All state maintained primary, secondary and special schools, are accountable to their governing bodies, which in turn are accountable to parents and the community.  Governing bodies make decisions which are in the best interests of the children and young people. Keeping the decision making as close as possible to those that are affected by the decisions makes for sound and efficient leadership and governance. Fulfilling the role of a school governor is, therefore, both a serious undertaking and enormously rewarding.

Committee Structure and Governor Links 2016-2017

Cttee Structure

Committee Structure and Attendance


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Mrs Sharon Johnson

Chair of Governors

Term of Office Expiry: 4 July 2017

I am a parent of 2 children at Washingwell. I have been on the Governing Body for the last 5 years, and am now the Chair.

I became involved in the Governing Body as I wanted to know what was going on within school and help improve the outcomes for the children at our school.

I am proud of the hard work our school puts into the education and all round development of the children in our care and am looking forward to being involved in the school as it continues to grow over the next few years, whilst continuing to provide a safe and stimulating environment for our pupils.

Mr Simon McLoughlin

Vice Chair of Governors

Term of Office Expiry: 13 July 2019

I have recently become a co-opted governor at Washingwell Primary and I am delighted to be able to serve my local community in this way.  I am a qualified primary teacher and currently teach a Year 2 class in Newcastle. Before teaching, I studied Modern Languages at Newcastle University, during which time I spent stints abroad, living and working in both France and Germany. Although I am from Northern Ireland originally, Gateshead is now my home.  I hope to bring my educational knowledge to my role as a governor at Washingwell, especially my experiences of working full time in a classroom in a different school.

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 work as an RE teacher in a secondary school and sixth form by day and I hope to bring some of my own experiences and understanding to the role of school governor.

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 Wendy Ryder


Term of Office Expiry: 7 July 2018

I was co-opted to a Governor position in July 2014 and attended my first full Governor meeting in the Autumn 2014 term.  I have 2 children in the school, one in KS1 and one in KS2 and both are very happy at Washingwell; I also have 2 older children who both attended Washingwell, again, both of them loved it there!  Since becoming Governor I have attended a number of training opportunities and have been appointed as link Governor for early years education and school attendance.

Currently in my working life I provide commercial and contracts advice at my husbands software company; we’ve also recently bought a number of properties which we intend to renovate and sell.  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.

Mr Toby Rogers


Term of Office Expiry: 16 March 2019

I recently became a Governor at Washingwell Primary School because I’m keen to make a positive contribution to education in my local area. I have an in-depth knowledge of the education sector garnered from my role as Head of Support at Pebble in Newcastle, and work with schools on a daily basis providing training, coaching and software that empowers them to generate funding for their educational projects.

I’m passionate about Washingwell Primary School’s vision, aims and values, and am looking forward to contributing to the school’s success. An experienced business analyst and project manager, I’m keen to bring my skills to bear in helping develop the future strategy of the school.

I don’t have any children (yet) but as a former Whickham resident, and alumnus of Whickham School & Sports College, I’m delighted to be able to put something back into the community where I grew up.

Mrs Amanda Vasey


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 staffing and finance 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 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 3 and a second in reception in September. I also have a 2 year old boy, which will mean I hope to be involved with the school for the next 10 years.   Over the last 3 years I have seen my daughter 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

I am delighted to say I have recently become a co-opted governor 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 a two year old.

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

Before retiring earlier this year 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.

With a limited knowledge of the education system I hope to bring a different view to the board meetings and I look forward to working with all at the school.

Mrs Carole Adamson


Term of Office: 22 November 2020

I am looking forward to getting involved with Washingwell Primary as a co-opted governor.

I have one grown-up daughter who is a qualified English teacher but now working in the education system. I also have two step-children who attend primary and senior school in the area.

I have always been interested in education, having volunteered in schools previously both at primary school and senior school supporting teachers in the classroom.

I have worked in a variety of government departments in numerous roles, managing teams and individuals, motivating them to improve and seek solutions to problems. I currently work as a technical adviser providing advice and interpreting legislation within a large government department.

I believe all children deserve a great education and achieve their potential academically and creatively.

I am keen to learn more about Washingwell and hope to be able to offer my experience wherever possible.


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