1. Governing Body and Committees

Epinay School have full Governor’s meeting termly with additional sub-committee in place, as below:

  • Epinay School’s Governors – Chair Cllr Audrey Huntley
  • Finance and Human Resources – Chair Mrs Michelle Fletcher
  • Pupils Personal Development Behaviour and Well Being – Chair Kate Simpson
  • Complaints and Appeals

Christopher Rue, Executive Head Teacher

We are delighted to welcome Mr Chris Rue, as Executive Head, this term. Mr Rue, is excited to be working with our pupils, staff and colleagues and continuing school development plans as well as looking at new approaches to learning. Mr Rue, will also continue as Head Teacher at Park View School.

Audrey Huntley, Chairperson, Co-opted Governor

My name is Audrey Huntley and have one child currently at Epinay Business and Enterprise School.  I am committed to special needs education with a strong belief in the choice offered from Epinay to all pupils. I have a good understanding of the education system as a parent who has experience in ensuring the best education and fulfilling the potential of my own child. I can also empathise with the needs of our children and their parents, with the necessity for parents to have a voice in the education of our children through the Governing Body. It has been a privilege to be able to send my child to Epinay. I am very impressed by the strong inclusive ethos that the school embodies and of the outstanding care shown to the children and of the consistently high standard of education our children receive.

Carl Buckley, Co-opted Governor

Carl has been self employed for the past 20 years. Originally working in finance he has significant experience providing consultancy support to the public sector. He lives and works within South Tyneside and since 2003 has managed a North East based marketing agency providing a range of services to both the private and public sectors. Urban River has worked with a number of schools, academies and colleges to improve their on and offline presence. A governor at Harton Technology College since 2006, Carl is passionate about supporting the local area.

Following on from some successful work with Epinay and the development of a new website, he was approached to become a governor, a role to which he could not turn down.

“Epinay has gone form strength to strength and represents some great opportunities  for many young people across the region” which is a key driver as to why I am involved.

Councillor Adam Ellison, Co-opted Governor

My name is Adam Ellison and currently I represent Hebburn North on South Tyneside Council. I have lived in Hebburn all of my life and have been involved in the work of the local community for a number of years as a member of the Hebburn and Sunderland Sea Cadets UMC; Vice-Chairman of the Hebburn and Jarrow Children’s Centre Advisory Board; and Committee Member of the Jarrow Relay for Life. It is an honour to be involved with an outstanding school like Epinay. I look forward to supporting staff, students and parents in the work that they do.

Julie Hayes, Co-opted Governor

I live with my partner Paul and our two daughters Jade and Ashley and a cat called Pepper. I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends. I like to read, keep fit and cook. I have worked at Epinay School for over 12 years and I have loved every minute of it. I work with wonderful staff who are committed to their job and the rewards we get from teaching are priceless. The opportunities for the children within the school are thoroughly researched so they get the best out of their time with us. I feel very privileged to be a part of such an outstanding school.

Lindsey Whiterod, Foundation Governor and Vice Chair Chief Executive South Tyneside College

Lindsey trained to be a solicitor and began her career in education as a law lecturer at South Tyneside College in 1994.  She has worked in further education at senior management level since 2000 when she became Director of the School of Business, Management and Computing at Newcastle College.  After three years she joined New College Durham as Deputy Principal, before returning to South Tyneside College as Principal and Chief Executive in October 2009. She has since implemented improvements, including capital refurbishment and estate rationalisation programmes in excess of £14m and a quality improvement programme in all provision that has led to a rapid rise in education standards and an improved Ofsted rating of ‘good’.  South Tyneside College has students from 96 countries.  Significantly, it is also rated financially outstanding by the Government’s Skills Funding Agency. The College also sponsors an Academy as part of its commitment to driving up educational standards in the region and supporting the South Tyneside Community.  Ridgeway Primary Academy converted to Academy status in February 2013 and is now supported by the College Academy Trust.

Cllr Jim Perry, LEA Governor

I was brought up in Jarrow and educated at St. Bedes School. I served an apprenticeship as an electrician in Palmers ship repair yard in Hebburn. Served three years in the merchant navy. Lived and worked in the London area before returning to the north east where I worked underground for NCB/British Coal at Westoe Colliery until its closure in 1993. I was then given a job with a mineworkers trust performing welfare work on behalf of both underground and surface workers which I enjoyed immensely for many years before being elected as a South Tyneside councillor more than a decade ago to represent the people of the Primrose Ward.  In that time I have served on many committees including the cabinet and many other external bodies. After the Westoe pit closure I also worked part time for several years for the Workers Educational Association, organising a wide range of courses for unemployed/unwaged persons.

Michelle Fletcher, Parent Governor

My name is Michelle Fletcher, I am married to Andrew and we have four amazing children. My eldest are twin boys and attend Epinay School.  I’m sure you’ll have seen or heard them in or around school. Before the boys came along I worked as a nursery nurse for 12 years within education and social care.  I’m hoping to put the skills and experience I have acquired, both as mum of children with special needs and in my working life, to good use in my role of parent governor. My passion is my children.  We can often be found roaming the parks and beaches of South Shields!

Kate Simpson, Staff Governor

I am staff governor for Epinay Business and Enterprise school. I have worked at Epinay School for 5 years and I have loved every minute. Each day is totally different and challenging. Working with an age range from primary to secondary is especially rewarding and something I consider a privilege. In my time at Epinay Business and Enterprise School I have become subject leader for Computing and I have overseen a massive restructure of the school’s ICT systems, both hardware and software. This restructure has had a positive impact on the students learning, giving them opportunities and access to technologies they had previously not encountered.

Helen Watson, Co-opted Governor

I was brought up in South Tyneside. I have degrees in History and in Law and a Masters in Business Administration. I have worked for a number of local authorities in the North East in senior roles around children and adult services, and currently works for Cafcass in a national role.  

Sue March, Foundation Governor

My teaching career began in a mainstream comprehensive school in South Tyneside where I taught food technology, textiles and child development. I taught across the age and ability range including GCSE and “A” level groups.  Realising that my real passion was in working with those with SEN I completed a Certificate in SEN and moved into special education.  My role as Deputy Head enables me to help to shape the future direction of the school, and ensure that all pupils in our school have access to outstanding provision to meet their individual needs.

Ingrid Marley, Parent Governor

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Peter Haggerston, Parent Governor

My name is Peter Haggerston. I am married to Julia. Our older son attended Epinay and we now have a child we look after attending Epinay. I worked in Social Care with young adults with autism for 2 years, then worked for an adoption charity as a Social Worker. I now work as a Therapeutic Social Worker working with children who have early life trauma and disrupted attachments. I am studying to become a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.  I’m hoping the skills, knowledge and experience I have gained as a parent and professional will be useful as a parent governor. In my spare time I play guitar and mainly spend time with my family.

Mary Butler, Co-opted Governor

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Councillor Ken Stephenson, Co-opted Governor

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