About Our School

Our Governors

Thurlton Primary is School is part of the Clarion Academy Trust (CAT).

Each school within the Trust has a Local Governing Body (LGB) who have responsibility for the day to day running of the school. They have oversight of standards, curriculum and community.  The LGB reports to the Clarion Board of Trustees. The Trustees have responsibility for strategic and financial leadership across all CAT academies.  

Having joined Clarion Trust in September 2017 we have now established our Local Governing Body. This consists of:

  • Anthony Bellinger (Tony). Tony is an Education Manager with the Food & Farming Discovery Trust and Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association.  He has previously led Key Stage 2 in a large school, having been a teacher for ten years.  He has previously been a staff governor at another school and has a pupil in the school.
  • Karen Davison. Karen is Thurlton’s class teacher for Hedgehogs (Reception/Year 1).  She has wide experience of the Primary curriculum, is Special Education Needs trained, has a MA in Education and has completed the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders.  She has been a teacher for 11 years and has previously been a staff governor at another school.
  • Barbara Dickens (Boo). Boo is a retired Primary School teacher who is temporarily fulfilling a Teaching Assistant position at Thurlton.  She has a MA in Child Behaviour and Development, sits on the Continuing Professional Development Panel for foster carers for the Local Authority and has a wide understanding of Looked After Children.  She currently fosters a pupil in the school.
  • Jenny Howell (Vice Chair of Local Governing Body). Jenny is an Early Years Adviser for Norfolk County Council, she has considerable experience in providing professional challenge to Early Years teachers and leaders.  She has previously taught across all Primary phases and has spent ten years as an Ofsted inspector.  She has a pupil in the school.

The Local Governing Body is also supported through the interim appointment of two Trustees from the Clarion Academy Trust – Tricia Bell and John Organ (who was elected as the Interim Chair of the Local Governing Body)


We still need at least two more Governors on the Board.  If you would like more information on becoming a Governor please contact the School Office on  01508 548318 or email office@thurlton.norfolk.sch.uk

Our schools

Clarion Academy Trust is a multi-academy and primary school Trust in South Norfolk. We aspire to excellence in all aspects of our practice. Mutual support, collaboration and challenge are key to our success. Raising standards for teaching and learning is at the core of all we do; providing students, pupils and staff with the opportunity to thrive, flourish and excel. This is a common vision for all our academies, no matter what their setting, context or circumstances.

Our schools

Clarion Academy Trust is a multi-academy and primary school Trust in South Norfolk. We aspire to excellence in all aspects of our practice. Mutual support, collaboration and challenge are key to our success. Raising standards for teaching and learning is at the core of all we do; providing students, pupils and staff with the opportunity to thrive, flourish and excel. This is a common vision for all our academies, no matter what their setting, context or circumstances.