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, Mrs Meg Dodd and Mrs Victoria Stevenson and two Members who are independent from the governing body Mr David Standish and Mrs Bev Furlong.

The responsibilities of the Trust Body and the Governing Body are set out in the Articles of Association.  Additionally, guidance is provided in the Roles and Responsibilities of Governing Body booklet – copy available from the Company Secretary if required – Mrs H Bolton, Park View School, Church Chare, DH3 3QA.

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

For general enquiries, please contact Mrs Hilary Bolton, Company Secretary on [email protected]


Dr William Dennison
Re-appointed on 22/11/2012, Term of office end: 22/11/2024
Appointed by the Full Governing Body (July 2011)

Dr Bill Dennison has been Chair of Governors 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
Meetings attended for period 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020: 3 out of a possible 3


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.

Meetings attended for period 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020: 3 out of a possible 3


Mrs Meg Dodd – Community Governor
Re-appointed on: 22/03/2018, Term of office end: 22/03/2022
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

Meetings attended for period 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020: 2 out of a possible 3


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 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

Meetings attended for period 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020: 3 out of a possible 3


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
Meetings attended for period 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020: 3 out of a possible 3

Mr Philip Adamson – Community Governor
Appointed on 04/11/2016, 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 governor 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
Meetings attended for period 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020: 3 out of a possible 3

Mrs Victoria Stevenson – Community Governor
Appointed on: 19/01/2017, Term of office end: 19/01/2021
Appointed by Trustees

I am a former pupil of Park View having attended the school from 1993 – 2000.  I subsequently studied law at Hull University and went on to become a Solicitor.  I am now a partner in a legal firm and specialise as a Private Client Solicitor.   I am delighted to be a community governor and very much look forward to working to ensure the continued success of Park View.

Committee Membership : Finance and Premises / Personnel
Special Interest Governor : Quality of Education
Meetings attended for period 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020: 1 out of a possible 3


Mr Mustafaa Malik – Community Governor
Appointed on 12/12/2016, Term of Office end: 12/12/24
Appointed by Trustees

Mr M MalikI am a parent governor 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 governor 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 : Quality of Education
Meetings attended for period 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020: 0 out of a possible 3


Mrs Gillian Crawford – Parent Governor
Re-Appointed  on 08/05/2018, Term of Office end: 08/05/2022
Appointed by Parent Election

I am delighted to continue for another 4 years as Governor.  I have 30 years experience in HMRC and managerial roles. I am a single parent with two daughters in Park View – in years 9 and the Sixth form. My interests are criminology, cardiac rehabilitation and small animal rescue, having rescued and released hedgehogs over the years.  I look forward to my Governor link in parental engagement and Governor training in the coming years.
Committee Membership : Finance & Premises, Personnel & Pay
Special Interest Governor : Quality of Education
Meetings attended for period 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020: 1 out of a possible 3


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 governor 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
Meetings attended for period 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020: 2 out of a possible 3

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 Governor 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 governing body.

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

Meetings attended for period 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020: 2 out of a possible 3


Mrs Joanne Tivnen – Community Governor
Appointed on 11/09/2019, Term of Office until: 11/09/2023
Appointed by Members of the Trust Board


As a proud former student of Park View, I am thrilled to become a community governor and look forward to working with everyone involved in the school to ensure its ongoing success. In particular, I hope to use the wide experience I gained whilst studying for an engineering degree and throughout my career as a Project Manager, to support the science department.

Committee Membership: TBC
Special Interest Governor : Quality of Education
Meetings attended for period 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020: 3 out of a possible 3


Mrs Charlotte Reynolds – Staff Governor
Appointed on 20/01/2020, Term of Office until: 20/01/2024
Appointed by Members of the Teaching Staff

I have been teaching for 30 years, having spent 20 years at Park View School. My leadership responsibilities have been diverse, ranging from subject and faculty leader to ICT, enrichment, PE, PSHE, careers,  training middle leaders, sixth form pastoral team, safeguarding and risk assessments. It is a unique privilege to be part of the academic, administration and pastoral teams at the same time and these have given me an insight into the overlapping complexities of running a school, which I hope will help me in my role as staff governor. Outside of school I enjoy cycling and swimming and have two teenagers currently going through GCSE and A level courses.

Committee Membership: Review Committee
Special Interest Governor : Quality of Education
Meetings attended for period 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020: 1 out of a possible 1


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 governor 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 governor 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 governors 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: TBC
Special Interest Governor : Leadership

 


Governor End of Office 2019-2020

Mrs M Caygill (Community Governor) : Term of office ended on 7 November 2020  after serving over 30 years.

Mrs K Tate (Staff Governor) : Date of appointment 20 January 2016, term of office ended on 20 January 2020.
Mr D Roberts (Community Governor) : Date of appointment was 10 February 2017, term of office ended on 11 September 2019.

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, Mrs H Bolton, if you will be attending the AGM (email : [email protected]).

DateTimeMeeting
Thursday 1 October 20204.30pmFull Governors (inc Results Review)
Wednesday 21 October 20204.30pmPersonnel & Pay
Wednesday 18 November 20204.30pmFinance & Premises
Thursday 3 December 20204.30pmGovernor Link Meetings
Thursday 10 December 20204.00pmAGM
Thursday 10 December 20204.30pmFull Governors
Thursday 4 February 20214.30pmGovernor Link Meetings
Thursday 13 February 20214.30pmPersonnel Meeting
Wednesday 24 February 20214.30pmFinance & Premises
Thursday 18 March 20214.30pmFull Governors
Thursday 22 April 20214.30pmGovernor Link Meetings
Wednesday 19 May 20214.30pmFinance & Premises
Thursday 8 July 20214.30pmFull Governors (Head’s Report)

 


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) / Trustee of CLS Learning Alliance (cluster of schools working together) (date of appointment October 2015) / Member of Consilium Multi Academy Trust (date of appointment June 2017)

Mrs M Dodd : Trustee of PVCC (facility for community use) (date of appointment September 2015), Trustee of Gateshead Citizens’ Advice Bureau (date of appointment 2010). Meg also has association with Eric Dodd (husband), Governor at Eskdale Academy and South Stanley Junior School.

Mrs G Crawford : Trustee of PVCC (facility for community use) (date of appointment September 2015), Governor at County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (date of appointment December 2020)

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)

Mr P Adamson : Head Teacher at Woodlea Primary School (date of appointment 01 April 2008), Trustee of CLS Learning Alliance (cluster of schools working together) (date of  appointment October 2015), 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), Director at ‘Train to Attain Ltd’

Mrs Claire Francis : Teacher at Woodlea Primary School

Mr David Standish : Partner at KPMG

Mrs Charlotte Reynolds : Chair of Gilligate Trust Estate Charity, Treasurer for St Mary Magdalene Belmont, Kevin Reynolds (spouse) is Principal of Consett Academy

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

Mrs Joanne Tivnen : No pecuniary interest