About Us


Welcome to Thornaby C of E Primary School

What is the Governing Body there for?

The Governing Body meets regularly and works with the head teacher and the staff to decide the school’s aims and policies and to oversee the efficient running of the school.

The Governing Body has many roles, these include the following:

  • Setting the school’s vision and ethos.
  • Planning for the future of the school by setting strategic aims.
  • Supporting the work of the school by monitoring progress and achievement across the school.
  • Evaluating and analysing data and results.   
  • Ensuring that the school focuses on high standards of educational achievement.
  • Staffing issues- appointing new staff.

Who are the Governors?
We currently have 13 Governors. The total number is laid down by law, as is the mix of the various types of Governor. These are:

  • Parent Governors – elected by parents and carers of children in our school.
  • Co-opted Governor
  • Foundation Governor
  • Staff Governors – representatives of teaching and support staff.  
  • Additional postings

What do Governors do?
As well as attending the regular Governing Body meetings to carry out their main roles, Governors also spend time in school. This familiarises them with how our school runs and helps them to understand the issues around decisions they’ll be making. Each Governor is assigned a subject and works with the Subject Leader.
The role of the Linked Governor, for their particular interest area, is:

  • to gain more detailed, specialist knowledge in their assigned subject.
  • to discuss subject MOT’s and Action plans.
  • to understand what is in the School Development Plan (SDP)
  • to be involved in the review of the SDP and part of the planning process for future priorities.
  • to help the Governing Body in its Critical Friend role, by asking questions about progress and challenging appropriately about attainment.
  • to meet termly with the subject leader.

How do you become a Governor?

Parent Governor

When a Parent Governor Vacancy becomes available a flyer is sent out to all parents and carers. If parents are interested in becoming a Governor they then get in touch with the School and are required to apply for the position. If more than 1 parent applies for the position then a formal election will take place. All parents have the opportunity to vote for the candidate they wish to become Governor.

Staff Governor

When a Staff Governor position becomes available all staff members are informed. Staff who are interested in becoming a Governor are then required to apply for the position. Like the parent Governor, if more than 1 member of staff applies a formal election takes place. All members of staff have the opportunity to vote for the candidate they wish to become Governor.

Please click here to view the register of governor interests.

Our Governors

Governor Type


Period of Office

Head Teacher Mrs E Hughes-Narborough 01/01/2009
Staff Governor Mrs C Sheridan  2/9/2019 – 1/9/2023
Parent Governor Mr D Hill 22/07/2016- 21/7/2020
Parent Governor Mrs C Reed 17/03/2014 – 16/03/2018
Co-opted Governor Miss A Clouston 1/07/2015- 30/06/2019
Co-opted Governor Mrs J Rigg 1/07/2015- 30/06/2019
Co-opted Governor Ms A Waithe 11/10/2017 – 10/10/2021
Foundation Governor Mr S Durham  23/2/2017- 22/2/2021
 Foundation Governor Fr M Catherall 28/09/2004 –
Foundation Governor Mrs J Higgin 23/2/2017- 22/2/2021
Additional Posting Mr S Quartermaine 03/04/2008
Parent Govenor Ms R Wright 16/05/2018 – 14/05/2022
Associate Member Mrs A Metcalfe 08/05/2017 – 07/05/2021
Co-opted Governor Ms A Cox 16/10/2018-15/10/2022

Current Full Governors: 13

Max Full Governors: 14

Current Vacancies: 1

Safer Recruitment Training:     Mrs E Hughes-Narborough

                                                 Mrs J Rigg

Chairman: Mrs J Rigg
Vice Chairman: Mrs C Reed
Gov support/clerk: Janette Ferriera.

Governing Body of Thornaby C E Primary School Committee/Working Party Membership


A little bit of information about our Governors……

Mrs J Higgin

I have recently retired after forty plus years of working as a technical manager/ microbiologist in the biochemical/food industry. As a committed member of the Parish of South Thornaby and a newly appointed Foundation governor for the school I am looking forward to working with the Headteacher and staff to ensure the children receive the best education possible supported by a strong Christian ethos. 

Mrs J Rigg

I was a teacher at Thornaby C of E for 35 years, during which time, I became a Teacher Governor. On retiring in 2012, I retained my governor role, but became a Co-opted Governor. I continue to thoroughly enjoy my work as School Governor and find it rewarding to support the school, children and staff to be the best they can be. I am regularly in school working with the EYFS children and am part of the Attendance Committee.

Mr S Durham

I was appointed as Foundation Governor in 2017. I grew up and still live in Thornaby. I have over 30 years experience working in Post 16 Education, having worked previously in a number of colleges and more recently running my own consultancy business. 

Mrs C Reed

I have been a parent governor at Thornaby Church of England school for several years. I have also been a primary school teacher for fifteen years, working at a school in a different county. This along with being part of the governing body has given me a good understanding on how schools are run and what support is available to our children. I am also the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities governor. I work alongside the school SENCO to help parents with the extra challenges a SEND child encounters. I enjoy playing an active role in school life and I strive to give all children who attend Thornaby Church of England, the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Ms A Waithe

As a recently appointed governor (July 2017) I am looking forward to working with the school and families of Thornaby CoE School. I have worked in Stockton-on-Tees for the past 6 years, currently for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Public Health team. I have a keen interest in health and wellbeing, in particular ensuring children and young people have the best start in life, I firmly believe this provides strong foundations for the future. I am keen to support the head teacher and staff as they continue to create an engaging learning environment for their students.

Mr S Durham

I am currently a Foundation Governor at Thornaby Church of England School. I am a lifelong Thornaby resident married with two grown up children. I am an active member of the congregation at St. Peter’s Church, Thornaby Green. I have worked in the Post 16 education sector for over thirty years and am committed to giving Thornaby children the very best opportunities in life. The success of our school is so important to many children and their families in Thornaby. When not at work I keep myself busy walking our Golden Retriever Daisy, gardening as well as being a season ticket holder at Middlesbrough FC.

Mr M English

I am a parent of a pupil at the school and am keen to support the head and the staff team to ensure all pupils receive an excellent education, are safe and enjoy themselves. I have 31 years experience in working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and have significant experience in ensuring quality service delivery and ensuring safeguarding procedures are followed

Ms A Cox

I am Sacristan and Verger of St Mark’s Church. I am also a member of the PCC and Deanery Synod. I am part of the Reading Group that comes into school to hear and help the children with their reading, I enjoy this very much. I was co-opted onto the Board of Governors as an impartial Governor, because I have neither children nor grandchildren attending the Church of England School. While I am a relative beginner as a Governor I look forward to welcoming the challenge that Governorship brings and promise that I will do my best to ensure the success of our school. My interests including reading and editing newspaper articles for Cleveland News and Views, which is a talking newspaper service for blind and partially sighted. In my spare time I enjoy reading, bobbin lace-making and cross stitch embroidery. 

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