Governors are responsible for overseeing the management side of a school: strategy, policy, budgeting and staffing. They enable their school to run as effectively as possible, working alongside senior leaders and supporting teachers to provide excellent education to children.
Contact Sandra Stephenson for further details about becoming a school Governor.
Governing Board Committees
Epinay School have full Governor’s meeting termly with additional sub-committee in place, as below:
- Epinay School’s Governing Board – Chair Governing Board Cllr Audrey Huntley
- Finance and Human Resources – Mr R Whitelaw (appointed chair of the committee by the committee)
- Discipline – Chair to be appointed by the GB
- Complaints and Appeals – Chair would be appointed for each meeting.
Further Governing Board information can be found on the links below:
Governing Board Members
Christopher Rue, Head Teacher
I have had the privilege of being Head Teacher at Epinay Business and Enterprise School since January 2017. I have spent my full working career in special needs schools, a job I find tremendously rewarding. I like to think that I have a lot to offer as a leader in a special school, I have had a number of positions within school including teaching assistant, HLTA, Pastoral Manager, Residential Child Care Officer, Teacher, middle leader, Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Head of School and Head Teacher. ‘Ready to listen, ready to learn together’ is something that we strive to work towards every day, we have worked extremely hard in giving children an enriching and creative education that equips them with the skills and attributes they will need to support them to develop as happy, confident and independent learners who are prepared for adulthood.
Audrey Huntley, Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
My name is Audrey Huntley and my child previously attended 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.
Karl Dewing, Co-opted Governor
My wife Jill & I live with our 2 boys in Whitburn. Our son Harry attends Epinay and we consider ourselves very fortunate he has a place at such as fabulous school. Hopefully, my previous experience as a governor at Fellgate Primary School (with a special interest in their Autistic Base), will stand me in good stead for such as important role. Recently ‘reired’ after 40+ years in the Royal Navy, latterly as the Manager of the Naval Careers Office in Newcastle, I’m looking forward to becoming involved in what promises to be an important and eventful couple of years for our school.
Jodie Gillespie, Parent Governor
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Julie Hayes, Co-opted Governor
I live with my partner Paul and our two daughters Jade and Ashley and our cat called Tabitha. 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 20 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.
Ingrid Marley, Parent Governor
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Cllr Kenneth Stephenson, LEA Governor
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Megan Wheatley, Staff Governor
I have worked at Epinay since 2011 and have had the pleasure of not only working alongside amazing staff but also outstanding pupils. No day at Epinay is ever the same and that’s what makes it a one of a kind place to be! Our students are incredible and tackle any boundary or obstacle they face with determination and hard work and I am proud to be their teacher. We are always ‘ready to listen and ready to learn together’. Away from Epinay I am a mam to two young children who are my absolute pride and joy, we love spending time together in the outdoors walking our dog Martey or create havoc at home.
Mr Robert Whitelaw, Co-opted Governor
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