Governors

As a governor, you share in the strategic responsibility of promoting high standards and ensuring that your school is conducted as a Catholic school in accordance with the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. All Catholic schools are under the authority of the Bishop.

We are part of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, it is the responsibility of the Bishop to appoint an overall majority of the governors who are known as foundation governors.

The governors of a school work in close collaboration with the headteacher and all staff and play a leading role in the life of a school. The structure of the governing body is as follows:

Chair of Governors: Mr Vincent Reed                                 Headteacher: Mrs Judith Black

Vice-Chair of Governors: Mrs Caroline Casey

As well as foundation governors there are governors who represent teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and the Local Authority. Here is a list of our Governors:

  Full Name Category of Governor & Appointed byDate of Appointment   End of Term of Office  Date stepped down  (if applicable)Attendance at LGC meetings 2019/20Relevant Business & Pecuniary InterestsRoles/links to sub committees/ monitoring links
Judith Black  Headteacher/ Ex Officio01/09/2019N/A 2/2 Policies Admissions
Vincent Reed       Foundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese07/09/201706/09/2021 2/2NoneChair HT PM
Caroline Casey       Foundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese 12/12/201811/12/2022 2/2NoneVice Chair HT PM Policies
Michael Gallagher  Foundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese09/04/202008/04/2024 1/1None 
Ted Webber  Foundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese06/11/202005/11/2024 0/0None 
Anthony Joyce  Foundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese26/11/202025/11/2024 0/0None 
Gillian Matters  Foundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese08/10/202007/10/2024 0/0None 
Helen Naden   LA Governor Nominated by LA appointed by GB19/06/201718/06/2021 2/2Employed at Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust as Director of HR since 01.07.20 
Victoria Metcalf       Parent Governor Elected by parents12/12/201811/12/2022 2/2None 
Louise Hanson    Parent Governor Elected by parents12/12/201811/12/2022 2/2None 
Laura HughesStaff Governor Elected by staff17/01/2020 16/1/2024 1/1  
M JakeawayFoundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese  30/6/20   
A JamesFoundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese  30/6/20   
A McGeeFoundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese  20/11/19   

Governors that have retired in the last twelve months:

Mr Marko Jakeway

Mr Anthony James

Our Chair of Governors is Mr Vincent Reed. He may be contacted via the school. Please telephone 0191 917 2484 for further information.

Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Helen Naden.  She may be contacted via the school.  Please telephone 0191 917 2484 for further information.