School Governance

 

Windy Nook Governing Body Structure

Full Governing Body – We meet as a full governing body twice a term.

Committees

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 Record of Pecuniary Interests

 

Governor Impact Statement 2021-2022

Our governing body remains strong and committed with excellent attendance and representation at FGB and committees.

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Governance-and-Impact-2021-2022

 

Governor Impact Statement 2020-2021

Our governing body remains strong and committed with excellent attendance and representation at FGB and committees.

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Governance and Impact 2020 – 2021

 

Governor Impact Statement 2018-2019

Our governing body remains strong and committed with excellent attendance and representation at FGB and committees.

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Governance and Impact 20182019_

 

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.

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Governance and Impact 20172018

 

Financial Information

Currently at Windy Nook Primary School there are no employees who have a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more in increments of £10,000.

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School Governor Blog

Vacancy for a Parent Governor

Vacancy for a Parent Governor

Wednesday 13th September 2023 Dear Parent/Carer, We have a vacancy for a parent governor on the Governing Body of Windy Nook Primary School. The successful candidate will be expected to attend governors meetings each term (usually 2). These are held in the evening,...

Closing date for parent governors is 31st January 2022

Closing date for parent governors is 31st January 2022

It is not too late if you are wanting to be a part of our school governing body. Please click on the links below for further information or should you require a paper version then just ask at reception: Parent Governor Application Form 2022doc WINDY PARENT...

Parent Governor Vacancy

Parent Governor Vacancy

Tuesday 11th January 2022 Dear Parent/Carer, We have a vacancy for a parent governor on the Governing Body of Windy Nook Primary School. The successful candidate will be expected to attend governors’ meetings each term (usually 2). These are held in the evening,...

Governor update

Governor update

On behalf of the governing body I would like to say a huge thank you to all of our wonderful staff, parents and carers at the end of what has been both a challenging and unsettling week for all. The staff have worked relentlessly to ensure parents and carers have...

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...

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.

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 this 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 and leading maths throughout the school, as well as being UKS2 Phase Leader and Assistant Headteacher. In addition to this, I also oversee the administration aspect of the school website.

Janeisha Sadler

I have been a Parent Governor since November 2018 and recently been re-appointed as Co-opted Governor in November 2022. I am a member of the Resources Committee, and I am link Governor for Health and Wellbeing.

My two sons attend this school and I decided to become a Governor to really throw myself into school life and drive forward building an environment that allows every child to grow and have the school journey they deserve. I have lived experience of having a child with additional needs and a EHCP plan at this school and I also take an active role in the schools PTFA raising funds for additional equipment and experiences for the children

Andrea Preece

I have been teaching for nearly 30 years and have taught at Windy Nook for over 21 years. I am now the school’s SENCo and KS1 Phase Leader. I am also a safeguarding lead and teacher for Looked After Children. Becoming a school governor has given me a fresh perspective on how our school runs and I feel strongly that all children should be excited about learning so that they can achieve their full potential.

Julie Graham

 

I became a school governor in February 2022 and I have one child presently at the school and one who has just left last year, so I have a personal interest in the quality of the education at Windy Nook. I also have two older children who are now adults so I feel that I can appreciate some of the issues that parents come across and as a parent governor I can be a voice for you in school, supporting the teachers to provide an excellent education for your children. I am currently a member of the Curriculum committee and a link governor for this area. I have lived and worked locally for the last 30 years in the Civil Service and bring that wide experience with me to this role.