Ovingham Middle School is a successful school catering for young people aged 8 – 13, serving mainly the villages of Stocksfield, Wylam, Ovingham and Ovington and being a governor of the school is an important role which requires commitment and dedication.  Each member contributes to the work of the Governing Body in raising standards of achievement for all pupils.

The governing body consists of: 

  • 2 Parent governors
  • 1 Local Authority governor
  • 1 Staff governor
  • 1 Head teacher
  • 7 Co-opted governors.

The three core strategic functions of a governing body are: 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The commitment from governors:

  • 2 termly governing body meetings averaging 2 / 3 hours
  • Additional Committee meetings that might involve school improvement / financial discussions / staffing issues / Property & buildings decisions / policy determination etc.
  • Specific issues that could involve a series of connected meetings of a confidential nature e.g. capability/disciplinary/complaint
  • Willingness to undertake induction and other specific training as required

The role of Governor can be hugely rewarding in terms of the impact that they can have on the outcomes for children as well as the opportunity to learn and develop new skills that can be of benefit beyond the school community.

Governor record of attendance 2018-19

Governing Body Details

Kathryn Brown

I have been involved with OMS, first as part of the PTA and then as a member of the governing body, since 1991. My background in education, working firstly as a teacher, then as a Local Authority Consultant and most recently as a Regional Adviser for The National Strategies allows me to bring considerable educational expertise to the governing body.

 Office Held: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 4 Years

Date Appointed: 24/09/2015

Committee Membership: Chair of Governors, Curriculum & Achievement, Finance, Staffing, Challenge.

Governor Responsibilities: Maths, English, SEN and Pupil Premium

Michael McNeill

I have been a parent governor for just over 4 years. I live in Ovingham, and have three children who all attended the school. My background is in technical businesses so I help the school with finance, staffing, and building related issues. I never cease to be impressed by how hard the staff work, by the high levels of attainment for all children at the school, and by the senior leadership team’s commitment to on-going continued improvement. The children certainly benefit educationally, but also from all the clubs, trips and support available to them while at the school.

Office Held: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 4 Years

Date Appointed: 24/09/2015

Committee Membership: Finance, Staffing, Buildings, Health & Safety (chair)

Governor Responsibilities: Science and Music

Declaration Details: None

 Melanie Smith

I first became a governor a number of years ago when my eldest son attended OMS. I have continued in the role long after both he and his younger brother have left as I believe strongly in the values and ethos of the school. My youngest son currently attends OFS. Professionally I am a secondary science and maths teacher. I feel my 20 years experience within education allows me to contribute to and support the leadership of OMS.

 Office Held: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 4 Years

Date Appointed: 20/06/2016

Committee Membership: Staffing, Curriculum and Achievement, Challenge

Governor Responsibilities: Safeguarding

Declaration Details: None

John Sedgwick

I am now retired and have lived in Wylam for the last 30 years. I have a son at Ovingham Middle School . Most of my career was spent as a police officer where I was involved with multi agency working, interviewing, Youth Offending Programmes, strategic planning, crisis management, programme management, risk management and budget planning.
Post retirement, I have been involved in many volunteer roles within the scouting movement and as a school governor. I have been on the governing board at Wylam First School and at Ovingham Middle School. As a governor I have under taken many roles and responsibilities. I have been chair and vice chair as well as sitting on a number of committees including Staffing, Finance, and performance. I have also implemented changes to school staffing structures.
My interests include walking, cycling, theme parks and holidaying in France.

 Office Held: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 4 Years

Date Appointed: 21/03/2017

Committee Membership: Staffing (chair)

Governor Responsibilities: French

Declaration Details: None

Jonathan Strutt

As a new member of the team of Governors at OMS, I’m passionate about the school’s ethos and mission. I’m extremely impressed by the levels of commitment and professionalism demonstrated by staff and the leadership at the school, not to mention the positive impact it has on the local community. Through my commercial experience, I hope to contribute to the schools mission, investing in the learning and development of the young people in our region. 

Office Held: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 4 Years

Date Appointed: 27/06/2017

Committee Membership: Buildings,Health and Safety, Finance (chair), Vice Chair

Governor Responsibilities: Pupil Liasion / School Council, RRSA and IT systems

Declaration Details: None

Lizzie Mainwaring

I have a child in Year 6 at OMS and two children (Year 4 and Year 2) at BFS, who will attend OMS. I am a PTA member at both schools.
Professionally, I am a Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities. I have recently returned to practice following a five year career break to look after my children and my current post is with CYPS (Children and Young People’s Services), as a Community Nurse.
I also run a support group locally for parents of children with Autism, SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and communication disorders.
I hope that this experience will benefit the school.

Office held: Parent Governor

Term of office: 4 years

Date appointed: 21/11/17

Committee Membership: Curriculum and Achievement, Buildings, Health and Safety

Governor Responsibilities: PSHE

Declarations: none

David Smith

I have two children, one currently at Ovingham Middle and another at Broomley First school, and am a big advocate of the three tier system having grown up in the South unaware that such a system existed. I am currently a Health & Safety Advisor and Trainer working in the education sector, have experience in teaching and have extensive knowledge of fire safety having worked in Fire & Rescue for a number of years. I hope to be able to help steer the ship in these new and exciting times of change for Ovingham Middle School.

Office Held: Parent Governor

Term of Office: 4 Years

Date Appointed: 21/11/2017

Committee Membership: Buildings, Health and Safety, Finance

Governor Responsibilities: Art, PE and RE

Declaration Details: None

Alex Snowdon

I am Staff Governor at Ovingham Middle School. I have worked in schools since 2002 and been a qualified teacher since 2005, teaching in middle, secondary and high schools. In 2015 I joined OMS, where I teach mainly English (with some History and Geography) as well as being a Year 8 form teacher. I am Rights Respecting Schools Coordinator and oversee the School Council. I am also a school representative for the National Education Union.

Office Held: Staff Governor

Term of Office: 4 Years

Date Appointed: 26/06/2018

Committee Membership: Curriculum and Achievement

Declaration Details: None

Alex Baty

I was born and raised in the Tyne Valley and I have two young children, the eldest of whom is currently attending OFS. I am a chartered engineer and have worked in the aerospace industry for the last 12 years. I believe this background will enable me to make a positive contribution to the governing body.

Office Held: Parent Governor

Term of Office: 4 Years

Date Appointed: 

Committee Membership: Curriculum and Achievement

Governor Responsibilities: IT and Design Technology

Declaration Details: 

Shona McCreedy

I joined the Governors at OMS as a co-opted Governor in the 2018/19 academic year; I have one daughter currently at OMS and another set to join OMS in September 2019.  I had worked in education funding for the SFA and ESFA for 11 years before moving on to Northumberland College as a contracts and compliance manager, working at the college has given me an insight to the higher level issues and problems that the education sector faces.  Therefore, I decided to become a governor to support the school through the ever changing world of education and funding.

From what I have seen of the school and through talking to my daughter and her friends OMS is a friendly and welcoming school, with supportive and passionate teachers.

Office Held: Parent Governor

Term of Office: 4 Years

Date Appointed: 29/01/2019

Committee Membership: Staffing

Governor Responsibilities: History and Geography

Declaration Details: None