 years and therefore feel I have good knowledge about what the role of parent governor entails.  I am a Barrister practising in the area of Family Law and therefore have a lot of knowledge of child protection matters and have good communication skills, both of which I believe would benefit the governing body.

Having been a successful student at Norton College I am keen to become involved in the running of the school to ensure that my children get the same excellent education and opportunities that I had.  My Mum became a parent governor at Norton College when I was there and remained a governor at the school for around 15 years giving me insight into how being a governor of a secondary school differs from that in a primary school.  I would welcome the opportunity to follow in her footsteps and help the school move forward under their excellent new leadership.