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Meet the 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.

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

 

Governor

Category

Appointed by

Committees

End date

Personal or

Business Interests

Gov to staff relationships

Attendance at FGM 

Committees

 

Kathryn Athey

Co-opted

Governing Body

Chair of Governing Body

Headteachers Performance

Appeals

Finance and Premises

Personnel and Staffing

Curriculum and Standards

 

23/03/2024

 

None

None

Headteachers Performance- Oct 2020

Full Governing Body Meeting- Nov 2020, March 2021

Finance & Premises Committee Meeting- March & April 2021

Curriculum & Standards Committee Meeting- June 2021 

Personnel & Staffing Committee- June 2021

 

Laura Armstrong

 

Parent

 

Governing Body

 

Vice Chair of Governing Body

Curriculum and Standards 

 

16/03/2025

None

None

Pay review- Nov 2020
Full Governing Body Meeting- Nov 2020, March 2021

Craig Singleton

Parent

Parents of Newker

 

Finance and Premises

 

18/05/2025

None

None

 Full Governing Body Meeting- Nov 2020, March 2021

Personnel & Staffing Committee- June 2021

Joanna Coulthard

Parent

 

Parents of Newker

 

First/Pay Review

10/05/2025

None

None

Full Governing Body Meeting- Nov 2020. March 2021

Bill Green

Co-opted

Governing Body

 Finance & Premises (Chair)

Personnel and Staffing

 

29/11/2021

None

None

Full Governing Body Meeting- Nov 2020, March 2021

Finance & Premises Committee Meeting- March & April 2021

Personnel & Staffing Committee- June 2021

 

Dianne Ruggles

 

Co-opted

Governing Body

Curriculum and Standards

20/03/2022

None

None

 Full Governing Body Meeting- Nov 2020, March 2021

Curriculum & Standards Committee- June 2021

Lynn Weddle

Co-opted

Governing Body

Finance and Premises

Personnel and Staffing

 

26/11/2023

None

None

Full Governing Body Meeting- Nov 2020, March 2021

Finance & Premises Committee Meeting- March & April 2021

 

John Dobson

Authority

Governing Body

First/Pay Review (Chair)

Headteachers Performance

Finance and Premises

Personnel and Staffing (Chair)

16/12/2024

None

None

Pay review- Nov 2020

Full Governing Body Meeting- Nov 2020, March 2021

Finance & Premises Committee Meeting- March & April 2021

Personnel & Staffing Committee- June 2021

 Keith Davidson

 Co-opted

 Governing Body

Appeals

Headteachers Performance (Chair)

Finance and Premises

Personnel and Staffing

Curriculum and Standards

 16/04/2023

 

None

 None

 HT Performance- Oct 2020

Full Governing Body Meeting- Nov 2020, March 2021

Finance & Premises Committee Meeting- March & April 2021

Personnel & Staffing Committee- June 2021

Curriculum & Standards Committee- June 2021

Lisa Curtis

Co-opted

Governing Body

Curriculum and Standards

N/A

Deputy Headteacher

None

Full Governing Body Meeting- Nov 2020, March 2021

Curriculum & Standards Committee- June 2021

Melinda Izomor

Parent

Parents of Newker

 Personnel and Staffing

 

21/12/2021

None

None

 

 Full Governing Body Meeting- Nov 2020, March 2021

Louise Dunn

Parent

Parents of Newker

 Curriculum and Standards

 

06/01/2024

None

None

 Full Governing Body Meeting- Nov 2020, March 2021

Curriculum & Standards Committee- June 2021

Sarah Lonsdale

 

Staff

 

Staff

  Full Governing Body Meetings

22/06/2025

Class Teacher

None

 

Melanie Kirkland Headteacher Governing Body

 

Finance and Premises

Personnel and Staffing

Curriculum and Standards

 

N/A

Headteacher

 

None

 Headteachers Performance- Oct 2020

Pay Review- Oct 2020

Full Governing Body Meeting- Nov 2020, March 2021

Finance & Premises Committee Meeting- March & April 2021

Curriculum & Standards Committee Meeting- June 2021 

Personnel & Staffing Committee- June 2021

 

 You can find out about individual Governors below.

Co-opted Governors:

Kathryn Athey - Chair

Laura Armstrong- Vice Chair

I am a Parent Governor and have been for approximately 2 years. I have one child at Newker Primary school. I am a fully qualified teaching assistant. I also volunteer at the school, currently working with a Reception 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.

Keith Davidson

I was first appointed as a Local Authority Governor many years ago but more recently have been appointed as a Co-opted Governor. After working for the NHS I am now retired and also currently Chair of Garden Farm and West Lane Community Association.  My particular subject interests are in Music, and Maths, being an accomplished Northumbrian Piper.  I have two grandchildren currently at Newker Primary School.

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.

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.

Bill Green

I am a Co-opted Governor with a granddaughter in school.  I am a retired Local Government Accountant dealing with Education Finance and School Budgets for the last 20 years.  I am also chair of the Finance and Premises Committee and Link Governor for Pupil and Sport Premium.  I hope to ensure that all pupils get the correct resources to ensure a full and enjoyable educational experience at Newker Primary School.

Lisa Curtis

I first joined the school in September 2017 as Acting Deputy Headteacher, and then permanently from April 2018. Prior to this I have worked in other Senior Leadership posts within primary schools. I am delighted to be part of such a dedicated and hard-working team here at Newker. Within my role, I work closely with the governing body and staff to celebrate success and identify areas for school development. I am passionate about improving the life chances of young people and enjoy working in partnership with the Governors to ensure that our pupils develop personally and academically and become lifelong learners. 

 

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 Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, in the school making good progress.

 

Parent Governors

Melinda Izomor

I am a parent to one child who is currently in Year 3 at Newker Primary. I work for Durham County Council as an intensive family support worker. I am a keen participant in school life being part of the PTA and volunteering whenever I can.

Louise Dunn

Craig Singleton

Joanna Coulthard

 

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.

Headteacher Governor

Melanie Kirkland

I started as Headteacher at Newker Primary School in January 2018. In my teaching career I have worked in a variety of roles: ICT Advisory teacher, Deputy Headteacher, Acting Headteacher and enjoyed the challenges of teaching all ages of Primary children.  I am very excited to work with all the children, staff, parents and governors to make Newker Primary a place of outstanding learning and creative enjoyment.