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lesleyA warm welcome… from our Chair of Governors, Lesley Bowden.

Both my children attended Parkhead Community Primary School so I have a good understanding of the school from the perspective of parent, member of the local community and as a governor.  I aim to serve the needs of all children in the school and support the school in ensuring that each and every child has the best possible start in developing a love of learning, which will extend beyond their school career.

I hope the following information is useful for explaining the role which the governing body play in the school.  Please see the table at the bottom of the page for a full list of the governing body.  If you have any queries or would like to join the governing body I can be contacted through the school office.

For any other queries the Clerk to the Governors, Carole Todhunter, can be contacted at Dryden Professional Development Centre, Gateshead 0191 433 8625 or email caroletodhunter@gateshead.gov.uk

 The Governing Body plays a major part in the decisions concerning leadership and strategic direction of the school and Groups of Governors meet as sub-committees to discuss issues related to Finance, Buildings and Personnel. These committees report to the termly full Governors Meeting when issues of local and national interest are discussed and when decisions concerning the management of the school are taken.

Governing Bodies Do:

• set the overall budget for the school

• decide on the number of staff

• decide on the level of pay for teachers

• help to decide the priorities for the school when the school improvement plan is being developed

• ensure the national curriculum is taught to all pupils

• set targets for pupil achievement

• publish national test and exam results

• compare the performance of their school to similar schools

• receive information about the quality of teaching in the school

• have a published strategy for dealing with parental complaints and concerns

• ensure health and safety issues are addressed

• set the times of school sessions

• consult the Head Teacher when making decisions

• ask challenging questions

• help develop school policies and procedures

• consider the repair and maintenance of school buildings

• consider the use of school premises outside school hours

• appoint committees of governors to look at specific issues such as finance, staffing, curriculum and premises.

Governing Bodies Don’t:

• inspect the school

• report on the quality of teaching after visiting the school

• authorise all expenditure• share concerns about staff capability

• decide on how pupils are taught different subjects

• have the right to exclude a pupil

• write the school’s policies on their own

• rubberstamp recommendations from the head teacher

• automatically approve all apologies for absence for meetings sent by governors

• need to be aware of the performance objectives which had been set for individual teachers

• write the OfSTED action plan

The Headteacher is Responsible for:

• the internal organisation, management and control of the school

• formulating aims, objectives and policies for the governing body to consider adopting

• advising on and implementing the governing body strategic framework

• giving governors the information they needed to help the school raise its standards reporting on progress at least once every school year




Term of Office

Committees Served On

Category of Governor

Mrs Paula Bailey Headteacher  DHT appointments, Resources, Curriculum and pupils, Staff
Mrs Lesley Bowden Co-opted, Chair  31/08/2019  Appointments, Resources, Curriculum, PM reviews Community
Cllr Julie Simpson Local Authority  16/04/2021  HT review, Resources Local Authority
Mrs Olive Gray  Co-opted  31/08/2019  Resources Community
Mrs Pauline Jackson  Co-opted  31/08/2019  Appointments, Resources Community
Mr Chris Dewsnapp  Parent  10/12/2020  Resources and Pupil discipline Parent
Mrs Michelle Thompson  Staff  23/01/2021  Curriculum and Pupils Parent and Staff
Mrs Charlotte Brewis  Parent, Vice Chair  14/02/2018  Curriculum and Pupils Parent
Mrs Nerolie Miller Co-opted, Staff  31/08/2019  Curriculum and Pupils Staff
Mrs Sophie Leach Co-opted, Staff  31/08/2019  Curriculum and Pupils Staff
Ms Mandy Tulip  Observer  Resources (Staff) Observer
 Rev Tom Glover  Co-Opted  31/08/2019  Resources (Staff) Observer


Correct on publishing 9/03/206- contact caroletodhunter@Gateshead.gov.uk for Governor information.

The ‘appointing body’ is as follows:

Head Teacher = ‘Ex-Officio’

Staff = ‘Staff of Parkhead Primary School (elected staff)’

Parent = ‘Parents of Parkhead Primary School (elected parent)’

Community = ‘Parkhead Primary School Governing Body’

LA = ‘Parkhead Primary School Governing Body (LA nomination)’


Staff and Governor pecuniary interests are attached here: Pecuniary Interests 2016

Please click on the link to see the latest Governors meeting attendance: