Governors genuinely care about the school, its pupils, staff and local community

Ofsted, 2019

Daryn Leggett



I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor early in 2020 hoping to help give young people a great education experience. I was attracted to Monkseaton High School for the unique challenges it faces on many fronts.

I have worked as an Area Manager within large food brands for the past 5 years in different geographical areas of the UK. My role is to lead team’s of 400+ to achieve goals of people development, customer metrics, and profitability.

My passion is to give everyone a chance to succeed in life. I hope to transfer my skills to the governing board to ensure the education experience is great for every student.

Helen Perfect


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I trained as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages for primary and secondary age children. The last 20 years of my career I have worked in a neighbouring local authority managing teams to support pupils with additional needs - English as an Additional Language, SEND, GRT pupils, Home & Hospital teaching, Mental Health and the Equalities Act duty in schools. I recently moved into North Tyneside and hope to support the Headteacher and Governing body to continue developing the school’s ethos of inclusion and improving pupils’ attendance, attainment and achievement. Also, to support creating an environment so young people enjoy attending Monkseaton High and are well-supported in preparing for adulthood. 

Victoria Solomon


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I am delighted to be given the opportunity to be a parent governor at Monkseaton High School. My son joined the school in September 19 and is really enjoying his experience.

I have worked in education since initially qualifying in Nursery Nursing in 1990. My work experience has been varied within primary schools and early years settings and I also have experience of working with children with additional needs. I have been manager an early years setting for over 16 years now and have vast experience of working with a large team, managing budgets and overseeing the curriculum and care of the children and much more.

I volunteer with a youth group and holiday club in my spare time and have always been involved in community work. I sing in a large contemporary choir and have a real love of music and a passion for the benefits this offers.

I have a very keen interest and passion for health and well-being for children, young people and adults and would love to support this important area of work within school. I feel that I can bring both my life and work experience to the role of school governor and support head teacher and team well.

 Laura MacArthur



I started my involvement with Monkseaton High School's Governing Body in November 2019. I have experience working within secondary education and have recently completed a Masters in Inclusive Education. I am keen to contribute my time and knowledge towards ensuring every child at Monkseaton High School has access to an education which allows them to maximise their potential, enjoy their learning and acquire the skills and confidence to support them in the next chapter of their lives.

Vicky Gilbert


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Vicky has extensive experience in the fields of behaviour, attendance and safeguarding from over twenty years of working as a senior leader in schools, and of sitting on the governing bodies of a number of north-east organisations, before founding K-9 Comprehensive Limited in September 2019.


This expertise equips Vicky to work closely with schools, parents and young people to ensure they receive the most appropriate learning dog interventions to suit their particular needs.

Anne Welsh



Anne Welsh has been Chair of Governors at Monkseaton High School since January 2012.  She also has experience of being a governor in a local primary school. Anne retired from full time employment in education in 2009, having spent the last 25 years of her career in North Tyneside schools, latterly as the Headteacher of another local secondary school.  Since her retirement Anne has worked as a Leadership Consultant in a number of secondary schools across the North East. Anne is passionate about the education of young people and delighted to be part of a happy, inclusive learning community like Monkseaton High School where every young person is encouraged, challenged and supported to achieve in all that they do.

Lou Laggan



 My professional background is in Banking & Finance. 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. When I started my own business as a Leadership & Personal Coach, I had the flexibility to volunteer as a Governor at my local primary school. This,  combined with volunteering 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 to a school which places such importance on developing the whole child; their aspirations, their self-esteem and their compassion. 

Anthony Frier



I 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.

Stacey Ridley



As 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.

Angela Towes



In 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.

Shona Watson



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 look to build on the links between parents and the school, working with the Headteacher and her team. As a parent I have a vested interest in the school provision, and have a particular interest in SEND and STEM.  I have an understanding of curriculum and am keen to help encourage every child to meet their potential. I am currently employed with the Civil Service, previously having been a nurse, teaching assistant and further education tutor.

Kathryn Furness



 Having completed my GCSEs and A-levels here at Monkseaton High School, I was fortunate enough to secure a part-time position during my final year at university as the school’s website designer. I later undertook a Graduate Teacher Placement to become a fully qualified teacher and have since held the position of Raising Achievement Leader for Media Studies, Advanced Skills Teacher, Lead Practitioner and currently Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning. I am fully committed to Monkseaton High School and its community of students, parents, carers and staff.

Beverley Oliver



I was delighted to be invited to join a team of experienced and dedicated individuals that make up the governing body here at Monkseaton High. The dedication, passion and professionalism demonstrated during my meetings with the Head Teacher and Chair of Governors left me in no doubt that the school was in safe hands and was on a focused path of progression and improvement, with the interests of their students at the heart of each decision they made. 

Most of my career has been spent in the automotive industry in key operational, customer service and sales position with national and international organisations and more recently working in the ethics, governance and compliance sector.

I am involved in both Riding for the Disabled and The Girls Network and delight in helping students of all abilities progress in confidence, skills and life in general.