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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governing Body Section.


Our GB meets every half term to discuss key aspects of school development. Their job is to establish a strategic plan for the school and to work with the school leadership to ensure the best possible outcomes for our pupils. They need to know about everything that goes on in school and particularly if we are achieving value for money.


Their ultimate aim is to improve achievement for all pupils - supporting and challenging our school leaders in the process. Note that all our governors have signed a register of percuniary interest that indicates they have no links to businesses, agencies or otherwise that could gain favour (financial or otherwise) from the decisions of the governing body.


Angela Tinning is our Chair of Governors. If you wish to contact her please speak to the school office for contact details.  

Our Vice Chair Jenna Wilkinson, is an experienced school leader in her own right at Walbottle Campus. She works in SEND and has great experience with KS3 transition as well as policy and procedure in support of vulnerable pupils.

Mrs Leeming works alongside the GB but is also held to account for the way in which she runs the school. Mr Garrod is our staff representative on the GB.


Currently there are 12 members in our Governing Body:


  • 3 parent governors (appointed by parents):
    • Mrs J Darby (Curriculum Committee)
    • Mrs K Costigan (Staffing & Finance Committee)
    • Mrs J Ayers (Curriculum Committee)
  • 2 Foundation Trust governors (appointed by the Governing Body):  
    • Mrs E Douse (Staffing & Finance Committee)
    • Mrs A Tinning (Staffing & Finance Committee & Chair of Governors)
  • 1 Staff governor (appointed by the staff):
    • Mr T Garrod (Curriculum Committee)
  • 1 Local Authority governor (appointed by the LA):
    • Mr A Fraser (Staffing & Finance Committee)
  • 3 Co-opted governors (appointed by the Governing Body):
    • Mrs W Leeming (Headteacher)
    • Mr L Corby (Staffing & Finance Committee & Vice Chair)
    • Mrs J Wilkinson, (Curriculum Committee)
  • 2 Associate Governors (appointed by the Governing Body):
    • Mrs K Sample (Curriculum Committee)
    • Mrs S Selkirk 
  •    Clerk to the Governors
    • Julia Blott



Governor Attendance    2020-2021            
Governor   Term Start   Term End   Pecuniary Interest   Attendance at Meetings
Angela Tinning   01/09/2014   31/08/2022   None   2/6
Adam Fraser   20/03/2019   19/03/2022   None   2/6
Joanne Ayers   21/01/2019   20/01/2023   None   1/6
Karen Sample   20/03/2019   19/01/2023   None   1/6
Kayleigh Costigan   21/01/2019   20/01/2023   None   2/6
Tom Garrod   20/03/2019   19/03/2023   None   1/6
Lee Corby   04/01/2016   03/01/2024   None   2/6
Julie Darby   03/03/2009   02/03/2021   None   0/6
Sharon Selkirk   01/09/2016   31/08/2024   None   0/6
Wendy Leeming   01/09/2016   -   None   2/6
Jenna Wilkinson   06/07/2016   06/07/2024   None   1/6
Emma Douse   01/04/2016   31/03/2024   Peter Gallagher Joinery & member of teaching staff   2/6


Previous Governors

Dave McKillop 23/01/2019 (DOI Governor at Wylam First School)

Carol Brown 05/09/2018 (No DOI)

Don Lamb 02/11/2018 (No DOI)


We work closely as a team particularly with the Headteacher and senior staff on a wide variety of tasks which include:

  • Developing a strategic plan for the school;
  • Determining school aims, policies and priorities
  • Setting targets
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school
  • Appointing staff
  • Managing the budget
  • Securing high levels of attendance and good standards of student behaviour
  • Ensuring that all children in school have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff 


The minutes of our Governing Body meetings are available on request from the school office.