We currently have 12 school Governors who meet formally once a term to discuss and approve school matters. Our Governors play a very important role in the school, supporting and challenging pupils and staff to further improve standards. Each Governor is linked to a different aspect of the Ofsted Inspection framework and the School Improvement Plan, and monitors and reports standards to the full Governing Body.
Lisa Evans - Co-opted Governor and Chair
I have been a Parent Governor since June 2011 and was elected as Chair in November 2013. Following reconstitution, I am now a Co-opted Governor with my term of office running until March 2023. I aim to ensure that standards, quality and care are at the forefront of everything the School does to provide the best possible experience of primary school for our pupils.
I am Chair of the Full Governing Body and am on a number of sub-committees including Finance and Staffing and Pupil Discipline.
I am the current Link Governor for attendance and I also link with the Senior Leadership Team to monitor progress and marking. I am the lead in any complaints and investigations.
My professional background is in the NHS, qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 1997 and working currently as a Psychological Therapist in the Mental Health field. Skills offered to the Governing body include leadership and management experience, risk assessment and strategic planning, expertise in safeguarding and child protection and promotion of emotional wellbeing and care.
Angela Topping – Parent Governor and Vice-Chair
I was appointed as a Parent Governor in June 2013, and re-elected in 2017 for a second term of office which runs until 2021. I initially applied for the role as Parent Governor as I am passionate that every child, regardless of background and ability, is given as many opportunities as possible to develop their full potential and prepare them for an ever-changing world.
My role on the Governing Body is varied. I am the Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body and Chair of the Finance and Staffing Committee, and am on other sub-committees including Head and Deputy Head appointments.
I have lived and worked in Bill Quay and thoroughly enjoy the community spirit that Bill Quay has. My eldest son was a pupil at the school until 2018 and my youngest son is currently in year 3. My eldest is now at Hebburn Comprehensive School and is thriving - his time at Bill Quay Primary School I believe gave him the foundations to be successful at secondary school and beyond.
I am a fully qualified Chartered Management Accountant and in 2018 I was appointed as the Head of the Newcastle Joint Research Office - a partnership between Newcastle University and The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to support the joint development, implementation and delivery of world class research. Much of this research has a direct impact on patients in Newcastle by giving them the opportunities to participate in research. Prior to this, I was the Faculty Accountant for Medical Sciences at Newcastle University for 19 years. Throughout my career, I have worked as part of multi-disciplinary teams to drive forward strategy and change to ensure that what the University and NHS does makes a difference to people's lives - in Newcastle, the wider-region and beyond.
Jane Kitson – Co-opted Staff Governor
I joined the Governing Body as a Community Governor in June 2013. Following reconstitution, I am now a Co-opted Staff Governor with my term of office running until 2023. I originally became a Governor as a Parent, to offer to the school the skills and experience I have had in education and youth work over the years, and also to help the school develop its community links. I now work at the school part-time, teaching Music and French across all classes and also sharing the teaching of the Year 5 class.
In addition to my role on the Full Governing Body, I am on a number of sub-committees including Curriculum and Standards and Appeals.
I am the current Link Governor for the implementation of the new National Curriculum in Foundation Subjects across both key stages.
My family and I have lived in Bill Quay since 2006 and my son thoroughly enjoyed his time at Bill Quay Primary School. In the wider community I’m the Vice-Chair of the Friends of Bill Quay Park and I also co-ordinate the music and children’s work at Bill Quay Community Church.
I studied History with French at University and then spent a year as a Youth Worker before doing my PGCE in History and Music. I worked at Heworth Grange Comprehensive School for six years where my responsibilities included teaching History, co-ordinating Gifted and Talented provision and working as Assistant Head of Year 7. Since 2002 I have also been self employed as a Musician, teaching privately and also in a number of local schools, including Bill Quay, as well as performing at a range of community groups and in connection with church events and conferences both locally and nationally.
Andrew McAdam - Co-opted Governor
I was appointed as a Parent Governor in 2007. Following reconstitution, I am now a Co-opted Governor with my term of office running until 2023. I initially applied for the role of Parent Governor because I believed (and still do) in making sure that every pupil at Bill Quay has the most secure and best facilities available to them.
Both my daughters attended Bill Quay. My children, wife and I have played a very active role in the School and thoroughly appreciate the level of education and life skills that the School has provided.
In addition to my role on the Full Governing Body, I am on a number of sub-committees including Finance and Staffing, Curriculum and Standards, and Premises, Health and Safety.
I lived in Bill Quay for thirteen years and even though I now live in Hebburn, I was keen to remain on the Governing Body. I strongly believe that Bill Quay Primary School is the best Primary School in the area and provides each and every pupil with the skills to become confident and happy citizens - I want to ensure this continues.
In my working life I have been a train driver for twenty seven years and now also an ASLEF union representative for the drivers at Newcastle.
Katrina Clayton – Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in November 1999 when my two sons attended Bill Quay. I was elected as a Community Governor when my sons left the school to go to secondary education. Following reconstitution, I am now a Co-opted Governor with my term of office running until 2023. I originally applied for the role as Parent Governor to ensure that the School provided a safe environment where my sons and other children could be offered as many opportunities as possible to develop their full potential. I still feel passionate about this and have stayed on the Governing Body to ensure that the School still provides this for the children in our community.
In addition to my role on the Full Governing Body, I am on a number of sub-committees including Finance and Staffing, Curriculum and Standards and the Head Teacher’s performance review.
I have lived in Bill Quay since 1987 with my family. My husband has lived in Bill Quay all his life and attended Bill Quay Primary School. My two sons thoroughly enjoyed their time at the School.
I am an IT Project Manager for British Airways, where I manage a number of teams who support a number of systems that British Airways use to support all aspects of their business.
Dr. Robin Stanaway – Co-opted Governor
I was appointed as LEA Governor in 2007 due to my seat at Gateshead Council. I served two four-year terms in this role. Following reconstitution, I am now a Co-opted Governor with my term of office running until 2023.
In addition to my role on the Full Governing Body, I am on a number of sub-committees including Appointments and Premises, Health and Safety.
I am the current Link Governor for ICT.
I have a first degree and a Doctorate in Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Computing. I held various teaching and research posts in both of these subjects, most recently as a Senior Lecturer in Computing at Northumbria University.
From 2000 to 2010 I was a Councillor for Pelaw & Heworth, and I was a member of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee on Children & Young People from the time it was set up. From 2007 I was also Vice-Chairman of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee on Corporate Vitality. As a result of my background I keep up an interest in Education at all levels.
Following my retirement and the loss of my Council seat, I have been trying to make a difference to the local community in other ways, through various kinds of voluntary work, most of it connected with health promotion. I lead walks for Age UK Gateshead, and am Treasurer of Wayout in Gateshead (WinG), a voluntary organisation that runs educational courses in outdoor activities. I also help WinG with the development of its adult courses, and with grant applications to support these. In addition, I carry out risk assessments for Diabetes UK at its road shows across the region.
Rebecca Lennon – Staff Governor
I became a Staff Governor in 2018, and my term of office runs until 2022. In the school I am the Year 2 class teacher and I have been a staff member since 2012. I am also the Rights Respecting and RE co-ordinator.
I am yet to be assigned a sub-committee within the Governing body, but I am looking forward to joining one this year.
Lesley Burrell – Co-opted Staff Governor
I joined the Governing Body as a Staff Governor in 2005. My term of office runs until 2023. In the School I am a HLTA and have been a staff member at the School since 2005.
In addition to my role on the Full Governing Body, I am on a number of sub-committees including Curriculum and Standards and Teacher appointments.
I am the current Link Governor for special educational needs and disability (SEND).
Jon Ward - Co-opted Governor
I was delighted to be co-opted on to the Governing body on 1st December 2016. My term of office runs until the end of November 2020 and I am currently part of the Curriculum and Standards and Finance and Staffing sub-committees.
I volunteer in Bill Quay as senior leader of Bill Quay Community Church (Station Road) and as such I’m very keen to develop links with the school – we’ve enjoyed hosting a number of school events over recent years. My professional background is in education. I taught for over 24 years at Heworth Grange Comprehensive School, teaching sciences to GCSE and Physics to A Level. I was Head of Science for several years, managing a team of 13 teachers and 3 support staff, as well as overseeing the budget. In January 2010 I moved to work in Gateshead’s school improvement service as a teaching and learning consultant, where my remit included assessment for learning, gifted and talented provision and thinking skills. In 2014 my role changed to advising on school performance data. As part of this, I now produce reports to support school self-evaluation and LA evaluation of school performance. I also produce reports to help the LA form an overview of outcomes across the Borough and to enable the LA to produce self-evaluation reports. Part of the role involves supporting Head Teachers and Governors in using and interpreting reports used by Ofsted.
I entered the teaching profession because of a strong belief that children and young people are hugely important and that they deserve the best possible preparation for life as independent adults, and I wanted to play what part I could in contributing to this. My role at the LA involves less direct contact with young people, but has the same basis as it has the potential to influence what happens in many local schools. I very much hope that the understanding that I have of the role of a teacher, and the skills that I have developed around improving teaching and learning and around use of data, will be of some use in the context of this school’s governing body.
Councillor Anne Wheeler
Cllr. Wheeler represents the Local Authority on our Governing Body. She is also Vice-Chair of the Governing Body at The Drive Primary School.