School Governance


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 2017-2018

The major concern to the governing body at Windy Nook Primary is ensuring that our pupils progress in their education. Governors 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 please click on the link below:

Governance and Impact 20172018



School Governor Blog

Monitoring of History and Geography

Monitoring of History and Geography

One of the best bits of being a school governor is having the opportunity to speak to the children about their experiences of learning at Windy Nook. I recently visited school to monitor how History and Geography are delivered and this began with a discussion with...

Governor viewpoint – Ford Castle Residential

Governor viewpoint – Ford Castle Residential

This week I was lucky enough to accompany year 6 on their residential to Ford Castle and it was absolutely fantastic! The adventure started on Monday morning , the excitement from the children on approaching the castle was a delight to see. After lunch and an hour...



As a parent as well as a Governor, it's great to get the opportunity to see the students enjoying an activity during a school day. Today was the culmination of Science week, and myself and many parents/carers queued up waiting for a chance to see the students...

Panto Time!

Panto Time!

As Governors we are always looking for ways we can help the school either with the daily learning or after school events. I was lucky enough to be able to support the recent Year 6 Pantomime by using some of the Technical equipment we have available at Heworth Grange,...

Governor filming visit

Governor filming visit

Today in Tulips, we had the opportunity to work with one of our governors, Kevin Owens from Your Film. Kevin was kind enough to give up his time and bring his film-making equipment to record our battle cry speeches using a green screen. Here are some photographs of...

Governor Induction Course

Governor Induction Course

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 Owens

Governor Membership – Information for School Website September 18 – August 19
Name of School: Windy Nook Primary School


Governor and Associate Members Category

(see notes)

Term of Office Body Appointed or

Elected by

Position of

Responsibility (if any)



(see notes)

Attendance Academic

Year 17/18



Committee Meetings


Mrs Victoria Billings P 04/04/18-04/04/22 P Vice Chair of GB

Chair of R Cttee

R, CS, HPM 3 of 3 5 of 5
Mrs Lynn Coulson C 04/02/16-04/02/20 GB R, CS 3 of 3 5 of 5
Mr Stuart Davidson C 01/11/16-01/11/20 GB R 2 of 3 2 of 3
Mrs Lucie Forrest HT Ex Officio R, CS 3 of 3 5 of 5
Mr Kevin Hawdon C 17/04/13-17/04/21 GB R 2 of 3 2 of 3
Mrs Rachel Hocking S 20/09/15-20/09/19 S CS 3 of 3 2 of 2
Mr Gordon Matchett C 04/02/16-04/02/20 GB R 2 of 3 2 of 3
Mr John McGagh C 29/09/16-29/09/20 GB CS 2 of 3 1 of 2
Cllr  Rachel Mullen LA 15/12/15-15/12/19 GB (from LA nomination) CS 3 of 3 1 of 2
Mr Kevin Owens C 06/07/17-06/07/21 GB 2 of 3 0 of 2
Mrs Julie Wiper P
Effective 01/09/17
Chair of GB

Chair of C cttee

R, CS, HPM 2 of 3 5 of 5
Mrs Janeisha Sadler P 29/11/18- 29/11/22 p R NA NA
Head Teacher (HT)Staff (S)

Parent (P)

Co-opted (C)

Local Auth (LA)
Associate (A)

Governing Body (GB)
Parents – elected (P)
Staff – elected (S)
Head Teacher =Ex Officio

Head & Deputy Appointments – Full Governing Body

Resources (R)

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)



Rachel Hocking

For the past seven years it has been my privileged to be Deputy Head at Windy Nook. I am passionate about making a difference to every single child in our care. I truly believe every child has the right to be the best they possibly can be and it is our job ,as facilitators of education, to unlock their potential, nurture their skills and release their ambitions. It is a joy to watch children flourish and to know that we can make a difference to the future generation is an honour.
My role as a deputy takes many forms. I have teaching responsibilities on a morning. This enables me to have first-hand experiences within teaching and learning. Therefore, allowing me to empathise with colleagues and have a critical understanding when monitoring teaching and learning. I am responsible for the curriculum and assessment across school and Pupil Premium. As part of the curriculum, we strive to ensure visits are integrated into the academic year. Ensuring such visits are conducted safely also falls into my role as Events and Visits Coordinator. I am also Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer.
As a staff governor, I work hard to ensure Governors are up to date with developments in school and have a clear understanding of what has happened across the curriculum.
Away from school, I am enthusiastic about cooking, leading a healthy lifestyle and keeping fit. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two young boys.

Julie Wiper

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.


Lynn Coulson

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.


Gordon Matchett

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.


Stuart Davidson

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.


John McGagh

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.


Rachel Mullen

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.


Kevin Hawdon

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.


Victoria Billings

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.

Kevin Owens

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.

Janeisha Sadler



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 24/5/18 Governing Committee meeting None Victoria Billings
Rachel Hocking 29/11/18 FGB  meeting On Rowlands Gill Primary Governing Body Rachel Hocking
Lucie Forrest 7/06/18 Governing Committee meeting None Lucie Forrest
Julie Wiper 13/07/18 Other occasion None Julie Wiper
Kevin Hawdon 7/06/18 Other occasion None Kevin Hawdon
Kevin Owens 13/7/18 Other occasion None Kevin Owens
John McGagh 24/5/18 Governing Committee meeting None John McGagh
Gordon Matchett 10/7/18 Governing Committee meeting None Gordon Matchett
Lynn Coulson 24/5/18 Governing Committee meeting None Lynn Coulson
Rachel Mullen 24/5/18 Governing Committee meeting Local Councillor Rachel Mullen
Stuart Davidson 7/6/18 Governing Committee meeting None Stuart Davidson
Michelle Gerry 7/6/18 Other occasion None Michelle Gerry
Janeisha Sadler 29/11/18 FGB meeting None Janeisha Sadler


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