Welcome to the Governors' section!
On behalf of the Governing Body I would like to welcome you to our school website. As a Church School 7 of the 12 governors are known as Foundation Governors and are appointed by the local Parish, the Diocese of Durham or the rest of the Foundation Governors. There are also governors appointed from the following source :- 1 by the Local Authority, 2 members of staff (including the Head Teacher) and 2 parents/carers who represent all the parents/carers of children who attend the school.
The Head Teacher and all staff are the backbone of the school and it is they who make the school what it is on a day-to-day basis however the Governing Body has an important role to play.
The members of the Governing Body come from all walks of life and each person makes a contribution to the functioning of the Governing Body and through that to all aspects of school life. Governors are responsible (as a whole) for many different parts of the running of the school from appointing staff to monitoring how the school is educating your children.
Meetings of the full Governing Body are held once a term but there are also sub-committees covering Finance, Children and Community and School which also meet once or twice each term.
Anyone who is interested in making enquiries about becoming a governor should contact the school so that we can arrange for a governor to have a chat with you about what is involved.
If you become a governor you will be fully supported and a Mentor will be assigned to you to help you through the first year or so.
We hope your child enjoys their time at St Francis and that you will take every opportunity to become involved in their education.
There is a full list of governors below. If you wish to contact a governor please contact the school in the first instance and they will get a governor to contact you, if appropriate.
Governing Body Membership
Mr Michael W Morrison - Maths and Science
Reverend Ann Anderson - RE, International Schools
Reverend Michael Dixon - Computing and More Able
Reverend J Danny Gibb - PSHCE, British Values and Preparing for Adulthood, Philosophy for Children
Mr David Bowes - English, Humanities, Safeguarding, Thinking Schools, PE, MFL
Mrs Jane R Wilkinson
Councillor Katherine Hopper - Community Involvement
Mrs Joanne Langhorn - E-Safety and SEND
Mrs Katie Brogan - Art and Design, Design Technology and Healthy Schools
Miss Naomi Lanham
Miss Melody Hockaday
Mrs Paula O'Rourke