Our Governing Body

The Governing Body plays a major part in the decision making and budget monitoring of the school. Groups of Governors meet as working parties to discuss particular issues of Finance, Building and Resources, Personnel, Pupil Discipline and Curriculum. These committees report to the termly full Governors Meeting when issues of local and national interest are discussed, and when decisions concerning management of the school are taken Governors are also involved in training related to all aspects of school management and curriculum.

 

Committee Structure

Name

Representing

Committee

Term of Office

Register of Interests

Relationship to Staff

Mrs Caroline Catmull 

Chair of Governors

-

28/1/23

-

none

 

 

Mrs Tracy Roberts

Co-opted

-

19/1/21

none

Mrs Susan Allinson

Staff

-

N/A

-

none

Cllr Eddy Adams

Local Authority

-

 

none

Emma Tait

co-opted

-

24/3/19

-

none

Mrs Susan Mills

Parent Governor

-

13/11/20

 -

none

Ms Kim Hannant

Parent Governor

-

13/11/20

 -

none

Mrs Riannon Edwards 

 Head teacher

-

N/A 

 -

Member of staff

Mrs Emily Stevens

Associate Member

 

 -

none

Mrs Fiona Anderson 

Associate Member 

N/A 

 -

Deputy Head Teacher 

Caroline Catmull

Caroline is a mum of three, two daughters who attend the school and a son that spent his primary years here. She has a huge passion for the school, and a history with it that spans 35 years. 

Her background includes working in Human Resources, Recruitment, Customer Services, and working within charitable organisations.

Caroline is passionate about educating, enabling, and empowering all pupils in the school so each, and every child can achieve their full potential. She recognises this can only be achieved in a high quality, continuously improving and safe environment. 

She will listen and be proactive in working with the school and parents to ensure a positive learning experience.

Eddy Adam

Councillor Eddy Adam has been a Newton Aycliffe resident for 39 years and became a Durham County councillor in 2013. He is a mechanical engineer to trade and has 22 years’ experience as a college lecturer in Darlington. Eddy is the current chairman of the Environment and Sustainable communities Overview & Scrutiny committee and serves on a range of other committees at Durham County Council. He has recently become a Local Authority governor and said that he is keen to see our school develop into an exciting and great place to learn where its pupils are proud to part of the learning experience.

Emma Barber (Parent/ community governor)

 

Emma is a qualified children’s nurse with 15 years’ experience and currently runs her own local branch of Co-op Funeralcare.  Her twin boys are in Year 2 and she has another child who has just started Woodham Academy after also attending Woodham Burn from Year 3 through to Year 6. She has a daughter in her second year at University and 2 step daughters, so she has been involved in education as a parent for many years.

 

She is motivated, dedicated, objective and respectful of this privileged role. She became a School Governor to contribute to the school through supporting and challenging decisions from a parental viewpoint, so that all of our children receive the education they deserve.

 

How To Become A School Governor

If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section. If you wish to become School Governor, please complete our School Governor Nomination form found under Downloadable Forms in the School Office section of our website, and return the completed form to the School Office.

Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies

Woodham Burn Community Primary adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools. For further information please view or download the full document below.

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Record of Governor’s Attendance

Schools are now required to display a record of Governor’s attendance at meetings for each school academic year.

For the academic year 2018/19 please see below:

 

26/09/2018

Mrs R Chamberlain, Mrs R M Edwards (Headteacher), Mr M L Forster,

Mrs K Hannant, Miss S Mills, Mr W J Richardson, Mrs K Robinson and Mr J H Steward.

 

Apologies from

Reverend M Dixon · Mrs S Franklin · Mrs T Roberts · Mrs C Viswanathan


 

13/03/2019

Mr J Steward (Chair), Reverend Michael Dixon, Mrs R Edwards (Headteacher), Mr M Forster,

Mrs K Hannant, Miss S Mills, Mr W Richardson, Mrs T Roberts and Mrs C Viswanathan

 

Apologies from 
Mrs R Chamberlain
03/07/2019

Mr J Steward (Chair), Ms E Barber, Mrs C Catmull, Mrs R Chamberlain, Reverend M Dixon,

Mrs R Edwards (Headteacher), Mr M Forster, Miss S Mills, Mr W Richardson, Mrs T Roberts,

Mrs K Robinson and Mrs C Viswanathan

 

Apologies from

Mrs K Hannant (hospital appointment) · Mrs E Stevens

 

10/02/2020

 

Ms R Barber, Mrs Caroline Catmull, Mrs R Chamberlain, Rev. M Dixon, Mrs K Hannant,

Miss S Mills, Mrs T Roberts, Mrs E Stevens


S.E. DivisionClerk to the Governors: Sheila Gibbon

School & Governor Support Service

County Hall, Durham. DH1 5UJ

 

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