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Our Governors

Langley First School has a dedicated, committed and effective Governing Body which is vital to ensuring high standards are maintained. The governors meet twice a term in order to support and challenge the school so that improvements are consistently reviewed and evaluated. The governors make visits to the school to observe the activities of the children and to inspect the school building. They are involved in shortlisting and interviewing candidates for staff appointments. To assist the governors in carrying out their duties they attend training sessions organised by the Local Authority.

Mr. T Jones


As part of my role as Headteacher I am involved in all parts of the Governing Body. I, in co-ordination with the Chair of Governors, ensure that Governors are meeting their roles and responsibilities. The Governing Body meets in its entirety three times a year for which I provide a report which sets out all the school’s achievements, activities and progress against the targets for the year since the last meeting. For the sub committees I ensure that the agendas are relevant and that the items are fed from the full Governors meetings and the needs of the school are addressed moving forward.

Without the support and commitment from the Governing Body the school would not be able to function as efficiently and effectively as it does.

Mrs Clare Blundell

Co-opted Governor

My name is Clare Blundell and I am now in my third year as a parent governor at Langley First School. In this role, I have responsibility for special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Two of my children have completed their first school education at Langley and my third child is still attending. I am employed by the NHS which involves working with children in schools as well as their parents and a range of teaching staff.

I feel strongly that all children attending Langley First School have a happy and positive experience of learning at these early stages of their schooling and appreciate the opportunity as a governor to represent other parents and carers in the development of the school’s future.

Mr Andrew Miekle

Co-opted Governor

I am Andrew Meikle and I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in June 2017. Having had 2 teachers as parents I am aware of the value governors can add to a school and wanted to support Langley and help where I could. I also live 100 yards away and my daughter will hopefully attend here when old enough so I wanted to make sure the school is a well run one!

My governor responsibility is for Humanities and I also sit on the staffing and curriculum committee.

I am an HR Manager for a Local Authority and see the good and bad of employment and staffing issues. This experience helps me to support the Head and school to look at ways to continually improve the education we provide to the children - and also make sure we avoid the mistakes I see others make.

Mr Richard Biggs

Parent Governor

My name is Richard Biggs and I have been a parent governor since 2016. I wanted to become a governor so I could take an active role in my children’s education.

As part of the governing board I am able to challenge and support the Head teacher, which in turn will help provide the best environment for our children to learn, grow, achieve and enjoy their school life.

My main responsibilities are for Health and Safety and P.E. as well as being on the finance and assets committee. I am currently an Operational Crew Manager for the Fire and Rescue Service where I regularly carry out risk assessments, inspection audits, and I am qualified IOSH, all of which help me effectively carry out my role as parent governor.

Mrs Rowenna Campbell

Parent Governor

My name is Rowenna Campbell and I’ve been a parent governor since November 2015. I have 2 children at the school. My main motivation for becoming a governor is to support the school to continue to foster an environment in which each child is valued, enthused to learn and given the opportunity to shine. I work for Newcastle City Council coordinating the city’s response to migration, refugee resettlement and asylum dispersal and know first-hand the vital role that schools play in providing a stable and nurturing base from which children flourish. My subject responsibilities on the Governing Body are history, geography and RE, as well as equal opportunities and diversity.

Mrs Lisa Heatherington

Parent Governor

I have recently joined the Governing body at Langley First School (February 2017) as a parent governor. I am also part of the Curriculum and Staffing committee.

I currently work as a primary school teacher, a job which I love, in a variety of local primary schools.

My motivation as a governor is to ensure that Langley First School provides the best possible education for every child in a safe and supportive environment. We are proud to have such an enthusiastic and talented staff team, who manage and deliver our challenging and inspiring curriculum.

Mrs Caroline Crowthers

Staff Governor

Hi, my name is Caroline Crowthers and I have recently been appointed the role of staff governor. I wanted to take a more active role in the running of the school as I have been employed at Langley for over 8 years and fully understand what the ethos is trying to achieve which I want to be a part of. My responsibility will be around school meals to ensure they maintain a healthy and balanced diet for children.

Mrs Louise Dack

Co-opted Governor
(Chair of Governors)

Hello my name is Louise Dack and I am the current Chair of Governors. I have been a Governor for the last 8 years, first as a Parent Governor and now as a co-opted Governor. In addition to my role as Chair I have responsibility for Citizenship, PSHE and the School Council. I work as a Training manager in a Law Firm and I am keen to ensure the School has strong leadership and provides the best possible education for the children who attend.

Mrs Carrie Marron

Co-opted Governor
(Deputy Headteacher)

My name is Carrie Marron and I am the Deputy Headteacher and a Co-opted Governor of the school. In 2009 I was appointed as a Staffing Governor and my role was to provide an effective link between the governing body and the school staff. The role has changed over time and I am now a Co-opted Governor. I continue to support the link between staff and the governing body and assist the Headteacher in his roles and responsibilities. I am part of the finance committee and attend the staffing committee meetings as an observer. I have worked at the school for nearly 20 years and am highly committed to the school and governing body.

Mr Bruce Parvin

Co-opted Governor

Hi, my name is  Bruce Parvin, and I have been a School Governor since my children attended Langley in 2008 – they are both now at Whitley Bay High! Originally a Local Authority nominated governor for 8 years, I was subsequently co-opted to continue as a member of the governing body.  I am a qualified Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) member and currently chair the Finance and Assets Committee. I also have a keen interest in how performance information is used to improve our children’s development and would urge parents to review this data on the website.

I have really enjoyed my involvement with the school, and would encourage parents to get involved, whether as a governor, in the great fundraising work that the Friends of Langley undertake, getting involved in the Parent Partnership Group or simply attending school events and providing comments or feedback.

If you wish to discuss further the role of a Governor or opportunities to become involved in school life then please contact the school office to arrange an appointment with either the Headteacher or Chair of Governors.

Governor Attendance

START DATEEXPIRY DATEPotential meetings per yearActual Attendance
Richard BiggsParentApril 25, 2016April 24, 202031(F) 2/4
Clare BlundellParentFebruary 16, 2015February 15, 201932(S) 3/3
Rowenna CampbellParentOctober 14, 2015October 13, 201933(S) 2/3
Caroline CrowthersStaffJanuary 3, 2017January 2, 202133(F) 3/4
Louise DackCo-optedNovember 12, 2014November 11, 201832(F) 3/4
Sarah FitzpatrickLocal AuthorityNovember 19, 2016July 18, 201833(S) 3/3
Lisa HeatheringtonParentFebruary 15, 2017February 14, 202133(S) 3/3
Tim JonesHeadteacherJanuary 1, 200033(F) 4/4
Carrie MarronCo-optedNovember 12, 2014November 11, 201832(F) 3/4
Andrew MeikleCo-optedJune 7, 2017June 6, 202133(S) 3/3
Bruce ParvinCo-optedFebruary 15, 2017February 14, 202132F (4)
Andy PendleburyCo-optedOctober 30, 2017October 29, 202122F (3)

Governor Committees

Staffing & Curriculum

(Quorum 3)

* Staff may be asked to withdraw if the item being discussed is relating to their own pay and conditions or that of any other member of staff in more than general terms.

  • Mr Jones *
  • Mrs Brown
  • Mrs Fitzpatrick (Chair)
  • Mrs Blundell Ms Silverton
  • Ms Campbell Mrs Marron — attending as an Observer *

Finance & Assets (Premises)

(Quorum 3)

* Staff may be asked to withdraw if the item being discussed is relating to their own pay and conditions or that of any other member of staff in more than general terms.

  • Mr Elliott (Chair)
  • Mr Jones *
  • Mrs Hair *
  • Mrs Dack
  • Mr Parvin
  • Mrs Marron *
  • Mr Biggs

Hearings (Quorum dependent on Policy) & Pupil Discipline

(Quorum 3)

3 available governors who have not been involved in the proceedings

Appeals, including Pay Review Appeals

(Quorum 3)

3 available governors who have not been involved in the proceedings

Performance Management

(Quorum 2)

Pay Review

(Quorum 3)

  • Mr Elliott
  • Mr Parvin
  • Mrs Dack
  • Mr Jones (for Pay Review)
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