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Along with the Head Teacher, the Governing body are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. This is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’

The Governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:


  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent


The Governing Body consists of a range of governors from the Gateshead community, the school and specifically from the Bensham community. The following are the current Brighton Avenue Primary School Governors:


Chair of Governors

Ms S Coles


Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs K Holden


Ex Officio

Mrs J Allan


Staff Governor

Mrs J Mowbray


Parent Governors

Miss E Brown

Ms L D'Aronville


LEA  Appointed Governor

Mrs E MacMaster


Co-Opted Governors

Cllr. C Donovan

Mrs A Fountain

Mr C Hart

Mrs S Kilpatrick

Mrs W Buddle



Clerk to the Governing Body:

  • Ms G Docherty


The documents below detail further information relating to the Governing Body including attendance at meetings from September 2022 to July 2023

If you wish to speak with the Chair of Governors, please contact the school office who will arrange for correspondence to be passed on.


Register of Interests 2023-2024