The Governing Body

The school governing body the governing body of this school meets at least once a term, for the scheduled meeting. meetings of sub-committees for staffing, finance, curriculum, premises or management issues also occur.

The governing body consists of:

Chair of Governors

Mr M Hetherington c/o Kells Lane Primary School, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5HX

Headteacher Governor

Mrs A Whistler (Headteacher), Kells Lane Primary School, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5HX

Local Education Authority Representatives

Mr M Hetherington – Chair of Governors

Parent Governors

Mr C Halliwell

Mrs C Norman

Mrs J Robson

Community/Co-opted Governors

Mr S Aspinall (Vice Chair 1)

Mr K Douglas

Cllr F Hindle

Mr S Lilley

Mrs S McGuire

Mr K Wake (Vice Chair 2)

Mrs A Whitehead

Staff Governors

Mrs D Turnbull

Link Inspector

Mr T Nelson

 What do governors do?

All schools have governors to help with the senior leadership of the school. They are involved in key decisions such as setting the school’s aims, strategic planning, appointing teachers, setting school policies and agreeing how the school will spend its budget (they do not decide how much money the school can have, unfortunately).


Parent governors are sometimes asked to pass on complaints. This is not their role, it is much better to talk about issues either in person, by speaking to the headteacher at the gate on any morning or evening, by telephone to the school on 0191 4334140 or by email to


Please note that all parents have access to all governing body minutes, which are stored for this purpose in the general office off the key stage 2 hall along with the school policies.


With reference to charges for the use of the school’s facilities; the school Governing Body have agreed charges for the use of the school’s facilities. These charges are made in accordance with the needs and priorities of the groups wishing to make use of the school as identified by the Governors. Specific charges are available from the Headteacher.