School Governors

Richard Marshall

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.

Malcolm Graham

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.

Sam Girling

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 Brown

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, finance & staffing, curriculum & pupils, and premises health & safety. 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


Parent Vacancy!
We currently have one vacancy on our governing body – we will be seeking expressions of interest at present and plan on holding an election process in due course. You must be a parent or carer of a child that currently attends Fell Dyke. If you are interested and would like to find out more please speak to Ms Savage, Mrs Smith or Mrs Sellars. More information about being a governor is also available below.

Co-Opted Vacancy!
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.

Pecuniary Interests
Here are the declared pecuniary interests of the governors. All other governors have confirmed that they have no interests to declare.

Name Declaration
Mrs C Snee Governor at Roman Road Primary School
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.

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 2015-16 (Link to Annual Governance Statement 15-16)
AGS 2014-15 (Link to Annual Governance Statement 14-15)

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. 

POLICY – You can read our “Payment of governors’ allowances policy” by clicking here.

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
Springwell Road

Or Email: – 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.







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