Message from the Chair of Governors

The following pages contain information on the constitution, membership and functions of our Governing Body. Our moral purpose, as governors, is to provide all students attending St Bede’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College with the very best education possible. We work closely with Mr Harrison, his leadership team and the staff to monitor the pupils' performance and to explore ways of improving outcomes.

It is vital that the Headteacher has a vision for the school that is shared with the staff and pupils. In turn, this needs to be shared with the Governing Body. At St Bede’s, the Headteacher and the governors – and indeed all members of the school community - are moving in the same direction to ensure that all students achieve their academic potential thereby leaving us with a full range of skills to enhance their life chances.

Parents choosing to send their child to St Bede’s are opting specifically for education within the setting of a Catholic school. We are part of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and we belong to the strong family of Catholic primary and secondary schools throughout the north-east. This is a very supportive network of schools with whom we share the same ethos.

As a Governing Body, we are very proud of our Catholic tradition and take seriously our responsibility to nurture the Faith in our young people and to support them on their spiritual journey through life.

Our interest is not restricted to examination results; we are equally charged with making sure that the students have access to a broad range of experiences and opportunities during their time at the school to help them develop into well-rounded, self-confident individuals equipped with skills to take them with confidence into the next exciting stage of their lives. 

We work to ensure that the school is a place where all of our students and staff feel safe and happy. The governors are keenly aware of the responsibility that we have for the young people in the community and the trust that parents place in us. In response, we do our very best to make sure that the school continues to be a safe and happy place to educate our children.

I hope that this section will help to inform you a little more about who we are and what we do. An exciting development for us and for the school is our link to members of the leadership team and I intend to post in this section the headline outcomes of these monitoring visits.

With the very best wishes to all our school community.

Julia Leech
Chair of Governors

How to contact the Governors

Any of the governors can be contacted by writing to them at the school address or through the clerk to the Governors, currently Ian Merrington, Director of Academy Services.

School Logo

Contact us

Tel: 01207 520424


Interact with us

  • YouTube - White Circle


Consett Road, Lanchester, County Durham,



Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust, a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales under company registration number 7890590. Registered Office: Old Durham Road, Gateshead, NE9 6RZ.

St Bede's Catholic School & Sixth Form College

Privacy Statement/GDPR