Meet the Governors

Dunston Hill Community Primary School, like all state schools, has a governing body, which works with the headteacher and the local authority in the overall management of the school. The governing body is a legal requirement and governors have a number of legal duties to perform, but overall their focus is on getting the best for the children in the school.


The main roles of the governing body are:
  • To plan ahead to make sure the school has the right strategies and resources to get the best outcomes for the children; this includes overseeing the delivery of the curriculum.
  • To monitor and evaluate the school’s effectiveness.
  • To oversee the school’s budget so that it is used in the best way; the governing body is responsible for the proper and efficient management of the school’s funds and cannot plan for a deficit.
  • To make sure that children and adults are safe at school.
  • To act as a ‘critical friend’ to the headteacher, who reports to the governing body on the school’s performance and how plans are going.

The headteacher is responsible for the day to day management of the school. School governors are unpaid volunteers (except school staff) and come from all walks of life. Some are appointed by the local authority, some have been asked to represent the local community, some are elected parent governors, and some are members of the school staff. The headteacher and the deputy headteacher are governors. The whole governing body meets each term, with governor committees meeting more often.

Message from our Chair of Governors

The governors at Dunston Hill Community Primary School are delighted with our website and believe this is a positive reflection of our school – it is lively, colourful and innovative. We hope you will find it useful in keeping up to date with the many things that are always going on in school.

As governors we are very proud of our school and children. We believe that education is a partnership and that happy children are successful children. The governing body meets twice a term to receive a report from Mr Sutherland and to discuss school developments. We also meet on other occasions in small committees to oversee the work of the school in greater detail. We aim to ensure your children receive the best education along with a range of opportunities and rich experiences to pave the way for a positive future in a secure, stimulating and caring environment.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcomed by the governors.

Kind regards

Gillian McTeer

Chair of Governors