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Governance information and documents relating to our school.

Governors are volunteers who collectively make up the schools Local Governing Committee. The Local Governing Committee comprises of individuals drawn from the school’s community, both as elected and appointed members.

The Diocese appoints Foundation Governors specifically to ensure:

  • That the Catholic character of the school is preserved;
  • That the school is conducted in accordance with its trust deed; and
  • That the religious education curriculum is in accordance with the Bishop’s policy for his Diocese, based on the Bishops’ Conference Curriculum Directory.

The Headteacher is a Governor and each school also has places for elected Parent and Staff Governors and may also co-opt a Governor for a specific purpose.

The Trust is currently supporting the Governors of St Wilfrid’s whilst we consider applications for Foundation Governors.  The position of Parent Governor will be advertised in the new academic year.  

Our Vice Chair of Governors is Peter Crawley and he can be contacted via the school office or by email at

The role of a Governor within the Trust is an important one. The governance structure ensures that as far as possible the responsibility to govern is vested in those closest to the impact of decision making. Governors play a crucial role in the leadership of our school. They share in the strategic responsibility of promoting high educational standards on and ensuring that the school is conducted as a Catholic school.  The overall role of the Local Governing Committee is to support and challenge the school leaders to provide the best possible education for all children.

Governors are accountable to the Directors and the Bishop and must ensure that, at all times, they act in good faith and in the best interests of the school and the Trust, exercising care and skill using their knowledge and experience.

Our School Governors – Academic Year 2023/2024 Membership & Register of Interests (attendance covering the 2022/23 academic year) (correct as of 7 May 2024)

The Chair position is currently vacant.  The Vice Chair is Mr P Crawley.

Full Name  Category of Governor & Appointed byDate of Appointment  End of Term of Office  Date stepped down  (if applicable) Attendance at LGC meetings  Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests Roles/links to sub committees/ monitoring links
Mrs C JohnsonHeadteacher/Ex Officio13/11/2023     
Mr P CrawleyFoundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese07/07/202206/07/2026 4/4NoneVice Chair Admissions HT Performance Management
Mrs C LawsonFoundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese17/10/202216/10/2026 2/4None 
Mrs L SmithStaff Governor Elected by staff    29/06/202228/06/2026 2/4NoneAdmissions
Governors who have left in the last 12 months (2022/23)
Mr J PhilipsHeadteacher/Ex Officio  31/12/2023   
Canon M BrownFoundation Governors Appointed by the Diocese  14/03/2024   
Mr T Tate  16/04/2024   
Mrs E White  22/02/2024   

The Trust collects and publishes all diversity data related to Governors across the Trust (where provided).  When available this will be published on the Trust website in the governance section.

How To Become A School Governor

If you require further information on the roles of a Governor or you are interested in becoming one, contact the school or the Trust at

To nominate yourself to become a Foundation Governor, please complete the application form on the Diocesan website Governance – Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle (

The Diocese encourage all applicants to read the additional guidance documents here –

5-Guidance-for-Prospective-Foundation-Governors-and-Directors.pdf (

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Updated | 14th May, 2024 |