Our Governing Body.

For a full list of our governors CLICK HERE.

Mr J Bell (Vice-Chair of Governors) 

Position(s):  

Co-opted Governor (20.11.16 – 19.11.20) – appointed by Governing Body. 

Parent Governor (24.10.08 – 19.11.16) – appointed by parents. 

Committee Membership: 

Admissions Committee; Finance and Resources Committee; Staffing Committee; Vice-Chair of Governors. 

Responsibilities/Links: 

Head’s PM. 

Register of Interests: 

Director of Gosforth Schools Trust; Director of Literary and Philosophical Society; International Affairs Advisor to Blake Emergency Services. 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 

Sept 16 – Dec 17: 4/6 (with two apologies accepted). 

Connection with the School: 

Both children attended GCMS. I was originally a Parent Governor. 

Professional Background: 

Retired British Diplomat of 34 years: several roles including UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations. 

Interests: 

Sports, travel, diverse nations, participatory global politics, reading, history, art, photography, and my family. 

What I Would Like to Gain from Being a Governor or Contribute to the School: 

I don’t necessarily hope to gain anything more from being a governor, having over 15 years in the role in London and Newcastle. I believe I can contribute to the school from my experiences as a civil servant (budgetary control, ability to negotiate, intercede in disputes, support the Headteacher and Senior Management Team and staff). By attending courses, training sessions etc, my advice to the school should always be up-to-date and constructive. 

  

Mr D Brown (Chair of Governors) 

 

Position: Co-opted Governor

 

Committee Membership / Governor Responsibilities

Chair of Governors

Staffing Committee

Finance and Resources Committee

Curriculum and Performance Committee

Headteacher’s Performance Management

 

Professional background / What I would like to gain from and contribute to being a governor at GCMS

I remain closely involved and always interested in the many challenges facing state schools today.

With my background as a former Head in an urban middle school, I am especially keen to help the school deliver a balanced curriculum and high quality teaching through effective leadership at a sustainable level, which consistently helps everyone in the community to achieve a sense of individual and collective success.

  

Mrs C Chetcuti 

Position(s): 

Parent Governor (03.11.15 – 02.11.19) – appointed by parents. 

Committee Membership: 

Curriculum and Pupil Performance Committee. 

Responsibilities/Links: 

Assessment Without Levels / Teaching and Learning; Safer Recruitment. 

Register of Interests: 

None 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 

Sept 16 – Dec 17: 6/6 

Connection with the School: 

The eldest of my three children started at GCMS in 2014 and the youngest will join the school in 2019. 

Professional Background: 

Following a Degree in History at Durham University, I trained as a primary school teacher. I have 14 years’ experience in teaching, mainly at Key Stage 2, including a role on a senior management team. I am currently a supply teacher. 

Interests: 

In education, I am particularly interested in teaching strategies designed to raise achievement and the significance of extra-curricular activities. My personal interests include: engaging in charity and community work, music and running. 

What I Would Like to Gain from Being a Governor or Contribute to the School: 

As a governor, I hope to have a positive impact in ensuring that a high standard of education is being provided for all children at GCMS. Through my professional and personal understanding of education, I am seeking to contribute insight and challenge regarding the school’s development of its policies and strategies. Being a Parent Governor, allows me to contribute to the success of my children’s school and to offer something in return for the happiness they experience at GCMS. 

  

Mr N Daley (elected Feb 2018) 

 

Position: Parent Governor

 

Committee Membership / Governor Responsibilites

Curriculum and Pupil Performance Committee

Anti-Bullying

 

Connection with the school

I have a daughter who is currently in Year 7 at GCMS.

 

Professional background

I am an Art teacher with experience of both secondary and middle schools. My secondary subject is Design and Technology. I have taught in both secondary and middle schools in Northumberland and South Tyneside.

 

What I would like to gain from and contribute to being a governor at GCMS

I am motivated by robust curriculum, in particular the delivery of a broad, balanced and joined-up curriculum across school, supporting students on their onward journey. I am delighted to support the drive to maintain a dynamic curriculum tailored to our students’ needs.

 

Interests

Painting landscapes, primarily of Northumberland and The Lake District, accounts for much of my spare time. I enjoy working with novice athletes as an assistant athletics coach. I have a keen interest in Design, arising from prior professional experience as an Interior Design consultant.

  

Mrs E Gardner 

Position(s): 

Foundation Trust Governor (01.04.14 – 31.03.18) – appointed by Gosforth Schools Trust. 

Committee Membership: 

Curriculum and Pupil Performance Committee (Chair). 

Responsibilities/Links: 

Maths. 

Register of Interests: 

None 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 

Sept 16 – Dec 17: 6/6 

  

Mr N Hearn 

Position(s): 

Staff Governor (09.11.10 – 08.11.18) – appointed by staff. 

Committee Membership: 

Finance and Resources Committee. 

Responsibilities: 

None. 

Register of Interests: 

Brother-in-law of a current staff member. 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 

Sept 16 – Dec 17: 4/6 (with two apologies accepted). 

  

Mrs E Maya (elected Nov 16) 

Position(s): 

Parent Governor (21.11.16 – 20.11.20) – appointed by parents. 

Committee Membership: 

Finance and Resources Committee. 

Responsibilities/Links: 

Assessment Without Levels / Teaching and Learning; Parent Council. 

Register of Interests: 

Director – MCDP Trustee/Treasurer – The Angelou Centre. 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 

Sept 16 – Dec 17: 4/5 (with one apology accepted). 

  

Miss G Nichol (Vice-Chair of Governors) 

Position: Authority Governor

Committee Membership / Governor Responsibilites

Vice-Chair of Governors

Chair of Staffing Committee

Headteacher’s Performance Management

Staff Salary Review

Staffing Interview Panel (as needed)

Connection with the school

For several years, I was the ‘link’ between Gosforth High School, where I taught, and GCMS. At my retirement, the then Headteacher of GCMS asked me to remain on the GB.

Professional background

I taught Geography at Gosforth High School (now Gosforth Academy), was Head of Year and then Assistant Headteacher.

What I would like to gain from and contribute to being a governor at GCMS

· The experience gained in my professional life, in particular in the area of pastoral work, with both pupils and staff

· I have a strong commitment tot eh three-tier system of education

· I try to support GCMS across its many activities

· I value the fact that GCMS continues to be a school which provides excellent teaching, a broad curriculum and a wide range of extra curricular opportunities for its pupils

Interests

Reading, walking, travelling, choir singing

 

  

Mr R Rook 

Position: Co-opted Governor

 

Committee Membership / Governor Responsibilities

Curriculum and Pupil Performance Committee

 

Professional background / What I hope to gain from and contribute to being a governor at GCMS

I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. I spent 45 years in public transport, latterly as the Tyne & Wear School Transport Co-ordinator for Nexus.

Since retirement I now use my expertise as the General Secretary of the Tyne & Wear Public Transport Users Group, where I organise their Annual Conference. I am also a standing member of the Newcastle City Council’s Transport Forum. I am the clerical officer for the Newcastle Elders Council and its committees. I have an interest in neighbourhood planning and am involved in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for Kingston Park. I am a founder member and Secretary for the North East Forum on Ageing. I was also an Enumerator for the 2011 National Census, a job I have been asked to perform again for the 2021 Census.

I have been a school governor since 2002 at both middle and primary schools. I was a member of the Newcastle Governors’ Association during the entirety of its existence. I have been a governor at Gosforth Central Middle since 2006.

I have been involved in providing a service for the public for many years, whether as a public transport professional or in work for various voluntary organisations since retirement. I became a school governor through providing a service for schools. In addition to providing efficient and safe school transport to many schools throughout Tyne & Wear, it also gave me great satisfaction to be involved with the local authorities in school travel plans. I assisted in the original GCMS school travel plan with Mrs Blackburn.

 

Interests

I enjoy walking and the study of local history. I am a member of the Newcastle Society of Antiquaries and Benwell Local History Group.

  

Mr D Slipper 

Position(s): 

Co-opted (Staff) Governor (29.06.15 – 28.06.19) – appointed by Governing Body. 

Committee Membership: 

Admissions Committee; Finance and Resources Committee. 

Responsibilities/Links: 

None. 

Register of Interests: 

None. 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 

Sept 16 – Dec 17: 5/6 (with one apology accepted). 

  

Ms J Thorpe 

Position: Co-opted Governor

Committee Membership / Govenrro Responsibilities

Curriculum and Pupil Performance Committee

SEND Link Governor

Connection with the school

My six children all attended GCMS, benefitting from the care and encouragement of all the staff. I was also a member of the PTA. GCMS is part of my extended family!

Professional background

I was a nurse and more recently worked as a teacher at a Gosforth first school for the last 12 years. I have been a school governor for more than 12 years (not all at GCMS).

What I would like to gain from and contribute to being a governor at GCMS

To give positive support to the school so that GCMS and its staff can continue to send well-rounded, determined individuals, who have had a great experience in education, out into the wider world.

  

Mrs S Webb 

Position(s): 

Headteacher (ex-officio) 

Committee Membership: 

Admissions Committee; Curriculum and Pupil Performance Committee; Finance and Resources Committee; Staffing Committee. 

Responsibilities/Links: 

Safer Recruitment. 

Register of Interests: 

None. 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 

Sept 16 – Dec 17: 6/6. 

  

Mrs C Willoughby 

Position(s): 

Co-opted Governor (19.05.14 – 18.05.18) – appointed by Governing Body. 

Committee Membership: 

Finance and Resources Committee (Chair from Oct 16); Staffing Committee. 

Responsibilities/Links: 

Pupil and other premium funding (inc. SEND funding); Head’s PM. 

Register of Interests: 

None. 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 

Sept 16 – Dec 17: 5/6 (with one apology accepted). 

  

Mrs K Willis (Elected Nov 16) 

Position(s): 

Parent Governor (21.11.16 – 20.11.20) – appointed by parents. 

Committee Membership: 

None. 

Responsibilities/Links: 

None. 

Register of Interests: 

None. 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 

Sept 16 – Dec 17: 4/5 (with one apology accepted). 

Connection with the School: 

I have 2 children at the school. 

Professional Background: 

I am a general practitioner currently working in Newcastle, I have worked in partnership running a practice in Northumberland. I am the GP lead for adult safeguarding in Newcastle and Gateshead and I work in Medical Education. 

Interests: 

I enjoy the outdoors, family life and sport when I have time. Professionally I have interests in child health, public health and wellbeing. 

What I Would Like to Gain from Being a Governor or Contribute to the School: 

I wanted to help our local community and support the school. I feel my professional interests in child health, safeguarding and skills in small business management can help in governance of these areas in school and I am interested in development of strategies to maintain staff well-being. 

  

Associate Governors 

Miss D Smith 

Position(s): 

Associate (Deputy Head) (03.10.16 – 02.10.20) – appointed by Governing Body. 

Committee Membership: 

Curriculum and Pupil Performance Committee (Associate). 

Responsibilities/Links: 

None. 

Register of Interests: 

None. 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 

Sept 16 – Dec 17: 6/6. 

  

No Longer Serving 

Mr J Connolly (stepped down Nov 16) 

Position(s): 

Parent Governor (20.11.12 – 19.11.16) – appointed by parents. 

  

Mr J Kemp (stepped down Dec 16) 

Position(s): 

Co-opted Governor (19.05.14 – 31.12.16) – appointed by Governing Body. 

  

Mrs E Trattles (stepped down Nov 16) 

Position(s): 

Parent Governor (03.11.15 – 21.11.16) – appointed by parents. 

  

Dr P Wright (stepped down Nov 16) 

Position(s): 

Parent Governor (20.11.12 – 19.11.16) – appointed by parents. 

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