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Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA).

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Governing Body Committee Structure
You can find out more about each governor and their roles and responsibilities below.

Miss Vanessa MainsFoundation
Mr Phil McDonaghFoundation
Mrs Michelle BowmanFoundation
Mrs Patricia EdwardsFoundation
Mrs Lisa ThompsonHeadteacher
Mrs Sarah MaxfieldCommunity Governor
Mrs Bernadette HillStaff Governor
VACANCYParent Governor

Meet Our Governors

Miss Vanessa Mains
Chair / Foundation

I work for The Priory Group within the Management Accounts team and have done so for the past six years, altogether working within the same industry for the last 13 years.

I have two children my eldest is a pupil at St. Charles and I wanted the same school life experience for my children as I received attending St. Charles. To commence on their school journey in a caring environment and to have the sense of belonging to a school family, whilst learning, having fun and being creative.

I am privileged to be a part of St. Charles’ Governing body and I aim to assist the team to continue to make our school the best it can be for our children.

Mrs Patricia Edwards
Vice Chair / Foundation

I work for a local Social Housing Provider, within the Management Accounts Team.
I was born in Spennymoor and have lived here for a large part of my life.
I have 3 grown up children, who all attended St Charles School when they were young, as did I.
I am an active member of St Charles Parish in Tudhoe, and was previously a Catechist for First Holy Communion, for the Parish.
The school has changed and grown over the many years it has been open. It has provided, and continues to provide our young people with opportunities, support and encouragement, to be the best that they can be. The Teaching Staff and Governing Body, are dedicated to the Ethos of the School, and to support the pupils, by providing an environment where they can continue to learn and grow into well-rounded individuals.
I am very honoured to be able to support the School in the capacity as a Foundation Governor.

Mrs Michelle Bowman

I was born and brought up in Spennymoor and attend St Charles Church in Tudhoe.
I have worked locally as a Personal Assistant for over 31 years.

Generations of my family have attended St Charles school which has given me a strong bond with this special school.

As Governor I endeavour to strive for excellence whilst maintaining the high standards of nurturing set throughout each year group.

I feel honoured to be part of this school’s past and future success.

Mr Phil McDonagh

I moved to Spennymoor just over 10 years ago, my wife (Anna) having been born and raised in the town.

We chose to move to the area ahead of starting a family as Anna was keen to bring our children up attending the same school as she had herself.

When our eldest child joined the school I was impressed by the excellent level of education offered, and the warm family friendly atmosphere and welcome received by all, and in 2013 agreed to become a Parent Governor.

After serving for 3 years as Parent Governor I was asked to take up a Foundation Governor role.

Professionally I have worked in the Information and Technology sector over 20+ years, and I am now a senior manager for a major global organisation. The technology and commitment to developing technology skills also, in my view, makes St Charles stand out as a school, and I could not think of a better place for my 2 children to grow and learn.

I feel humbled to be part of such a fantastic team.

Mrs Sarah Maxfield
Parent Governor

My boys, Joseph and Oliver attend St Charles. My husband, Matt is self-employed and I’m currently taking a career break. In my spare time, I am involved in several projects at St Pauls Church Spennymoor including a community listening experiment and helping to run the After 8 group. I also find myself involved in lots of other charity events!

I am immensely proud to have been elected as a Parent Governor. I strive to make a positive contribution to the team. I believe that St Charles provides pupils with an exciting and fulfilling environment in which to learn and I am committed to the successful future of the whole school.