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Register of Governors Interest

Governors

Welcome to our Governor Section.

At Newker Primary School, we have a very proactive Governing Body that is committed to maintaining and raising standards across every aspect of school life.

 You can find out about individual Governors below.

Co-optedGovernors

Keith Davidson - Chair

I was first appointed as a Local Authority Governor over ten years ago but more recently have been a Community Governor. I am also currently Vice-Chair of the Governing Body.

My particular subject interests are in Music and Maths, being an accomplished Northumbrian Piper and having gained an Open University degree in Mathematical Sciences. I now have three grandchildren involved with Newker, the youngest of which having just started Nursery (and loves it!).

Diane Ruggles

I am a 66 year old Community Governor. I previously worked as an administrator at a blue chip company for 15 years. I am proud to be a Governor at Newker Primary School and hope I can help the school become outstanding.

 

Simon Meacher - Vice Chair

I am married and we have two children attending the school.  Both of our children started at Newker in the Nursery. I have lived in Chester-le-Street since 2008 and was brought up in Devon. I work in administration at Newcastle University and became a Governor in order to play an active role in helping the school to provide children with a good foundation academically and as individuals, and supporting the school to go from strength to strength. I became a Governor in 2013 and am a member of the Standards and Curriculum Committee, and the Search and Governance Committee.

Lynn Weddle

My association with our school began back in 1986 as a parent when my daughter started the Reception class, followed two years later by her brother.  I then became a volunteer parent helper in Newker Junior School, as it was then known, for approximately nine years.  I accompanied staff on school visits as well as helping out in the classroom on a regular basis.  In 1999 I joined the office staff in a clerical capacity becoming the Administration Manager in 2009.  Joining the Governing Body back in 2002, and a member of the Finance and Premises and Personnel and Staffing Committees too.  Over the years I have gained a vast knowledge and experience in all areas of our school, enjoying every minute and long may this continue.

Kathryn Athey

 

Local Authority Governor

John Dobson

 I have been an LA Governor at Newker for over 10 years.  However, my interest in the school goes back to the 1980s and 1990s when both of my sons attended the school.

From the 2015 Autumn term, due to the statutory changes in the composition of the governing body, my role will change to that of a Community Governor.

In this role, I look forward to supporting both the new Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, in the school making good progress.

Parent Governors

Laura Armstrong

I am a Parent Governor and have been for approximately 2 years. I have two children at Newker school.

I work at the school as a Lunchtime Supervisor, giving one to one support to children with special educational needs, and I am also a fully qualified teaching assistant.

I also volunteer at the school, currently working with a Year 2 class giving extra support to reading groups on a weekly basis.

With my daily involvement at Newker school, I feel I have a strong insight as to the needs of staff, parents and children, understand educational issues, and look for solutions to them as they arise.

Andrew Harrison

I have been part of the Governing Body since 2014. I was very proud to have been elected onto the Board of Governors by the parents of the Newker community in 2014, and look forward to serving them and Newker school throughout my term.

I am married, living in Chester Le Street, with three children, all of whom are either at Newker, or have attended Newker. I have been impressed with what my children have achieved at Newker and can only thank the staff.

I have a keen interest in sport and help Newker with various football competitions, training and refereeing the school football team. I am also involved with the monitoring and reporting of Pupil Premium, which is an important part of the budget within all schools.

Chris Cullen

 

Frank Gowdy

I have only been a parent governor at Newker for just under a year and as such feel I am currently still learning the ropes. My two youngest both attend the school and have done so since nursery. My wife Claire is also involved with the school being an active member of the PTA.

My work background has been predominately in sales and sales & marketing working for specialist equipment companies. I now run my own business, based in Ely with my business partner supplying Suction Excavation and Trenchless Installation equipment across the UK and Ireland.

Hopefully my life and work-related skills can enable me to contribute to the school over the coming years.

Joanne Chapman

I am a parent to two children in Newker Primary and spent my primary years here too. Currently I work in a comprehensive school as a Student support assistant working with children and young people with special education needs. I believe Newker Primary is a great school with a valuable ethos and vision. My job in education gives me experience for my role as parent governor. My aim as a governor for Newker Primary is to play an active part in ensuring our school is always moving forward in the right direction giving our children the best possible primary experiences. 

 

Staff Governor

Sarah Lonsdale

This is now my third year at Newker Primary School and I love working with such a dedicated staff team. I hope that as a staff governor I can help bring knowledge of the working classroom to our governing body in order to support the development of our school so that every child leaves Newker as a successful individual.

Associate Member

 

 

Headteacher Governor

Jacqueline Monte

I have had the privilege of being Headteacher at Newker School since September 2015, having worked as Deputy Headteacher here for the previous two years. I am extremely proud of our school and hope to build on its many strengths in the coming years.

Prior to coming to Newker, I worked as a teacher and Curriculum Development Officer in South Tyneside. Before that however I worked in the Midland Bank (now HSBC) and therefore bring a background of finance as well as education to my role as Headteacher.

As a parent of two grown up children, I know how important it is for parents to have confidence in the school their children attend. Therefore I am determined to ensure that Newker provides the very best for every one of 'Our Children'. I also aim, wherever possible, to work with parents and hope you feel you can approach me with your ideas, comments or concerns.

 


Please see below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Newker Primary School Governor Information

 

Governor

Category

Appointed by

Committees

End date

Personal or

Business Interests

Gov to staff relationships

Attendance at FGM 2016/17

 Keith Davidson

Co-opted

Governing Body

Chair of Governing Body

Appeals

Headteachers Performance

(Chair)

16/04/2019

Durham County Councillor

None

2/2

 

Simon Meacher

 

Co-opted

 

Parents of Newker

 

Vice Chair of Governing Body

Appeals

Curriculum and Standards

(Chair)

Finance and Premises (Chair)

First Pay Review

Headteachers Performance

08/11/2019

None

None

2/2

Frank Gowdy

Parent

Parents of Newker

 

Finance and Premises

 

20/11/2020

None

None

 

1/1

 

Joanne Chapman

Parent

 

Parents of Newker

 

First/Pay Review

20/11/2020

None

None

1/1

Graeme Robson

Co-opted

Governing Body

Finance and Premises

Personnel and Staffing

Curriculum and Standards

01/11/2019

Class Teacher

None

2/2

 

Dianne Ruggles

 

Co-opted

Governing Body

Curriculum and Standards

20/03/2018

None

None

2/2

Lynn Weddle

Co-opted

Governing Body

Finance and Premises

Personnel and Staffing

 

26/11/2019

Administration Manager

None

2/2

John Dobson

Authority

Governing Body

First/Pay Review (Chair)

Headteachers Performance

Finance and Premises

Personnel and Staffing

(Chair)

24/10/2020

None

None

2/2

 

Laura Armstrong

 

Parent

Parents of Newker

Curriculum and Standards

20/11/2020

None

None

2/2

Vacancy

Co-Opted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Harrison

Parent

Parents of Newker

Appeals

Finance and Premises

Personnel and Staffing

20/10/2017

None

None

0/1

Christopher Cullen

Parent

Parents of Newker

Appeals (Chair)

Personnel and Staffing

Curriculum and Standards

 

29/11/2019

None

None

2/2

Kathryn Athey

 

Co-opted

 

Governing Body

Appeals

Finance and Premises

Personnel and Staffing

Curriculum and Standards

21/03/2020

None

None

2/2

Sarah Lonsdale

Staff

Staff

 

Curriculum and Standards

 

22/05/2019

Class Teacher

None

2/2

Jacqueline Monte

Headteacher

Governing Body

Finance and Premises

Personnel and Staffing

Curriculum and Standards

N/A

Headteacher

None

2/2

Victoria Bruce

Deputy Headteacher

Associate Member

Governing Body

Finance and Premises

Personnel and Staffing

Curriculum and Standards

26/11/2019

Deputy Headteacher

None

2/2

 

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