Establishment Sir Robert Hitcham Church of England Voluntary Aided School

URN: 124774

Voluntary aided school

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School Corner, Debenham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6PL
Local authority:
Suffolk (935)
Mrs Julia van Ek
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4 to 11
Phase of education:
School type:
Voluntary aided school
Gender of entry:
URN: 124774, DfE number: 935/3329
UKPRN: 10074300
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Admissions policy:
Not applicable
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Ofsted rating:
Requires improvement (Last inspection: 07 June 2019)
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Religious character:
Church of England
Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
No boarders
Nursery provision:
Has Nursery Classes
Official sixth form:
Does not have a sixth form
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Not recorded
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Not recorded
Not applicable
Special classes:
No Special Classes
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Not applicable
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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
Howard Clive Simpson Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 16/07/2019 01/02/2021


Name Appointed by From To
Julie Nightingale Elected by parents 01/04/2019 31/03/2023
Fiona Mary Reid Appointed by foundation/Trust 03/09/2018 02/09/2022
Gillian Margaret Seccombe Elected by school staff 10/10/2017 09/10/2021
Janice Holme Appointed by foundation/Trust 03/04/2017 02/04/2021
Gemma Louise Bennett Elected by parents 06/12/2016 05/12/2020
Naomi Anne Faulds Foundation/sponsor members 01/06/2016 31/05/2020
Andrew Patrick Donnelly Foundation/sponsor members 01/04/2016 31/03/2020
Julia Kathleen Gamlin van Ek Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01/09/2014 Not recorded
Susan Bates Ex-officio foundation governor (appointed by foundation by virtue of the office they hold) 06/07/2017 Not recorded

Historic (left within last 12 months)

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Howard Clive Simpson Governor Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 02/02/2017 15/07/2019
Linda Berry Chair of governors Appointed by foundation/Trust 01/12/2017 15/07/2019
John Colin Marsh Governor Elected by parents 01/04/2015 31/03/2019
RSC Region:
East of England and North-East London
Government Office Region:
East of England
Mid Suffolk
Parliamentary Constituency:
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
Urban/Rural Description:
Rural town and fringe
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Middle Super Output Area (MSOA):
Mid Suffolk 007
Lower Super Output Area (LSOA):
Mid Suffolk 007A

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