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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

Mrs S Coles


Vice Chair of Governors



Ex Officio

Mrs J Allan


Staff Governor

Mrs J Mowbray


Parent Governors

Mr R Grant

Miss S Collier

Mrs J Welsh 


LEA  Appointed Governor

Mrs E MacMaster


Co-Opted Governors

Mrs K Hayward (Resigned 2020)

Cllr. C Donovan

Mr C Hart

Ms K Holden

Mrs C Murphy-Morgan



Clerk to the Governing Body:

  • Ms G Docherty


The table below details further information relating to the Governing Body including attendance at meetings from September 2018 to July 2019

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


Brighton Avenue Primary School – Governor Membership 2019-2020


Governor and

Associate Member


(see notes)

Term of Office

Body Appointed /

Elected By

Position of


(if any) 



(see notes)


Mrs J Allan

HT    01/09/12 - Ex Officio HT GC, R, AC 3 of 3
Mrs S Coles C 18/06/18 - 17/06/22 GB Chair of GB GC, FC, HPM 2 of 3
Cllr E McMaster LA 03/12/16-02/12/20 LA Vice Chair of GB GC, FC, HPM, R,AC 2 of 3
Cllr C Donovan C 20/11/17-19/11/21 GB   GC, FC, AC 2 of 3

Mrs K Hayward

C 06/03/19-05/03/23 GB   R, GC 2 of 3
Mr C Hart C 06/03/19-05/03/23 GB   GC,R 3 of 3
Mrs K Holden C 06/03/19-05/03/23 GB   GC 3 of 3
Mr R Grant P 29/11/16-28/11/20 Parents   GC,FC,AC 3 of 3
Mrs C Murphy-Morgan C 06/03/19-05/03/23 Parents   GC 1 of 3
Mrs J Mowbray S 09/11/16-08/11/20 Staff   R, GC 3 of 3
Miss S Collier P   29/01/18 - 28/01/22 Parents   GC,FC,R,AC 2 of 3
Mrs J Welsh P 29/01/18 - 28/01/22 Parents   GC,FC,R,AC 2 of 3



Staff (S)

Parent (P)

Co-opted (C)

Foundation (F)

Local Auth (LA)
Associate (A)



Resources (R)

Governor Challenge incorporating Curriculum & Data (GC)

First Committe (Complaints, exclusions, reorganisation, disciplinary etc) (FC)

Head Teacher PM (HPM)

Appeals & Complaints (AC)

Admissions (A)

Head/Deputy Appointments – Full Governing Body