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St Mary's Catholic Primary School


Local Governing Committee

Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust Governance Structure


Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust is structured in accordance with its Articles of Association.


There are three levels of governance within the  Trust: the Members, The Trust Board of Directors, and the governors who make up the Local Governing Body for each academy in the Trust.

The Trust comprises five Members. The Members are accountable to the DfE and have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives. They sign off the Articles of Association and have the power to appoint and remove the Directors. The Members include representatives from the Diocese of Newcastle and Hexham. The majority of the Members are independent of the Directors to provide challenge and scrutiny to the Board.

The ultimate responsibility for the running of our schools resides with the Directors of the Trust. They set the strategic direction for the Trust and are accountable to the Secretary of State for the performance of the schools within it. This is set out in a legal document known as the ‘funding agreement‘. As charity trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements.


Directors are appointed on the basis of skills needed.


The authority for running each school remains at Local Governing Committee level and is clearly defined by our scheme of delegation.

The Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust is governed by people in our local communities who have each made a significant impact on the lives of young people.

St Mary's Catholic Primary Local Governing Committee


Mr G. MillsChair of Governors/Foundation Governor
Mrs J. ThompsonVice-chair of Governors/Foundation Governor
Mrs S. FosterHead Teacher
Mr D. HendersonFoundation Governor
Mrs J. MacDonald

Foundation Governor

VacancyFoundation Governor
Mr J. HollidayParent Governor
Mrs D. ThompsonStaff Governor


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