Trustees’ information and duties

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Trustees’ information and duties

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Trustees’ information and duties


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.

Northern Education Trust – Board Members & Trustees

To view information on Board Members and Trustees of Northern Education Trust, please click here to visit the Northern Education Trust website.

Northern Education Trust
Thorp Academy, Main Road, Ryton, NE40 3AH
Tel: 0191 406 6383

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. John 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) | Email: Michelle Pedler

Register of Business Interests

  • Mr. John 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 – added 4/2/2019:


Governers’ 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. John Vincent
Kirk Balk Academy
West Street
S74 9HX

Kirk Balk Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
We constantly focus on standards as we understand outcomes are paramount. Our decision making is driven entirely by what is best for children. By doing this we enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care.