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St Francis Church of England Aided Junior School

"To be the best we can be"

Children will be having their Christmas Lunch on 9 December 2020 in bubbles. If your child normally has packed lunch and would like to join the lunch, please let the school office know on Please pay the £2.10 on Parent Pay. Our Out of Hours Covid-19 reporting line is 07768 688785. Please check the Key Information tab on a regular basis for updated risk assessments. Thank you for your continued support, Mrs. Lakey.


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. 


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 David Bowes - English, Humanities, Safeguarding, Catch-up Premium, Pupil Premium, PE, MFL

Reverend Ann Anderson - RE, International Schools

Reverend Jeff Anderson - PSHCE, British Values and Preparing for Adulthood, Philosophy for Children

Mr Michael Morrison - Health & Safety, Maths, Science


Two Foundation Governor vacancies


Acting Headteacher

Mrs Lisa Lakey



Miss Naomi Lanham


Associate Member

Miss Melody Hockaday



Councillor Catherine Hopper - Community Involvement 



Mrs Joanne Langhorn  

One vacancy 


Changes in the last 12 months

Reverend M Dixon - term of office expired 27 November 2019

Mrs Katie Brogan - resigned 14 November 2019

Mrs Jane Wilkinson (Headteacher) - retired 31 October 2020

Miss Christine O'Brien - resigned September 2020

Rev. Danny Gibb - retired


Governing Body documentation

Governor Declaration of Interest, Committee Membership, Appointing Body, Term of Office and Positions of Responsibility Information.

Governing Body Privacy Notice