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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:

Governing Body Membership

Chair of Governors

Vice Chair of Governors / Local Authority Governor

Mr David Napier

Cllr Anne Wheeler

Parent Governors

Co-Opted Governors

Mrs Rebecca Allan

Mrs Sian Johnson


Mrs Suzanne Duff

Ms Emma Johnson

Ms Heather Gofton

Mrs Claire Perrin

Mrs Jeanette Smith

Mrs Anne Spour

Staff Governor

Associate Governors

Mrs Karina Cuthbertson

Mrs Pippa Ellis

Ms Rebecca Pedlow

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

The table below details further information relating to the Governing Body including attendance at meetings from September 2020 to July 2021.

Governing Body Attendance Sept 2020-July 2021

Full Governing Body Meeting Attendance

Committee Meeting Attendance

The governing body has adopted the following principles and procedures:

Governing Body Business Interests


Governing Body Committee Membership

Governance Handbook

Governor's Code of Conduct

Instrument of Governance