Bellingham Partnership of Schools is a federation of Bellingham Middle and Primary Schools. There is one governing body for the federation. Our Governing Body consists of a group of enthusiastic and committed people who work in partnership with the school staff to shape the future of the school; to decide the key issues that will help staff raise standards and to determine how best the school will spend its money to achieve these aims.
Full Governing Meetings take place each term, with half termly Curriculum and Finance Meetings in between.
We are fortunate that we have a wide cross section of skills and experience among our governors, with representation from parents, staff, community members and the local authority.
Chair of Governors: Simon Mobberley
To contact the Chair of Governors, please send your correspondence addressed to the Chair of Governors, c/o Bellingham Partnership of Schools, Redesmouth Road, Bellingham, Hexham. NE48 2EN
Alternatively, please e-mail: email@example.com
You can also contact the school office, where Mrs Thompson will be able to help you.
Mr Dan Ramshaw
Staff Governor - Interim Headteacher
As Interim Head Teacher of Bellingham Middle School I have a keen interest in how the school runs and continues to develop.
I have been employed at the school in various guises since September 2016, and have a huge understanding of both schools' places within the local community, and hope to see both continue to thrive.
I believe that good communication between the schools, parents, staff, governors and pupils is essential and that governors play an important part in the school community.
Mrs Wendy Goddard
Staff Governor - Headteacher of Bellingham Primary School
Mr Simon Mobberley
Chair of Governors
Mr Anthony Kirkbride
Deputy Chair of Governors
Mrs Susan Dowson
My name is Sue Dowson. I am a wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. I live in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne with my husband of forty-three years.
I retired from teaching in 2008 after almost thirty wonderful years of working in schools across Northumberland and North Tyneside, having enjoyed the privilege of being Headteacher at Bellingham Community Middle School and Sports College ,as it was then, for almost ten years.
In my role as Governor of the Bellingham Partnership of Schools I am committed to ensuring that our children remain firmly at the heart of all that we do , that we strike a balance between support and challenge of the Head Teachers and Staff in order to secure consistently outstanding and sustainable educational provision in our Partnership of Schools.
Dr Claire Maxim
I am Reverend Claire and joined our governing body in September 2022.
I have been ordained in the Church of England for 12 years, and arrived in Northumberland in Spring 2022.
I am passionate about education and opportunity at all stages of life for everyone, and particularly enjoy storytelling.
Before being ordained, I worked as an engineer for EON for twenty years, and have an eye for strategy, processes, and making good connections - whether by wiring or building good relationships!
I am keen to see Bellingham Schools thriving at the heart of the community they serve, and look forward to offering pastoral and practical support wherever I can.
Mrs Shona Ward
I am a local farmer, born and raised in the North Tyne valley and went through the 3 tier system starting out at Greenhaugh First School moving onto Bellingham Middle and finishing off at Haydon Bridge High school. I then went onto study Music at Exeter University, having taken a year out to teach English in a Tanzanian school and travel the country. I feel I am approachable to staff, children, parents and the wider community and other governors.
It is Important I feel to have governors from a wide range of backgrounds especially farming given the area. I’m keen to let children have access and understand what goes on in their local area if it’s not available to them. I feel passionate about equality.
I’d like children to know that the world is big and exciting and that opportunities can arise anytime so go and explore it. So always dream big work hard be dedicated and have inspiration.
Mrs Lindsay Davidson
My name is Lindsay Davidson and I have been a Governor at the school since October 2020. I was
previously a Governor and Chair at Kielder Primary School.
I have experience of working of children with additional needs, both in school and in a social
environment. I am currently studying for an MA in Autism at Northumbria University.
I have 2 children with disabilities, and I am a keen advocate for disability, neurodiversity and
inclusion within school and in the wider community.
I have also been a project manager for an environmental charity, sourcing grant funding and
delivering projects. In my spare time, I enjoy walking my dog in the woods, spending time with my
family and listening to music.
Mrs Lyndsey Robinson