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.

The backgrounds and interests of our current governors can be found here;
Governor Biographys

Board of Governors

Governor &
associate members
Category Term of
office start
Term of
office expires
Body appointed
or elected by
Position of
Mr Alf Evans S 01/05/2015 01/05/2019 GB R, CS 8/8
Cllr. Michael Hood P 15/03/2016 15/03/2020 EX R 2/2
Mrs Lynn Turner Observer EX R 8/8
Ms Sue Murphy C / HS 01/05/2015 01/05/2019 EX R, CS 7/8
Mrs Michelle Richards Executive HT 01/05/2015 01/05/2019 EX CS, HSPM, WCM 8/8
Mr William Liddy C 01/05/2015 01/05/2019 GB R, CS, WCM 8/8
Mr Stephen Dodd S 01/05/2015 01/05/2019 S 4/8
Mr Ken Childs C 08/12/2015 08/12/2019 GB Vice Chair CS, HTPM 8/8
Mr David Kennedy C 01/05/2015 01/05/2019 GB Chair R, HTPM 8/8
Key: Head Teacher (HT)
Head of School (HS)
Staff (S)
Parent (P)
Co-opted (C)
Foundation (F)
Local Auth (LA)
Associate (A)
Diocese (D)
Local Authority (LA)
Governing Body (GB)
Elected by Parents (P)
Elected By Staff (S)
Resources (R)
Curriculum & Standards (CS)
Headteacher PM (HTPM)
Head Of School PM (HSPM)
Welfare Care & Monitoring (WCM)
Pupil Discipline (PD)
Appeals & Complaints (AC) = all governors not involved in original decision making decisions
Admissions (A)


Register of Pecuniary Interests

Governor &
associate members
business interests
Other educational
establishments governed
Relationship with members
of school staff
Mr Alf Evans None None None 08/07/2015
Cllr. Michael Hood None Lord Lawson Academy None 15/03/2016
Mrs Lynn Turner None None None 18/06/2015
Ms Sue Murphy None None None 18/06/2015
Mrs Michelle Richards None Eslington Primary School None 01/09/2015
Mr William Liddy None None None 08/07/2015
Mr Stephen Dodd None None None 17/06/2015
Mr Ken Childs None Eslington Primary School None 20/06/2015
Mr David Kennedy None Vice Chair at Eslington Primary School, Bede Community Primary School None 09/08/2015