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Local Governing Committee

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

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

‚ÄčThe 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.

‚ÄčThe 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. 

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


St Bernadette's Local Governing Council membership 2023-24 and key areas of responsibility:

Mrs K Mullen Chair (Foundation 01/10/21-01/10/25) - responsible for Child Protection & Safeguarding

Mrs J Miley Vice Chair (Foundation 15/9/22-14/09/26) - responsible for Personal Development & Early Years

Mrs A Alexander (Foundation 06/07/22-05/07/26) - Governor responsible for SEND & Vulnerable groups

Mr S Scott (Foundation 06/07/22-05/07/26) - Governor responsible for Health and Safety & Finance 

Mr A Morris (Parent 06/07/22-05/07/26) - Governor responsible for Behaviour and Attitudes 

Miss S Kincaid (staff 06/07/22-05/07/26) Class Teacher 



Mrs L Fallon (staff) Headteacher 

Mrs K Hall (staff - associate member) Deputy Headteacher