Park View Academy, trading as PARK VIEW SCHOOL, is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (company number 7709270). Registered address: Park View School, Church Chare, DH3 3QA

The Academy is governed by the Academy Trust, which has been created from existing governors Dr William F Dennison and Mrs Meg Dodd and three Members who are independent from the Board of Trustees Mr David Standish (Interpath Advisory), Mr Andrew Flint (Former Secondary School Teacher) and Mrs Victoria Stevenson (Local solicitor specialising in family law). Members are the guardians of the Trustees of the trust and hold the trust board to account for effective governance and sit at the top of the Trustee structure.

The responsibilities of the Trust Body and the Governing Body are set out in thePark View Articles of Association. Additionally, guidance is provided in the ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES.pdf booklet – copy available from the Company Secretary if required – Miss Emma Hagar, Park View School, Church Chare, DH3 3QA. You can view our model Funding Agreement here.

Email contact with the Board of Trustees, or any individual member of the Board of Trustees, can be made via [email protected]  Alternatively, mail can be sent to the Board of Trustees, Park View School, Church Chare, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3QA, marked ‘Private and Confidential’.

For general enquiries, please contact Miss Emma Hagar, Company Secretary on [email protected]


Dr William Dennison
Re-appointed on 22/11/2020, Term of office end: 22/11/2024
Appointed by the Full Governing Body (July 2011)

Dr Bill Dennison has been Chair of Board of Trustees for over twenty years. His two daughters both attended Park View. Bill has been a National Leader of Governance and was a member of the DfE’s Bureaucracy Reference Group before it disbanded. He was Head of the Education Department at Newcastle University, specialising in the provision of education leadership for staff in schools and colleges on a national basis. In 2014, Bill was awarded MBE for services to education. 
Committee Membership
: Chair of Governing Body / Academy Trust / Finance and Premises / Student Discipline / Review / Personnel / Hearings / Head’s Performance Review
Special Interest Governor : Quality of Education in Sixth Form to include Sixth Form and Academy of Sport


Mr Andrew Finley
Ex-officio Governor
Appointed on 01/09/2019
 
Andy Finley has worked at Park View since January 2002 and has a wealth of experience as a teacher, Middle and Senior Leader at the school. Andy has a BA(Hons) in Business Studies. After graduating, Andy worked in Marketing and Sales for Financial Times Management before studying his PGCE from the University of Manchester in Business and Economics. Andy started his teaching career at Baverstock School in Birmingham before moving to Park View. He has worked as a Business teacher, Assistant Learning Co-ordinator, Subject Leader of ICT and Faculty Leader for Vocational. Senior Management responsibilities have included Teaching and Learning, Head of Sixth Form, Safeguarding and Head of Upper School. Outside of school, Andy is happily married to Dawn and is a proud dad to Molly and Maddie. In his spare time, Andy likes to play football, swim and has a keen interest in technology.

 


Mrs Meg Dodd – Community Governor
Re-appointed on: 22/03/2022, Term of office end: 22/03/2024
Appointed by the Full Governing Body(July 2011)

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I have 30 years project management experience gained in the commercial, financial and NHS sectors. I have been a school governor since 2010.
Committee Membership : Responsible Officer / Academy Trust / Finance and Premises / Personnel / Appeals
Special Interest Governor : Personal Development

 


Mrs Janet Carr – Staff Governor
Appointed on: 09/02/2019, Term of office end: 09/02/2023
Appointed by Staff Election

Jan-CarrI joined Park View School in 2002 as an Admin Assistant and progressed to the role of Exams and Assessment Manager.  I have also worked in the busy Personnel Department at John Lewis and as a Secretary in a firm of Chartered Surveyors. This is my longest serving role about which I am passionate and enthusiastic.  I particularly love the variety and the fact that no two days are the same.  Each new academic year brings more changes and plenty of challenges.  My two sons attended Park View and hopefully my grand-daughter will too when the time arrives.  My hobbies are gardening, cooking and sewing and I love nothing more than a relaxing weekend with my family.

Committee Membership : Review

Special Interest Governor : Behaviour, Safety and Attitudes


Mr Michael Goulding – Community Governor
Appointed on 13/02/2019, Term of office end: 13/02/2023
Appointed by Members

Michael-GouldingI have lived in Chester-le-Street all my life, and attended Park View in the 1960s, when it was Ch-le-St Grammar School. My mother and my 3 brothers also attended the school, and so have my wife and all four of my children. I therefore have a strong bond with the school and an awareness of its heritage and traditions, as well as a vested interest in the quality of its current educational provision. I understand the importance of Park View to the town and its community, and feel privileged to help in any way I can towards securing the best possible future. I am now retired, after spending 40 years working for The Open University – a fantastic organisation, which has inspired and enabled over a million people to literally change their lives through education. My role was primarily in IT and included the training of academic staff in the use of communication technologies. My personal interests are in sport, music, and travel. I’ve recently been learning Italian to try to keep up with my bi-lingual grandkids.
Committee Membership : Finance and Premises / Review Committee
Special Interest Governor : Quality of Education in Sixth Form to include Sixth Form and Academy of Sport


Mr Philip Adamson – Community Governor
Appointed on 04/11/2020, Term of office end: 04/11/2024
Appointed by Trustees
Philip AdamsonHaving lived and worked in Chester-le-Street all my life, I am very proud that our town has provided the backdrop to my whole life. The positive educational experiences I was exposed to as a child, while a pupil of Red Rose Primary School, convinced me that I wanted to be a primary school teacher.
Upon graduating from Northumbria University, I got my first teaching job at Lumley Junior School where I spent 8 very happy years. In 2005 I was appointed Deputy Headteacher at Woodlea Primary School before being appointed as Headteacher in 2008.
After working within the Chester-le-Street family of schools for nearly 20 years I have formed very strong links with Park View Academy. In my role as Headteacher of Woodlea I have tried to strengthen these links because I believe that we can provide better educational opportunities when we work together.
As a Trustee of Park View I hope I’m able the offer my experience to support the continued growth and development of the town’s young people.
Committee Membership : Finance and Premises
Special Interest Governor: Quality of Education (SEN Trustee)

Mr Mustafaa Malik – Community Governor

Appointed on 12/12/2020, Term of Office end: 12/12/24

Appointed by Trustees

Mr M MalikI am a parent Trustee whose eldest child has started her secondary school education at Park View. Since 2006, I have worked as a primary school Head Teacher within Gateshead.  Through this post, I have had the opportunity of working with many schools, both primary and secondary, with the aim of increasing opportunity and raising standards across the authority rather than my own school alone.  As a Trustee of Park View, I wish to work with the school to develop practice so that there is continued success in supporting all students to achieve.
Committee Membership : Review
Special Interest Governor : Behaviour, Safety and Attitudes


Mrs Victoria Winlow – Parent Governor
Appointed on 25/01/19, Term of Office end: 25/01/23
Appointed by Parent Election
I am delighted to have been elected as a parent governor. I have two daughters, one in primary school and the other has just started her secondary education at Park View. I am passionate about children’s wellbeing and continuous improvement to ensure they receive the best education possible. I am an experienced Trustee of eight years at the primary school that my daughter attends and really enjoy the role. I run my own business, specialising in technology, project management and training.
My personal interests are in spending time with family and friends, keeping fit and travelling the world.
Sub Committees:Personnel & Pay / Headteacher’s Performance Review Link / Student Discipline
Special Interest Governor : Behaviour, Safety and Attitudes

Mrs Claire Francis – Parent Governor
Appointed on 06/02/2019, Term of Office end: 06/02/2023 
Appointed by Parent Election

I am delighted to be taking on the role of Parent Trustee at Park View and look forward to both the successes and challenges ahead.  My two daughters attend the school and both are thriving, enjoying the education and experiences on offer. I am supportive of the work, vision and ethos of Park View and look forward to making my contribution through the Board of Trustees.

I have been a primary school teacher for 24 years. In 2000, I moved to the Chester-le Street area and took a post at Woodlea Primary School where I have worked for almost 20 years. I have therefore seen lots of former pupils move to Park View and very much enjoy catching up with them when I am there and hearing of their successes. At Woodlea, I am responsible for leading the School Council, working on projects that encourage the children to be active citizens, both in school and the wider community. As a parent and teacher I believe that mental health should be a priority in schools and am currently supporting the Young Minds campaign, ‘Wise Up To Wellbeing In Schools’.

When time allows, I love to visit the theatre and go to concerts and every other Saturday I can be found cheering on SAFC at the Stadium of light!

Committee Membership: Personnel & Pay
Sub Committees: Personnel

Special Interest Governor : Personal Development

 


Mr Kevin Reynolds – Community Governor
Appointed on 17/05/2022, Term of Office until: 17/05/2026
Appointed by Members of the Trust Board

Kevin has held leadership and management positions in industry and education for 35 years. He has been a senior leader in 4 schools and academies and has a track record for improvement taking one from requires improvement (RI) to outstanding, another from RI to good and a third out of serious weaknesses. He has developed and led leadership courses throughout the North East and has spoken at many local and national conferences on transformational leadership and how to create, build and establish a new school. His particular interests are effective school leadership and curriculum design. He is a passionate believer that every young person regardless of background or ability deserves the best educational experience to increase their life chances. He has served as a Trust Member for another MAT in the region since 2017. Last year (2021) he retired from his position of Executive Principal at a local multi-academy trust.

Committee Membership: TBC
Special Interest Governor : Quality of Education (PP Trustee)


Councillor Craig Martin – Community Governor
Appointed on 26 November 2020 , Term of Office until: 26 November 2024
Appointed by Members of the Trust Board

I’m the County Councillor for North Lodge in Chester-le-Street and a former student of Park View, I’m serving as a Trustee to ensure our young people get the best possible opportunities going forward in life while encouraging a strong partnership between the school and the community it sits in. I studied Physics at the University of York going on to train as a Physics teacher at Durham University. After 5 years of teaching, I retrained in finance. I’m now working for a further education college, running their payroll, alongside my political work. I also volunteer as a Scout leader in Chester-le-Street.

Committee Membership: Finance & Premises
Special Interest Governor : Quality of Education


Mr Ken Reed – Parent Governor
Appointed on 01/02/2021, Term of Office until: 01/02/2025
Appointed by Parental Election 

I am very delighted to be a Trustee at Park View school. I am a retired police officer having lived and worked in the Durham area for many years. For my last 10 years of police service I was attached to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and the Home Office as a lead inspector. I have in-depth experience in corporate governance, strategic management, and in the delivery of performance outcomes, all of which is relevant and transferable to the education sector.
I am currently chair of Trustees at Woodlea Primary School which has had strong links with Park View for many years. I am also a Trustee at Eden Learning Trust, a multi academy trust incorporating 5 schools in County Durham.
As the parent of a child at Park View, I am passionate about helping to improve education and always seek to contribute positively to support the headteacher and his leadership team to achieve the best possible outcomes for our children.
I have a Masters Degree in Business Administration and have a keen interest in cricket and technology.

Committee Membership: Finance and Premises
Special Interest Governor : Behaviour, Safety and Attitudes


Governors’ Meetings

At PARK VIEW SCHOOL, the AGM will take place in December each year.  All parents / carers are entitled to attend.  In order that we may accommodate you, please inform the Company Secretary, Miss Emma Hagar, if you will be attending the AGM (email : [email protected]).

DateTimeMeeting
Wednesday 28 September 2022 4.30pmFull Governors
Wednesday 19 October 20224.30pmPersonnel & Pay
Wednesday 23 November 20224.30pmFinance & Premises
Thursday 8 December 20224.30pmAGM & Full Governors
Wednesday 22 March 20234.30pmFinance & Premises
Thursday 20 April 20234.30pmFull Governors
Thursday 18 May 20224.30pmPersonnel & Pay
Wednesday 21 June 20234.30pmFinance & Premises
Thursday 6th July 20234.30pmFull Governors

 


Register of Governor Interests

Dr W F Dennison : Director of Arcadia Learning Ltd (Education Consultancy) (date of appointment 01 April 2002) / Trustee of PVCC (facility for community use) (date of appointment 01 September 2015).

Mrs M Dodd : Trustee of PVCC (facility for community use) (date of appointment September 2015). Meg also has association with Eric Dodd (husband), Governor at Eskdale Academy and South Stanley Junior School. Director of Stanley Learning Partnership (date of appointment 2018).

Mrs J Carr : Jan has association with Chris Carr Joinery (husband) (date of appointment 1984)

Mr C Martin : North Lodge County Councillor, Volunteer with 2nd Chester-le-Street Scout Group (date of appointment 2006), Member of Unison (from 2018), Finance Assistant at Bishop Auckland College (date of appointment 2018), County Councillor and Chair of Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Management Board at Durham County Council (since 2017), Member of Scrutiny Committee at North East Combined Authority (since 2021), Member of Scrutiny Committee at Joint Transport Committee (since 2021), Local Party Chair for Liberal Democrats (since 2007), Member of Alliance of Liberal Democrat Councillors (since 2017), Member of Unison (since 2018), Mr Martin’s partner is also a Senior Practitioner at Clever Clogs Day Nursery (since 2011).

Mr P Adamson : Head Teacher at Woodlea Primary School (date of appointment 01 April 2008), Trustee of PVCC (facility for community use) (date of appointment 01 September 2015)

Mr M Malik : Head Teacher at Harlow Green Primary School (date of appointment 01 September 2017), Secretary for NAHT (Gateshead), Chair of Gateshead Association of Primary Headteachers.

Victoria Stevenson : Director of Iain Nicholson & Co (Law Firm) (date of appointment 04 December 2015)

Mrs Victoria Winlow :  Co-opted Governor at Bernard Gilpin Primary School (date of appointment October 2011)

Mrs Claire Francis : Teacher at Woodlea Primary School

Mr David Standish : Partner at KPMG

Mr Kenneth Reed : Director of Ken Reed Consultancy LTD, Chair of Governors at Woodlea Primary School, Trustee of Eden Learning Trust

Mr Andrew Finley : No pecuniary interest

Mr M Goulding : No pecuniary interest

Mr Kevin Reynolds : Member at ALP (since 2015), Trustee at Gilligate Trust (since 2020)