Windy Nook Governing Body Structure
Full Governing Body – We meet as a full governing body twice a term.
Pupils and Curriculum Committee – meets at least once a term, but often more.
Resources Committee – meets at least once a term, but often more.
Personnel Committee, Appeals Committee & Pupil Discipline Committee – meets if required.
Head Teacher Performance Management – meets at the start of the year to set targets for the Head teacher and at the end of the year to review targets.
Appeals Committee – meets if required.
Other Governor roles
GAP – Governor attendance Panel meets at least once a term with parents to discuss particular attendance concerns
GLAM – Governor Leadership and Management meets once a term to keep the Chair and Vice Chair informed of any school developments
Governor Impact Statement 2015-2016
The major concern to the governors is ensuring that our pupils progress appropriately in their education and appreciate that for this to happen the pupils must be supported by a well led, enthusiastic, professionally competent and motivated staff.
For a full copy of this statement please click on the link below
School Governor Blog
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Our newest Governor Kevin Owens took the Governor Induction course on Friday 13th October at the Dryden Centre in Gateshead. “I Thought it was a very useful introduction to the role, and I’m looking forward to applying what I’ve learned.” Kevin...
The governors met on 28th September to carry out our annual self review. We are required to do this every year to ensure we are having an impact and are contributing to school improvement. We are very fortunate to have a strong and committed governing body with a vast...
Governor Membership – Information for School Website September 16 – August 17
Name of School: Windy Nook Primary School
|Governor and Associate Members||Category
|Term of Office||Body Appointed or
Responsibility (if any)
|Mrs Victoria Billings||P||04/04/14-04/04/18||p||Vice Chair of GB
Chair of R Cttee
|R, CS, HPM||2 of 3||5 of 5|
|Mrs Lynn Coulson||C||04/02/16-04/02/20||GB||R, CS||3 of 3||4 of 6|
|Mr Stuart Davidson||C||01/11/16-01/11/20||GB||R||2 of 3||1 of 2|
|Mrs Lucie Forrest||HT||Ex Officio||R, CS||3 of 3||6 of 6|
|Mr Kevin Hawdon||C||17/04/13-17/04/21||GB||R||3 of 3||2 of 3|
|Mrs Rachel Hocking||S||20/09/15-20/09/19||S||CS||2 of 3||1 of 3|
|Mr Gordon Matchett||C||04/02/16-04/02/20||GB||R||2 of 3||3 of 3|
|Mr John McGagh||C||29/09/16-29/09/20||GB||CS||3 of 3||2 of 3|
|Cllr Rachel Mullen||LA||15/12/15-15/12/19||GB (from LA nomination)||CS||2 of 3||2 of 3|
|Mr Andrew Murray
|C||26/03/14-26/03/18||GB||CS||2 of 3||1 of 1|
|Mr Kevin Owens||C||06/07/17-06/07/21||GB||Not applic yet||1 of 1|
|Mrs Julie Wiper||P
|Chair of GB
Chair of C cttee
|R, CS, HPM||3 of 3||7 of 7|
Head Teacher (HT)Staff (S)Parent (P)Co-opted (C)Local Auth (LA)
Governing Body (GB)
Parents – elected (P)
Staff – elected (S)
Head Teacher =Ex Officio
Head & Deputy Appointments – Full Governing Body
Curriculum & Standards (CS)
Pupil Discipline – any governor not involved in the original decision process
Appeals & Complaints – any governor not involved in the original decision process
Head Teacher Perf Mgt (HPM)
Hi, I am Julie Wiper, current chair of governors at Windy Nook. I was elected as a parent governor in October 2013 and in September 2016 took on the role of chair following election by the governing body. I have two children at Windy Nook and live locally so have a personal interest in the school. I am committed to supporting the school and work of the head teacher and management team to ensure that together we are providing the best possible education for the children at Windy Nook.
I chair the pupils and curriculum committee and I am also part of the resources committee and the designated governor for health and safety. I am regularly in school for governor monitoring. I particularly enjoy this part of the governance role as it involves talking to the children and teachers about a whole host of areas that collectively form objectives on our Windy Nook School Development Plan. As governors we are required to scrutinise, challenge and really understand the desired outcomes and thinking behind the Schools development Plan. The children at Windy Nook are always a joy to chat to and are very eloquent. They are a true representation of what this school is really all about.
My professional background is in the NHS, I qualified in 1996 as a podiatrist, in 2008 I moved into a more specialised role within Diabetes, managing complications of the lower limb and foot. The skills I bring to the governing body include leadership and management experience, organisational skills, risk assessment, project management and knowledge of safeguarding.
Being a governor is a very rewarding job, seeing and understanding what goes on behind the scenes to enable our school to run effectively and be accountable is quite remarkable. Our current team of governors are extremely dedicated and provide a vast skill mix to facilitate effective challenge, drive change and continually improve Windy Nook School.
I have been a community governor since February 2016. As a member of St Alban’s church for most of my life I am keen to continue the links between church and school. Windy Nook’s Christmas Carol service is one of the best attended events in the church year and we also enjoy welcoming pupils and parents to the Easter service. This year has seen the development of a wildflower garden around the perimeter of the churchyard and the school has been actively involved in the planting. We can’t wait for the first daffodils and then wild flowers this Spring.
I retired in Summer 2015 after teaching for over 20 years. I started my career in primary education (including two terms at Windy Nook) before moving into Special Educational Needs which saw me spend most of my career in an 11 – 16 secondary school in Consett. I specialised in assessing and teaching students with dyslexia which also involved training other staff.
Later in my career I became a Head of Year, responsible for pastoral care of a year group as well as monitoring their learning.
I am keen to continue my involvement in education and see the early years of a child’s learning journey as vital to their future achievement.
Windy Nook is a vibrant, successful school with a committed and caring staff and I am privileged to be a governor.
I became a co-opted governor in February 2016. I am member of the resourcing and finance committee, as well as the governor linked to the Governor Attendance Panel.
I am a contracting project manager and have worked across various companies in the North East, mainly focussing transformational change programs drive by IT changes.
I have two daughters, one at Kells Lane Primary school and the other starting in Sept 2017.
I’m a recently appointed co-opted Governor who lives local to the school with my wife and two young sons. I am passionate about the life chances of the young people in our area and very much look forward to playing an active part in the life of such a vibrant and happy school. I work with computers and software in education and hope to be able to use that experience to help our school make best use of new technologies and software and also to assist in getting the very best value from suppliers and systems through my membership of the resources committee.
I became a co – opted governor in September 2016. I am married with two primary aged daughters. Professionally, I worked for many years in arts development: with New Writing North, Live Theatre, Durham Literature Festival and then developing creative projects in schools across the North East with the Creative Partnerships programme (Arts Council England).
Recently I have been involved in developing website content and I am treasurer for the PTA at Rowlands Gill Primary School. In my role as school governor, I would like to make a difference to the learning experiences and ultimately life chances of children in Gateshead.
My name is Rachel Mullen, I am a local authority governor and have sat on the governing body since December 2015, I contribute to the Pupils and Curriculum committee. I have a background of being a union representative within my place of work, and also sit on the executive council of that union which I believe has given me the confidence to ask questions and raise queries when necessary. Since I have sat on the governing body I have also been elected as a Councillor for Windy Nook and Whitehills, the ward in which the school is placed.
I became a school governor back in April 2013. As a full time classroom teacher I thought that this would give me a different perspective of how the school works. Both of my daughters attended tis school, therefore I have some understanding of what it is like being a parent at Windy Nook as well. Currently I am working in year 6 with a temporary TLR leading maths throughout the school. In addition to this I also oversee the administration aspect of the school website.
My name is Victoria Billings. My daughter is currently in Y3 and thoroughly enjoys school. I have been a teacher for 24 years. I moved up to Newcastle study teaching at university and never left. I believe that all children deserve a well-rounded education where they can thrive and reach their full potential. As a governor, I enjoy being part of a team, ensuring the school’s vision is fulfilled and supporting and driving Windy Nook Primary School forward.
I’m a recently appointed co-opted governor, and I’m looking forward to doing all I can to support this school. I live locally with my wife and 2 young children, my eldest has just started in Reception class. I’m passionate about helping young people to fulfil their ambition and potential, so I’m very happy to be in this role and will work hard to help the school any way I can.
I run a video production company in Gateshead, so I’m hoping that my general skills and experience of running a business can offer a different perspective to the governing board. My main skill set is around technology and media, which I’m hoping I can use to bring a positive and direct impact to the school.
Governor Record of Pecuniary Interests
Windy Nook Primary School
Disclosures by members of the Governing Body of the above named school of pecuniary interest in contracts, proposed contracts or other matters
|Name of Governor||Date of Disclosure||Whether disclosure made at Governors’ meeting or other occasion||Nature of interest / Business relationship with company or personal
(including membership of other Governing Bodies and relationships with members of staff)
|Victoria Billings||30/3/17||Governing Body||None||Victoria Billings|
|Rachel Hocking||6/7/17||Governing Body||None||Rachel Hocking|
|Lucie Forrest||13/2/17||Governing Body||None||Lucie Forrest|
|Julie Wiper||30/3/17||Governing Body||None||Julie Wiper|
|Kevin Hawdon||13/2/17||Governing Body||None||Kevin Hawdon|
|Andrew Murray – resigned 31/8/17||13/10/15||Governing Body||Now a member of the teaching staff||Andrew Murray|
|John McGagh||13/10/16||Governing Body||None||John McGagh|
|Gordon Matchett||7/2/17||Other occasion||None||Gordon Matchett|
|Lynn Coulson||7/2/17||Other occasion||None||Lynn Coulson|
|Rachel Mullen||6/7/17||Other occasion||None – declared local councillor||Rachel Mullen|