About Us


Welcome to Thornaby C of E Primary School

What is the Governing Body there for?

The Governing Body meets regularly and works with the head teacher and the staff to decide the school’s aims and policies and to oversee the efficient running of the school.

The Governing Body has many roles, these include the following:

  • Setting the school’s vision and ethos.
  • Planning for the future of the school by setting strategic aims.
  • Supporting the work of the school by monitoring progress and achievement across the school.
  • Evaluating and analysing data and results.   
  • Ensuring that the school focuses on high standards of educational achievement.
  • Staffing issues- appointing new staff.

Who are the Governors?
We currently have 13 Governors. The total number is laid down by law, as is the mix of the various types of Governor. These are:

  • Parent Governors – elected by parents and carers of children in our school.
  • Co-opted Governor-
  • Foundation Governor-
  • Staff Governors – representatives of teaching and support staff.  
  • Additional postings


What do Governors do?
As well as attending the regular Governing Body meetings to carry out their main roles, Governors also spend time in school. This familiarises them with how our school runs and helps them to understand the issues around decisions they’ll be making. Each Governor is assigned a subject and works with the Subject Leader.
The role of the Linked Governor, for their particular interest area, is:

  • to gain more detailed, specialist knowledge in their assigned subject.
  • to discuss subject MOT’s and Action plans.
  • to understand what is in the School Development Plan (SDP)
  • to be involved in the review of the SDP and part of the planning process for future priorities.
  • to help the Governing Body in its Critical Friend role, by asking questions about progress and challenging appropriately about attainment.
  • to meet termly with the subject leader.


How do you become a Governor?

Parent Governor

When a Parent Governor Vacancy becomes available a flyer is sent out to all parents and carers. If parents are interested in becoming a Governor they then get in touch with the School and are required to apply for the position. If more than 1 parent applies for the position then a formal election will take place. All parents have the opportunity to vote for the candidate they wish to become Governor.

Staff Governor

When a Staff Governor position becomes available all staff members are informed. Staff who are interested in becoming a Governor are then required to apply for the position. Like the parent Governor, if more than 1 member of staff applies a formal election takes place. All members of staff have the opportunity to vote for the candidate they wish to become Governor.


Please click here to view the register of governor interests.

Our Governors

Governor Type


Period of Office

Head Teacher Mrs E Hughes-Narborough 01/01/2009
Staff Governor Mr R Carass  10/5/2017- 9/5/2021
Parent Governor Mr D Hill 22/07/2016- 21/7/2020
Parent Governor Mr N Perley 31/03/2014 – 30/03/2018
Parent Governor Mrs P Dobson 18/02/2014 – 17/02/2018
Parent Governor Mrs C Reed 17/03/2014 – 16/03/2018
Parent Governor  Miss L Smith 21/03/2014 – 20/03/2018
Co-opted Governor Miss A Clouston 1/07/2015- 30/06/2019
Co-opted Governor Mrs J Rigg 1/07/2015- 30/06/2019
Co-opted Governor Ms A Waite
Foundation Governor Mr S Durham  23/2/2017- 22/2/2021
 Foundation Governor Fr M Catherall 28/09/2004
Foundation Governor Mrs J Higgin 23/2/2017- 22/2/2021
Additional Posting Mr S Quartermaine 03/04/2008


Governor Type

Vacant from

Co-opted Governor



Current Full Governors: 13

Max Full Governors: 14

Current Vacancies: 1

Safer Recruitment Training:     Mrs E Hughes-Narborough

                                                 Mrs J Rigg

Chairman: Mr N Perley

Vice Chairman: Fr M Catherall

Clerk: Mrs E Barrett


Register of Governor Interests 

Click on this link to find out more


A little bit of information about our Governors……

Miss A Clouston


Mr R Carass

I have worked at Thornaby CofE for the past 2 years as a Year 6 teacher. I decided to become a school governor to help the school be the best it can be. I run a STEM club and I am passionate about providing the children with stimulating and engaging learning experiences which link mathematics and science together

Mrs J Higgin

I have recently retired after forty plus years of working as a technical manager/ microbiologist in the biochemical/food industry. As a committed member of the Parish of South Thornaby and a newly appointed Foundation governor for the school I am looking forward to working with the Headteacher and staff to ensure the children receive the best education possible supported by a strong Christian ethos. 

Mrs J Rigg

I was a teacher at Thornaby C of E for 35 years, during which time, I became a Teacher Governor. On retiring in 2012, I retained my governor role, but became a Co-opted Governor. I continue to thoroughly enjoy my work as School Governor and find it rewarding to support the school, children and staff to be the best they can be. I am regularly in school working with the EYFS children and am part of the Attendance Committee.

Mr N Perley

I am a parent of a former pupil Lauren. I work at Beverley School for Autistic Pupils as a Teaching Assistant. At work I like the pupils to have fun and enjoy themselves when learning.

Fr M Catherall

I am the Parish Priest and Vicar for the Parish of South Thornaby. I am proud to be the permanent clergy Governor of the only Church of England school in the Deanery and the parish provide Foundation Governor support for the school. Obviously, it is my role to be the RE subject Governor and I thoroughly enjoy working in cooperation with the coordinators and with the children themselves.

Mr S Durham

I was appointed as Foundation Governor in 2017. I grew up and still live in Thornaby. I have over 30 years experience working in Post 16 Education, having worked previously in a number of colleges and more recently running my own consultancy business. 

Mrs C Reed

Miss L Smith

Ms A Waithe

As a recently appointed governor (July 2017) I am looking forward to working with the school and families of Thornaby CoE School. I have worked in Stockton-on-Tees for the past 6 years, currently for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Public Health team. I have a keen interest in health and wellbeing, in particular ensuring children and young people have the best start in life, I firmly believe this provides strong foundations for the future. I am keen to support the head teacher and staff as they continue to create an engaging learning environment for their students.

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