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)

NameStatusCommittee / 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 nominationExec.
Dr Father Harri WilliamsBishop’s nominationChristian Distinctiveness
Revd Derek McCleanElectedSchool perf. & staff dev.
Jennie VereElectedChristian Distinctiveness (Chair) and Exec.
Teresa OsborneElectedChristian Distinctiveness
Revd Andrew Whitehead
Caroline Hutton
ElectedSchool perf. & staff dev.
Letitia NwobodoCo-optedSchool perf. & staff dev.
Helen Laflin (Headteacher Blundeston VC PrimaryCo-opted School perf. & staff dev.
Mat Tuckwood (Headteacher Whitefriars primary academy)Co-optedDistinctiveness
John Neenan (Headteacher – St Michael’s, Aylsham)Co-optedSECF
John Crowley (Norfolk Children’s Services)Co-optedSchool perf. & staff dev.
Jill WakefieldCo-optedSECF