Our Governors 

Governing Body’s Annual Statement 2018-19


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


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

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

  • Establish ways to improve emotional well-being for the whole school community

  • Raising the attainment of EYFS pupils for GLD (Good Learning Development)

  • Ensuring progress was made across the school

  • Developing a love and enjoyment of reading

  • Managing proposals for PSBP2 including resourcing areas following the refurbishment of the school

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

  • Evidencing clear improvements since the last Ofsted Inspection

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






Governing Board.pdf


Instrument of Government.pdf

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.

Mrs Suzanne Caveney (Joint Chair)

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.

Mrs Kristy Regan (Joint Chair)

A Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Sunderland University. 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 renowned ‘Cullercoats Chronicle’ Sarah is Chair of the PR and Communication Sub Committee.

Mrs Ann Shuker

Ann is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University and has recently joined the Governing Body as a Co-opted member.



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

A Teacher in Newcastle and a former pupil of Cullercoats Primary School; Jennifer brings her educational and local 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 82% of pupils achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD) An increase of 9%. This figure is in line the National Average of 72%.
Year 1 Phonics 94% of our pupils achieved the pass mark. An increase of 4% on the previous year. This again was above the National figure of 82%
Key Stage 1 Reading, Writing & Maths Combined (RWM) 62% of our pupils achieved the expected standard combined a 5% decrease on the previous year – this is just below the combined National Figure of 65%
Key Stage 2 Reading, Writing & Maths Combined (RWM) 79% of our pupils achieved the expected standard combined – above the combined National figure of 67%
Our greater depth results at Key Stage 2 were impressive in both Reading and Grammer, Punctuation and Spelling. Maths, Writing and combined Reading.Writing and Maths were broadly in line with National Average. We are very proud of our staff and pupil performance during a challenging year with year group and Key Stage relocations due to the ongoing refurbishment works.
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 Governing Body are aware of the change of focus that Ofsted will adopt in the new Inspection Framework and look to further improve the curriculum on offer to our pupils. The school has two Beach School Practitioners who embrace the outdoor environment and educate the children about the marine life and coastal locality. The excellent location of the school enables the staff to use the immediate environment to good effect, the shallowbay enables the pupils to develop active lifestyles through kayaking and paddle boarding. The National Cycle Network that passes close to the school allows for our Year 4 children to experience the local environment through our partnership with BiKe4health. The local heritage and community provides an excellent resource for local geography and history. 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 in 2017 and uses the Primary PE and Sport Premium appropriately and efficient to support our pupils to develop healthy lifestyles. The Arts are well catered for. 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 and our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils involved in a Local Community Project with our local author who wrote a play to open the Iron Festival 2019 in the summer term. 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 touch screens, Ipads and netbooks. In February 2019 our Lego Robotics Team reached the National Final of the competition held in Bristol for a fourth year – a remarkable achievement. The children had to deliver a presentation and compete in a robot arena in front of judges from around the country. Our older pupils experience the demands of media and communication through the termly publishing of the Cullercoats Chronicle. This gives a full flavour of ‘Life at Cullercoats Primary.’ An absolute ‘must have’ read for any potential parent or visiting guest to the school or area.

Regular support and challenge 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 an appointed a member of staff who is now responsible for this area of development and the School Council to enable our pupil voice to be heard. The school is looking to develop positive relationships through the PSHE and SRE curriculum.

The school has continued to make good progress since our last Ofsted inspection and continues to strive for improvement. The establishment of a nursery and wraparound provision for our youngest pupils in 2017 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. The Governing Body are aware that the provision continues to grow as it serves the community but is also mindful of the positive impact this will have on our pupils’ early development.

We are very lucky to have had a huge investment to modernise and refurbish the school so that it is fit for purpose to educate our current pupils and those who will ‘cross our shore’ in the years to come. The Governing Body is actively looking to make further improvements for our youngest pupils to develop an engaging outdoor area around Nursery and using the local environment to support the curriculum.

There is a great vibe here at Cullercoats Primary and we are proud to be an integral part of the community. 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 the Parents’ Association, 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 2019