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Membership of Governing body following reconstitution.

12 members made up of LA representative, 2X parents, 7X Foundation (Parish members) 1 staff member plus the Head teacher.

 

September 2020 - We have 2 Foundation Governor Vacancies and a Parent Governor Vacancy.

 

Foundation Governors are appointed by the Parish Priest on behalf of the Catholic Diocese.

Parent Governors are elected by parents/carers in school

LA - Local Authority Governors appointed by the Local Authority.

 

St Mary’s RCVA Primary School -Governing Body Structure

Name

Representing

Term of Office

Committee

Responsibilities

Register of Interests

Relationship to Staff

Allison Robson

Head Teacher

Ongoing

All

Head Teacher of St Mary’s

None

None

Lindsey Soutar

Staff Governor

22/05/21

Deputy Head Teacher

None

None

 

Helen Mulhearn

Foundation Governor

COG

20/04/23

Resigned Aug 20

Finance/Personnel/Admissions

First/Pay Review/Discipline

HT Perf Management

Safeguarding

Child Protection

LAC/PLAC

Director of Investing in Children

None

Lorraine Murray

 

Foundation Governor

Vice COG

10/05/21

Curriculum

Finance

First/Pay Review/Discipline

Pupil Premium

Sports Premium

Chair of Local Parish Council

None

Margaret Arthurs

 

Foundation Governor

18/11/23

Curriculum

First/Pay Review/Discipline

HT Perf Management

RE

None

 None

Marcela Stokoe

 

Foundation Governor

27/03/22

Finance/Personnel/Admissions

Appeals

P4C

None

None

Colin Nelson

 

Foundation Governor

10/05/21

Curriculum

Finance/Personnel/Admissions

 

Health and Safety

Maths

Science

None

None

Bonny Jackman

 

Foundation Governor

29/09/23

Curriculum

First/Pay Review/Discipline

SEND

Employed at St Patrick’s RC – Langley Moor

None

 

Mark Davinson

LA Governor

20/03/22

Finance/Personnel/Admissions

Appeals

 

 

Local Councillor – Stanley and Durham

Director of Chapter Homes

Trustee of Craghead Community Association

None

 

Kim Trelease

 

Parent Governor

14/10/22

Resigned Aug 20

Curriculum

Appeals

ASP Governor

None

None

 

Joanne Conway

 

Parent Governor

15/01/23

Curriculum

Appeals

 

 

None

 

 

Governing Body Terms of Reference

Governor Pen Portraits

Lorraine Murray - Vice Chair

My name is Lorraine Murray; I am a new Foundation Governor at St Mary’s. I am also a parishioner at St Joseph’s Stanley where I have worshipped for nearly 20 years and within the parish I am a Eucharistic minister, part of the financial committee and a representative of the Pontop Partnership parishioner team.

Over my working career as a manager in business I have worked for a Bank, a University, and the third sector and now I work for a local hospice.

I have a HR qualification and I am also a qualified dance teacher.

It is a privilege to be part of the school Governors team and I look forward to working with everyone involved.

 

 

Marcela Stokoe

My name is Marcela Stokoe and I have been a Foundation Governess at St. Mary’s school since 2015. I am privileged to be part of this outstanding school where well-being and personal development of each child is at the heart of school community. I am an active member of the Friends of St. Mary’s school which organises fun activities for our pupils and all raised monies go towards additional school fun play equipment. My spare time is spent with my husband and our 10 year old son. I speak several foreign languages, enjoy mountain walking, skiing, reading, acting in a local theatre group and playing chess.

 

Colin Nelson

My name is Colin Nelson, I am a new Foundation Governor at St Mary’s. I have been a parishioner at St. Josephs since 1978 and during that time I have been involved in Children’s Liturgy, Marriage Preparation and as a Special Minister. In my working career I was always in the manufacturing sector starting as an apprentice and then later as a Production Engineer and Production Supervisor in a factory making Hydraulic Excavators (big diggers). My main hobby is cycling. I attended Catholic schools myself as have my two children (now adults). I am looking forward to working with the staff, governors and pupils at St Mary’s and helping them make the most of their potential.

 

Margaret Arthurs

My name is Margaret Arthurs. I have been a Foundation Governor at St Mary's s for about eighteen months. 
Before I retired I worked at St. Bede's school in Lanchester for 29 years, teaching Religious Education for most of that time.
At present my parish is St. Joseph's in Stanley, but from 1964 until 1989 my family and I attended St. Mary's Church. When we were all at home we needed a whole bench! Worshipping in St. Mary's gave me a great appreciation the people and the school. It has always been a welcoming place to be. I love to hear, "Hi Margaret!" , when I walk along the corridor.
In addition to my governor's role, for the last five years I have been privileged to work with the children and their parents and aid their preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. We are blessed by the support of Father Kevin, Mrs. Robson and Mrs Daniels and of course the parents, who accompany their children to Sunday Mass and the end of the sessions.

 

Joanne Conway

My name is Joanne Conway and I became a governor in December 2018. My children have attended St Mary’s school since 2007. I attend St Joseph’s church with my family where I am also part of the children’s liturgy team. I am also part of the youth group. I joined the Catholic family seven years ago.

I currently work at a school for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues and although it is challenging, I find it very rewarding. Previously, I have worked in other schools in the Stanley area.

I look forward to embracing my role as a governor at St. Mary’s as the school holds a special place in my heart as we continue to grow together in the friendship of faith.

 

Bonny Jackman

My name is Bonny Jackman; I am a new Foundation Governor for St Mary's RC Primary. I have known the school since 2011 when my eldest son started. He is currently thriving in secondary school due to the start St Mary's gave him. My youngest son is still at the school. My background was originally project management and I worked for the same company for 15 years. Due to a change in their circumstances and mine, I was given the opportunity to retrain and become a teacher. I have been teaching for four years now, the first of which which was completed at St Mary's. The school has always been very special to me and I look forward to working alongside everyone to help the school to continue to thrive.

 

Councillor Mark Davinson

I am appointed by the local authority to the governing body of the school. I have lived in Craghead all of my life and I am currently both a county and town councillor for the local area. This is an extension of the various volunteering and paid employment roles I have undertaken in the community over the last 25 years to help improve residents lives. My nephew attends St Mary's and enjoys going to school. 

 

Lindsey Soutar – Deputy Head and Staff Governor

My family is very important to me and I am parent to two boys.

I have worked at St. Mary's for approximately 9 years now and was appointed as deputy head. My previous employment background focussed on my first degree of agricultural science so I have a lot of animal and farming-based experience. I have also been a police officer and was posted in one of the local forces. I utilised both of these experiences in my role at Houghall College where I was responsible for working with vulnerable and permanently excluded young adults.

After having my family I gained other qualifications including the PGCE from Newcastle and attending a post graduate law diploma course at Northumbria University.

My interests are heavily football and science-based.

 

Allison Robson-Head Teacher

It is my privilege to be the Head Teacher of St Mary's, which is a family school where Gospel values are intrinsic in all that we do. I have been Head since January 2017. I am also a parishioner at St Joseph's, Stanley where I have worshipped for the last 12 years. I am also a member of the Pontop Partnership youth group and the Head Teacher representative on the Partnership Development Group.

Previously I worked at St Oswald's in Newcastle for 23 years; I began my teaching career as Year 2 teacher then progressed to Key Stage Leader, Assistant Head then to Deputy Head. I have a passion for teaching and learning and I am committed to ensuring that every child is given the very best opportunities possible.

I like to spend my holidays and weekends with my Goddaughter and my nieces. We enjoy walking our rescue dog and spending time at our caravan which is sited in Weardale.

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings – Academic Year 2019-2020

 

 

Autumn 19

November 13th @ 4pm

Spring 20

19th March @ 4pm

Cancelled due to Covid 19

Summer 20

23rd June @ 4pm

Mrs H Mulhearn  (CHAIR)

Yes

 

Yes

Mr C Nelson (Foundation)

Yes

 

Yes

Mrs M Stokoe (Foundation)

Yes

 

Yes

Mrs B Jackman (Foundation)

Yes

 

Yes

Miss M T Arthurs (Foundation)

Yes

 

No

Mrs L Murray (Foundation)

Yes

 

Yes

Cllr. M Davinson (LA)

Yes

 

Yes

Mrs K Trelease (Parent Governor)

Yes

 

Yes

Mrs J Conway (Previously Timbey – Parent Governor)

Apologies

 

Yes

Mrs L Soutar (Staff)

Yes

 

Apologies Given

Mrs A J Robson

(Head Teacher)

Yes

 

Yes

Attendance at Governing Body Committee Meetings – Academic Year 2019-2020

 

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Autumn 19

October 17th @ 4.00pm

Spring 20

January 16th @ 4.00pm

Summer 20

 @ 4.00pm

Cancelled due to COVID

Miss M T Arthurs

         No

Yes

 

Mr C Nelson-Chair

                 Yes

Yes

 

Mrs K Trelease  

                 Yes

Apologies given

 

Mrs J Conway

           Apologies given

No

 

Mrs L Murray

                 Yes

No

 

Mrs A J Robson (HT)

                 Yes

             Yes

 

Mrs B Jackman

        No

Yes

 

 

Appeals Committee

 

Autumn 19

Spring 20

Summer 20

Mrs M Stokoe -

-

 

 

Cllr. M Davinson

-

 

 

Mrs J Conway

-

 

 

Mrs K Trelease

-

 

 

Mrs A J Robson (HT)

-

 

 

 

Finance, Premises, Personnel & Admissions Committee

Autumn 19

October 21st  @ 3.30pm

Spring 20

January 27th @ 3.30pm

Admissions 20

March 4th @ 3pm

 

Summer 20

Monday 15th June @ 4.30pm

Via TEAMS

 

Mrs H Mulhearn

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Mrs L Murray

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Mrs M Stokoe

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cllr. M Davinson-Chair

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mrs A Robson (HT)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mr C Nelson

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

First/Pay Review and Pupil Discipline Committee

Autumn 19

October 21st @ 3pm

Autumn 19

December 17th @ 8am

 

Spring 20

Summer 20

Mrs H Mulhearn-Chair

Yes

Yes

 

 

Mrs L Murray

Yes

Yes

 

 

Miss M T Arthurs

Yes

Yes

 

 

Mrs B Jackman

Yes

  Apologies

 

 

Mrs A Robson (HT)

Yes

No

 

 

Ms L Teasdale Clerk

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

Head Teacher Performance Management

 

Autumn 19

22nd Nov 2019 @ 4.15pm

 

Spring 20

Summer 20

Mrs H Mulhearn - Chair

Yes

 

 

Miss M T Arthurs

Yes

 

 

Mrs A Robson – (HT)

Yes

 

 

Mrs Irene Cochrane – LA EDP

Yes

 

 

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