Gillas Lane Primary Academy and Nursery, Seaton Avenue, Houghton Le Spring, Sunderland, DH5 8EH

0191 500 5956

Gillas Lane Primary Academy and Nursery

Proud to be part of Aim High Academy Trust


Gillas Lane Governors

The day-to-day running of Gillas Lane Primary Academy is the responsibility of the Headteacher; it is the responsibility of the Local Governing Committee (LGC) to act as a critical friend of the school. In practice this means supporting the school in achieving its aims by ensuring the highest possible standards of education and welfare are provided for our children. The Governors use their combined skills and experience to ask why actions are being carried out, what the impact will be and monitor if they are in line with the school's ethos and values. 


The LGC has a Chair and a Vice Chair and meets at least 3 times a year on a termly basis. The Curriculum and Standards Committee (to which all LGC members are welcome to attend) meets 3 times a year on a termly basis. Each member of the LGC has a Link Governor Responsibility; governors work closely with the Head Teacher to support the school and oversee its direction.


Each governor is appointed for a four year term which can be renewed for a further four years.


The LGC has agreed to work within a code of conduct which is reviewed annually. 


If you would like to contact the governors you can either write to The Chair of Governors c/o Gillas Lane Primary Academy, or, if your letter is of a non-confidential nature, you can email via the school email address:


Gillas Lane Primary Academy

Local Governance Committee

Mrs Victoria Barker - Chair (Parent)

Mr Ian Blair - Vice Chair (Co-opted)

Mrs Emma Monaghan - Headteacher

Mrs Pat Dutton - Trustee Support

Mr Daniel Hepple - Co-opted

Mrs Gill Medhurst- Co-opted 

Mr Russell Holman - Co-opted

Mrs Georgina Fuller - Parent

Mr Gregory Simpson - Parent

Mr Mark Douglass - Staff Governor

Mrs Kay Straughan- Associate Governor

Mr Graham Stephenson- CEO


Link Governor Responsibilities

Leadership and Management: Mrs V Barker and Mr I Blair

Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Mrs G Medhurst

Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes: Mr D Hepple and Mr I Blair

Statutory Assessment: Mr I Blair and Mr G Simpson

Safeguarding, SEND, Pupil Premium and Cared For: Mrs G Medhurst

Premises & Health and Safety: Mr I Blair and Mr R Holman

Mental Health & Wellbeing: Mr D Hepple



To find out more information about each governor, please follow this link to the Get Information About Schools website