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Click on NEWS above (NEWSLETTERS below on phones) for the latest updates from school including what we have been learning, achievements, routines and dates for your diary. Thank you for your continued support, Mrs. Lakey and your St Francis' family.

Meet the Governors

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, Health and Safety

Mrs Debbie Ingram

Mr Stuart Shields

Miss Wendy Boulton

Mr Stephen Ingram

Mr Ian Shaw

1 Foundation Governor vacancy





Mrs Lisa Lakey



Mrs Brooke Pickett


Associate Member

Miss Melody Hockaday (no voting rights)



Mr Craig Brown  







Changes in the last 12 months

Mrs Deborah Ingram - resigned 25 October 2023

Mr Simon Clayton - resigned 1 November 2023

Reverend Ann Anderson - 31 December 2023

Reverend Jeff Anderson - 31 December 2023

Mrs Helen McCormick - 23 April 2024

Miss Naomi Lanham - 7 April 2024


Governing Body documentation

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

Governing Body Privacy Notice

Governing Body Diversity


As a school we recognise that a diversity of thought, voices and perspectives is essential to good governance and the effective running of any organisation. We regularly collect diversity information from our governors and, depending on current data, can use this to:

  • target recruitment to address gaps in experience and diversity
  • develop and adapt practices to ensure full participation
  • prioritise training and awareness-raising in identified areas
  • address potential 'blind spots' through seeking wider advice and perspectives on current and upcoming opportunities, challenges and risks

However, we are unable to publish this information as it would mean that individual members of our Governing Body are identifiable.

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