Governing BodyIf you are interested in becoming a parent governor please contact the school.
Chair of Governers
Janice MelacoI work as a Sports, Health and Fitness Officer in Newcastle City Council providing specialist populations with suitable exercise to increase their physical activity and improve their lifestyle. I meet lots of elderly clients who reminisce about their life and it is easy to realise just how important a happy school life is. I became a parent governor because I wanted to assist Monkseaton High School to continue to be outstanding and provide a great learning environment for your child/children. Having completed my Teaching Assistant Level 3, and currently studying for a PGCE, I have become more interested in the Education system and I hope that what I am learning will aid my participation on the panel of Governors. As a mature student, whilst studying for my degree, I gained a relatively up to date perspective of what it is like to be back in the classroom again! My two eldest children both attend Monkseaton High School. Our experience of the school has been brilliant and I am so keen that others coming in to school get a similar experience.
Kathryn FurnessI first arrived at Monkseaton High School in 1992 as a 13-year old student embarking on her high school education. Having completed my GCSEs and A-levels here, I was fortunate enough to secure a part-time position during my final year at university as the school’s website designer. After a few years of design and teaching A level Media Studies as an unqualified teacher, I undertook a Graduate Teacher Placement to become a fully qualified teacher. Since this time I have been lucky enough to hold the position of Lead Teacher of Media Studies, Advanced Skills Teacher and more recently, Lead Practitioner for Teaching and Learning. I was previously a staff governor during the time we built our new school and am very much looking forward to getting back to this role.
Allan JeffI have enjoyed a very interesting career, mainly in senior strategic roles within the Science and Technology sectors but I’ve also spent time teaching and developing curriculum offers in FE so fully understand the challenges modern education faces. I have a passion for working to bridge the skills gap in our region and I’m always keen to share ideas and best practice. I am also a resident of North Tyneside and have two children of my own in the schools pyramid, so I’m keen to offer all the support I can to ensure that pathways to meaningful careers are robust.
Stacey RidleyAs a local, Whitley Bay, resident, I was keen to use my skills and experience to support our coastal community. I am passionate about education and supporting the development of young people and I saw the role as Governor as a fantastic opportunity. Professionally, I come from a marketing and communications background and I hope to be able to utilise these skills to assist students and Monkseaton High School and to help build on the success achieved so far.
Kerry DavisonI am a co-opted staff governor appointed in 2014. I commenced my teaching career in 2001 after studying at Brunel University in London and started here in Monskeaton in 2006. Since then I have had many roles including School sport Coordinator and Head of Year 9. My current roles within school are Assistant Headteacher and Lead Teacher of Physical Education. I love my job here at the school and relish the opportunity to be part of a Governing Body that is driving change in the school. In my spare time I am a keen golfer and enjoy photography and travelling.
Lou LagganI’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as a Trust Governor of Monkseaton High School. My professional background is in Banking & Finance. In a career spanning more than 25 years I’ve held senior roles in Branch Management, as well as a successful spell as National Training Manager. One of the most enjoyable roles I held was training and coaching staff recruited from school and college, who were embarking on their first experience of employment. The most gratifying aspect has always been to use coaching to support colleagues in fulfilling their potential. Now, as a professionally qualified Leadership & Personal Coach, it’s exciting to challenge myself in this field as a business owner. When I chose self-employment in 2015, it allowed more flexibility with my time which enabled me to volunteer as a Foundation Governor at my local primary school. This experience, combined with my volunteer work with teenagers at DePaul North East, encouraged me to apply to be a Trust Governor at a High School. It’s a tremendous privilege to offer my knowledge and experience in support of a high school which places such importance on developing the whole child; developing their aspirations, their self-esteem and their compassion. I’ve always been passionate about how we support our young people to become the very best version of themselves possible, enjoying the process of learning in an environment which truly enables them to maximise their capabilities and thrive.
Angela TowesIn my working life I have always been involved in education. I have worked as a Careers Adviser for Connexions for 12 years in many schools and have acted as a link for Monkseaton High School for the last 6 years. I help young people plan their future lives and ensure they are engaged in education, training or employment. I was born and brought up in Whitley Bay and now live in Monkseaton and have two children, one is at university and one is studying A levels.
Karen BarriozI am originally from Weston-super-Mare and have studied a Business degree, and PGCE in Business and Marketing. I have worked for Bangor University for 17 years in a variety of roles; Timetable Officer and recently PA to the Dean in the College of Health and Behavioural Studies. My family have recently relocated to Newcastle with our 3 children, our eldest son has started school in year 10 of Monkseaton High School. I have previously been a parent governor in a Primary School, I was part of the Literacy, Curriculum and Well-Being committees. I have attended Safeguarding and Data Performance governor training as well. I am very keen to be a voice of the parents and a ‘critical friend’ of the school, I am an approachable person and happy to discuss any issued that are raised. Monkseaton is an outstanding school with welcoming staff and amazing results, all the reasons I chose this school for my children.
Anthony FrierI have been working within the Education/Schools HR environment for the past 15 years. During that time I have been employed in various positions from Personnel Support Officer, Temporary HR Adviser, Personnel Support Assistant Team Leader and Team Leader. I am currently employed by Cofely Engie working within their Employee Services section which supports North Tyneside Council and North Tyneside schools with their HR administration, payroll and pension requirements. I have gained a lot of knowledge in HR administration for schools and look forward in using this knowledge in supporting the governing body in driving up school and pupil performance.
My son started at Monkseaton High School in September 2018 and I am delighted to have this opportunity to be a parent governor. As Governor I would look to build on the links between parents and the school, working with the Headteacher and her team to promote home-school links.
As a parent I have a vested interest in the school provision, and have a particular interest in SEND and STEAM. I have an understanding of aspects of the curriculum and I am keen to help the school build and encourage every child to meet their potential.
I am currently employed with the Civil Service, and previously I have been a nurse, teaching assistant and further education tutor.