The NCEA Trust Board agreed to form a Local Governing Body (LGBs) for Bishop’s Primary School in 2019/20. This means that Bishop’s Primary has a governing body which focuses on the individual school’s needs. The LGB is accountable for their decisions to the Trust Board. The first meetings of the LGB took place in the spring term 2020.

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Key Documents

Meet Our Governors:

Sue Whitfield : Chair of Governors

Sue Whitfield

Chair of Governors

Barbara Billingsley : Vice Chair

Barbara Billingsley

Vice Chair

Upon retiring from my role as Headteacher of a primary school for children aged 2 to 11, just outside the city of Liverpool in Merseyside, I moved to North Tyneside to be closer to my family in 2015. Shortly after, I became a Governor at a local Middle School as I wished to keep abreast of educational developments and use my experience to contribute to the area which I was about to make my home. More recently, to broaden my experience of school governance, particularly governance within multi academy trusts, I volunteered to become a governor within the NCEA Ashington Hub and was delighted to be accepted onto the LGB.

Throughout my years working in education, I gained many skills and a wide range of experience. Investing in school improvement and in particular, the professional development of colleagues, is an area of special interest to me. I find it extremely rewarding to be able to put the experience and knowledge gained in my professional life to good effect in my role as a school governor and to be part of this new, growing and flourishing community with a bright future ahead.

Tanya Barlow : Co-Opt

Tanya Barlow


Natalie Cain : Governor

Natalie Cain


Cheryl Craggs : Parent Elect

Cheryl Craggs

Parent Elect

Annie Newlands : Governor

Annie Newlands


Jess Hodson : Ex-officio

Jess Hodson


Lisa Potts : Parent Elect

Lisa Potts

Parent Elect

Contact the Local Governing Body

The Chair of the Local Governing Body, may be contacted by email at or in writing:

Chair of Governors
c/o Bishop’s Primary School
Josephine Butler Campus
Academy Road
NE63 9FZ

Alternatively, Governors may be contacted via Lesley Dalby, Governance Manager, on 01670 816111 ext 368.