A Warm Welcome from the Chair of Governors

At Washingwell Community Primary School, Governors, staff, parents and children work together in a happy, creative and high attaining environment; with our core values of happiness, excellence, ambition,  respect and togetherness underpinning everything that we do.

The Governing Body is involved with our school at every level. This includes finance, safeguarding, premises management and staff appointments. As Governors, we consider our most important role to be the safety, welfare and education of our pupils.

The children in our school achieve high standards across the curriculum. We are justifiably very proud of them and would like to thank the parents who encourage and support their children so admirably.

Governors are appointed to ensure that objectives are met, and that future planning is both visionary and realistic. We provide strategic direction for the improvement of the school; monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school; and hold the school to account for the standards achieved and the quality of education. We are here to support and encourage our Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and all school personnel to ensure that every one of our children has access to an enriched education and to all the opportunities that they deserve.

We seek to improve outcomes for all children through quality top sustainable, high quality and accountable leadership at all levels throughout the school; partnership with other schools, parents and the wider school community to enrich our school.

We are committed to making our school vision a reality and bringing real changes to the lives of our children.

Kind regards,

Mrs Wendy Ryder – Chair of Governors


Governing Body Membership

Mrs Wendy Ryder – Chair of Governors / Co-opted Governor

Mrs Amanda Vasey – Vice Chair of Governors / Co-opted Governor

Mrs Alison Hall – Head Teacher

Mr Steve Warwick – Co-opted Governor

Mr Mark Cheetham – Parent Governor

Mrs Alison Moses – Co-opted Governor

Mr Stuart Walker – Co-opted Governor

Mrs Jade Mustard – Staff Governor

Mrs Vanessa Armstrong – Co-opted Governor

Mrs Lynsey Gray – Parent Governor

 Governor Pen Portraits

Mrs Wendy Ryder

Chair of Governors

Term of Office Expiry: 7 July 2022

I was co-opted to a Governor position in July 2014 and attended my first full Governor meeting in the Autumn 2014 term; I was appointed as Chair of Governors in November 2018.   I have had 4 children attend Washingwell, all of whom have been very happy at the school and doing very well in terms of academic results.  Since becoming Governor I have attended a number of training opportunities and have been appointed as link Governor for year 6 as well as for school attendance/behaviour.

Currently in my working life I provide commercial and contracts advice at my husbands software company; we also own a number of holiday lets and private homes which we rent out.  Prior to this I worked for the NHS for 24 years until June 2014.  I have worked in many areas including community health, mental health, acute hospitals and health service management.  My last post in the NHS was “Clinical Senate Manager” which involved recruiting the top clinicians across the Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne & Wear to look at complex health issues across the region.  During my time in the NHS, I have gained experience in many areas including finance, commercial management, strategy work, recruitment and HR.

I feel very fortunate to have the time available to be involved with Washingwell and I look forward to becoming more involved in the work of the school and using my previous experience in my Governor role., I believe that children should have the best education and experience in school as possible as it stays with you for the rest of your life.

Mrs Amanda Vasey

Vice Chair of Governors

Term of Office Expiry: 1 April 2019

As a parent of two children at Washingwell I was delighted to be elected as a Parent Governor. My aim is to support the school with the outstanding opportunities it offers our children and encourage progress in all spheres.

As a teacher myself I am very aware of the demands on schools and hope to offer my experience to Washingwell to further develop the successes of the school and allow Washingwell to continue to grow. I am link governor for PSHE and sit on the Resources committee. I will use my role to ensure students, staff and all stake holders continue to get the best possible outcomes from our school.

As a parent, I feel very fortunate that my children attend a school where they feel secure and happy and make exceptional progress. I hope that as a Parent Governor I will be able to give something back to the school and support such dedicated and committed staff.

Mr Chris McHugh


Term of Office Expiry: 2 June 2019

It is a real pleasure to be a Governor at Washingwell Primary School. I am passionate about education and as a local resident I want to see our local primary school go from strength to strength.

I have particular interests in humanities, thinking skills, inclusive education and e-learning and I am a member of the Pupils and Curriculum Committee.  I look forward to working with you to fulfil our school ethos; to make sure all children at Washingwell Primary School realise their full potential in a safe, happy and secure place where all achievement is valued.

Mrs Alison Moses


Term of Office Expiry: 3 July 2022

I am delighted to be a Co-opted Governor at Washingwell Primary School.  I have 2 grown up children and an 8-month-old granddaughter who, in the not too distant future with be attending nursery and then primary school. 

I became a governor because I wanted to give something back to the Community and where better a place to start than the early years of child’s life.

I have worked for the Local Authority for the past 18 years, in Care Wellbeing and Learning; my role is primarily around care and support services for Older People, so being a part of the governance of a school makes a refreshing change. 

I look forward to learning more about Washingwell School and being an active Governor.

Mr Mark Cheetham


Term of Office Expiry: 22 January 2020

I became a governor because I want to contribute towards the improvements I have witnessed taking place in the school.

I have a daughter currently in year 5 and a second in Year 2. I also have a 3 year old boy, which will mean I hope to be involved with the school for the next 10 years.   Over the years I have seen my daughters thrive both socially and academically and recognise the part that the whole school staff team have played in this.

I currently work for the Local Authority in the Safer Communities Team. Within this role I have responsibilities around domestic abuse and have previously led work on hate crime, radicalisation and vulnerable victims.    Previously I have worked in a range of roles which have included: work on Equality and Diversity; Delivering training to young people at risk of offending; and, Sports Coaching. Through these positions I have developed a range of skills which I hope will benefit the school.

Mr Steve Warwick


Term of Office: 21 November 2020

A co-opted governor since 2016 at Washingwell Primary in the village of Whickham an area I was born in and have lived all my life.

I am married with one son and I am a grandad to two girls aged 5 and 2

I attended schools in Whickham before embarking on a career in the newspaper printing industry  starting as an apprentice compositor.

Before retiring in 2016 I had 43 years service, producing local and national newspapers on a daily basis. As senior production manager for the operation I held the responsibility of ensuring each printed product was produced to demanding deadlines with a multi-million pound budget.

At present I work with a publishing company on a part time basis as well as doing some voluntary work for Whickham Community Centre.

I hope to bring a different view to the board meetings and I have enjoyed working with all at the school for the last few years.

Mr Stuart Walker


Term of Office Expiry:


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