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Academy Councillors and Trustees

Eastgate Academy is part of the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust and the Academy and its Academy Council Member Body are responsible to the Trust’s Board of Directors.

The Trust’s Trustees can be found here.

Annual Reports and Accounts

Annual reports and accounts for Eastgate Academy and Eastern Multi-Academy Trust can be found here.

Academy Councillors

Governors for Eastgate Academy and their attendance records can be found here.

Our register of business and pecuniary interests can be found here.

If you wish to see a copy of the academy council meeting minutes please ask at the school office.

Our Local Academy Council members



Louise Gayton
Trust-appointed Academy Council member

Our chairman can be contacted via Eastgate Academy.  I work in Local Government and have done so for over 10 years; within this, I am involved with the trade union.  I live and work in King’s Lynn and so the community is very important to me, not least because I have two small children myself, one of whom attends Eastgate.  I became an academy council member because I’m passionate about learning both in and out of school.

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Linda Beales

First & foremost I am a mother of 4 children (all now adults).

Born & educated locally, I have lived in King’s Lynn throughout my life. My husband & I own a small business, but my background was in Accountancy, both in Private Practice & Industry.

I have always been passionate about education & ensuring/supporting high quality outcomes for all children, young people & their families (never more so than now & the challenging circumstances COVID 19 has imposed on the education system & the wellbeing of our staff & children)

I am a returning governor at Eastgate but have previously held the role in numerous Primary & Secondary School

Linda Hothersall

I am the Principal at Eastgate Academy, having worked here for over five years.  I have lived and worked in Norfolk for nearly twenty years in different primary schools both teaching and as a Deputy Head and a Headteacher. I believe strongly that we should provide the best opportunities that we can for all pupils who attend Eastgate and our Local Academy Council Body supports and challenges us in achieving this.

Richard Brown
Trust-appointed Academy Council member

From a background of secondary Headship and now educational consultancy, I joined the Eastgate Academy Council member  Body in January 2017. Although the bulk of my career involved older students, I have always understood the importance of those primary years in education and am pleased to have an opportunity to make a contribution.

Inga Ivanovska
Parent Academy Council member

I’m privileged to be a Parent Academy Council member for our school and I would like to introduce myself: some know me as Inga, some as Kristaps ‘ mum. I’m a mother of three boys: my eldest attends Churchill Park Academy, my middle son is at Eastgate and my youngest is currently at nursery.
I’m very proud to be one of the school’s volunteers, helping hear children read, and supporting the Friends of Eastgate. I know how important school is for parents, we all want to the best education for our children.
If you do have any ideas or concerns you would like the Academy Council  to consider, I’m always happy to have a chat.

Guy Pyle


Deborah Hinks
Clerk to Academy Council 

I joined the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust in January 2014 and am Clerk to the Trust Board of Directors and also Clerk to the Academy Council Bodies at two more of the Trust’s Academies (Nelson and Downham Market). I am a Business Management graduate and have three children, all of whom have come through the local state education system with considerable success and gone on to Further and Higher Education. I am keen to play a part in helping other local children to do the same.


Academy Council member Vacancies

When vacancies for Parent Governors arise these are advertised to parents and a formal process for nomination takes place including a ballot (if necessary).


Academy Council Meeting Dates


22 September   5.15pm Eastgate Academy

17 November 5.15pm Eastgate Academy

19 January 5.15pm Eastgate Academy

9 March 5.15pm Eastgate Academy

4 May 5.15pm Eastgate Academy

15 June 5.15pm Eastgate Academy


For further information on our Trust's governance please click on descriptions below:

EMAT Trustees

EMAT Annual Report and Accounts

EMAT Academy Council Members

EMAT Register of Interests - Academies