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;
or elected by
|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|
Head Teacher (HT)
Head of School (HS)
Local Auth (LA)
Local Authority (LA)
Governing Body (GB)
Elected by Parents (P)
Elected By Staff (S)
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
|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|