Our Governors

Kells Lane Primary School

Our Governors

Mrs R Swinbank

Headteacher Governor

Mr M J Hetherington

Chair of Governors

Mrs J Donabie

Vice Chair

Mrs A Whitehead

Vice Chair

Mr N Brown

Co-opted Governor (Health and Safety)

Mr D Henderson

Co-opted Governor (Safeguarding)

Mr F Barber

Parent Governor

Rev’d Y Greener

Co-opted Governor

Mrs T Johnstone

Co-opted Governor

Mr J Rayner

Staff Governor

Mrs M Paterson

Co-opted Governor

Mrs T Skinner

Associate Governor

The Governing Body

The governing body at Kells Lane Primary School meet at least once a term for scheduled ‘Full Governing Body’ meetings. Meetings of sub-committees for staffing, finance, curriculum, premises or management issues also occur on a termly basis.

The governing body consists of

Chair of Governors

Mr M Hetherington c/o Kells Lane Primary School, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5HX

Headteacher Governor

Mrs R Swinbank, Kells Lane Primary School, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5HX

Local Education Authority Representatives

Mr M Hetherington – Chair of Governors

Parent Governors

Mr F Barber


Community/Co-opted Governors

Mr N Brown

Mrs J Donabie (Vice Chair)

Ms Megan Benedelow

Mrs A Whitehead (Vice Chair)

Mrs T Johnstone

Mr D Henderson (Safeguarding)

Rev Y Greener

Staff Governors

Mr J Rayner

Associate Governors

Mrs T Skinner

Miss M Wilson

Recent Governors (last 12 months)

Mrs A Whistler

Mr S Walters

Link Inspector

Mrs M Maitland

What do governors do?

All schools have governors to help with the senior leadership of the school. They are involved in key decisions such as setting the school’s aims, strategic planning, appointing teachers, setting school policies and agreeing how the school will spend its budget (they do not decide how much money the school can have, unfortunately).


Parent governors are sometimes asked to pass on complaints. This is not their role, it is much better to talk about issues in person by speaking to the teacher, phase leader, deputy headteacher or headteacher. To make an appointment please contact the school on 0191 4334140 or by email to [email protected] You can also contact the governors directly at [email protected]


Please note that all parents have access to all governing body minutes, which are stored for this purpose in the general office off the key stage 2 hall along with the school policies.


With reference to charges for the use of the school’s facilities; the school Governing Body have agreed charges for the use of the school’s facilities. These charges are made in accordance with the needs and priorities of the groups wishing to make use of the school as identified by the Governors. Specific charges are available from the Headteacher.