Chair of governing body: Shelagh Keogh:

shelagh keogh

Senior lecturer in computing at Northumbria University, finance, curriculum and HR subgroup member.

Vice chair: Gareth Davies :

Gareth D sm    

A teacher for more than 25 years with an interest in SEN, Gareth has also been Head of a small independent school. He also owns a  fledgling tutoring agency. Gareth is also Chair of Curriculum subgroup.

Director of finance: Jamie Carrahar:


Chartered management accountant and lecturer in accountancy & taxation, chair of Finance subgroup.

Other governors:

Katherine Trafford:
Teacher in dyslexia support, member of curriculum subgroup.


Kathleen Hearnden:
Former nursery head, member of HR Subgroup.

Jo Carre sm  

Jo Carre
Chartered Accountant, working in professional practice with charity experience and specialism in academies and FE colleges.  Member of the finance committee.



Dr Bernard Trafford:
Headmaster of Royal Grammar School, mentor and critical friend.








Would you like to become a school governor?

Each year at our AGM there is an opportunity to join our board of school governors, to contribute to the strategic direction and senior leadership of our new primary school. The governing body of WNA, is always looking for individuals who would like to make a difference in the lives of children and families from one of the most disadvantaged areas of the north east.

Do you previous experience in at least one of the following areas? Finance, recruitment, property, leadership, research, law, business management, multi-academy trust or multiple site management experience.

Posts are non-remunerated, we will offer good opportunities for personal and professional development along with contributing to the local community, all out of pocket expenses are covered. For more information visit:

Interested? For an informal chat, contact Susan Percy on 0191 2739477 or email

“Our vision for all children attending the school, regardless of background, is that they will achieve their full potential, with holistic support, whilst they enjoy, own and drive their learning, gaining self-respect, esteem and belief.”

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