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Introducing our Governors

 

We currently have 10 school Governors who meet formally once a term to discuss and approve school matters. Our Governors play a very important role in the school, supporting and challenging pupils and staff to further improve standards. Each Governor is linked to a different aspect of the Ofsted Inspection framework and the School Improvement Plan, and monitors and reports standards to the full Governing Body.

 

Lisa Evans - Co-opted Governor and Chair

 

 

I have been a Parent Governor since June 2011 and was elected as Chair in November 2013. Following reconstitution, I am now a Co-opted Governor with my term of office running until 2019. I aim to ensure that standards, quality and care are at the forefront of everything the School does to provide the best possible experience of primary school for our pupils.

 

I am Chair of the Full Governing Body and am on a number of sub-committees including finance and staffing and pupil discipline.

 

I am the current Link Governor for attendance and am the School Governor Class Friend for the current Year 4 cohort. I also link with the Senior Leadership Team to monitor progress and marking.  I am the lead in any complaints and investigations.

 

Until last year, my three children attended Bill Quay so I have had a personal relationship with the School since 2006. My son thrived at the School and this year I have two daughters in Reception and year 3.

 

My professional background is in the NHS, qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 1997 and working currently as a Psychological Therapist in the Mental Health field.  Skills offered to the Governing body include leadership and management experience, risk assessment and strategic planning, expertise in safeguarding and child protection and promotion of emotional wellbeing and care.  

 

 

Angela Topping – Parent Governor and Vice-Chair

 

 

I was appointed as a Parent Governor in June 2013, and following reconstitution I remained a Parent Governor with my term of office running until 2017. I was elected Vice-Chair in 2015.  I applied for the role as Parent Governor to ensure that the School provides a safe environment where all children are given as many opportunities as possible to develop their full potential and prepare them for an ever-changing world.

 

My role on the Governing Body is varied. I am the Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body and Chair of the Finance and Staffing Committee. I am on a number of sub-committees including curriculum and pupils and Head and Deputy Head appointments.

 

I am the current Link Governor for sport and numeracy and am the School Governor Class Friend for the current Year 5 cohort.

 

I have lived and worked in Bill Quay and thoroughly enjoy the community spirit that Bill Quay has. I now live in Hebburn but am fortunate that my two sons are pupils at the School in Year 4 and Reception so can experience the links the School has with the community.

 

I am a fully qualified Chartered Management Accountant and am the Faculty Accountant for Medical Sciences at Newcastle University. One of my key roles at the University is, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to ensure that the Faculty delivers on its Strategy for Teaching (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees at home and overseas at our Malaysia Campus), Research (both clinical and non-clinical research) and Engagement (including the general public, patients, the wider community and industry).

I was appointed as a Parent Governor in June 2013, and following reconstitution I remained a Parent Governor with my term of office running until 2017. I was elected Vice-Chair in 2015.  I applied for the role as Parent Governor to ensure that the School provides a safe environment where all children are given as many opportunities as possible to develop their full potential and prepare them for an ever-changing world.

 

My role on the Governing Body is varied. I am the Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body and Chair of the Finance and Staffing Committee. I am on a number of sub-committees including curriculum and pupils and Head and Deputy Head appointments.

 

I am the current Link Governor for sport and numeracy and am the School Governor Class Friend for the current Year 5 cohort.

 

I have lived and worked in Bill Quay and thoroughly enjoy the community spirit that Bill Quay has. I now live in Hebburn but am fortunate that my two sons are pupils at the School in Year 4 and Reception so can experience the links the School has with the community.

 

I am a fully qualified Chartered Management Accountant and am the Faculty Accountant for Medical Sciences at Newcastle University. One of my key roles at the University is, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to ensure that the Faculty delivers on its Strategy for Teaching (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees at home and overseas at our Malaysia Campus), Research (both clinical and non-clinical research) and Engagement (including the general public, patients, the wider community and industry).

 

 

Jackie Jamieson – Parent Governor

 

 

 

I have been a Parent Governor since June 2011 with my term of office running until 2017.  My son left Bill Quay two years ago and my daughter is currently in Year 5.  As a member of the Governing body I am keen to ensure that every child is provided with the opportunity to learn, develop and fulfil their potential and to provide a strong foundation for them to continue through life. 

 

In addition to my role on the Full Governing Body, I am also on a number of sub-committees including pupil discipline and the Head Teacher’s performance review.

 

I am the current Link Governor for early years and am the School Governor Class Friend for the current Year 2 cohort.

 

I have a Business Studies degree and have worked in the public sector for over fourteen years in both further education and local authority, predominantly in project development and project management.  I am currently working in policy and strategic development for Age UK South Tyneside to ensure services are targeted towards supporting older people particularly in areas such as dementia, social isolation and health inequalities. 

 

 

Jane Kitson – Co-opted Governor

 

 

 

 

I joined the Governing Body as a Community Governor in June 2013. Following reconstitution, I am now a Co-opted Governor with my term of office running until 2019. I originally became a Governor to offer to the school the skills and experience I have had in education and youth work over the years, and also to help the school develop its community links.

 

In addition to my role on the Full Governing Body, I am on a number of sub-committees including curriculum and pupils and Head and appeals.

 

I am the current Link Governor for RE/SMSC and the implementation of the new National Curriculum across both key stages. I am the School Governor Class Friend for the current Year 6 cohort.

 

My family and I have lived in Bill Quay since 2006 and my son thoroughly enjoyed his time at Bill Quay Primary School. In the wider community I’m the Vice-Chair of the Friends of Bill Quay Park and I also co-ordinate the music and children’s work at Bill Quay Community Church.

 

I studied History with French at University and then spent a year as a Youth Worker before doing my PGCE in History and Music. I worked at Heworth Grange Comprehensive School for six years where my responsibilities included teaching History, co-ordinating Gifted and Talented provision and working as Assistant Head of Year 7. Since 2002 I have been self employed as a Musician, teaching privately and also in a number of local schools, including Bill Quay, as well as performing at a range of community groups and in connection with church events and conferences both locally and nationally.

 

 

Andrew McAdam Co-opted Governor

 

 

I was appointed as a Parent Governor in 2007. Following reconstitution, I am now a Co-opted Governor with my term of office running until 2019. I initially applied for the role of Parent Governor because I believed (and still do) in making sure that every pupil at Bill Quay has the most secure and best facilities available to them.

 

Both my daughters attended Bill Quay. My children, wife and I have played a very active role in the School and thoroughly appreciate the level of education and life skills that the School has provided.

 

In addition to my role on the Full Governing Body, I am on a number of sub-committees including finance and staffing, curriculum and pupils and premises, health and safety.

 

I am the current Link Governor for more able pupils and am the School Governor Class Friend for the current Year 3 cohort.

 

I lived in Bill Quay for thirteen years and even though I now live in Hebburn, I was keen to remain on the Governing Body. I strongly believe that Bill Quay Primary School is the best Primary School in the area and provides each and every pupil with the skills to become confident and happy citizens - I want to ensure this continues.

 

In my working life I have been a train driver for twenty seven years and now also an ASLEF union representative for the drivers at Newcastle.

 

 

Katrina Clayton – Co-opted Governor

 

 

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in November 1999 when my two sons attended Bill Quay. I was elected as a Community Governor when my sons left the school to go to secondary education. Following reconstitution, I am now a Co-opted Governor with my term of office running until 2019. I originally applied for the role as Parent Governor to ensure that the School provided a safe environment where my sons and other children could be offered as many opportunities as possible to develop their full potential. I still feel passionate about this and have stayed on the Governing Body to ensure that the School still provides this for the children in our community.

 

In addition to my role on the Full Governing Body, I am on a number of sub-committees including finance and staffing, curriculum and pupils and the Head Teacher’s performance review.

 

I am the current Link Governor for pupil premium, assessment and the School website and am the School Governor Class Friend for the current Reception class.

 

I have lived in Bill Quay since 1987 with my family. My husband has lived in Bill Quay all his life and attended Bill Quay Primary School. My two sons thoroughly enjoyed their time at the School.

 

I am an IT Project Manager for British Airways, where I manage a number of teams who support a number of systems that British Airways use to support all aspects of their business.

 

 

Robin Stanaway – Co-Opted Governor

 

 

 

 

I was appointed as LEA Governor in 2007 due to my seat at Gateshead Council. I served two four-year terms in this role. Following reconstitution, I am now a Co-opted Governor with my term of office running until 2019.

 

In addition to my role on the Full Governing Body, I am on a number of sub-committees including appointments and premises, health and safety.

 

I am the current Link Governor for ICT and am the School Governor Class Friend for the current Year 1 cohort.

 

I have a first degree and a Doctorate in Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Computing.  I held various teaching and research posts in both of these subjects, most recently as a Senior Lecturer in Computing at Northumbria University.

 

From 2000 to 2010 I was a Councillor for Pelaw & Heworth, and I was a member of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee on Children & Young People from the time it was set up.  From 2007 I was also Vice-Chairman of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee on Corporate Vitality. As a result of my background I keep up an interest in Education at all levels.

 

Following my retirement and the loss of my Council seat, I have been trying to make a difference to the local community in other ways, through various kinds of voluntary work, most of it connected with health promotion. I lead walks for Age UK Gateshead, and am Treasurer of Wayout in Gateshead (WinG), a voluntary organisation that runs educational courses in outdoor activities. I also help WinG with the development of its adult courses, and with grant applications to support these.  I carry out risk assessments for Diabetes UK at its road shows across the region, and I help the Friends of Bill Quay Park.

 

Sue Adams – Staff Governor

 

 

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2003, however my role has since changed to Staff Governor. My term of office runs until 2018. In the School I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and have been a staff member at the School since 2007.

 

In addition to my role on the Full Governing Body, I am Chair of the curriculum and pupils sub-committee and on a number of sub-committees including premises, health and safety and teacher appointments. I am the new Governor Link to the School Council.

 

I am the current Link Governor for Safeguarding, Behaviour and Health and Safety. 

 

 

Lesley Burrell – Staff Governor

 

 

I joined the Governing Body as a Staff Governor in 2005. My term of office runs until 2019.   In the School I am a HLTA and have been a staff member at the School since 2005.

 

In addition to my role on the Full Governing Body, I am on a number of sub-committees including curriculum and pupils and Teacher appointments. I am the new Governor Link to the Rights Respecting Steering Group.

 

I am the current Link Governor for special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Jon Ward - Co-opted Governor

 

I was delighted to be co-opted on to the Governing body on 1st December 2016. My term of office runs until the end of November 2020. At the time of writing this, I look forward to joining any sub-committees where I might be useful.

 

I volunteer in Bill Quay as senior leader of Bill Quay Community Church (Station Road) and as such I’m very keen to develop links with the school – we’ve enjoyed hosting a number of school events over recent years. My professional background is in education. I taught for over 24 years at Heworth Grange Comprehensive School, teaching sciences to GCSE and Physics to A Level. I was Head of Science for several years, managing a team of 13 teachers and 3 support staff, as well as overseeing the budget. In January 2010 I moved to work in Gateshead’s school improvement service as a teaching and learning consultant, where my remit included assessment for learning, gifted and talented provision and thinking skills. In 2014 my role changed to advising on school performance data. As part of this, I now produce reports to support school self-evaluation and LA evaluation of school performance. I also produce reports to help the LA form an overview of outcomes across the Borough and to enable the LA to produce self-evaluation reports. Part of the role involves supporting Head Teachers and Governors in using and interpreting reports used by Ofsted.

 

I entered the teaching profession because of a strong belief that children and young people are hugely important and that they deserve the best possible preparation for life as independent adults, and I wanted to play what part I could in contributing to this. My role at the LA involves less direct contact with young people, but has the same basis as it has the potential to influence what happens in many local schools. I very much hope that the understanding that I have of the role of a teacher, and the skills that I have developed around improving teaching and learning and around use of data, will be of some use in the context of this school’s governing body.

 

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