NE12 Sixth Form


The Governing Body of George Stephenson High School is made up of 2 staff governors (including the Headteacher), 5 elected Parent Governors, 2 Trust Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 7 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 Andrew Elliott 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, Curriculum, Post-16 and Finance, Premises and Health and Safety.

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:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • 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:-

  • Contributing to a structured involvement in school Governance
  • Listening, challenging and feeding back across all aspects of school life
  • Keeping informed on local and national education issues and using and improving our skillset and strengths to support continuous school improvement.
  • Being accountable to each other and to our Parents, Community, the Local Authority, Students and School for our actions.
  • At all times being a critical friend.

Please direct all correspondence for the attention of our Governing Body to:

Mrs A Cowen, 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.


Mr Andrew Elliott
Co-opted Governor/Chair
Mrs Caroline Dixon Co-opted Governor/Vice Chair
Ms Leigh Howitt
Co-opted Governor
Mrs Anne Hinde Co-opted Governor
Vacancy Co-opted Governor
Vacancy Co-opted Governor
Mr David Burns Parent Governor
Mrs Jenny Brady Parent Governor
Mrs Angela Henderson Parent Governor/Vice Chair
Dr Ruth Valentine Parent Governor
Mr Richard Newton Parent Governor
Mrs Joanne Tierney Parent Governor
Mr Fraser Patrick
Staff Governor
Mr Birju Kotecha Local Authority Governor
Vacancy  Foundation Governor
Mrs Katrina Moffat
Foundation Governor
Mr Peter Douthwaite

Documents available for download

Governing Body Code of Conduct

Downloadable File

Curriculum Committee Terms of Reference

Downloadable File

Finance, Buildings and Health and Safety Committee Terms of Reference

Downloadable File

Personnel Committee Terms of Reference

Downloadable File

Post-16 Committee Terms of Reference

Downloadable File

Governors' Attendance Record 21/22

Downloadable File

Annual Governance Statement 2021/22

Downloadable File

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