Our Governing Body

I am delighted to welcome you to the Governor’s section of the website and thank – you for visiting the school’s website. Greenhead Church of England Primary School and Henshaw Church of England Primary School are the 2 schools which together make up the West Tyne Federation of Schools.
We have a very active Governing Body that works closely with the Executive Headteacher and all the staff in both schools. The Governing Body work together in the following key roles:
  • To take a strategic role in the running of the schools
  • To act as a critical friend to the schools
  • To ensure accountability of the Governing Body to the parents and of the Headteacher to the Governing Body
We work in partnership with the Headteacher and the schools staff and do no not get involved in the day to day operation of the schools, as this is the Headteacher’s responsibility.
There are currently 10 governors on the West Tyne Federation Governing Body who were appointed through various routes. Some are appointed by the Local Authority; there are Parent Governors elected by the parents themselves and Co-opted Governors appointed by the Governing Body. Coopted Governors are from the community and bring their skills to the Governing Body for the benefit of the school. We are also fortunate in having 1 Ex-Officio Governors from our local Churches, these Governors are frequently in the schools often leading our daily worship. Governors are actively involved in school life and contribute in many ways to the school, bringing a range of skills and often visit the Schools to see them in action. We are always keen to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming a Governor.
Kind Regards,
Chair of Governors
  • Mrs Sarah Hutchinson

    Executive Headteacher

    I am thrilled to be the Head Teacher of both Greenhead and Henshaw Church of England Primary Schools. It is a real privilege to work in such special schools with a fantastic staff team. I am committed to ensuring that our schools can provide the very best opportunities for all our children. I particularly value our Christian ethos, inclusive settings and warm family atmospheres.

    I have been teaching in Northumberland for over 10 years, previously working as a class teacher in a large Primary School in Whitehaven. I have a genuine love of learning and I am a firm believer in life-long learning. Whilst the education of our pupils is clearly our number one priority I also strive to make Greenhead and Henshaw Schools learning places for all. Supporting parents in supporting their children’s learning is a key area of our continuing development, as is providing professional development opportunities for all our staff. Children are at the heart of all we do across our federation and as Head Teacher and Governor all actions taken always have the best interests of the children at their core.

    Outside of the job I enjoy spending time with my family; my husband, two young children and a very active miniature Jack Russell!

  • Mr David Ratcliff

    Chair of Governors

    In my working life I was Headteacher of 3 (mainly CE) primary schools and in retirement an Associate Tutor at University of Cumbria, attached to Greenhead and Henshaw schools. I live in Hexham and am Lay Chair of Hexham Deanery and a member of the Newcastle Diocese Education Board. (49!)

  • Mrs Pippa Milburn


    I am self employed as an Equestrian Coach & livery yard Owner/Manager and along side my Husband also Farm cattle and sheep on our family farm. I am an active member of the community serving as a parish councillor and I am regularly involved in local fundraising events. I am dedicated to the staff & pupils of the West Tyne Federation. I am looking forward to the current academic year as part of the team that challenges the schools to perform to the best of their ability and to ensure all children achieve to the very best of their potential.

  • Mrs Joanne Fairless

    Staff Governor

  • Mrs Katy Rushworth


    I am a solicitor specialising in property law at Clarke Mairs LLP in central Newcastle. I live in Thorngrafton with my husband and one-year-old daughter, Alice, who will attend Henshaw School when she’s old enough.

  • Mr Alan Sharp


    I am aged 52 and I have been a Governor of Greenhead School for over 20 years. I have previously served as Chairman of the Governing Body and also Chairman of the West Tyne Federation when the local Church Schools all merged together.
    I am also Chairman of Greenhead Pre-School and Nursery which is a registered charity. I have been the District Councillor for Greenhead since 1987 and the County Councillor since 2008. I am an associate with Land Factor and I manage the Haltwhistle Office and manage local estates. I am particularly keen to get the best education for all of the children and to get good facilities and I have been involved in many projects on behalf of the school and local community over the years.

  • Mr Gavin Boyd


  • Mrs Sarah Forster


  • Mrs Jenna Haile


  • Mrs Christina Broadbent

    Parent Governor