Welcome to Teesville Primary School’s Governing Body

The governing body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being and keeps them safe.


What does The Governing Body do?

The governing body sets the strategic direction of the school by:
Setting the values, aims and objectives for the school
Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives
Setting targets
Agreeing the School Improvement Plan which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure

The governing body challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:
The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
Progress towards targets
The implementation and effectiveness of the School Improvement Plan
The budget and the staffing structure
Conducts self-evaluation

The governing body ensures accountability by:
Responding to Ofsted reports when necessary                                                  

Holding the Head Teacher to account for the performance of the school, through support and challenge
Ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
Making available information to the community.

Meet the Governors
  • Mrs Valerie Cadd


    Mrs Valerie Cadd

    Chair of Governors .

    I became a governor because I believe every child has a right to a high quality education and to attend an Outstanding School.

    I was a teacher with a special interest in working with pupils with Special Educational Needs for over 30 years before I retired. I am also Chair of Governors at St. John’s C.E. Academy Darlington where I have been a Foundation Governor since 1998.

    In 2016 I became a National Leader of Governance. Being designated as a NLG gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge of Governing matters with other Governors.

    I am a member of St. John's Darlington Parochial Church Council and am also a member of Darlington Deanery Synod.

    I am also very actively involved with Girlguiding U.K. and I am currently Girlguiding Durham South's President.

  • Mrs Carole Goodchild

    Vice Chair

    I worked for Redcar and Cleveland Local Authority with responsibility for the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 until 2005. Prior to that I was Deputy Head Teacher at Teesville Infant School and then Head Teacher at Newtown Infant School in Stockton. It was a large Infant School (290 on roll) plus a 39 place nursery. I was also Head Teacher at Egglescliffe C of E Primary School. During this time I became an Ofsted inspector for both primary schools and the PVI sector and obtained an MA in Education Research.

    I continue to work with Local Authorities, Universities and schools as an Independent Consultant. I worked with the National Strategies from 2006 as an EYFS Regional Adviser until the strategies finished in March 2011. I have carried out academic research and presented the findings both nationally and internationally. I was a primary School Improvement Partner for ten primary schools. Currently I work with 5 primary schools as a school improvement officer and have been a governor for a number of years.

  • Mrs Gillian Coleman

    Foundation Governor

    I was appointed as a parent governor in 2014 and now serve as a foundation governor until 2020. I spent my career as an entertainer from the age of 17, working both nationally and internationally. I was born and brought up in Normanby and after spending 22 years in the South of England, I am happy to be back in my home town. I have taught stage dance to both adults and children and I am currently part of the crew for a local Modern Jive Company. I was appointed director of a company based in North Wales in 2012 to present. In 2014, I was elected Chair of the PTA at Teesville Primary School and I also have a son who attends the school.

  • Mrs Jeannette Carroll

    Co-Opted Governor

    I joined the governing body of Teesville Primary School in January 2016 and I have previously been a governor at St. Peters RC School and enjoyed the experience. As a life-long resident, I am interested in giving back to my community and am invested in trying to help children enjoy school and achieve their personal best. My business/project management background and 30 years work experience make me a well minded and pocess skills I believe will contribute to my role.

  • Mrs Marian Lester

    Co-Opted Governor

    I joined the governing body of Teesville Primary School in 2016 having previously taught at the school for 20 years. I wanted to maintain contact with the staff and pupils, and to continue to contribute to improving and supporting the school. My experiences over my 20 years in education have provided me with some of the necessary skills I believe will support me in ensuring the necessary roles and responsibilites are fully carried out.
    I have strong links with the local church, St. Georges and help support a Toddler Group during the week. Once a week, I provide a Prayer Group with two other members of the church within school on behalf of any staff or pupils. Alongside this, we also support in enhancing the SMSC and well being of pupils by running Prayer Space activites and events within school.

    I live locally and have done so for a number of years and very much want to continue to provide support and challenge for Teesville, which is at the heart of the community.

  • Mr Christopher Colegate


    As Head Teacher of Teesville Primary School, I am passionate and dedicated member of the governing body and work closely and actively alongside all members of the G.B to ensure that the statutory requirements are met and most importantly that as a school, we provide the children, families and staff with a thriving and successful school which supports the aspirations and needs of all its community.

    I have been Head at Teesville since September 2009 when it was originally Teesville Infant School, it has been an absolute privilege to be part of its expansion to a Primary school in 2012 and move into a new building in 2013. Whilst everyday is different, and every year brings new challenges, I am fortunate to have the support of a strong and dedicated staff and governing body.

  • Mrs Linda McPhillips

    Staff Governor

    I am the school business manager at Teesville and have been so for a number of years, first as an infant school and now as a primary school. I believe I have lots of experience in financial management of the school and I have an ongoing level of experience within Human Resources.
    In addition to my job and role as Govenor, I am involved in running charity events and all school fundraising activites.
    I want to serve on the governing body because I have a great interest in the education of the children both in body and mind. I am passionate about the school and want the best for all. I can contribute with my 33 years experience within the school setting.

  • Mr David Walker

    Clerk to the Governors