Meet the Governors

James McAtear – Chair of Governors

I am a serving Chief Executive of a School’s Trust who also serves as a Headteacher at Benjamin Britten Academy of Music & Mathematics and a National Leader in Education.

I’ve led schools’ Ofsted inspections throughout England. I love schools and what they are trying to do for children. Consequently, I’m more than happy to work alongside the staff and families at Edward Worlledge for the sake of our children.

Craig Honey – Principal

As Principal, I sit on the Governing Body. I have been in education for 25 years, of which the last 18 years has been spent teaching and leading schools in and around Great Yarmouth.

Edward Worlledge is a welcoming and caring school and we strive to ensure that the pupils receive the best education possible and they learn to be life-long learners, resilient, and ambitious, and prepared for the next stage of their life.

Kayleigh Pollard – Parent Governor

I am passionate about children’s learning, care and development. I have worked with many families that attend the academy in my role as Deputy Manager, SENCO and Safeguarding Lead Practitioner at a local nursery. I have 18 years experience with working with children and feel I have a lot of knowledge I can share.

I have 2 sons that attend Edward Worlledge Ormiston academy in Years 6 and 2. With both my sons attending the academy, I have got lots of experience from a parents viewpoint that I feel will have a positive contribution to my role as parent governor.

Monica Adams – Staff Governor

I am currently working as a Learning Support Assistant at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy. I have always valued the ethos of our academy and have been part of its evolution from a middle school to an all-through primary academy. I have over 15 years’ experience in education and have a good knowledge of the curriculum and how to adapt it to meet the needs of all learners. In addition to this, I have led interventions and supported SEND children in making outstanding progress.  I am passionate about the incredible children in our community, helping them to work through any barriers to learning they may encounter and in accessing a wide range of opportunities to ensure they make good progress. 

Samantha Thompson – OAT Governor (Safeguarding)

After completing a BA hons degree in Inclusive Practice in Education, I began teaching, a role that I am passionate about. I have taught most year groups and thoroughly enjoyed each one. I have been fortunate enough to have worked with Ormiston Academies Trust for many years and I feel that being part of the life journey that each of our pupils travel is both a pleasure and a privilege.

Brad Burch – Community Governor (Health and Safety)

I am currently working as a Teaching Assistant. I also bring previous experience of being a cover supervisor across Norfolk schools on a supply basis. I have always strived to achieve the best in all aspects of the workplace. I like to widen the eyes of education providers and generate fresh ideas that will open up a more active based lesson that means that children are able to engage in various ways.

Joe Gregory – Community Governor

I’m the co-founder and director of Rethink Press – an entrepreneurial book publisher. Having started my first business in 1997, at the age of 19, I strongly believe in the importance of an entrepreneurial outlook in addition to a solid academic grounding when it comes to preparing children for the world of work. I feel extremely privileged to have had the education I had, and I realise a successful school is much more than the sum of its parts. My own experience of primary school gives me an insight into some of the challenges young people encounter and motivates me to advocate for tolerance and community spirit. I strongly believe in the power of education – and instilling the love of learning – to transform lives. As the father of two boys (year 1 and year 3) I also have a vested interest in playing my part to support local schools to be as good and successful as they can be.

Rhian Harris – Community Governor

I’ve worked in education since 2009, having started my career teaching science in an Ormiston Academy. I have a Masters degree in Educational Leadership, for which I researched the effectiveness of Continuous Professional Development for teachers. I’m currently a manager for an education charity, where my responsibilities include account management of two regional Teaching School Hubs.

My career has enabled me to develop a strong understanding of the education landscape, particularly in the East of England, and I’ve become a governor in order to have a more direct impact on outcomes for young people. I’m from a disadvantaged background and strongly believe all children should receive a brilliant education which allows them to fulfil their potential. I’m looking forward to continuing to get to know the academy and its community and supporting the fantastic work already being done.