Governance

 

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing board.

What do governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. In some schools the site is owned by the governing board. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. Take a look at our role description, What do governors do?

Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

set the aims and objectives for the school
set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact Mrs Lynn Turner at Furrowfield School for more information. Alternatively you may also apply to the Governor Support Team at Gateshead Civic Centre. They can be reached by telephone on 0191 433 8627.

 

Board of Governors

 

Governor and Associate Members

Category

(see notes)

Term of office Start

Term

of Office Expires

Body Appointed or

Elected by

Position of

Responsibility (if any)

Attendance

From

Sept 2017

Mr. David Kennedy

Co-opted

01/09/17

25/09/2021

GB

Chair

3/5

Mr. Ken Childs

Co-opted

01/09/17

25/09/2021

GB

Vice Chair/Safeguarding

5/5

Mr. William Liddy

Co-opted

01/09/17

25/09/2021

GB

Residential

5/5

Mrs. Michelle Richards

Executive HT

01/09/17

25/09/2021

Ex Officio

 

4/5

Miss. Rachel Jukes HoS. (Furrowfield)

Co-opted (Staff)

01/09/17

25/09/2021

Ex Officio

 

5/5

Mrs. Heather Stokes HoS. (Eslington)

Co-opted (staff)

01/09/17

25/09/2021

Ex Officio

 

5/5

Mr. Alf Evans

Co-opted (Staff)

01/09/17

25/09/2021

GB

 

5/5

Cllr. Michael Hood

Co-opted

01/09/17

25/09/2021

GB

 

4/5

Cllr. Angela Douglas

LA

01/09/17

25/09/2021

GB

 

4/5

Mr. Tim Luckhurst-Matthews

Parent (A)

01/09/17

25/09/2021

 

Vice Chair

4/5

Mrs. Pat Hindson

Co-opted (staff)

01/09/17

25/09/2021

 

 

5/5

Dr. Margaret Sherratt

Co-opted

01/09/17

25/09/2021

 

 

1/5

Rev. Dr. Meg Gilley

Co-opted

01/09/17

25/09/2021

 

 

3/5

Miss Lizzy Tucker

Staff

01/09/17

25/09/2021

 

 

4/5

Mrs. Lynn Turner (SBM Furrowfield)

Assoc. Member

01/09/17

25/09/2021

Observer

 

5/5

Mrs. Ruth Foster (SBM Eslington)

Assoc. Member

01/9/17

25/09/2021

 

 

3/5

 

Register of Pecuniary Interests

 

Name:

Relevant Business Interests:

Any other educational establishments you govern:

Relationships between you as a governor and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives:

Date

Mr. David Kennedy

None

Bede Community Primary School

None

16/10/18

Mr. Ken Childs

None

 

None

16/10/18

Mr. William Liddy

None

 

None

16/10/18

Mrs. Michelle Richards

None

 

None

16/10/18

Miss. Rachel Jukes HoS. (Furrowfield)

None

 

None

16/10/18

Mrs. Heather Stokes HoS. (Eslington)

None

 

None

16/10/18

Mr. Alf Evans

None

 

None

16/10/18

Cllr. Michael Hood

None

Lord Lawson Academy

None

16/10/18

Cllr. Angela Douglas

None

 

None

16/10/18

Mr. Tim Luckhurst-Matthews

None

 

None

16/10/18

Mrs. Pat Hindson

None

 

None

16/10/18

Dr. Margaret Sherratt

None

 

None

16/10/18

Rev. Dr. Meg Gilley

None

 

None

16/10/18

Miss Lizzy Tucker

None

 

None

16/10/18

Mrs. Lynn Turner (SBM Furrowfield)

None

 

None

16/10/18

Mrs. Ruth Foster (SBM Eslington)

None

 

None

16/10/18

 

 

Governor Biographys

David Kennedy

Chair of Governors

David is a qualified accountant and has worked in industry in various commercial and managerial roles all of his life. He retired from Berghaus, the outdoor clothing maker, two years ago where he had been Finance Director for 20 years. He has been Chair or Vice Chair of Governors for Eslington Primary School for more than 12 years and worked with Mrs. Richards, our Executive Headteacher, when she was Headteacher at Eslington Primary School. He is also Vice Chair of Governors at Bede Community Primary School and has been a governor there for 5 years. David has been Chair of Governors at Furrowfield for three years and is also Chair of the Resources Committee.

Bill Liddy

School and Residential Governor

Before going into the retail catering industry over 30 years ago Bill lived in and worked as an Electrical Engineer in the Electricity Supply and Distribution Industry in a number of foreign countries, particularly Zambia in Central Africa and Saudi Arabia in The Middle East. For the last 22 years Bill has been a Franchisee of McDonalds Restaurants and presently owns and operates six McDonalds Restaurants on Tyneside where he employs approximately 450, mainly young and very hard working adults. He has been a committed and enthusiastic Community Governor of Furrowfield Special School in Gateshead for over three years and plays an active part in assisting our Chair of Governors and Headteacher in achieving the best possible education for our students.

Ken Childs

Vice Chair of Governors

Ken worked for 33 years for BT as an engineer and manager before taking early retirement. He subsequently did some consultancy work and gained a degree with the Open University. Ken was a Gateshead Councillor for 5 years, during this time he was the first Chair of Gateshead Housing Company. He was Chair of the Gateshead Community Legal Advice Centre for 3 years. Ken has been a governor since 1996 serving on several governing bodies and has been chair of governors in primary and secondary schools. He represents special schools on the School Forum, which he chairs.

Councillor Michael Hood

School Governor

Michael was elected to Gateshead Council in 2008 and had the honour of being Mayor in 2010-11. He worked as a Printer for most of his working life before becoming a Support Worker for people with learning disabilities. His last employment was with local cancer charity FACT (Fighting All Cancers Together) where he was involved with fundraising and promoting the charity in the area. He is a board member of The Gateshead Housing Company. Michael has also joined the governing body at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy. In his spare time he watches Gateshead FC.