The NCEA Trust Board agreed to form a Local Governing Body (LGBs) for St Michael’s Primary School in 2023 when the school joined the Trust. This means that St Micahel’s Primary has a governing body which focuses on the individual school’s needs. The LGB is accountable for their decisions to the Trust Board. The first meetings of the LGB took place in the autumn term 2023.

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Key Documents

Meet Our Governors:

Katja Purvis – Chair of Governors

I have had the pleasure of being a Governor at St Michael’s for over 10 years now starting once my youngest child was in Nursery here. All three of my children attended St Michael’s from 3-11 years old and now go to DCHS with the youngest in year 8 and oldest year 12.

We live in a rural area on the farm that I have worked for for the past 30 years. I deal with all the farm accounts as well as bookkeeping for other local businesses.

Living in such a beautiful area I am happiest away from the computer and out on the hills with our dog. I am passionate that children at St Michael’s experience all the extra curricular activities that we can offer them – be that a variety of sport, music, art or volunteering.

Victoria Molnar-Brown – Parent Governor

Alison Burden – Governor

Sue Lockey – Staff Governor

Jackie Chevaughan – Vice Chair

John Cooke – Governor

Danielle Harvey – Parent Governor

Mike Samuels – Governor

Gavin Johnston – Headteacher

Rev Christian Mitchison – Governor

I was appointed Vicar of St Michael’s Church, Alnwick, in May 2023 having moved up from Heathfield in East Sussex where I was the Vicar for six years. I previously served my Curacyin the East Sussex market town of Uckfield. I was an ex-officio governor of a federation of two church schools for six years, and oversaw the transition from single school to federation. As well as taking a keen interest in ensuring that the distinctive Christian
character and ethos of the school is developed and enhanced, I am also able to draw on my extensive background in strategic leadership from my previous career in the horseracing and construction industries.

I enjoy walking in the beautiful Northumberland hills, running
(not very far or very well!), reading and I’m an avid Formula 1 fan!

Contact the Local Governing Body

The Chair of the Local Governing Body, may be contacted by email at or in writing:

Chair of Governors
c/o St Micahel’s Primary School
Howling Lane
NE66 1DJ

Alternatively, Governors may be contacted via Lesley Dalby, Director of Governance on 01670 613318

Governing board membership