At Green Lane we have a passionate group of volunteers who form the local academy council of our school. Many are parents whose children either are at the school, others are connected to St Mary’s Church through our links with the Church of England, some come from the ranks of our dedicated staff, what links them all is an unwavering dedication to the children and families this school serves. The academy council wants to see every child achieve and thrive, we are particularly focused on assuring that our most disadvantaged pupils leave our school as ready for the next phase of their learning as every other pupil at Green Lane.
Our academy council challenges us to be the best we can be and they support us in achieving this aim. If you feel you could add to our team and help us in our mission for excellence then contact the school via email or write to our Academy Council Chair, Canon Reverend Alec Harding, using the school’s address.
The school is part of the Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Learning Trust, a link to their website can be found here:
Our academy council works closely with the headteacher, school staff and representatives from the DNDL Trust for the benefit of all the children in the school.
Academy Council Structure
You can find out more about the established council members, including their areas of responsibility, by clicking on their names below:
|Rev Alec Harding - Chair||Foundation||ongoing||Collective Worship|
Equalities Link Governor
|Mrs Jennifer Currie||Foundation||26/07/2024||None||None|
|Mrs Jane Lawson Goldberg||Foundation||22/02/2026||None||None|
|Mrs Alison Hartley||Co-opted||30/09/2023||RE||Teacher at this school||None|
|Mr Patrick Bonnett||Co-opted||11/01/2026||None||None|
|Mr Robin Lees||Co-opted||18/10/2024||Equalities / Diversity||None||None|
|Mrs Pamela Petty||Local Authority||10/06/2022||SEND and Wellbeing of Staff and Pupils||None||None|
|Miss Lisa Johnson - Vice Chair||Parent||07/11/2025||Pupil Premium|
School Financial Value Standard
Looked after children
|Mr Iain Brown||Parent||07/11/2025||Nursery Liaison||Green Lane Nursery and Childcare Centre Director||None|
|Mr Robert Goffee||Headteacher||ongoing||Teacher at this school||None|
|Mrs Nicola Linsley||Staff||07/05/2023||Wellbeing and Pastoral Care|
|Teacher at this school||None|
|Mrs Frances Stenlake||Foundation||30/09/2023||Safeguarding||None||None|
|Ms Gina Richardson||Parent||07/11/2025||None||None|
|Mrs Rachael Collinson||Parent||07/11/2025||None||None|
|Mrs Emily Stoddart||Parent|
|Mrs Rima Chatterjee||Co-opted||05/10/2026||None||None||None|
|Mrs Caroline Maughan||Associate Member||05/10/2026||None||None||None|
- Simon Baker – Parent
- Mrs Claire Barker-Bedford – Parent
- Mr Greg Farrar – Parent
- Mrs Maria Waddington – Foundation
Each year the local academy council is required to publish an annual statement setting out the key issues that have been faced and addressed over the last year, and an assessment of the impact of the academy council on the school. To read the Annual Statement view or download the full document below
How To Become a Member of the Academy Council
Contact our headteacher if you think you might be able to support us even more by joining the academy council.
The Council’s Priorities
Its three core strategic functions are:
- Ensuring clarity of school vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the support of its staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent, particularly in relation to SEND pupils and pupil premium children
The academy council has established the Christian Ethos Committee to ensure that our core Christian values permeate throughout the school.
Attendance at Local Academy Council Meetings
Green Lane displays a record of attendance at the twice termly meetings for each school academic year.
N Not present
Apols Apologies received and accepted
|Mr Rob Goffee|
|Lisa Johnson - Chair|
You can also view previous years attendance on our website.
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