Governing body

The Governors are responsible for the strategic direction of the school, and for working with the headteacher and staff  to raise standards and provide the best possible education for the children of West Jesmond Primary School. We are there to support the leadership team of the school as critical friends.

We learn about what has been going on in the school from regular communication with the school staff, participation in the preparation of the school’s development plan, and regular visits to the school.  We also take an active role in monitoring and analysing the progress of pupils in their learning.

Governors meet twice a term as a governing body and also have the following committees which meet twice a term:

  • Curriculum
  • Finance
  • Personnel
  • Inclusion

How to Contact us

If you have any concerns about your child’s education or experience in the school, please contact the class teacher or Headteacher in the first place.  If you remain concerned, please contact the Chair of Governors, Jane Edminson, via the school office, marking any letters Private and Confidential. 

Governors are keen to hear from parents more generally and we are often at Parents’ Evenings or in the yard or can be contacted via the school office.

  • Mr Gary Wallis-Clarke

  • Ms Jane Edminson

    I am Chair of Governors and have been on the Governing Body since 2001. I live locally and my own three children attended the school. I work for Newcastle City Council where I support school governors. I am also Chair of Governors at Benton Park School and, until academisation, I was Co-Chair at Heaton Manor. I am on the Personnel, Finance, Curriculum and Admissions committees. I very much enjoy being a governor at West Jesmond; it is a great school and it is a privilege to be part of the leadership of the school.

  • Mrs Laura Cordy

    I have been a Parent Governor since November 2016. I have 2 children at the school and I am a teacher at a local primary school, within the Ouseburn Trust. I am part of the Curriculum Committee but have in the past, been part of the Personnel Committee. I am also a link governor for Pupil Premium Provision. I thoroughly enjoy being part of West Jesmond’s governing body and I have been part of many exciting developments and changes over the years. I know there will be many more to come as it is an extremely forward thinking and innovative school.

  • Mrs Julia DeSoyza

    I am a Foundation Trust Governor having previously served as a Parent Governor. I am a nurse at Newcastle hospitals, currently in a service improvement role. I have two children, one still at West Jesmond, who have gone through the school from reception. Being a parent and a governor gives me a broad understanding of how the school works. I’m always impressed by the dedication of staff and the genuine strive for high standards.

    I am a member of the Inclusion committee and link governor for vulnerable pupils. Any child from any background can move in or out of vulnerability due to social/family circumstances or ill health. Vulnerability also encompasses special educational needs and disabilities. We benefit from not only a dedicated SENDCo but a wider inclusion team that is well equipped to address the holistic needs of our pupils.

  • Mr Paul Simpson

    I am Chair of the Finance committee and have been a governor for 8 years. I have two children who have been associated with West Jesmond, one is currently attends the school and my eldest previously attended and is now in Secondary School. I work for Newcastle City Council in providing ICT Services to Schools, I have worked in the Education sector for the previous 20+ years and I have a passion to work with schools to improve outcomes for all. I currently sit on the Finance and Admissions committee and thoroughly enjoy my role in school.

  • Mrs Hannah Evans

    I've been on the Governing Body as a Co-opted member since January 2019, serving on the Inclusion Committee. I own a local business and place a high value on being an active part of the West Jesmond Community and, as such, I love to support the work of the school where I can. I get to help out with activities as well as receive groups of children to my place of work, where we discuss enterprise and entrepreneurship. I consider it a huge privilege to be involved in helping to shape these children's understanding of their community and the opportunities open to them now and in their futures.

  • Mr David Griffiths

    I am a Co-opted Governor having originally been elected Parent Governor in 2014. I am a Chartered Surveyor and am on the Finance committee. I liaise with the school management on property issues. Being a governor at West Jesmond is very rewarding and I hope that my professional and commercial expertise and interest in PE are of benefit to the school and its fantastic pupils.

  • Mr Matthew Hearn

    I am the father of two children thriving in the nurturing environment of the school. I have a background in the visual arts and Higher Education. I am a passionate supporter of arts education and I believe it is a vital pathway that encourages free-thinking, resilient and creative children. I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2019, and I am on the curriculum and inclusion committees. It is a privilege to be able to support the school and its dynamic staff team as part of the Governing Body.

  • Mrs Jodie Leeson

  • Mrs Jill Maddison

    I have been a Foundation Trust Governor since 2012. I’m a local business person and social entrepreneur. My particular interest is in sustainable transport and cycling and I’m a co-founder of the Cycle Hub in the Ouseburn. I am passionate about ensuring that all of our young people are included in the provision of a quality education which can be accessed by all of the children. I work at ensuring that, as a school, we promote and encourage a sense of physical and emotional wellbeing for the children, staff and the wider school community . I’m also a parent of three young people, one of whom used to attend West Jesmond School.

Governing Body Minutes
  • Mrs Rebecca McVittie

    I am a staff governor and Deputy Headteacher, I have been part of the governing body since 2017. I very much enjoy the partnership working with governors. I am a member of the Inclusion committee and regularly attend the Curriculum committee. West Jesmond is a diverse and exciting school to work within and we strive to provide the very best opportunities for the children.

  • Mrs Laura Robb

    I am the Vice-Chair of Governors and have been on the Governing Body for almost 9 years. I was a West Jesmond parent until 2019, when my youngest child moved to secondary. I live in Jesmond and really enjoy serving as a Governor at my local school. I lead the Personnel committee, which taps into my previous career knowledge and I love being involved in recruitment and supporting the school strategically in this area. I am also Chair of the Local Governing Body at Westgate Hill Primary.

  • Miss Laura Ward

    I applied to be a Staff Governor in 2018 primarily to develop my CPD and become involved in the wider school life. I wanted the opportunity to represent the staff team and contribute to the strategic management of the school. My role involves me attending full governors each half term and here I voice staff viewpoint and perspective in relation to the running of the school. I am on the Curriculum committee, which also meets half-termly to monitor and evaluate subject/curriculum delivery and impact. I believe that being on this committee is best suited to my role as staff governor as I am delivering the curriculum daily, therefore can contribute to its implementation during meetings.

  • Mrs Ishy Bruce

    I am a Parent Governor and have been since November 2016, I’m on the Personnel and Inclusion committees. I have one daughter still at the school, my other daughter having finished at West Jesmond in 2019.
    I enjoy being a governor of this outstanding, diverse and progressive school and find it highly rewarding.
    I have been active with the Friends of West Jesmond, our PTA, for a few years, which has enabled me to interact regularly with parents and staff. This in turn has given me a broader perspective of the school.
    I have previously worked as a doctor (GP), I now work as a life coach and emotional well-being therapist.

  • Mr Paul Catterson

    I am the full time Club Doctor of Newcastle United FC. I graduated from Medicine at Newcastle University in 1999, becoming a full time Emergency Medicine Consultant in 2008. I have 4 children, the 3 oldest are currently either attending, or have previously attended, West Jesmond Primary School. I sit on the Finance Committee due to my experiences at work of being responsible for multi-million pound budgets.

  • Mr Adam Goldwater

    I am currently serving on the Governing Body having joined in 2016. Although I did not attend the school (my dad did in the late 1940’s!), I grew up locally and spent a lot of my childhood in Jesmond. I work for the Great North Museum as Learning, Engagement & Research Manager, valuing every opportunity for all children in the school to learn outside of the classroom allowing access to cultural and science opportunities. I am Chair of the Curriculum committee and excited by the inspiring breadth and progressive depth of the outstanding school Curriculum.

  • Mrs Cathy Hogan

    I have been on the governing body as a co-opted member for four years and fully appreciate the importance of a strong working partnership.
    As SENDCo and part of the school inclusion team, an essential part of my role is ensuring that inclusion is an integral part of our school development. I sit on the Inclusion committee which meets half termly to discuss, evaluate and plan to ensure all children are able to access all aspects of school life and I meet regularly with the link governor for vulnerable pupils.

  • Mr Matt Ife

    I am a Parent Governor, having joined the Governing Body in 2019, and I sit on the Finance and Personnel committees. I live locally and have two children; one already at West Jesmond and one joining Reception in September 2020. I am a Chartered Accountant and have spent most of my career working in financial services, and I now run my own financial advice business. I am proud to be able to contribute to the leadership of such a great school.

  • Mrs Sally Watson

    I was appointed as Parent Governor in 2019 and sit on the Curriculum committee. My daughter is a pupil here and my son, who was also a pupil here, is now in secondary school. Following a career in museums and having latterly worked at the Great North Museum, I am currently a PhD researcher at Newcastle University where I am investigating urban environments which support children’s outdoor play. Over the last year, I have learned a huge amount about the school and how the staff work to support all children in their learning. I hope that my experience as a parent and my professional experience of working in the arts and in research will enable me to make a useful contribution to the governing body.

Governor Information