Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA).


Suzanne Bailey
I have been a parent Governor since the first year my son started at Villa Real, age 4, he’s now a teenager! I am a Children’s Physiotherapist by profession, and have worked in Newcastle and Durham for 20 years, however my main job is being Mum to our 3 children. In November 2012 I was elected as Chair of Governors, and am in school regularly and work closely with the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team. I have worked alongside staff and pupils in most classes and am constantly thrilled to see the children’s personalities shine through.  I am part of the Personnel committee and as with all my Governor colleagues, I am committed to working with school and taking it forward for the benefit of our children.

Michael Barker
I have been a parent governor almost since my daughter started at Villa Real, and have now been asked to stay on as a Co-opted Governor. I am a solicitor by profession and work for Gateshead Council. My daughter, Katie is in the primary school and has been at Villa Real since she was two. I also have a son, James. I am on the Personnel Committee and am the governor responsible for Health & Safety

Jill Hope
This is my third year serving as a School Governor. I am on the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor. I have worked at Villa Real School since October 2008. I am committed to the school and enjoy my role here at Villa Real.

Simon Adams
I am Head Teacher at The Croft Community School. This is my first term serving Villa Real as a Co-opted Governor. I serve alongside my own governing body and also have experience as governor at a special school in Worcestershire. I am keen to provide challenge and accountability to school leaders while also offering my skills and experience in supporting leaders in moving the school forwards, in addition to strengthening links between our two schools.

Jane Nattrass
I was appointed as Local Authority Governor in 2014 and have been involved with education for over 30 years, as a teacher, workshop leader, consultant, school governor and Artsmark Assessor for both Arts Council and Trinity College.
Since the death of my 12 year old son, I have set up a charity to support children with Cancer – Henry Dancer Days and spend much of my time working on its behalf.
I have worked in Special Schools throughout my career and am keen to help Villa Real in any way possible

Amy Norton
I became a parent Governor in February 2014.  I am ‘Mom’ to Flynn and Mackenzie.  Flynn started school in the Autistic Unit age 4.  From the first time that I walked into the school for my visit I felt welcomed and that this was the right place for Flynn to be.  Flynn goes from strength to strength due to the dedication of the staff and volunteers at the school; I wanted to be a part of that to ensure the progression of the school and every child and family that walks through those doors as I did.

Shirley Emerson
I am a Staff Governor. Prior to coming to Villa Real School as a Special Support Assistant  I worked for Behaviour Support, travelling to many schools in Weardale and Teesdale working with pupils of all ages and abilities. Before becoming a Nursery Nurse, I was a Registered Nurse working in anaesthetics and following this working in a community hospital. I have 2 grown up sons, a husband and 3 cats. Because of my experiences  over the past 12 years at Villa Real School I hope to be a valued and supporting member of the Governing body and a spokesperson for the wonderful pupils, students and staff of such a very special school.


How To Become A School Governor

If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.


Governor Code of Conduct Policy 2017

Governing Body Monitoring Visits

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Villa Real School (2017)


Register Of Governors Interest

Register of Governors Interest