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 for their next stage of their educational career.
Audrey Huntley, Chair of Governors, 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.
Councillor Adam Ellison, Vice Chair of Governors, 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.
Jayne Billings, Parent Governor
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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.
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 an Independent Psycho-therapeutic Counsellor working with children and families and I also provide counselling services for a local cancer support charity. I’m hoping the skills, knowledge and expereince I gained as a parent and professional will be useful as a parent governor. In my spare time I play the guitar and mainly spend time with my family.
Julie Hayes, Co-opted Governor
I live with my partner Paul and our two daughters Jade and Ashley and our 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 nearly 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.
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.
Megan Wheatley, Staff Governor
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Mr Robert Whitelaw, Co-opted Governor
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