Primary School

Governing Body

Our governing body consists of up to sixteen members, including the head teacher. Governors are representatives from the staff – both teaching and non-teaching, parents and the community.

The Governing Body meets each term.

 NameGoverning BodyTitle
Mrs Emma LaidlerChairCommunity Governor
Mrs Helen OwenMemberHeadteacher
Ms Carole JonesMemberCommunity Governor
Mrs Grace MitchellMemberParent Governor
Mr James GilroyMemberParent Governor
Mrs Louise TarranMemberCommunity Governor
Mrs Michelle BestMemberStaff Governor
Mrs Clare TeasdaleMemberStaff Governor

Other Committees meet when required and are as follows:

    NamePupil Care and DisciplineStaffing Issues (including – Redundancy/Capability/Dismissal Procedures ComplaintsPay and Performance Review
Mrs Clare Teasdale – – – –
Mrs Emma LaidlerMemberDismissal CommitteeAppeal Committe – –
Mrs Helen OwenAdvisory – – –
Ms Carole Jones – – – –
Mr James GilroyMemberHearing CommitteeMemberMember
Mrs Grace Mitchell – – – –
Mrs Michelle Best – – – –
Mrs Louise Tarran – – – –


From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish on their website, information about their governors:

Name, Category & Appointing Body Term of Office Official Responsibility Attendance at Governing Body Nature of Interest Resignation Date
        Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1) Governor in another school/education establishment Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)      

Mrs Helen Owen

Head teacher  

01/09/2011 Head teacher 6/6 Nil Nil Nil N/A

Mrs Michelle Best

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff  

23/09/2019 – 22/09/2023 N/A 4/6 Nil Nil Nil N/A

Mrs Claire Moore

Co-opted/Community Governor

Appointed by GB/LGB  

27/06/2019 – 26/06/2023 Chair 6/6 Director of School House Recruitment Nil Finance Director of School House Recruitment – Husband (Paul Moore)   Resigned 31.08.20

Mrs Alison Nicol,

Parent Governor,

Appointed by Parents

21/12/2015 – 20/12/2019 N/A 2/6 Nil Nil Nil End of term of office 20/12/2019

Mrs Joanne Smith

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

23.10.2018 – 22.10.2022 N/A 2/6 Nil Nil Nil Resigned 16.01.20

Mrs Grace Mitchell

Parent Governor,

Appointed by Parents

22.06.2018 – 21/06/2022 N/A 5/6 Nil Governor of Linthorpe Community Primary Nil N/A

Mrs Carole Jones

Co-opted/Community Governor

Appointed by GB/LGB

22.05.2018 – 21/05/2022 N/A 0/6 Nil Nil Nil N/A

Mrs Clare Bollands

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

23.10.2018 – 22.10.2022 N/A 2/6 Nil Nil Nil Resigned 16.01.20

Ms Clare Teasdale

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

16/07/2019 – 15/07/2023 N/A 6/6 Nil Nil Nil N/A

Dr Arshid Murad

Parent Governor,

Appointed by Parents

27/03/2019 – 26/03/2023 N/A 4/6 Nil Nil Nil Resigned 21.01.21

Mrs Emma Laidler

Parent/Community Governor,

Appointed by Parents/ LGB

27/03/2019 – 26/03/2023 Chair 6/6 Nil Nil Nil N/A

Mr James Gilroy

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parents

19/12/2019 – 18/12/2023 Vice Chair 4/4 Nil Nil Nil N/A

Mrs Louise Tarran

Community Governor

Appointed by the Trust

25/02/2020 – 24/02/2024 N/A 2/2 Nil Nil Nil N/A


Governors must declare any relevant business interests as well as the details of any other educational establishments they govern.  The register must also set out any relationships between governors and members of the schools staff including spouses, partners and relatives.  It is important to address any perception of a conflict of interests by making clear where such potential personal or pecuniary interests might apply; this might be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school or the Council when dealing with outside organisations or individuals.

Note 1.           Pecuniary interest includes current employment, businesses (of which partner/proprietor), company directorship, charity trusteeship and other conflict.

Note 2.           Personal Interests can also include business involvement/company directorship or trusteeships or family or close connections to the governor (for example a company the school might have contracts with).

Examples (potential conflicts):

The register of governor interests must also include details of attendance record at the governing body meetings and committees over the year and reviewed and updated on an annual basis indicating also when a governor steps down.

Associate governors must be included on the register and it should be clear when they have voting rights.

The school is required to maintain a similar register of staff interests that should also be reviewed annually – as specified in the NCC code of conduct.  Staff had previously been included with the governor’s declarations but in light of the governing body register of interests being required to be published on the school web site, a separate register should be drawn up.  Staff governors will need to be included on both registers.