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Governance & Leadership

The Governing body is made up of people from different groups, including parents, teachers and other staff which include the local authority, local business and community. A governor’s term of office usually lasts for four years.

The role of Governors is to provide a strategic view of the school, to ensure accountability and to be a critical friend. The Governing body is responsible for the overall direction of the school. It is not responsible for day to day matters which is the responsibility of the Headteacher Mr Dean Watkin. Governors also set and monitor targets, the school budget and the effectiveness of policies to ensure all students have a broad and balanced curriculum.

Our Governing Body had an External Review of Governance (ERG) on the 29th November 2018. This report is located below:

Our Governing Body consist of:

  • Chair of Governors: Business, public sector and community background.
  • Vice Chair of Governors: Law and community background.
  • Staff Governors: Specialist Provision and Drama backgrounds.
  • Parent Governors: Law, community, public sector and business. 
  • Co-Opted Governors: Education, finance, community and business. 
Governor Governor Category Governor




End Date or Resignation
Andi Briggs Co-opted Chair of Governors 5 Dec 2016 4 Dec 2020
Sarah Easby Parent Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of PDBW

27 May 2017 26 May 2021
Dean Watkin Headteacher N/A April 2017 N/A
Becky Black Co-opted Chair of TLA&O 19 Sept 2018 18 Sept 2022
Femi Sobo-Allen Co-opted Chair of LMFR 12 July 2017 11 July 2021
Abraham Manohar Co-opted 8 July 2015 07 July 2019
David Baxter Co-opted 28 Feb 2017* 27 Feb 2021
Clare Burdett Co-opted (staff) 8 July 2015 07 July 2019
Sophie Simpson Local Authority 9 Jan 2018 08 Jan 2022
Richard Payne Staff 27 Sept 2017 26 Sept 2021
Debra Ladlow Parent 12 Dec 2018 11 Dec 2022
Caley Mein Co-opted 20 Mar 2019 19 Mar 2023

* Previously a governor – term renewed.


If you would like any information about becoming a governor at Newsome High School School then please contact the Chair of the Governing Body, Mr A Briggs, via the school.

Staffing Structure

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