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, Computing, Safeguarding, Catch-up Premium, Pupil Premium, PE, MFL
Reverend Ann Anderson - RE, International Schools, Music
Reverend Jeff Anderson - PSHCE, British Values and Preparing for Adulthood, Philosophy for Children, Art and DT
Mr Michael Morrison - Health & Safety, Maths, Science
Two Foundation Governor vacancies
Mrs Lisa Lakey
Miss Naomi Lanham
Miss Melody Hockaday
Councillor Catherine Hopper - Community Involvement
Changes in the last 12 months
Mrs Jane Wilkinson (Headteacher) - retired 31 October 2020
Mrs Joanne Langhorn (Parent Governor) - resigned 24 March 2021