The NCEA Trust Board agreed to form a Local Governing Body (LGBs) for Bishop’s Primary School in 2019/20. This means that Bishop’s Primary has a governing body which focuses on the individual school’s needs. The LGB is accountable for their decisions to the Trust Board. The first meetings of the LGB took place in the spring term 2020.

For more information about School Governance at NCEAT schools (including Bishop’s Primary), visit www.ncea.org.uk/governance/how-we-govern.

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Meet Our Governors:

Jason Tasker : Parent Governor

Jason Tasker

Parent Governor

I have lived in the North East now for 16 years after leaving the British Army, where I served for 8 years. I am married with 3 children and currently work as a Divisional Youth Specialist for the Salvation Army, working out of the North East's head office to look after the programmes for 12-25 year old's and the volunteers working across 33 churches within the region.

I became a Parent Governor because I feel passionately about children's education and giving them hope and a chance to make a difference in the world. I also feel that it is important for parents and families to see and feel part of the school's community.

Barbara Billingsley : Governor

Barbara Billingsley

Governor

Upon retiring from my role as Headteacher of a primary school for children aged 2 to 11, just outside the city of Liverpool in Merseyside, I moved to North Tyneside to be closer to my family in 2015. Shortly after, I became a Governor at a local Middle School as I wished to keep abreast of educational developments and use my experience to contribute to the area which I was about to make my home. More recently, to broaden my experience of school governance, particularly governance within multi academy trusts, I volunteered to become a governor within the NCEA Ashington Hub and was delighted to be accepted onto the LGB.

Throughout my years working in education, I gained many skills and a wide range of experience. Investing in school improvement and in particular, the professional development of colleagues, is an area of special interest to me. I find it extremely rewarding to be able to put the experience and knowledge gained in my professional life to good effect in my role as a school governor and to be part of this new, growing and flourishing community with a bright future ahead.

Carly Foreman : Governor

Carly Foreman

Governor

Bio coming soon!

Father David Twomey : Governor

Father David Twomey

Governor

I'm the Priest in Charge of St John's and St Andrew's Seaton Hirst. I've been in my present role since December 2018. Before I moved to Ashington, my curacy was at St George’s Cullercoats, where I was also a Governor for the local primary school. Prior to ordination, my background was in Early Years Teaching. My hope is to bring that range of experience to the LGB.

I’ve been on the Local Governing Body for the Ashington NCEAT Schools since November 2021. In many ways, that’s a very natural link for me as all the schools have a strong link with the two Churches in the parish. As one of the local clergy here, I often visit for Collective Worship and to work with different classes for R.E. I very much look forward to supporting our schools in a different role in the future.

Part of my responsibility will be to support the Schools with their SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools), which looks at the impact of Collective Worship and the effectiveness of R.E.

Dean Blewitt : Governor

Dean Blewitt

Governor

I am an experienced Mathematics Professional who has a background working within Secondary Schools throughout the North East of England as well as working with a leading Awarding Organisation.

During my role with the Awarding Organisation, I was involved with the delivery of National CPD for teachers as well as acting as an internal subject expert for Maths Qualifications. Before this I worked within Secondary Schools throughout South Tyneside and acted as Curriculum Leader of Numeracy overseeing the Numeracy provision across the school as well as teaching Maths.

I am passionate about education, and I strive to ensure that all young people receive a high-quality education and supportive environment so that they are enabled to achieve their full potential. My partner and I have recently moved to the local area with our son, and we love to spend our time exploring the local area as well as learning more about the community.

Natalie Fountain : Governor

Natalie Fountain

Governor

I have over 10 years of primary school leadership experience and am currently the Regional Hub Director at WISE Multi Academy Trust. My role involves having responsibility for four schools within the MAT as well as an executive headteacher role. Previous to this I was headteacher at St Paul’s CE Primary School in Sunderland for six years.

I secured rapid improvement in my first headship moving the school from a Local Authority concerns notice to a Good judgement in an OFSTED inspection in the space of nine months. I bring an in-depth knowledge of primary assessment to the position of director at WISE Academies which enables me to challenge the Trust’s performance in my role as the chair of the Performance and Standards Committee.

Marc Kelly : Chair

Marc Kelly

Chair

I am a Paramedic and medical instructor for the RNLI. I have been involved in governance since 2004 in various roles including as Chair of Governors of what is now Thomas Bewick C of E Primary School. My daughter is now in Duke's Secondary School and I have various other close family members within the Trust set up too.

I have an interest in education and in particular with ensuring we do all we can to give our children the best education we can to help them achieve great success in their future.

Kerry Lord : Governor

Kerry Lord

Governor

I have worked in Education for over 37 years in schools in Gateshead, North Tyneside, Northumberland and Newcastle. I started my career as a PE teacher and most recently I had the privilege of being the Headteacher of a large inner city school serving a diverse community.

I am married with two grown up children who live and work in London. I am also a Governor of a local middle school. In my spare time I enjoy all sports, both as spectator and participant.

I am committed to an Education system which puts children at the heart of all decision making. I want all children, regardless of background and postcode to access a first class education which promotes academic excellence as well as personal growth.

Melanie Hinson : Governor

Melanie Hinson

Governor

I have over twenty years experience of Primary School leadership and have been part of NCEA since it’s opening in 2009. I am immensely proud of the pupils and staff and all that they have achieved, it is a privilege to work with such a strong and dedicated team.

I am part of the executive leadership of the Trust and work closely with my colleagues in Castle, Duke’s and Warkworth, this gives me a greater understanding of the wider challenges we face.

During my career I have led both rural and urban schools and believe strongly in the transformational effect a good all round education can bring to pupils. I have served on a number of Governing Bodies carrying out a range of roles as well as currently being part of the board at Dame Allan’s School.

Amanda Hall : Staff Governor

Amanda Hall

Staff Governor

I have worked in support roles within education for over 20 years. I am based at James Knott C of E Primary and enjoy being part of the school and wider community. I have two young children who attend schools within the Trust which has brought a new perspective to my role.

I became a staff governor to get a broader understanding of the trust I belong to and how to better support it. I hope I can bring skills I have learned at work and as a parent to the role and look forward to learning more about being a governor.


 

Contact the Local Governing Body

The Chair of the Local Governing Body, Marc Kelly, may be contacted by email at governor@ncea.org.uk or in writing:

Chair of Governors
c/o Bishop’s Primary School
Josephine Butler Campus
Academy Road
Ashington
NE63 9FZ

Alternatively, Governors may be contacted via Lesley Dalby, Governance Manager, on 01670 816111 ext 368.