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Meet our Local Governing Committee....
Mrs Barbara Simpson

Chair of Governing Commitee - Foundation

My name is Barbara Simpson and I am the chair of governors here at St Cuthbert’s. I am also a volunteer for CAFOD so you may have seen me leading assemblies in school too! I was the Head teacher of another St Cuthbert’s school in Durham before retiring to the local area, so I have lots of experience and knowledge which I use to help this school. Please say hello if you see me around or if you have any questions or suggestions.

Mr Peter Johnson

Vice Chair - Foundation

Hi, my name is Peter Johnson. I have been a governor since December 2017. Before retiring I was the Head of a large Special School in London. I moved to Northumberland in July 2014. I am very supportive of inclusive education, giving every child the opportunity to blossom. I have a masters degree in the education and Psychology of children with special educational needs. I have two grown up children and a grandson born in 2017.

Mrs Judy Crow

Foundation Governor

My name is Judy Crow, I came to live in Berwick four years ago and my six grandchildren love to visit us here. I am a retired Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist. I specialised in working with children with all types of SEND, particularly those on the Autism Spectrum. I worked for the NHS but almost all our practice took place in schools across Northumberland. I recently completed a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. I love writing and especially listening to, stories by, for and about children.

Mrs Sheila Johnson

Foundation Governor

I am a retired Local government officer, specialising in waste management and recycling and a retired Cub Scout leader of 25 years. I now run a small bed and breakfast business with my husband in Norham. I am interested in local history, genealogy, folk music, patchwork and anything ‘crafty’. I have had 21 years previous experience of school governance including holding the positions of Chair and deputy. We have a family of three children and four grandchildren.

Fr Paul Jenkins

Foundation Governor

Ms Louise Martin

Parent Governor

Hi my name is Louise Martin and. I have 2 children; Imogen and Charlie. I enjoy giving my time to support the work of the school. I am the safeguarding governor and regularly meet with Mrs McGregor to make sure everything is safe for the children and staff.

Miss Fiona Bruce

Staff Governor

Hi I am Miss Bruce - I have worked at the school for a long time - I am the longest serving member of staff here! I work in all 3 classes supporting the children.

Saint Cuthbert's Local Governing Committee (LGC)

Who are the Governors and what do they do?

School governors are drawn from different parts of the community - parents, staff and the church. This helps to ensure that the governing body has a range of views and experience. There are around 345,000 school governors contributing to strategic development and raising standards of achievement at over 30,000 schools. Governors are volunteers.

The local governing committee (LGC) is responsible for the conduct of the school and works closely with the senior leadership team. As a member of Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust our LGC:

  •  decide the School’s strategic vision and uphold the School’s distinctiveness and unique character, in harmony with the Trust’s strategic vision and ethos
  • support senior leadership team generally and with specific emphasis on target setting, pupil monitoring and analysing progress data to inform curriculum & budgeting priorities
  • approve of School development/action plan
  • approve – recommend of School budget and support the head teacher in submitting the budget to the Trust Board for formal approval
  • approve any significant capital expenditure
  • oversee expenditure ensuring the School works within its budget and implements the Trust’s risk and financial management policies ensuring probity, prudence and efficiency
  • play an active part in the recruitment of the headteacher
  • support the senior leadership team in the development and review of an appropriate staffing structure
  • support the head teacher in the recruitment and performance management of personnel
  • responsible for staff welfare and well-being, supporting the senior leadership team in monitoring absence and sickness
  • promote collaboration with other schools in the Trust
  • develop and review delegated school policies (e.g. admissions, pupil behaviour, safeguarding)
  • provide advice and feedback to the Directors, ensuring the School is meeting the needs of its community
  • undertake all and any appropriate community consultation
  • provide a point of contact for parents, carers and other members of the local community, maintaining an effective link to the wider community
  • evaluate its performance ensuring appropriate training and development so that knowledge, skills and behaviour are appropriate for a dynamic education environment 

The governors have a responsibility to maintain and improve the fabric of the building and have to find 10% of the cost of all major building work.