The Governing Body are a group of people who make important decisions about the running of the academy. This can include anything from decisions about employing new staff to how to spend the academy's budget. Their role is to hold the Principal to account and to ensure the academy is well run and successful. Governors come from all walks of life and share a commitment to the children at the academy.

With effect from the academic year 2016/17 a new model of governance will be in place operating with a Joint Board (the Stockton on Tees Primary Board) across the three Stockton NET primary academies (Norton, Oak Tree and Frederick Nattrass) within which operates a Portfolio Sub Committee which specifically focuses upon Norton Primary.

Further details can be found within the Terms of Reference.

If you are interested in joining the Governing Body please speak to Susan Dawson.

Please click below to find out more about our local governing board and to read a summary of their portfolio meetings for the Spring term 2017:

Meet the Governors

Portfolio Summary for Parents Spring 2017

Stockton on Tees Primary Board Membership:

Chair of Governors
Mr John Taylor (date of appointment:11/07/2016)

Vice Chair:

Mr Keith Morrison (date of appointment 11/07/2016)

Ms Susan Dawson (date of appointment: 11/07/2016)
Mrs Caroline Reed (date of appointment: 11/07/2016)
Mrs Debra Murphy (date of appointment: 11/07/2016)

Chairs of Portfolio Sub Committees:

Mrs Lynda Brown (date of appointment:01/11/2016)
Mr Peter Parish (date of appointment: 11/07/2016)
Mrs Denise McLean (date of appointment: 11/07/2016)

Staff Governor:

Mrs Connie Buckley (date of appointment: 11/07/2016)

Parent Governors:

Mrs Bev Goodall (date of appointment: 11/07/2016)
Mr Phillip Steel (date of appointment: 08/03/2017)

Hub Board Member Pecuniary Interest(s) Date Declared
John Taylor John R Taylor Ltd Consultancy (Owner and Director) 11/07/2016
Keith Morrison Stockton Borough Council Education Improvement Service: (General Advisor) 11/07/2016
Susan Dawson Nil 11/07/2016
Caroline Reed Nil 06/10/2016
Debra Murphy Nil 29/09/2016
Denise McLean Denimac Ltd: Management consultancy financial services) 11/07/2016
Peter Parish Education Consultancy (self-employed): occasional work for NET and NEA 11/07/2016
Connie Buckley Nil 07/07/2016
Bev Goodall Nil 11/07/2016
Lynda Brown

Member of the VENN Academy Trust

Vice Chair of Governors - Beacon School Sunderland

Member of the Board of Thornhill, Washington, Oxclose Primary Academy
Phillip Steel Nil 01/09/2016

Members of Governing Body Portfolio Sub Committee:

Mr Peter Parish (Chair of Sub Committee date of appointment 11/07/2016: portfolio holder for Leadership and Management)
Cllr Robert Cook (date of appointment:01/09/2016: portfolio holder for Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment)
Mrs Bev Goodall (date of appointment:01/09/2016: portfolio holder for Finance and Resources)
Mr Shaun Haywood (date of appointment 05/10/2016: portfolio holder for Outcomes)
Miss Laura Love (date of appointment 01/09/2016: portfolio holder for Community)
Miss Yasmin Wallas (date of appointment 01/12/2016: portfolio holder for Personal Development and Welfare)

Portfolio Committee Member Pecuniary Interest(s) Date Declared
Peter Parish Education Consultancy (self-employed): occasional work for NET and NEA 11/07/2016
Bev Goodall Nil 11/07/2016
Laura Love Nil 05/10/2016
Robert Cook Stockton Borough Council: Non Parochial Councilor 05/10/2016
Shaun Haywood Nil 05/10/2016
Yasmin Wallas Nil 07/12/2016

Members of the Governing Body during 2015 - 2016 also included:

Mrs Jean Hart (date of appointment 01/01/2014 - end of term of office 31/08/2016)
Mrs Glenda Steel (date of appointment: 01/01/2013 / date of resignation 31/03/2016 )
Mr Neil Stoddart (date of appointment: 11/01/2013 / date of resignation: 10/09/2015)
Miss Justine Taylor (date of appointment:11/10/2011 - 10/10/2015; reappointed 14/10//2015, resigned 01/02/2016)
Mr John Collings (date of appointment 16/09/2016, date of resignation 28/02/2016)
Mr David Burns (date of appointment 11/11/2015, date of resignation 03/10/2016)
Mrs Jane Loomes (date of appointment 01/09/2015, date of resignation 25/09/2016)

Effective Governance

There are three core strategic functions of governing bodies:

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

As governors we understand that evidence suggests that governors that carry out their role well do so by:

  • understanding their strategic role, building a productive and supportive relationship with the principal while holding them to account for school performance and taking hard decisions in the light of objective data;
  • ensuring governors have the necessary skills and commitment, including to challenge the school to bring about improvement and hold leaders to account for performance;
  • appointing an effective chair to lead and manage the governing board
  • appointing a high quality clerk to advise them on the nature of their functions and duties and who ensures that that governing board operates efficiently and effectively;
  • evaluating their performance regularly in the light of expectations and other good practice and making changes as necessary to improve their effectiveness; and
  • governing more than one school to develop a more strategic perspective and create a more robust accountability through the ability to compare and contrast across schools.

As governors we acknowledge we have responsibility for ensuring that Norton Primary Academy within Northern Education Trust has an effective and appropriate system of control, financial and otherwise.

Board Member
Pecuniary Interest
Declared Date
Jean Hart None 19/03/2014
Justine Taylor None 19/03/2014
Glenda Steel None 19/03/2014
Neil Stoddart None 19/03/2014
Robert Cook Stockton BC lead
Member of Parliament Office
DTV Airport Director
Bev Goodall None 19/06/2014
Susan Dawson None 19/03/2014
John Collings NET Director of Safeguarding / Governance
JCML Associates Sole Director
Academy 360 Trust board member / Chair
National Governors Association Board member
Jane Loomes None 11/11/2015
David Burns None 11/11/2015
Laura Love None 09/03/2016


The full governing board has formally met 4 times during the year. Attendance during the 2015-16 year at meetings of the full governing board was as follows:

Board Member Meetings Attended Out of Possible
Jean Heart 4 4
Susan Dawson 4 4
Justine Taylor 2 3
Glenda Steel 1 3
Neil Stoddart 0 2
Robert Cook 3 4
Bev Goodall 4 4
Jane Loomes 2 3
John Collings 1 2
Laura Love 2 2
David Burns 1 3

The Resources committee is a sub-committee of the main governing board. The purpose of the resources committee is to monitor the integrity of the financial statements of the academy, receive and monitor the reports of internal and external auditors, develop a risk assessment model and review the adequacy and security of arrangements for employees and contractors, consideration of the condition and suitability for learning of the academy's buildings and review the procedures for risk assessment of health and safety. Attendance at meetings in the year was as follows:

Board Member Meetings Attended Out of Possible
Jean Hart 3 3
Susan Dawson 3 3
Neil Stoddart 0 1
Bev Goodall 3 3
David Burns 1 2

The School Improvement committee is a sub-committee of the main governing board. Its purpose is to consider and approve curriculum provision linked to pupil outcomes and associated teaching and support staff resource, approval of Improvement Plans. Attendance at meetings in the year was as follows:

Jean Hart
3 3
Susan Dawson
3 3
Laura Love 1 1
Jane Loomes 1 2
John Collings 1 2
Glenda Steel 0 2
Justine Taylor 1 2

For further information about the governance and trustees of Northern Education Trust please click on the link below: