Whitley Bay High School

Governors at WBHS challenge and support the Leadership Team to provide the very best education for all students.

Governors

Governors at Whitley Bay High School play a key role in ensuring that the school provides the best possible education for every child through a balance of support and challenge to the leadership of the school.

Whitley Bay High School Governors help to set the school priorities through methodical analysis of outcome data and other more subjective measures of success. This helps Governors to collaboratively work with school leaders to drive improvement to ensure Whitley Bay High School remains an outstanding school for its students.

The Governing Body at Whitley Bay High School helps to ensure the school provides a broad and balanced curriculum to allow students to develop personally and academically throughout their time at the school. This allows our students to progress onto a variety of different destinations at both Post 16 and Post 18 level.

Our Governing Body consists of a highly skilled group of individuals who have volunteered to bring their professional background and knowledge to the school to help support the school leadership to deliver the highest quality education for the students at Whitley Bay High School.  

The role of a governor, alongside attending a Full Governing Body meeting every half-term, also includes being a member of one of the sub committees. These are Curriculum and Student Affairs, Staffing and Finance and Premises. These committees also meet every half-term.

This is only a brief introduction to the requirements of being a governor and more information (including website compliance governor information), can be found in this section of the website, but also by contacting Jackie Patterson Clerk to the Governing Body at jackie.patterson@whitleybayhighschool.org 

If you are interested in becoming a governor please also contact Jackie at the school on 0191 731 70 70.

Committee Membership 2018-19

Full Governing Body

Chair Helen Thompson (Co-opted Governor) Vice Chair Paul Allen (Parent Governor)

Curriculum and Student Affairs Committee

  • Chair John Evans (Parent Governor)
  • Vice Chair Omar Mohamdee (Co-opted Governor)
  • Janice Burrow (Staff Governor)
  • Caron Pearson (Safeguarding/Child Protection Governor) (Parent Governor)
  • Joan Bloomfield (Foundation Governor)
  • Chris Tipple (SEN/PP Governor) (Foundation Governor)

+ Linda Buckle, James Mackenzie, Rachel Thurlow, Sarah Lackenby (Leadership Team)

(5 non-staff Governors)

Finance and Premises Committee

  • Chair Peter Berry (Co-opted Governor)
  • Vice Chair Nick Wright (Co-opted Governor)
  • Lawrence Fletcher (Parent Governor)
  • Gareth Gaston (Co-opted Governor)
  • David Grigg (Parent Governor)
  • Paul Mitchell (Co-opted Governor)
  • Sharon Armstrong (Co-opted Governor)

+ Natalie Thorne, Steve Williams (Leadership Team)

(7 non-staff Governors)

Staffing Committee

  • Chair Paul Allen (Parent Governor) 
  • Vice Chair Naomi Oosman-Watts (Co-opted Governor) 
  • Paul Ridley (Parent Governor)
  • Adam Rule (Co-opted Govenor)
  • Jonathan Mathews (LA Governor)

+ Steve Wilson, Andy Sherlaw (Leadership Team)

(4 non-staff Governors)

Key: 

  • Co-opted Governor – attached to GB for the skill set they offer 
  • Foundation Governor – appointed by North Tyneside Learning Trust. Will be invited to NTLT events and may report back/update Governors. 4 year term 
  • LA Governor – appointed by the Local Authority on a 4 year term

 

WHITLEY BAY HIGH SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY – REGISTER OF INTERESTS (as of December 2018) 

 

TYPE OF GOVERNOR/ 
NAME 
OCCUPATION 
PECUNIARY INTEREST 
CONFLICTING INTEREST 
BUSINESS INTEREST OF IMMEDIATE FAMILY 
GOVERNOR OF ANOTHER ESTABLISHMENT 
Mr Paul Allen 
Vice Chair of Governors 
Chair of Staffing Committee 
(Parent Governor) 
 
Company Co-ordinator 
Landlord Tap Limited 
None 
None 
None 
Nil 
Ms Sharon Armstrong 
(Co-opted Governor) 
 
Teaching School Manager 
Whitley Bay High School 
None 
None 
None 
Nil 
Mr Peter Berry 
Chair of Finance & Premises Committee 
(Co-opted Governor) 
 
Management Consultant 
Avoca 
None 
None 
None 
Nil 
Mrs Joan Bloomfield 
(Foundation Governor) 
Education Consultant 
North Tyneside Learning Trust 
 
None 
None 
None  
Nil 
Mrs Janice Burrow 
(Staff Governor) 
 
Teacher  
Whitley Bay High School 
None 
None 
None 
Nil 
Mr John Evans 
Chair of Curriculum & Student Affairs Committee 
(Parent Governor) 
 
Company Director 
The Whitley Bay Treehouse Limited 
TH2 Ltd t/a Kiki’s Kabin 
None 
None 
Karen Evans 
The Whitley Bay Treehouse Limited 
TH2 Ltd t/a Kiki’s Kabin 
Nil 
Mr Lawrence Fletcher 
(Parent Governor) 
Chartered Accountant 
Northern Powergrid 
Trustee of Whitley Bay Rockliffe Rugby Football Foundation Limited 
 
None 
None 
Nil 
Mr Gareth Gaston 
(Co-opted Governor) 
Branch Manager 
Vision for Education 
 
Vision for Education Shareholder 
None 
None 
Nil 
Mr David Grigg 
(Parent Governor) 
 
Retired Principal 
None 
None 
None 
John Spence High School  
Mr Jonathan Mathews 
(Local Authority Governor) 
 
Commercial Director 
Protirus UK Ltd 
None 
None 
None 
 
Mr Paul Mitchell 
(Co-opted Governor) 
 
Higher Education Consultant 
Mega Mitchell Consulting Limited 
None 
None 
Jane Mitchell - Teacher 
Nil 
Dr Omar Mohamdee 
Vice Chair of Curriculum & Student Affairs Committee 
(Co-opted Governor) 
Retired Histopathologist 
None 
None 
None 
Nil 
Mrs Naomi Oosman-Watts 
Vice Chair of Staffing Committee 
(Co-opted Governor) 
 
Assistant Director 
Careers 
Newcastle University 
None 
None 
None 
Nil 
Mrs Caron Pearson   
(Safeguarding/Child Protection Governor) 
(Parent Governor) 
 
Careers Adviser 
Newcastle University 
None 
None 
Miss Jenna Pearson 
Civil Service 
Nil 
Mr Paul Ridley 
(Parent Governor) 
 
Senior Internal Auditor 
Newcastle City Council 
None 
None 
None 
Nil 
Mr Adam Rule 
(Co-opted Governor) 
Teacher  
Whitley Bay High School 
 
None 
None 
None 
Nil 
Mrs Helen Thompson 
Chair of Governors 
(Co-opted Governor) 
Training Consultant 
ITEC NE 
None 
None 
Mr Jeff Thompson 
Training Consultant 
Thompson Twins Ltd. 
 
Nil 
Mr Christopher Tipple 
(SEN/PP Governor) 
(Foundation Governor) 
 
Retired 
None 
None 
None 
Nil 
Mr Steve Wilson 
Headteacher 
Whitley Bay High School 
 
 
 
 
 
Mr Nick Wright 
(Co-opted Governor) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IN ATTENDANCE 
 
 
 
 
 
Ms Linda Buckle 
Deputy Headteacher 
Whitley Bay High School 
 
 
 
 
 
Mr Andy Sherlaw 
Deputy Headteacher 
Whitley Bay High School 
 
 
 
 
 
Ms Natalie Thorne 
School Business Leader 
Whitley Bay High School 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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