Kirk Balk, like other schools, has a governing body made up of people drawn mainly from the local community, including parents and staff. Governors have three main responsibilities; firstly, to set a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction for their school; secondly, to hold the Principal to account for the educational performance of the students, and thirdly to make sure that the finances of the school are used effectively.

Our work

In the case of Kirk Balk, in recent times governors have appointed a Principal and other senior staff, made the decision to become an academy, revised the curriculum and managed the budget in difficult financial times.


Kirk Balk converted to an academy sponsored by Northern Education Trust (NET) in March 2015. The following governing body members have now been appointed: -

  • Mr. J Vincent Chair
  • Ms. J M Nolan Executive Principal
  • Mr. M Travis Vice Chair
  • Mr. P Haynes Sponsor Governor
  • Mrs K Falconer Sponsor Governor
  • Mr P Briscoe - Sponsor Governor
  • Mrs. H Craddock Staff Governor (Teaching)
  • Mrs. S Kilshaw Parent Governor
  • Mrs. K Flanagan Parent Governor

If you wish to contact any of the governors, please do so in writing via Mrs M Pedler (PA to the Principal) Michelle Pedler

Governance Handbook 2017

Northern Education Trust Governance

NET Governance Statement - Including record of Governor attendance to LGB meetings

Register of Business Interests

  • Mr J Vincent -
    • Northern Education Trust - Executive Governance Officer - 27th February 2017 to 27th February 2019
    • J H Wood Ltd - Consultant - 16th February 2017 to Present
    • Tyne Gateway Trust - Consultant - 23rd February 2017 to 1st October 2017
    • GFG Education - Consultant - 3rd February 2017 to Present
    • Hartlepool College of FE - Consultant - 1st January 2017 to Present
    • Thirston Leadership Solutions - Owner - 1st April 2017 to Present
    • Thirston New Houses Farm Management Committee - Chairman & Resident - 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018
    • Tyne Gateway Trust - Trustee - 1st May 2014 to Present

Download the full register of Business Interests - Register of Business Interests 2018-19 - added 4/2/2019

Governors' roles in other schools

  • Mr P Haynes: Principal at Outwood Academy, Carlton
  • Mrs K Falconer: Headteacher at Jump Primary, Jump

Contacting our Chair of Governors

If you wish to contact our Chair of Governors please do so in writing using the details below.

Mr J Vincent
Kirk Balk Academy
West Street
S74 9HX