Local Governing Committee

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                                 Executive Headteacher: Mrs Denise Cushlow

Vice-Chair of Governors:

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
Denise CushlowExecutive Headteacher/Ex Officio01/01/2022
Vincent Reed       Foundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese07/09/201711/11/2025 2/3NoneChair HT PM Pay Review
Michael Gallagher  Foundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese09/04/202008/04/2024 3/3None 
Ted Webber  Foundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese06/11/202005/11/2024 3/3NonePolicies
Anthony Joyce  Foundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese26/11/202025/11/2024 3/3NonePay Review
Gillian Matters  Foundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese08/10/202007/10/2024 3/3NonePay Review Admissions
Victoria Metcalf       Parent Governor Elected by parents12/12/201811/12/2022 3/3NonePolicies Admissions
Laura HughesStaff Governor Elected by staff17/01/2020 16/1/2024 2/3 Policies
Louise Hanson    Parent Governor Elected by parents  01/09/2021   

Governors that have retired in the last twelve months:

Mrs Helen Naden

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 Mr Michael Gallagher.  He may be contacted via the school.  Please telephone 0191 917 2484 for further information.