Welcome to our Local Governing Committee (LGC) section.                             

We are fortunate to benefit from the active involvement of a LGC representing our school, our parents, the parish and our LEA. They meet regularly to support and challenge the Headteacher and staff to ensure that the high standards associated with and expected at Star of the Sea are maintained and that we offer our pupils an excellent education.

The Chairperson for our LGC is Mrs J Brachtvogel who can be contacted in writing via our school Star of the Sea Primary School, Seatonville Road, Monkseaton,Whitley Bay NE25 9EG.

We meet as a every half term equating to at least six meetings annually.  If you would like to contact any of Local Governing Committee,  please contact the office in the first instance.

Our Governors:

Julia Brachtvogel: Chair
Please let me introduce myself ..my name is Julia Brachtvogel and  I am very privileged to hold the position of Chair of Governors at Star of the Sea .

My connection with Star of the Sea  goes back many years  -  three of my children and two of my grandchildren have been  fortunate to  have attended  this school and have continued to be hard working and carry on the ethos which is instilled in the very  fabric of our school -  respect, care and compassion  for all  others  - especially those less fortunate than ourselves.

I am not alone in my  role as we are lucky to have a dedicated team of Governors - some with expertise in education and others who bring skills from other professions. As part of the Bishop Bewick Trust we also have access to shared expertise in all aspects of teaching , learning and school management.  

Most importantly, all are committed to the school and want the best for each child who attends . We share our aims and aspirations with Mrs DiMambro and all staff ...we want each and every child to achieve the best they can be ...and to leave our school having enjoyed their time here through friendship fun and knowledge.

Governors are sometimes called a critical friend and I believe we fulfil our role well in this respect...we provide support to all who work in a school and challenge where appropriate.

If your child/children attends our school we thank you for entrusting them to our care  and if you are looking at this website considering our school  for your child /children then please make an appointment to come and visit us …I’m sure you’ll be impressed with what  Star of the Sea can offer. 

Carol Jewitt: Vice Chair
Carol is a foundation Governor at our school.
“I was originally appointed as a Local Authority Governor, but my links with Star of the Sea go back much further. The school provided an amazing education for my children and, now that my grandchildren are attending, I have the pleasure of seeing this all happening again. As an ex-Headteacher I’ve had a professional relationship with the school over many years. I see my Governor role as supporting and challenging the school to make a positive difference to the lives and futures of the community it serves.”

Derna Campbell:
I have been a foundation governor since 2016 but my links with the Star of the Sea school family began when my own children began attending back in 2010. I believe that all children should have the best opportunities and experiences to achieve educationally and grow personally within the school environment and  will continue to support the school to achieve this.

Martin Hughes:
"I have been a Foundation Governor since 2016. I initially got involved with fundraising for the PTA when both of my children attended Star of the Sea. Through my then employer Barclays Bank, I was able to obtain matched funding for numerous Christmas and summer fayres. In 2016, as a practising Catholic, the opportunity arose to apply for a role as a foundation governor. As the school's ethos and Christian principles are of great importance to me, I decided that I would like to become a governor to support our amazing Star of the Sea children, family and staff. My 20 years experience in banking has allowed me to assist in the role of finance governor. As a junior cricket coach at Percy Main Cricket Club I'm also very keen to see children given the opportunity to flourish and grow during their time at Star of the Sea."

David Thompson:
David is our staff Governor. He represents staff at all meetings.  

Louise Harrison
I have been parent governor since 2022. I chose to get involved as I currently have two children at the school and have seen how much they have flourished since they started there.

I see my governor role as being a parent voice on the governing board and supporting the school to offer the best possible education and diverse opportunities to all of its pupils. I also offer links with the five North East Universities via my role working in Higher Education and have been happy to support with arranging for university representatives to visit the school to work with pupils as well as for pupils to visit local university campuses.

Further details of pecuniary interests and other interests for our LGC can be downloaded below:

LGC Interests


For details of the governance of the Trust, please see the page linked below:

BBCET Members & Trustees

Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School

Seatonville Road, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, NE25 9EG
Main office: 0191 643 2080 | Absences: 0191 643 2088
Email: starofthesea.primary@ntlp.org.uk

Part of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust
A company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales. Company registration no: 7841435
Registered office: Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9YH