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 the

Park View School Articles of Association. Additionally, guidance is provided in the

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.

You can view our page on the ‘school’s financial benchmarking’ service 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 Trustee
Re-appointed on: 22/03/2022, Term of office end: 22/03/2026
Appointed by the Full Governing Body(July 2011)


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


Mr Michael Goulding – Community Trustee
Appointed on 13/02/2023, Term of office end: 13/02/2027
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 / Audit & Risk / Review Committee
Special Interest Governor : Quality of Education in Sixth Form to include Sixth Form and Academy of Sport

Mr Philip Adamson – Community Trustee
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.

Special Interest Governor: Quality of Education (SEN Trustee)

Mr Mustafaa Malik – Community Trustee

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 Claire Francis – Community Trustee
Appointed on 03/02/2023, Term of Office end: 03/02/2027 
Appointed by Trustees

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 Trustee
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.

Special Interest Governor : Quality of Education (PP Trustee)

Councillor Craig Martin – Community Trustee
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 / Audit & Risk
Special Interest Governor : Quality of Education

Mr Ken Reed – Parent Trustee
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 / Audit & Risk
Special Interest Governor : Behaviour, Safety and Attitudes

Mr Mark Henry – Community Trustee

Appointed on 01/03/2023, Term of Office until: 01/03/2027

Appointed by Members of the Trust Board

I am privileged to be invited to be a Trustee at Park View School. I have lived in Chester-le-Street for 15 years now, after moving here to raise my young family. My wife (a former pupil) and I always hoped our children would attend ParkView and we are proud that we now have two sons that do, and they are extremely happy here.

I am currently employed as an Engineering Contracts Manager and have worked in the Construction Industry for over 30 years. The majority of my contracts have been within the education and health care sectors, managing the installation of mechanical services within schools, universities, student accommodation and hospitals etc. As a trustee I am looking forward to working with the other trustees, Head Teacher and staff and hope that my experience will enhance the expertise of the governing body, in particular the maintaining of the school estate.

Committee Membership : Finance and Premises / Audit & Risk

Mrs Corina Pentland – Community Trustee

Appointed on 01/03/2023, Term of Office until: 01/03/2027

Appointed by Members of the Trust Board

I currently work as a manager in the accounting and financial reporting team at RSM, I have been a qualified chartered accountant for over 20 years, working in practice and industry. I have experience in a wide variety of roles, including the preparation and review of charity and academy accounts. I achieved a degree in management from the University of Warwick and I obtained a PGCE from the University of Sunderland in 2009. With over 6 years experience of teaching management, accounting and finance, I understand some of the challenges facing teachers with first hand experience as well as many of the complexities of academy accounting.

I attended Park View school myself, alongside my sister, nephew and niece. My son and goddaughter also joined year 7 in September 2022, so I have a long-term interest in the success of the school and its pupils. As a parent and community trustee, I hope to provide support to the finance and audit function, alongside providing a challenge to the leadership team in respect of areas identified for improvement.

Committee Membership : Finance and Premises / Audit & Risk

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]).

Wednesday 27 September 2023 4.30pmFull Governors
Wednesday 18 October 20234.30pmPersonnel & Pay
Wednesday 22 November 20234.30pmFinance & Premises
Wednesday 13 December 20234.00pm & 4.30pmAGM & Full Governors
Wednesday 20 March 20244.30pmFinance & Premises
Wednesday 24 April 20244.30pmFull Governors
Wednesday 5 June 20244.30pmPersonnel & Pay
Wednesday 19 June 20244.30pmFinance & Premises
Wednesday 10 July 20244.30pmFull 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). Trustee at Citizens Advice Gateshead.

Mrs C Pentland: RSM UK (Audit, Tax and Consulting Services)

Mr C Martin : North Lodge County Councillor, Volunteer with 2nd Chester-le-Street Scout Group (date of appointment 2006), Member of Unison (from 2018), Local Party Chair for Liberal Democrats (since 2007), Member of Alliance of Liberal Democrat Councillors (since 2017), Member of Unison (since 2018), Chair of HR Committee at Durham and Darlington Fire Authority (since 2023), 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)

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

Mrs Claire Francis : Primary School Teacher at Woodlea Primary School

Mr David Standish : Partner at KPMG

Mr Kenneth Reed : Director of Ken Reed Consultancy LTD (appointed 2009), Chair of Governors at Woodlea Primary School (appointed 2015), Trustee of Eden Learning Trust (appointed 2020).

Mr Andrew Finley : No pecuniary interest

Mr M Goulding : No pecuniary interest

Mr Kevin Reynolds : Member at ALP (since 2017), Trustee at Gilligate Trust (since 2020)

Mr M Henry – No pecuniary interest



Mr A Flint: No pecuniary interest

Mrs V Stephenson:  Director of Iain Nicholson & Co (Law Firm) (date of appointment 04 December 2015)