Our Governing Body

Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA) and visit the school regularly to meet with staff and discuss/observe various aspects of school work.

Jigsaw Learning Trust

Ouston Primary School are a member of the Jigsaw Learning Trust. You can view their Financial details including Director and Trustees,  Articles of Association and Financial Statements on their website.

Governor Committee Structure

Louise Lavelle – Head TeacherHead Teacher1/9/07 – ongoingCurriculum, PersonnelNoneNone
Joanne Wise – Deputy Head TeacherStaff Appointed16/02/2022 – 15/02/2026CurriculumSENDReception Class Teacher and SENCONone
Kathryn Barrass – Chair of Governing BodyGovernor Appointed16/02/2022 – 15/02/2026Curriculum, PersonnelSafeguarding/CLA,
SEND (Special Educational Needs/Disabilities),
Yr 6 to YR 7 Transition
Family member/Partner is OPS governorSpouse
Philip BarrassGovernor Appointed16/02/2022 – 15/02/2026Humanities (History & GeographyFamily member/Partner is OPS governorSpouse
Lewis Pendleton – stepped down – May 2023Governor Appointed16/02/2022 – 15/02/2026CurriculumPEFamily member/Partner works in schoolSpouse
Suzanne ButlerGovernor Appointed16/02/2022 – 15/02/2026EnglishNoneNone
Lisa Ewart – stepped down – 08/06/2022Parent Elected01/02/2018 – 01/02/2022AppealsICT (including e-Safety)NoneNone
Neil BellParent Elected16/02/2022 – 15/02/2026ICT – inc Online Safety , Data & AssessmentNoneNone
Helen BoydParent Elected16/02/2022 – 15/02/2026RE & MFL, Early YearsNoneNone
Charlotte CoffiedParent Elected08/06/2022 –
Clare TurnbullParent Elected08/06/2022 –
The Arts (Music, Art & DT)NoneNone
June LeeGovernor Appointed01/09/2022
Maths, Health & SafetyNoneNone

Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies

Ouston Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in Multi Academy Trusts.   For further information please view or download the full document below.

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How To Become A School Governor

If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.

 Please click on the link below to view further information regarding our Governing Body.

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

Record of Governor Attendance 2023-2024

Name of GovernorLocal Governing Body Meeting
Local Governing Body Meeting
Local Governing Body Meeting
Kathryn BarrassAttended (chair)Attended (chair)
Louise LavelleAttendedAttended
Joanne WiseAttendedAttended
Philip BarrassA/AA/A
Suzanne ButlerNA/A
Neil BellAttendedAttended
Helen BoydAttendedAttended
Clare TurnbullNA/A
Charlotte CoffieldAttendedA/A
June LeeAttendedAttended
Annette Tyrrell SBM

✓   – Attended meeting
A/A   – Apologies sent and accepted by meeting
N   – Did not attend
X  – Not a member of the committee

Archive Attendance
You can also view previous years attendance on our website.

Committee Terms of Reference

Committee Terms of Reference

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