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Fordley Primary School

‘Aiming Higher’

Meet the Governors

Welcome to our governors' section.

Meet the Governors

Carol Featherstone -Chair of Governors
Gemma Wrightson -Vice Chair of Governors
Claire Withers - Headteacher
Joann Connolly - Local Authority Governor
Joanne Pringle - Staff Governor
Judith McLean - Co-opted Governor
Chris Maule - Deputy Headteacher (Observer)
Brian Peutherer - Foundation Governor
Rebecca Ramsden - Parent Governor
Joanne Shanley - Parent Governor
Gillian Anderson - Parent Governor
Cheryl Gillie - Parent Governor
Janice Mole - Co-opted Governor

Information about our governing body


The structure and remit of the governing body: to hold strategic overview of the school and its' functions, as well as challenging the outcomes for pupils at all levels


Governors meet as a full governing body six times per term and each committee also meets six times per term.


Resources governors oversee the leadership and management of the physical building, healthy and safety, human resources (staffing) and finance.


Standards governors oversee the leadership and management of the curriculum provision and outcomes for pupils alongside, amongst many other areas, challenging the effective implementation of the pupil premium strategy, PE premium strategy and the school development plan.


Governors bring to Fordley Primary School a wide range of external experience such as senior management of the 0-18 public health service for North Tyneside, local councillor, health and safety manager for local pharmaceuticals company, human resources and much more.  The current governing body is a healthy mix of long standing governors and newer additions, all of whom have been fully trained on their role by the highly effective and skilled clerk to governors, Jacqui Sugden, and governors also regularly attend training held by North Tyneside Governor Services e.g. financial management, child protection, ofsted preparation, understanding data and two year old provision in school.

Governance Information 2017-18

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