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Throston Primary School

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Governors’ Information and Duties


The Governing body is responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, the Governors set the school’s aims and policies.


 Key Roles of Governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

  • To ensure accountability for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.

  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure value for money.

  • To support and challenge and undertake the role of ‘critical friend’.


They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent.

  • The employment relationship with staff.

  • Hearing appeals and grievances.

  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and other activities.

  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline.

  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe.

  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies.



Governors meet every half-term for a full-governing body meeting (4.00pm to 6.00pm). During these meetings all school related items are discussed.

Instrument of Governance

Governor Code of Conduct

Being a School Governor

Register of Interests:
The Governing Body is committed to maintaining an up-to-date register of interests. Our ambition and duty is detailed within our Code of Conduct, as follows:


  • We will record any pecuniary or other business interest (including those related to people we are connected with) that we have in connection with the governing board’s business in the Register of Business Interests, and if any such conflicted matter arises in a meeting we will offer to leave the meeting for the appropriate length of time. We accept that the Register of Business Interests will be published on the school’s website.
  • We will also declare any conflict of loyalty at the start of any meeting should the situation arise.
  • We will act in the best interests of the school as a whole and not as a representative of any group, even if elected to the governing board.


Name and RoleLinked AreaStart DateEnd Date

Business and Pecuniary Interests (Roles at other Educational Institutions and/or Relationships with other Governors/Staff)

Mrs. Sarah Alton (Vice-Chair and Co-opted Governor) - AustenEarly Years SEND, Pupil Premium, Religious Education and Collective Worship21/08/201920/08/2023Family Support Worker
Mr. Mark Atkinson (Head Teacher) 19/04/2010n/aPartnership Governor at High Tunstall College of Science, married to Mrs. Ruth Atkinson, a teaching assistant at the school, sister-in-law Odette Shaw is a reading assistant and lunchtime supervisor at the school
Mrs. Aimee Crane (Associate Governor)GDPR and Well-Being   
Miss. Lynne Currell (Staff Governor) - PotterHistory and Geography14/07/201913/07/2023Mother - Margaret Currell works in Breakfast Club
Miss. Gail Dickson (Parent Governor)Outdoor Education and PSHE   
Mr. Jonathan Dunning (Co-opted Governor) - AustenHealth and Safety13/04/201912/04/2023Estates Manager for Ad-Astra Academy Trust from 28.11.2016
Vicky Gallagher (Associate Governor)English and Safeguarding   
Leanne Green (Parent Governor) - PotterScience & Technology (including Computing & Design and Technology)12/04/202211/04/2026 
Mrs. Paula Hargrave-Dixon (Co-opted Governor) - PotterEarly Years13/04/201912/04/2023 
Jane Kashouris (Co-opted Governor)    
John Leary (Co-opted Governor)PSHE and Languages   
Mrs. Julie Littlewood (Parent Governor) - CookEarly Years and English23/11/201922/11/2023 
Mrs. Adele Malone (Associate Governor) - AustenScience & Technology (including Computing & Design and Technology) and Rights Respecting/Eco19/11/201918/11/2023Finance Officer for the NHS
Mr. Andrew Millward (Chair and Co-opted Governor), The Arts (Art and Design & Music), Physical Education including Outdoor Education and Well-being


(Chair from 27/09/2021, 3 Years)

12/07/2023Worked for Barclays Bank 
Mr. Martin Pout (Parent Governor) - PotterPhysical Education, Safeguarding and SEND20/12/201919/12/2023Director and Trustee at The Learning Legacy Trust 
Charlotte Rennie (Associate Governor)    
Mary Robinson (Associate Governor)Early Years and Maths   
Mr. Kevin Shears (Local Authority Governor) - CookMathematics20/01/202119/01/2025Shared Services Manager at Hartlepool Borough Council, Treasurer at Hartlepool Swimming Club. Wife is Head of Finance at Hartlepool Borough Council
Michelle Swift (Associate Governor)    


Co-opted = 6
Parent = 4
LA = 1
Staff = 1
Head Teacher = 1
Total: 13

COMMITTEES 2022/2023:


Appointments Committee:
Governors will create a selection panel for key leadership posts. The head teacher will appoint other staff.


Complaints Committee (Quorum - 3):

Mr. J. Dunning

Mr. A. Millward
Mr. K. Shears

Pay Review and Head Teacher Performance Management Committee (Quorum - 3):
Mr. J. Dunning

Mr. A. Millward
Mr. K. Shears


Pay Appeals Committee (Quorum - 3):

Mrs. S. Alton
Mr. M. Pout
Mrs. P. Hargrave-Dixon


Pupil Exclusions Committee (Quorum - 3):
Mrs. S. Alton
Mrs. P. Hargrave-Dixon
Mr. A. Millward

Staffing Committees:

Initial and Nominating Committee (Quorum - 3):
Mrs. S. Alton
Mr. A. Millward
Mr. K. Shears

Hearing Committee (Quorum - 3):
Mr. J. Dunning
Mrs. P. Hargrave-Dixon
Mrs. L. Green

Appeals Committee (Quorum - 3):

Mrs. J. Littlewood
Mrs. A. Malone
Mr. M. Pout


School Promotion Working Party:
Mr. M. Atkinson
Mrs. P. Hargrave-Dixon
Mrs. J. Littlewood
Mr. A. Millward
Mr. M. Pout (Chair)

Contacting the Chair of Governors:
Please remember our chair of governors, Mr. Andrew Millward is available to contact via the school office. Please address any written correspondence to Mr. A Millward C/O Throston Primary School, Flint Walk, Hartlepool, TS26 0TJ. Many of our parent governors are also visible around school at the start and end of the school day. Please feel free to approach them. They are always happy to listen!

Page Updated: 05/12/2023.