School Governors

Governing Body Mission Statement

  • We work with the school to ensure an effective strategic direction whilst fulfilling all of our statutory obligations.
  • We help to provide a school where a well-rounded, creative and inspiring education is accessible to all pupils.
  • We continually develop the school through forward thinking, shared ambition and a passion to create an amazing place to learn.

Who Are School Governors

Governors are the people who sit on the board that sets the strategic vision of a school, holds the Headteacher to account for its educational performance and makes sure its financial resources are well spent. They use their skills and experience to govern in the best interests of pupils leaving the day to day running of the school to the Headteacher. They set priorities and make strategic decisions in areas such as planning, budgeting, project management, human resources, policy development, health and safety, marketing and change management. Schools are increasingly autonomous and in need of strong governance.

The Role of the Governing Body

White Mere’s Governing Body has a strategic role in the development of the school but does not become involved in the day-to-day management issues – that is the role of the Headteacher.

We are here to:

  • Provide a strategic view – help to set and maintain the broad framework within which the Headteacher and staff should run the school
  • Act as a critical friend – provide the Headteacher with support and offer advice and information but also to provide some challenge. The governing body is there to monitor and evaluate the school’s effectiveness and governors should therefore be prepared to ask challenging questions
  • To ensure accountability – the Headteacher and staff report to the governing body on the school’s performance. In turn the governing body is accountable to all stakeholders on the school’s overall performance.

Click here to learn more about the role of the Governing Body and its sub-committees.

Governing Body Committee Structure

Name Governor Type Term of Office Starts/Expires Body Appointed/Elected by Committees Relevant Pecuniary Interests* Lead Areas and Links
Keith Anderson Co-opted Governor (Chair) 01/01/14 to 01/01/18 Governing Body
  • Curriculum and Pupils/Monitoring
  • Federation Steering Group
  • Finance and Staffing (Chair)
  • Head Teacher Appraisal
None
  • Physical Education
  • IT
Michelle Harrison Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair) 20/04/15 to 20/04/19 Governing Body
  • Curriculum and Pupils/Monitoring (Chair)
  • Federation Steering Group
  • Finance and Staffing
  • Head Teacher Appraisal
None
  • EYFS
  • L&D
  • Safeguarding
  • SEND
Alan Davies Co-opted Governor 01/01/14 to 01/01/18 Governing Body
  • Finance and Staffing
  • Premises, Health and Safety
Governor at Colegate Primary
  • Health and Safety
  • Music
  • Safeguarding
Cllr Linda Green Co-opted Governor 01/01/14 to 01/01/18 Governing Body
  • Curriculum and Pupils/Monitoring
  • Finance and Staffing
Governor at Roman Road Primary
Helen Hutchinson Co-opted Governor 01/01/14 to 01/01/18 Governing Body
  • Curriculum and Pupils/Monitoring
  • Finance and Staffing
None
Gary Mitchelson Co-opted Governor 12/07/16 to 12/07/20 Governing Body
  • Curriculum and Pupils/Monitoring
  • Finance and Staffing
None Data Analysis and Assessment
Cllr Stuart Green Local Authority Governor 21/10/16 to 01/01/18 Governing Body (from LA nomination)
  • Curriculum and Pupils/Monitoring
  • Premises, Health and Safety
Governor at Heworth Grange Comp
Chris Boddy Headteacher N/A Governing Body
  • Curriculum and Pupils/Monitoring
  • Finance and Staffing
  • Premises, Health and Safety
  • Teaching Staff Appointments**
Jonathan Noble Staff Governor 08/03/17 to 08/03/21 Staff – Elected TBC None
Alan Pitchers Associate Governor 06/09/2016 to 06/09/2020 Governing Body
  • Curriculum and Pupils/Monitoring
  • Premises, Health and Safety
Governor at Heworth Grange Comp
Alison Bullock Parent Governor 26/01/15 to 26/01/19 Parents – Elected
  • Finance and Staffing
  • Premises, Health and Safety
None
  • Attendance
  • Young Carers Governor Representative
David Tait Parent Governor 01/06/15 to 01/06/19 Parents – Elected
  • Finance and Staffing
  • Premises, Health and Safety (Chair)
None Website

*as recorded in register of interests at Governing Body meeting on 03/12/15.
**In addition to the Headteacher, any governor may attend if requested.

Record of Governors Attendance 2016–2017

Name Full Governing Body Finance and Staffing Premises, Health and Safety Curriculum and Pupils/Monitoring
Keith Anderson 6/6 3/3 N/A 2/2
Michelle Harrison 6/6 3/3 N/A 2/2
Alan Davies 5/6 3/3 2/2 N/A
Cllr Linda Green 2/6 1/3 N/A 0/2
Helen Hutchinson 4/5 2/3 N/A 1/2
Gary Mitchelson 3/6 2/3 N/A 0/2
Cllr Stuart Green 3/6 N/A 2/2 0/2
Callum Kidd (No longer in post 31/08/17) 6/6 3/3 2/2 2/2
Gemma Richardson (Term of office expired 03/10/16) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Alan Pitchers 4/4 N/A 1/2 1/2
Helen Sykes (No longer in post 31/08/17) 5/5 N/A 1/2 1/2
Alison Bullock 5/6 3/3 1/2 N/A
David Tait 5/6 3/3 2/2 N/A
Jonathan Noble (Term of office began 08/03/2017) 1/1 TBC TBC 1/2

How to Become a School Governor

If you’d like to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, please visit the Gateshead Governors website. Alternatively, you can speak to the Headteacher or the Chair of Governors who will be able to provide further information.

Governor details for previous years:

Governor details 2015-2016

Governor details 2014-2015 (PDF)

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