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Our Governors 

Governing Body’s Annual Statement 2017-18


The Issues faced and addressed by the Governing Body over the last year were:


  • Raising the attainment of pupils

  • Ensuring progress was made across the school

  • Reviewing the strengths and areas for development for the school

  • Understanding how best to meet the needs of our children and to improve their emotional well-being through the curriculum

  • Evidencing clear improvements since the last Ofsted Inspection

  • Identifying areas for improvement from the Analysis of School Performance ASP

  • Providing a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum for our pupils

  • Evaluation of the Nursery and Wraparound provision on the school site..

  • Managing proposals for PSBP2

  • Managing workload reforms for our staff




Publication of Governor’s Details and Register of Interests Draft Statement


In the interests of transparency, all schools and academies should publish, including on their website, up to date details of the structure of the governing body and any committees, together with the names of their governors and their particular roles and responsibilities within that structure.

This information is required for each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months. They should also publish relevant business and pecuniary interests.

This information must be published in a readily accessible form which means that the information should be on a webpage without the need to download or open a separate document.

Schools and academies should also publish an annual statement setting out the key issues that have been faced and addressed by the governing body over the last year, including an assessment of the impact of the governing body on the school.

Mr Stephen Close

A Principle Accountant and Chair of the Governing Body. Stephen has an excellent knowledge of financial matters and is Chair of the Finance and Staffing Sub Committee.

Mrs Kristy Regan

Governance and Safeguarding Manager and Vice Chair of the Governing Body. Kristy has a wealth of knowledge within adult and social care is Chair of the Safeguarding, Premises and Health & Safety Sub Committee.

Mr Gavin Storey

Headteacher. Born and bred in Whitley Bay, Gavin has worked in North Tyneside for his whole teaching career having spent 17 years teaching in Killingworth before being appointed at Cullercoats.

Miss Fern Stewart

Deputy Headteacher and one of the longest serving teachers at Cullercoats with over 20 years experience. Fern is the Assessment Co-ordinator and Key Stage 1 Lead within the School.

Mrs Jane Armstrong

Assistant Headteacher & SENDCo. Jane has taught in Switzerland and a variety of schools within the North Tyneside and Northumberland area. Jane is one of North Tyneside’s Reading Recovery teachers.

Mrs Sarah Wallace

A journalist before entering the teaching profession, Sarah is a whizz at ICT and is the joint ICT Co-ordinator and Editor in Chief of the school newspaper – the reknowned ‘Cullercoats Chronicle’ Sarah is Chair of the PR and Communication Sub Committee.

Miss Lucy Milligan

A Regulatory Affairs Consultant and Former Chair of our Parents Asociation, Lucy has seen her two children through Cullercoats Primary School and supports the school on compliance matters.

Mrs Suzanne Caveney

An HR advisor in the City Centre and former Parent Governor, Suzanne supports the school with her expertise in human resource, contracts and workforce matters.

Mr Phillip Fairbairn

A Consultant Senior Electrical Engineer, Phillip has proved a valuable addition to the Governing Body. His knowledge continues to support Cullercoats during the major refurbishment of the school.

Mrs Christina Black

A Former Headteacher and current School Development Partner in Northumberland, Christina has an excellent knowledge of teaching and learning within educational environments and is Chair of the Curriculum Sub Committee.

Mr Richard Crulley

Marketing Manager for a Northumberland College, Richard supports the school on the PR and Communication Sub Committee with his promotional expertise.

Mrs Jennifer Bonham

An Early Years Teacher and a former pupil of Cullercoats Primary School; Jennifer brings her Early Years’ knowledge and experience to the group.

The impact of the Governing Body on the school was:

The attainment and progress of our pupils was generally above or in line with national expectations – our headline figures include:

  • For the Early Years 73% of pupils achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD). This figure is in line the National Average of 72%.
  • Year 1 Phonics 90% of our pupils achieved the pass mark. This again was above the National figure of 83%
  • Key Stage 1 Reading, Writing & Maths Combined (RWM) 67% of our pupils achieved the expected standard combined - this is in line with the combined National Figure of 65%
  • Key Stage 2 Reading, Writing & Maths Combined (RWM) 73% of our pupils achieved the expected standard combined – above the combined National figure of 64%
  • Our greater depth results at Key Stage 2 were impressive and we are proud of our staff and pupil performance.
  • The schools progress level was above the floor standard in Reading Writing and Mathematics.

The Governing Body works hard through support and challenge to ensure the pupils receive a wide and engaging curriculum to enable them to meet the demands and high expectations of the National Curriculum. This will prepare our pupils for the next phase of their educational journey.

The school continues to provide a ‘rich and varied curriculum’ (Ofsted 2017) for our pupils and offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities. The school has two Beach School Practitioners who embrace the outdoor environment and educate the children about the marine life and coastal locality. Our children also use a local company to learn paddle boarding and kayak skills within our local bay to educate our pupils about water safety and engage in physical activity. PE, Sport and Physical Activity remains a strength of the school with pupils actively participating in both School Games and local school sport competitions and after school clubs.

The School was proud to receive the PLATINUM School Games Award this academic and uses the Primary PE and Sport Premium appropriately and efficient to support our pupils and staff. Our Year 4 and Year 5 pupils also had the opportunity to participate in a Bike4Health Programme that looked to improve fitness, confidence and resilience over a 30 week period with 99% participation. The Arts are well catered for with pupils involved in a Local Community Project with our local church to produce work a focal piece of artwork to hang from the church balcony. Our young talents are well catered for through Art, Dance, Drama and Music. The children take part in the annual Whitley Bay Festival Parade, North Tyneside Dance Festival, Collaborative Music Band and the annual school production which was The Lion King this year.

Technology plays a very important part in the community today and we are proud that we ensure that our children engage with technology within the school using a variety of handheld devices, touch screens, Ipads and netbooks. In February our Lego Robotics Team reached the National Final of the competition held in Bristol. The children had to deliver a presentation and compete in a robot arena. Our older pupils experience the demands of media and communication through the termly publishing of the Cullercoats Chronicle. An absolute read for any potential parent or visiting guest. This gives a full flavour of ‘Life at Cullercoats Primary.’

Rigorous and regular scrutiny has enabled the Governing Body to understand the strengths and areas for development for this school and the community. The Governing Body recognise the importance of each child’s emotional well-being and has taken the opportunity to appoint a member of staff who is now responsible for this area of development.

The school has continued to make very good progress since our last Ofsted inspection and continues to strive for excellence. There are in our belief outstanding qualities in areas of the school but the recent change in the Ofsted Framework has once again raised the bar in expectations for all pupils. The recent Ofsted inspection in February 2017 recognises that the school is still graded as a good school and continues to evaluate and review systems and procedures to ensure children can reach their full potential.

The establishment of a nursery and wraparound provision for our youngest pupils enables the school to provide an excellent platform to learning through play and enquiry that will enable our pupils to be ‘school ready’ by the time they start Reception.

There is a great community spirit here at Cullercoats Primary. The Parents’ Association works tirelessly to engage the community through discos and fayres providing further opportunities for our children and valuable additional funds that support the school. The hard work of all the staff and those connected with Cullercoats Primary School does not go unrecognised. Without this collaboration our pupils would not receive the care and commitment they deserve.

We are grateful to everyone connected with Cullercoats Primary who make this community school a wonderful, caring and happy environment for our pupils.


Mr S Close (Chair of the Governing Body) & Mr G Storey (Headteacher)

October 2018

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