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:

Governing Board Members

Christopher Rue, Head Teacher

Audrey Huntley, Chair of Governors, Foundation 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.

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 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.

Ingrid Marley, Parent Governor

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Cllr Kenneth Stephenson, LEA Governor

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Megan Wheatley, Staff Governor

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Mr Robert Whitelaw, Co-opted Governor

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Further governance information can be found in the Governor’s Annual Report – click here

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