Richard has been a governor at Fell Dyke since 2013 and has been Chair of Governors since Autumn 2014. Richard is a qualified teacher currently working for a teacher trade union and is committed to striving for the best for the children and staff at Fell Dyke. He has two young daughters, Emily & Rosie, and has lived in Gateshead for more than 10 years. Richard is a member of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and the Safeguarding Adults Board in Gateshead and also a governor at Caedmon Community Primary School.
Councillor Malcolm Graham is a strong advocate of education. As a governor and ex-chairperson of Fell Dyke Primary School, I have always worked to ensure that the pupils of Fell Dyke get the best chance in life. Children should be armed with a good education in readiness for future job prospects and life long security. I will happily play my part in the continuing progression, development and achievements of this already remarkable school.
Reverend Dorothy Snowball
I am co-opted governor and enjoy very much being involved with the school and follow the amazing work that goes on at the school. It is not only the children who work very hard but also all of the staff who help to make learning an exciting and interesting experience. I am the Priest in Charge of St. Thomas’ Church at Eighton Banks and have been for a number of years now. It is good to be part of the school and meet lots of children and parents who live in the parish.
Hello, my name is Samantha and I am a new Governor to Fell Dyke Primary School. I am Programme Leader at Gateshead 3-7 SCITT and my job involves managing teacher training for 50 Post Graduate trainees. I have worked with the Fell Dyke Primary for the past 5 years, placing trainees and working closely with colleagues. I am so pleased I can be part of such a special school in my Governor role. Away from work I am mum to a very energetic and funny 2 year old who keeps me busy! My interests include reading, a spot of gardening and watching the soaps (when I get a minute) I am looking forward to working with staff and Governors to continue to ensure Fell Dyke Primary School is an outstanding school.
Guy has been a Governor at Fell Dyke since 2017. Guy is Campus Director at Northumbria University and previously Head of Department and Principal Lecturer at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. He has previously held roles in the public and private sector in the areas of strategic marketing and economic development. Having lived in Gateshead all of his life, Guy is an active member of the local community alongside being a committee member and contributor for a range of national organisations including the Association of Business Executives and National Association of School Business Managers.
Emma has been a parent at Fell Dyke and part of the Fell Dyke community since 2007. She has had all of her three children attend our school, 2 of which have since left and moved to Secondary Education.
She has been a willing parent volunteer and has assisted on school visits, swimming and is also a committed volunteer in our breakfast club.
Hi My name is Davina Reay and I am a staff governor.I have worked at Fell Dyke for almost 8 years and currently teach in Year 1. I wanted to be a staff governor to provide a voice for the staff, children and parents. I wish to have a more active part in how our school operates and performs. My eldest child starts primary school this year so I have a keen interest in how schools are ran and decisions made. I am an approachable person with excellent people skills and a positive can- do attitude. I hope to help shape the vision of the Fell Dyke.
A governor at Fell Dyke since 2018, I have worked in education for more than forty years, principally in the university sector as Undergraduate Programme Director in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at Northumbria University. I worked in the independent sector for 2 years with children of primary school age and have been an in-class volunteer at Fell Dyke since 2013. A firm supporter of MFL as a distinctive communication skill, I enjoyed promoting MFL in various secondary schools locally and regionally, and welcome its teaching at Fell Dyke. Believing in a broad, inclusive and high standard of education for children at every stage, I am keen to ensure and assure their smooth transition from primary to secondary school. My own interests are geared very much to travel, culture and sport.
Welcome from the Chair of Governors
Welcome to the Governors’ page of our fantastic school website. On this page you’ll find useful information about what we (as Fell Dyke’s governors) are doing alongside some key information about us.
At Fell Dyke Community Primary School, our team of governors volunteer their time to constantly work with the Head Teacher and staff to move our school forward.
The purpose of having a governing body is to:
- ensure the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction
- help the school to set high standards through target setting and monitoring
- be a critical friend of the school while offering support, advice and a sounding board
- encourage the links between school, parents and the community
- work with the school on planning and developing policies
- keep the school under review and strive for the best
- agree and monitor school policy
- oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money well spent
Our governors are a mixture of parent, staff, local authority and community representatives with a broad range of skills enabling us to be effective in our role within the school.
We meet as a full Governing Body once per term to consider the strategic direction of the school. We also meet in smaller committees to discuss, in further detail, Resources (finance, staffing, premises, health & safety), Curriculum & Pupils. Governors also work with staff to regularly monitor and have a first-hand overview of our school and all year groups from Nursery to Year 6.
Below you’ll find information about who we are, some news/announcements, useful documents and how to contact us.
With best wishes,
Richard Marshall (Chair of Governors)
Governing Body/Committee Membership/Attendance
We currently have a co-opted governor vacancy to fill. If you think you have the skills and experience to be a co-opted governor, please get in touch. In particular we’d like to hear from anyone who has good links with local businesses and the community.
Here are the declared pecuniary interests of the governors. All other governors have confirmed that they have no interests to declare.
|Mr R Marshall||Governor at Caedmon Primary School|
|Ms K Savage, Mrs H Sellars,
Mrs R Smith
|Staff at Fell Dyke|
The full original signed paper copy is kept at school for reference and updated at least annually.
Useful information and documents
- ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT – You may wonder what the Fell Dyke governors get up to. In order to illustrate some of our work we’ve produced an Annual Governance Statement which is updated annually. Read our Annual Governance Statements here…
- AGS 2016-17 (Link to document)
- AGS 2015-16 (Link to document)
- AGS 2014-15 (Link to document)
- BEING A GOVERNOR – Want to know more about the role of governor and what processes we have in place in school for the election/appointment of governors. We’ve produced an information pack that should answer your questions! Click here to view the document (LINK TO GOVERNOR INFORMATION DOC).
- POLICY – You can read our “Payment of governors’ allowances policy” by clicking here. (LINK TO POLICY)
Getting in touch with governors
You can write to the governors at:
The Governing Body (or The Chair of Governors)
Fell Dyke Community Primary School
Or Email: FellDykeCommunityPrimarySchool@gateshead.gov.uk – please ensure you include “FAO the governors” or “FAO the Chair of governors” in the subject line.
In person: We try to ensure a governor is available and in school during the parent teacher consultations although this does depend on the workload/personal commitments of governors. You may also see governors in and around school and at events from time to time – we usually wear a lanyard with “Governor” clearly marked.
Complaints & concerns: If your contact is regarding a concern or complaint please refer to the school’s complaints procedure.
In accordance with the school policy we ask that parents wishing to contact governors or who wish to make a complaint contact us using the above details. Parents must not use social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) to raise concerns about the school or to have conversation with governors about school matters. Governors will support school leaders who take further action for comments made on social media.