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Governing Body Information

The purpose of the Governing Body is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.  Its three core strategic functions are:

 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

The DfE publishes financial benchmarking information about schools. To view the financial information for our school, please follow the link below

The following are Governors at our school:-

  • Councillor Christine Bell - Authority Governor
  • Mr Neil Bell - Staff Governor and Deputy Head Teacher
  • Mrs Lyndsey Hocking - Parent Governor
  • Mr Liam Smith - Associate Governor and Middle Leader
  • Rev. Stephen Martin - Co-opted Governor
  • Mrs Julie McDonald - Co-opted Governor and Middle Leader
  • Mrs Christine Oliver - Parent Governor and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body
  • Mrs Joanne Shaw - Head Teacher
  • Mrs Jeanette Stephenson - Co-opted Governor
  • Mrs Angela Sterling – Co-opted Governor
  • Mr Andrew Whitehead - Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Governing Body

 

Historical Members:

  • Mr Tatenda Munodawafa - 6th January 2023
  • Mrs Katherine Hardy - January 2023

Andrew Whitehead - Chair of the Governing Body

  • A Co-opted Governor
  • Date of Appointment: 23rd January 2021
  • Term of office end date - 6th December 2024
  • A member of the following committees - Staffing, Curriculum and Standards and Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Voting rights on all committees named above
  • Register of interests - Married to Lynn Whitehead-Lewis, School Counsellor 

Christine Oliver - Vice-Chair of the Governing Body

  • A parent Governor
  • Date of Appointment: 1st December 2020
  • Term of office end date - 30th November 2024
  • A member of the following committees - Finance and Chair of Staffing
  • Voting rights on all committees named above
  • Register of interests - None

 

I have two children attending Catchgate Primary School.  I am keen to be involved in the role of Governor and support the school in ensuring our children receive the best education possible.  I believe every child matters, every child deserves the opportunity to receive a high quality education and every child should be inspired to be the best possible version of themselves.

Joanne E. Shaw - Head Teacher

  • Staff Governor and Head Teacher
  • Date of Appointment: 1st September 2007
  • Term of office end date - NA
  • A member of the following committees - Curriculum and Standards, Staffing and Finance and Premises
  • Voting rights on all committees named above
  • Register of interests - Wife of Steve Shaw, Teaching Assistant and sister of Lynn Whitehead-Lewis, School Counsellor

 

I have worked at Catchgate Primary School since September 2007 and have been a Governor for many years both at Catchgate and at a previous school in East Durham.  I have been a teacher for 26 years and have worked in 3 other schools across the county.  I love my job and adore working with the children and pupils as well as the staff and parents.  It is my role to prepare reports and information to present to Governors at meetings as well as keeping them informed of events and activities when they call into school to carry out their duties.  The Governors at our school are very pro-active - they know what is expected and required of them and they hold myself and senior leaders very accountable for the progress of each and every child.

Neil Bell - Deputy Head Teacher

  • A Staff Governor who was elected by staff in school.
  • Deputy Head Teacher
  • Date of Appointment: 1st September 2012
  • Term of office end date - 12th January 2025
  • A member of the following committee - Curriculum and Standards
  • Voting rights on all committees named above
  • Register of interests - None declared

 

I have been a staff governor since 2012 when I joined the school as Deputy Head.  During this time I have led on Mathematics, ICT/Computing and Assessment. Prior to my governor role here at Catchgate, I held a post of staff governor for 8 years in my previous school. I enjoy my role in school as I get to see the progress made not just for my class but for the whole school. I see it as my job to ensure that staff are challenging our children enough to meet their potential and that we have enough information about the children to enable us as educators to do that. I enjoy the challenge that being a staff governor can bring as we give updates on progress and are questioned about the information we present.

Julie McDonald - Co-opted Governor

  • A co-opted Governor
  • Key Stage 1 Leader
  • Date of Appointment: 31st August 2019
  • Term of office end date - 2nd September 2027
  • A member of the following committees -  Finance and Premises and Staffing.
  • GDPR Data Protection Officer
  • Voting rights on the committee named above
  • Register of interests - None declared

 

I have worked at Catchgate Primary School for over 30 years and I am still passionate about my job and keen for all the children in my care, to meet their potential in all areas of school life. I have taught in all year groups across the school and have been co-ordinator for RE, History, Geography, Maths and English throughout the years. I am now Curriculum Lead for the foundation subjects and SENCO. I am Staff Governor and as such represent the views of all members of our increasing staff.

Lyndsey Hocking

  • A Parent Governor who was elected by parents in school
  • Date of Appointment: 24th February 2021
  • Term of office end date - 10th May 2027
  • A member of the following committee - Curriculum and Standards
  • Voting rights on all committees named above
  • Register of interests - None declared

Councillor Christine Bell

  • An Authority Governor
  • Date of Appointment: 2nd July 2021
  • Term of office end date - 1st May 2022
  • A member of the following committee - None
  • Voting rights on all committees named above
  • Register of interests - None

Mrs Jeanette Stephenson

  • A Co-opted Governor
  • Date of Appointment: 3rd May 2023
  • Term of office end date - 2nd May 2027
  • A member of the following committee - Staffing
  • Voting rights on all committees named above
  • Register of interests - None

Mrs Angela Stirling

  • A Co-opted Governor
  • Date of Appointment: 16th May 2022
  • Term of office end date - 15th May 2026
  • A member of the following committee - Curriculum and standards, finance and staffing
  • Voting rights on all committees named above
  • Register of interests - Owner of Lingotots, company who provide MFL teachers to school. 

Meeting Dates 2023-2024

 

Attendance at Governor meetings 2023 - 2024

Full Governing Body Meetings

Governor

19th October 2023

15th February 2024

16th May 2024

Christine Bell

Did no attend – no apologies received

 

 

Neil Bell

Attended

 

 

Lyndsey Hocking

Attended

 

 

Laura Laws

Resigned from GB

 

 

Stephen Martin

Attended

 

 

Julie McDonald

Attended

 

 

Christine Oliver

Attended

 

 

Joanne Shaw

Attended

 

 

Liam Smith

Not yet on GB

 

 

Jeanette Stephenson

Attended

 

 

Angela Sterling

Attended

 

 

Andrew Whitehead

Attended

 

 

 

Staffing Committee

Governor

10th October 2023

Laura Laws

Apologies accepted

Julie McDonald

Attended

Christine Oliver

Apologies accepted

Joanne Shaw

Attended

Andrew Whitehead

Attended

 

 

 

Finance and Premises

Governor

14th November 2023

Julie McDonald

Apologies accepted

Christine Oliver

Apologies accepted

Joanne Shaw

Attended

Angela Sterling

Attended

Andrew Whitehead

Attended

 

 

 

Curriculum and standards

Governor

14th November 2023

Neil Bell

Attended

Lyndsey Hocking

Attended

Julie McDonald

Apologies accepted

Joanne Shaw

Attended

Angela Sterling

Attended

Andrew Whitehead

Attended

 

Please read the document below to see the planned dates of all Governing Body meetings throughout this school year.

How To Become A School Governor

If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.

 

Or, you can contact school on 01207 234252 or fill in the form below and a member of the school's Leadership Team will get back to you.

Governor interest contact form

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