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:
• 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?
The governing body is made up of:
Parent Governors – elected by parents and careers 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.

Our local Governing body was re-constituted in July 2019 upon joining the Dales Trust. Details of the Trust Board can be found at

Our Governors

Governor Type


Period of Office

Head Teacher Mrs E Hughes-Narborough 01/01/2009 –
Co-opted Governor Mrs A Metcalfe 08/05/17 – 07/05/21
Co-opted Governor Mrs J Rigg 21/06/18 – 19/06/22
Co-opted Governor Mrs A Waithe 11/10/17 – 10/10/21
Co-opted Governor Mr E Collins 06/05/20 – 06/05/24
Parent Governor Mrs C Reed 16/05/18 – 15/05/22
Parent Governor Mrs R Wright  16/05/18 – 15/05/22
Parent Governor Mr M English 22/11/18 – 21/11/22
Staff Governors Mrs C Sheridan  01/07/19 – 01/07/23
Foundation Governors Fr R Desics  06/05/20 –
Foundation Governors Mrs J Higgin  23/02/17 – 22/02/21
Foundation Governors Mr S Durham  23/02/17 – 22/02/21
Additional Posting Mr S Quartermaine 03/04/08-

Safer Recruitment Training:  Mrs E Hughes-Narborough,  Mrs J Rigg                                   

Chairperson: Mrs J Rigg

C/o Thornaby C of E,  Baysdale Road, Thornaby, STOCKTON-ON-TEES, TS17 9DB.

Clerk to the Governors: Mrs Janette Ferreira

Municipal Buildings, Church Road, STOCKTON-ON-TEES, TS18 1XE.                            


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.

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.

Mrs 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

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