Governing Body

An Introduction

Structure and remit of the Governing body

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They come from all sections of the community and all walks of life. Some governors are elected by parents and staff, some are appointed by the Governing body, the Local Authority or the North Tyneside Learning Trust. The Governing body has 3 core strategic functions:

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Our Chair of Governors is Barbara Mills and our Vice Chair is Deborah Ismay.

Name Category of Governor
Deborah Ismay Co-opted
Jacquelyn Foggin Co-opted
Terry Paddison Co-opted
Barbara Mills Co-opted
Susan O’Brien Co-opted
Virginia Wilkinson Co-opted
Justina Terretta Headteacher
Rebecca Eden Local Authority
Fiona Burton Parent
Shaun Dillon Parent
Laura Acott Staff
Erica Whiteley Associate member


Governors perform their role by being linked to particular areas of our work.


The Governing body has a range of committees to help it carries out its functions, they are as follows:

Safeguarding and Health Committee

Erica Whiteley (Chair)
Debbie Ismay
Justina Terretta
Jacquelyn Foggin
Mark Elsdon
Rebecca Eden
Paula Timlin – Observer
Anabel Drought – Observer

Finance and Staffing Committee

Barbara Mills
Deborah Ismay
Justina Terretta
Terence Paddison

Evaluation Committee

Fiona Burton(Chair)
Laura Acott
Shaun Dillon
Sue O’Brien
Virginia Wilkinson
Aideen Hill – Observer
Paul Steadman – Observer

Performance Management Committee

Deborah Ismay
Virginia Wilkinson

These are the terms of reference for each area of responsibility.

Finance and Staffing
Safeguarding and Health

Governors’ Register of Interests 2019/20

Governor Relevant business/pecuniary interests Governor/Trustee of other schools/ academies Relationships with school staff
Deborah Ismay Trustee of charity, Excel North from 30/11/15    
Justina Terretta Associate member of charity, Excel North from 26/01/16    
Dorian Miles Latham* None declared   Member of staff is son’s support worker
Fiona Marie Burton None declared   Member of staff is occasional son’s PA
Jacquelyn Foggin Board member of Springwell Village Community venue  
Laura Acott None declared
Susan Michelle O’Brien None declared
Graeme Turnbull None declared
Barbara Anne Mills None declared
Shaun Dillon None declared
Virginia Wilkinson None declared
Terence Paddison None declared
Rebecca Eden None declared

Associate Governor

Name Relevant business interest Relationships with school staff Other educational establishments governed Date commenced Date ceased
Erica Derryn Whiteley None declared

Governor related documents

Governance Handbook

Previous Years Governor Info

Last Years’ Governance

Governor info for 2017-2018

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