Who Are School Governors? What do School Governors do?

School governors are volunteers who help to decide on the direction, focus and ethos of the school. Governors work closely with the headteacher, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA). Governors are actively involved in the decision making process. They support and challenge the leadership team and other staff to ensure the best possible outcomes for Crookhill children.

A school governing body has a strategic role in the development of the school but does not become involved in the day-to-day management issues – that is the role of the Head Teacher.

School governors:

  • Provide a strategic view. They help to set and maintain the broad framework within which the Head Teacher and staff should run the school

  • Act as a critical friend. Governors provide the Head Teacher with support and offer advice and information but also provide some challenge. The governing body is there to monitor and evaluate the school’s effectiveness and governors should therefore be prepared to ask challenging questions

  • Ensure accountability. The Head Teacher and staff report to the governing body on the school’s performance. In turn the governing body is accountable to all stakeholders on the school’s overall performance.

    Crookhill governors have high aspirations for everyone in our school. They work together to ensure our pupils have the best start in life and achieve to the best of their abilities while they are at Crookhill. 

Our Governors                                                        

Mrs Debra Ryan – Coopted Governor, Chair

Miss Catherine Bulman – Parent Governor,  Vice - Chair

Mrs Kelly Murray -  Co-opted Member
Mrs Anne Turnbull – Parent Governor

Miss Anna Lucas - Parent Governor

Mr Jon Innerdale - Co-opted Member
Mrs Carolyn Willoughby – Co-opted Governor

Councillor Freda Geddes - LA Appointed

Mrs Debra Kelly – Staff Governor
Miss Kristine McCormack – Head Teacher Governor
 Clerk to the Governors:

Gabrielle Mains
Dryden PDC Evistones Road Gateshead NE9 5UR

 School Financial Information

There are no school employees who have a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more.

The school financial benchmarking information for Crookhill Primary School can be found by following the link below.

 Crookhill Community Primary School - Schools Financial Benchmarking - GOV.UK (