Governor Information

As a governor, you share in the strategic responsibility of promoting high educational standards and ensuring that your school is conducted as a Catholic school in accordance with the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle’s Memorandum of Understanding, the school’s Instrument of Government and other legislation. All Catholic schools are under the authority of the Bishop.

The school’s Instrument of Government defines the school category and identifies the types of governors that must be represented in governing body meetings. As a voluntary aided school under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, it is the responsibility of the Bishop to appoint an overall majority of the governors who are known as foundation governors.

Foundation governors have a duty to protect the Bishop’s interests and play a leading role in the Catholic community: they collaborate with the Bishop in his ministry in education. It is therefore important for them to:-

Know and implement the bishop’s policies on education including religious education

Understand and promote the distinctive nature of Catholic education

Act for the good of Catholic education as a whole within the diocese

Secure the long term future of Catholic education

The governors of a Catholic school work as a team, in close co-operation with the headteacher and all staff, in fulfilling these duties.

As well as Foundation governors there are governors who represent the teaching staff; non-teaching staff; Parents and the Local Authority. The headteacher is a member of the governing body as is the Parish priest who is a Foundation governor.

Governors meet termly for full governing body meetings and for committee meetings. All governors are encouraged to visit the school taking on a subject area responsibility. Times and dates of all meetings and the minutes from the meetings are available for inspection in the school.

If you are interested taking up the challenging but rewarding role of governor in the school please contact the headteacher in the first instance to register your interest.

Chris Wilson Mr G Hunton 
Chair of Governors Vice Chair 
I have had the privilege of serving on St Patrick’s governing body for over twenty years as a Foundation Governor and have recently been appointed as a National Leader of Governance for the National College for School Leadership Governors have a hugely important part to play in setting the strategic direction of the school working alongside the Senor Management Team, to ensure children are give the best possible start along their education journey. I believe that this responsibility is discharged at t Patrick’s to the very best of our ability. I have lived in St Patrick’s Parish for 36 years and am an active member of the Parish. I first joined the Board of Governors of St Patrick’s school, as an elected Parent Governor. My first term of office was for two years. Following this I was asked by the then Parish Priest, Fr David Russell if I would consider becoming a Foundation Governor to which I agreed. Overall I have been a Governor for 23 years. Presently I hold the position of Assistant Chair Person and I am the Governor responsible for Science, Race Equality and Safeguarding. I go into school on a regular basis and meet as many pupils as I can as well as their parents.  


CEO Miss Maura Regan
Foundation 1 Emma Richardson (ONGOING APPLICATION)
Foundation 2 Rev John Cooper
Foundation 3 Michael Wood
Foundation 4 Louise Foster
Foundation 5 Mr Nicholas Mitchinson
Headteacher 1 Mr Steve Williams
Parent 1 Mrs Rachel Robinson
Staff 1 Samantha Hamilton


Governor Documents: 

Code of Conduct for Governors Review July 2023
Competency framework for governance
Governance Handbook FINAL
Governor Business Interests 2020 2021
Knowing Your School Resource Pack for Governors
LGC Attendance 2020-2021
Scheme of Delegation January 2020
Structure and Remit of Carmel Education Trust and Committees
Terms of Office MASTER
Terms of Reference Local Governing Committee April 2020