Board of Education

This is a statutory body established under the Diocesan Boards of Education Measure 2021.

The functions of the Diocesan Board of Education include: the promotion of education consistent with the faith and practice of the Church of England; the promotion of religious education and religious worship in schools and academies; the promotion of Church schools and academies in the diocese; and advice to school governors on any matter affecting Church schools and academies.

The Board meets three times a year and has four subgroups / committees:

  • School performance and staff development group (meets three times a year)
  • Christian Distinctiveness group (meets three times a year)
  • School Estates and Capital Funding (meets six times a year)
  • Executive committee (meets three times a year)

DBE Members (From January 2019)

Name Status Committee / Group
Mark Allbrook (Chair) Bishop (or nominated rep) All (Chair of Board and Executive Committee)
The Rt Revd Dr Alan Winton (Bishop of Thetford) Bishop’s nomination Exec.
Dr Father Harri Williams Bishop’s nomination Christian Distinctiveness
Revd Derek McClean Elected School perf. & staff dev.
Jennie Vere Elected Christian Distinctiveness (Chair) and Exec.
Teresa Osborne Elected Christian Distinctiveness
Revd Andrew Whitehead
Elected SECF
Caroline Hutton
Elected School perf. & staff dev.
Letitia Nwobodo Co-opted School perf. & staff dev.
Helen Laflin (Headteacher Blundeston VC Primary Co-opted  School perf. & staff dev.
Mat Tuckwood (Headteacher Whitefriars primary academy) Co-opted Distinctiveness
John Neenan (Headteacher – St Michael’s, Aylsham) Co-opted SECF
John Crowley (Norfolk Children’s Services) Co-opted School perf. & staff dev.
Jill Wakefield Co-opted SECF