Susan Greaves

I am retired now, but my career has been in Education, as a teacher and then deputy head of a local high school. I have three daughters and five grandchildren; the eldest is just 7, so I have a great interest in primary education.

I am a Community Governor and as such chosen by the governors

I am Chair of the Governing Body

As well as being the Chair Person I also often chair the committee meetings, and attend virtually all of them.

I have no financial or business interest in the school or staff, and have no personal relationship with any member of staff.

I have been a governor for about 30 years at various schools but the only school at which I am a governor now is Stead Lane.

My term of office is four years.

In my role as chair person I attend virtually all the planned meetings of the governors in school, as well as training sessions. In addition I attend the Local Authority meetings and many training sessions, for example I have recently attended training on each of “The Early Years Curriculum” and “Safer Recruitment of staff”.

I meet regularly with Mrs Mallin to discuss all aspects of school, and talk over any issues or problems, whilst in school I visit classrooms, talk to pupils and staff, have school lunch, watch assemblies and generally make myself aware of the well-being of pupils and staff.

 

 

 

Karl Reid

I am married with two 11 year old children and live in Bedlington, so am familiar with the local community and schools in the local area.  I am a Chartered Chemist and work as the Technical Director of a laboratory & inspection body.

I do not have a background in education but form part of a governing body which has a wide variety of backgrounds and skills.

I am currently a Local Authority governor and my term of office is four years.  In this role, I am appointed by the local authority but govern in the interests of the school and do not represent or advocate the political or other interests of the local authority.  Previously, I have been a parent governor at Stead Lane and have been familiar with the school for many years.

I am a governor with responsibility for pupil premium.

I have no financial or business interest in the school or staff, and have no personal relationship with any member of staff.

I attend virtually all the planned meetings of the governors in school, as well as training sessions. In addition, I have attended a number of Local Authority training sessions, including pupil premium training.

 

 

 

Joanna Kingdon

I have worked in Education for over 10 years in the capacity of Extended Services Co-ordinator and currently a Science Technician at a local Secondary School.  I have two children, one child currently at Stead Lane Primary School and the other at a local Middle School.

I am a Parent Governor.

I attend Full Governing Body Meetings as well as Sub-Committee meetings discussing, Curriculum, Staffing & Finance and Premises.   I also attend training sessions required by Governors from time to time.

My Governor Responsibilities are to oversee:  Parental and Community Links and School Website.

I have no financial or business interest in the school and do not have any personal relationship with any members of staff.

This is my second term of office as a Parent Governor serving over 6 years with around 2 years remaining.

 

 

 

Lindsey Foley

I am a Life Coach and Therapist with a keen interest in personal development. I also have many years’ experience as a Careers Adviser and so I am very familiar with the local labour market and recruitment practices.  I have been a Parent Governor of Stead Lane since 2007, a role I thoroughly enjoy. Being a governor allows me to be part of a team who holds the best intensions for the school and all the children.

I attend Full Governing Body Meetings and attend most Sub- Committee meetings discussing curriculum, staffing and finance and premises. I also attend training sessions required by Governors periodically.

My Governor responsibilities include overseeing literacy across the key stages and sitting on the interview panels when recruiting new teachers.

I have no financial or business interest in the school and do not have any personal relationship with any members of staff.

I live in Bedlington and I am married with a son called Oliver who attended Stead Lane and has moved up to high school and Molly who is currently in Year 5 at Stead Lane Primary School.

 

 

 

Paula Johnstone

I am currently a community governor and my term of office is 4 years. I was appointed to this role by the governing body after previously serving as a patent governor. I have no financial or business interests in the school or staff, although I do have 3 children who currently attend stead lane so I am very familiar with the school and the surrounding area.

I have worked in the finance industry for the past 14 years and as a governor I have responsibility for monitoring maths throughout the key stages. I attend as many full and sub committees as work and family commitments allow.

 

 

 

Amanda Arkle

I am married with three children aged 10, 9 and 2.  I live in Bedlington and have a good understanding of the community that we live in.  I qualified as an accountant technician in 2010 and have worked in finance for over 18 years.  I have worked within the NHS, Engineering Sector, Private Care Homes and I am currently working for a local Market Research Company doing their accounts one day per week whilst bringing up my children.

I am a parent governor at Stead Lane Primary and my term of office is four years.  I am currently in my first year.  I do not have a background in education but there are a variety of courses to attend to enhance understanding of the parent governor role.  I have attended virtually all the governor’s meetings and all of the governor learning walks in school.

I am currently Chair of Stead Lane’s PFA, I started as treasurer in 2011 and took on the role as Chair in 2014.  This has been a huge success raising over £10k so far for the school which has provided them with educational resources to day trips, etc.  This has been successful due to the commitment of committee members (past and present) and parents within school who have supported the events we have run.

I audited Stead Lane’s accounts for two years until I became a parent governor.

I am currently treasurer of the local Brownies in Bedlington which I started in March 2014.

 

 

 

Margaret Bramald

I have been involved in education all my working life as a teacher in secondary and middle schools in both Newcastle and Northumberland.  I taught in Bedlington for the last 14 years of my career and feel I know the town and Stead Lane’s catchment area well.  I feel fortunate to be able to continue my interest in education through my work as a governor as well as through my two grand-children.

As the current Vice-chair I attend almost all the planned meetings and make frequent visits to the school. I also attend the briefing sessions for chairs and vice-chairs of governors organised by the local authority.

My main area of interest and responsibility as a governor is Safeguarding and, whenever possible, I attend training courses related to this, for example Safer Recruitment and Child Protection. I also enjoy being able to support the school and the staff in their work to make the school a safe and secure learning environment and  to raise levels of achievement and aspiration for all children but especially those who face social or educational barriers to learning.

I have no financial or business interest in the school and have no personal relationship with any member of staff.

 

 

 

Ivan Hewitt

I am a Parent Governor.

I have one son, Arran, at Stead Lane, Arran is 7 and in Year 2.

I work for Northumberland County Council as LEADER Programme Officer – LEADER is a method of delivering rural development through a local community led approach. It is a European Union initiative and forms part of the Rural Development Programme for England.

As a governor I have been involved particularly with Health and Safety and Pupil Premium.

As a parent governor I attend meetings of the governors in school, as well as training sessions and I have found being a governor interesting and rewarding.

I have no financial or business interest in the school or staff, and have no personal relationship with any member of staff

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