School governors are volunteers, from a wide variety of backgrounds, who have an interest in influencing education and improving outcomes for the children in their local community. Governing bodies are accountable for school performance, curriculum and budgets, for setting school aims/policies and for planning the school’s future direction. Governing bodies are also broadly responsible for ensuring schools provide a good quality education for, and encourage development in, all pupils.
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Bill Muir (Chairman) email@example.com
I worked in the Civil Service for many years then I became a primary school teacher in Newcastle for 25 years then I worked part time for an education union. I have been involved with environmental education and health and safety in education for many years holding both local and national positions.
I have been a school governor in Newcastle for 48 years and have been involved with nine schools ranging from primary, secondary and special. Of those nine schools I have been Chair of six of them. I am proud to say that I have been a governor of Canning Street Primary School for twenty three years.
For many years I have been involved with community groups such as local history groups, resident’s associations and children’s play associations.
I have two grown up children and five grandchildren.
I have always believed that a good education will set you up for life and that it is vital that we give our children the best education possible.
Angela Makepeace (Vice Chair)
I have been in Education, in particular schools, since 1974, first as a Teacher, then as a Senior Manager. I became an Adviser in Hartlepool organising training for Schools, Cluster, Governors and Headteachers both locally and nationally.
Presently, I am the Local Authority Adviser for Newly Qualified Teachers in Primary, Secondary and special school in South Tyneside.
Having been a Governor at Canning Street Primary School since 2001, it is my aim to support the vision of the Governing Body and the staff, in School, to ensure consistently high standards are maintained for all our children.
Louise Cook (Assistant Headteacher)
I joined Canning Street as a KS1 teacher and have enjoyed every moment here. I have worked at Canning Street for nine years and am passionate in our shared aim of improving our children's lives. I am proud to have been part of the changes the school has made over the years and am continually impressed by the dedication and commitment of the staff.
Peter Thomson (Foundation Trust Governor)
I have been a Governor of the school for so long I can barely remember when I started. I was appointed as a Local Authority representative when I was elected to the City Council as Councillor for the Elswick area in 1984 and they still haven't got rid of me; even though I stopped being a Councillor over 10 years ago.
I have worked in theatre, community arts, community development, arts and mental health, and as a consultant. Originally trained as a teacher, I retain a keen interest in education and in the very special challenges Canning Street School has always faced. I am currently Governor lead for Early Years in the school and continue to live within the school's catchment area.
Jill Lyall (Co-Opted Governor)
I trained and then worked as a nurse in Durham. I specialised in Intensive care and worked on the Intensive care and coronary care unit for several years. After getting married and having children I moved to Newcastle. My children attended Canning Street Primary School where I volunteered in school and was elected as a parent governor. I have now worked in the school as a Special Needs Support Assistant for several years and I have continued to be part of the Governing Body, I am currently an Associate governor and serve on several committees for the Governing body.
Through serving the Governing Body I am committed to continuing to raise standards in the school and as a result raising expectations for all pupils who attend Canning Street and helping them to achieve their potential.
Reverend Dominic Coad (Co-opted Governor)