Establishment Newker Primary School

URN: 131233

Community school

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Waldridge Road, Chester le Street, County Durham, DH2 3AA
Local authority
County Durham (840)
Headteacher / Principal
Mrs Melanie Kirkland
Phase of education
School type
Community school
Gender of entry
URN: 131233, DfE number: 840/2943
UKPRN: 10075258
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Good (Last inspection: 27 February 2020)
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Religious character
Does not apply
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No boarders
Nursery provision
Has Nursery Classes
Official sixth form
Does not have a sixth form
Number of pupils
Open date
1 September 1998
Reason establishment opened
Not applicable
Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not applicable
Special classes
Not applicable
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Date last changed / confirmed
5 September 2021
Type of SEN provision
Type of resourced provision
Not recorded
Resourced provision number on roll
Resourced provision capacity
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit number on roll
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit capacity
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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
Kathryn Athey Appointed by GB/board 20 November 2019 22 March 2025


Name Appointed by From To
Sarah McCririe Elected by school staff 23 June 2021 22 June 2025
Craig Singleton Elected by parents 19 May 2021 18 May 2025
Laura Armstrong Elected by parents 17 May 2021 16 May 2025
Joanna Coulthard Elected by parents 11 May 2021 10 May 2025
John Dobson Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 17 November 2020 16 November 2024
Louise Dunn Elected by parents 7 January 2020 6 January 2024
Lynn Weddle Appointed by GB/board 27 November 2019 27 November 2023
Melinda Izomor Elected by parents 21 November 2017 21 November 2022
William Green Appointed by GB/board 21 November 2017 20 November 2022
Keith Davidson Appointed by GB/board 20 November 2019 19 November 2022
Diane Ruggles Appointed by GB/board 20 March 2018 19 March 2022

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Frank Gowdy Governor Elected by parents 20 November 2015 20 November 2020
Joanne Chapman Governor Elected by parents 20 November 2015 20 November 2020
Laura Armstrong Governor Elected by parents 20 November 2015 20 November 2020
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
North of England
Government office region (GOR)
North East
County Durham
Chester-le-Street West Central
Parliamentary constituency
North Durham
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban major conurbation
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Census ward
Middle super output area (MSOA)
County Durham 011
Lower super output area (LSOA)
County Durham 011E
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School capacity

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Free school meals

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