A warm welcome… from our Chair of Governors, Charlotte Brewis.

Both my children attend 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, Debra Robinson, can be contacted at Dryden Professional Development Centre, Gateshead 0191 433 8625 or email

 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

Staff and Governor pecuniary interests are attached here: Business Interests Complete set of pecuniary interest signed

Please view the links below to see Governing Body members, attendance and committee information.

Parkhead Committee Attendance Report 19-20

Parkhead Governor Body Membership Report

Parkhead Governor Meeting Report 19-20