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Governing Body Vacancy - Co-Opted Governors Required


The Drive Community Primary School Governing Body currently has two vacancies for a co-opted governor. A co-opted governor is a person who in the opinion of the governing body has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.


Applications are welcomed from parents/guardians or other people from our community who are keen to help us continue to improve the schools performance and make a difference to all the children’s futures. Co-opted governors are not elected through a parent election but are instead appointed directly by the governing body.


The core purpose of the governing body is:


  • Ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined
  • Ensuring that the head teacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school
  • Ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources

In order to perform this role well, a governor is expected to:

  • Get to know the school, including by visiting the school during school hours and gain a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Attend induction training and other training and development events
  • Attend meetings (full governing body meeting and committee meetings) and read papers in advance of the meeting
  • Act in the best interest of all the pupils in the school
  • Behave in a professional manner, as set down in the governing body’s code of conduct, including acting in strict confidence.


If you require further information on the role of governor or wish to discuss these vacancies please contact the main school office or alternatively complete and submit the attached application form.

Co-Opted Governor Application Form

Welcome to The Drive Community Primary School


The Governing Body at The Drive Primary School plays a key role in helping oversee the strategic direction of the school and works in partnership with the Head teacher and Senior Management Team looking at how it should best develop and improve. The main aim of a Governing body is to ensure the delivery of a high standard of education for all pupils in its care.  This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, setting targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.

The governing body has the following core strategic functions:

Establishing the strategic direction, by:

  • Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
  • Meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability, by:

  • Appointing the head teacher
  • Monitoring progress towards targets
  • Performance managing the head teacher
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity, by:

  • Setting the budget
  • Monitoring spending against the budget
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained

The Governing Body consists of a range of governors from the Gateshead community, the school and specifically from The Drive community. The following are the current Drive Primary School Governors:

Chair of Governors

Vice Chair of Governors / Local Authority Governor

Mr David Napier

Cllr Anne Wheeler

Parent Governors

Co-Opted Governors

Mrs Hayley Donohue

Mrs Suzanne Duff

Mrs Claire Perrin

Ms Emma Johnson

Mrs Maureen Hird

Staff Governor

Associate Governor

Ms Karina Scott

Mrs Jeanette Smith

Schools are now required to display a record of Governor attendance at meetings for each school academic year. 

Governing Body Attendance 2016-2017

Governing Body Attendance 2016-2017 1

The table below details further information relating to the Governing Body including attendance at meetings from September 2015 to July 2016.

Governing Body Attendance Sept 2015 - July 2016

Governing Body Attendance Sept 2015 - July 2016 1

Governing Body Business Interests

Governing Body Business Interests 1

The governing body has adopted the following principles and procedures:

Governors Code of Conduct 2016

Governor Curriculum Responsibilities