The Governing Body of George Stephenson High School was re-constituted in September 2015 and is now made up of 2 staff governors (including the Headteacher), 7 elected Parent Governors, 2 Trust Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 8 Co-opted governors. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. The term of office for our Governors is four years.
The full Governing Body is chaired by Peter Latham and meets once per term, and we also have a number of sub-committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. The full governing body has delegated authority to each sub-committee to plan and make decisions in line with their subject scope. Both the subject scope and any decisions are ratified at the full governing body. The sub-committees that meet termly are Personnel (chaired by Andrew Elliott), Curriculum (chaired by Caroline Dixon), Finance, Buildings and Health and Safety (chaired by Ian Cook) and the Teaching School Alliance and Post-16 Committee (chaired by Peter Latham).
In accordance with the Government's requirement for all governing bodies, the Governing Body of George Stephenson High School has a strong focus on its three core strategic functions:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The Governing Body of George Stephenson High School, like the whole school has worked over the last year on defining its role and responsibilities. We believe our role is to advise, support and challenge the school in order to deliver outstanding education. We will do this by:-
1. Contributing to a structured involvement in school Governance
2. Listening, challenging and feeding back across all aspects of school life
3. Keeping informed on local and national education issues and using and improving our skillset and strengths to support continuous school improvement.
4. Being accountable to each other and to our Parents, Community, the Local Authority, Students and School for our actions.
5. At all times being a critical friend.
Please direct all correspondence for the attention of our Governing Body to:
Mrs K. Bradley, Clerk to the Governing Body George Stephenson High School Southgate Killingworth Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 6SA
Alternatively, correspondence may be sent directly to the Chair of Governors, at the above address.
Please see below for a full list of Governors, their relevant business and pecuniary interests, their attendance record and other relevant documents.
List of Governors
Mrs Jennifer Chamley (Co-opted Governor)
Mr Ian Cook (Co-opted Governor)
Mrs Caroline Dixon (Co-opted Governor)
Mr Andrew Elliott (Co-opted Governor)
Mr Mike Forrest (Co-opted Governor)
Mrs Mandy Marsh (Co-opted Governor)
Mr John Morley (Co-opted Governor)
Mrs Sharon Thompson (Co-opted Governor)
Mr Peter Latham (Local Authority Governor)
Miss Kath Dunlop (Parent Governor)
Mr Dave Forrest (Parent Governor)
Mrs Angela Henderson (Parent Governor)
Mrs Andrea Sample (Parent Governor)
Ms Joanne Sharp (Parent Governor)
Mr Mark Smith (Parent Governor)
Mrs Helen Tovey (Parent Governor)
Mr Andy Williams (Staff Governor)
Dr Rachel Taylor (Foundation Governor)
Mrs Katrina Moffat (Foundation Governor)
Mr Ian Wilkinson (Headteacher)
Documents available for download