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Lord Levsin School Governor Personal Statement

Personal Statements:

Cllr Anne Hetherington (Chair): I have been associated with Stanhope Primary School since 1977 and joined the Governing Body shortly after that firstly as a Parent Governor, and then as a co-opted member and now LEA Governor.

I am passionate about Stanhope and will continue to strive with my colleagues and the staff to make sure all our children reach their full potential and feel safe and happy during their time with us.

Harriet Judd (Vice Chair): I have been a Parent Governor since 2015, when my daughter was in year 3, she is now in Year 6.  I work as a Network Performance Coordinator at Northumbrian Water and have worked there for 18 years in many different roles. I bring lots of experience in data analysis, people management, asset management, budget control, health & safety and workplace mediation.

I had no previous experience as a governor but I am enjoying the challenge of development and learning from the training courses that have been provided by the council and school. These courses have enabled me to understand what is expected of a governor and how a school should adhere to policies and run effectively.  I feel that as a governor I can cast an independent eye over the workings of the school for example, through my link visits and I can bring additional challenge to decisions made within the governors meetings.

I am very proud to be a governor here and just like every parent at Stanhope Primary School, I want the very best for my child hence I can always bring a parents perspective to every meeting. I feel it is important that every child at Stanhope is happy, safe, confident and strive to become the very best they can be. As parents we need to support the school in its journey to become outstanding but when necessary we should also put the school under tough challenge. I am not afraid to ask difficult questions and I am able to speak out and up for what is most important.

I’m always happy to have a chat so if you see me around and want to ask me anything, feel free (alternatively you can contact me via the school office).

John Hetherington (Chair of Resources Committee): I attended Stanhope Primary school as did my daughter so have a great affinity and passion for the school. I joined the board of Governors in 2014 and I am proud to have been elected as chair of Resources.

I work closely with the Head Teacher and my Governor colleagues to make sure that the finances are well managed for the benefit of the children.

Jane Thompson (Safeguarding and Attendance Officer):I have worked at Stanhope Primary School since 2003. I came to Stanhope to do a short amount of cover as a Nursery Nurse and have been here ever since! I worked in the nursery for 4 years and throughly enjoyed my role as a Nursery Nurse. I have carried out my current role as Safeguarding and Attendance Officer since 2007.

I am passionate about our school, not only in my role, but also as a school Governor. I want each and every child to reach their full potential, feel confident and be happy in their school environment.

Gayle Boardman (Staff Governor): I first joined Stanhope as a class teacher in Year 5 back in 2004 and over the years I have taught in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. My attraction to being a staff governor stemmed from having a vested interest in the future of Stanhope due to being part of the ‘Stanhope family’ for many years.

In my role as a governor I feel involved in our vision moving forward and have enjoyed being a part of school improvement decisions.

I love the school, staff, our children and I am passionate about providing them with a happy, safe and enriching environment where they can be inspired to learn and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Abbi Adair (Safeguarding Link Governor): I have been a co-opted Governor since the summer of 2016.  I work as the MSET (Missing, Sexually Exploited and Trafficked) Co-ordinator for a North East children’s services, and have worked there for 15 years in a number of different social work roles.  I bring lots of experience in child safeguarding, people management, conflict management, multi-agency working and prioritising the needs of vulnerable children.  I am the safeguarding link governor and have worked with the school to ensure policies are up to date with the latest guidance, and provide updates to governors at termly meetings.

The school and council have provided me with the opportunity to attend a wide range of training courses which have enabled me to understand what is expected of me in my role as governor, and what policies the school must adhere to, to run effectively.  I am proud to be a governor of Stanhope Primary School, and want to strive to ensure every child who attends is safe, happy, and enabled to develop their full potential. In order to do this, I feel it is essential to support the school in its journey to become outstanding.  I encourage and welcome anyone who would like to ask me anything, to contact me via the school office.

Douglas Mather (Co-opted Governor): I volunteer as the Secretary of the Durham light Infantry Association (South Shields Branch), this entails the day to day administrators and record keeping of the branch.

I am also on the executive committee of the D.L.I. Association which meets in Durham City. This committee runs the D.L.I. Association throughout the North East of England.

I also volunteer as a member of the Scrutiny Panel of South Tyneside Homes. The Panel scrutinise the services that South Tyneside Homes provide to the tenants of South Tyneside Council.

As the Secretary of ‘The Friends of the West Park, South Shields’, I maintain the minutes of all meetings also the financial records and the daily running of this group of volunteers.


The Local Governing Body (LGB) of the school has one parent governor vacancy.

Becoming a governor is a very rewarding and worthwhile experience. Effective governors do not need expertise in education but do need to be committed to their school, willing to ask questions and offer appropriate challenge and support.

All governors are expected to:

  • attend termly (roughly) evening meetings of the LGB
  • attend development sessions which are usually once a term
  • visit the school formally for monitoring purposes

Governors also need to be able to work as an enthusiastic member of the governing body team with the aim of raising and maintaining high educational standards for all children.

Governors are asked to act with integrity, honesty and objectivity and at all times in the best interests of the school.

The prime focus of the LGB is to develop the strategic direction of the school, be accountable to stakeholders and to ensure that financial resources are spent appropriately.

Governors also have a number of opportunities to access training to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills. It is important to note that governors are elected to bring the experience of that individual as a member of the LGB. Once elected, parent governors are a representative parent but not a delegate. This means they are not expected to report back to parents on any matters relating to the school or LGB without prior consent from the governing body.

The LGB welcomes nominations from individuals with the following skills or experience: governance experience / data analysis / finance management / human resource management / local community knowledge / community services / premises & buildings management / commercial / health and safety / leadership and management / marketing and PR Anyone who has parental responsibility for a pupil on the school roll at the time of the election can nominate themselves, stand for election and vote in the election.

The term of office for a parent governor is four years. Nominations should be made online via this link Online Nomination,

Nomination requires that each candidate provide a brief personal statement of up to 200 words in length, covering a little information about the candidate and why they would like to be a governor. Should there be more than one nomination for the vacancy, there will be a parent ballot and all personal statements will be shared with parents, to help them decide how to vote. If you cannot nominate using the online form, you can instead complete the nomination form below, which must arrive at the school no later than the nomination closing time and date stated above.

After the closing date for nominations we will inform parents whether we need to hold a ballot. If there is a ballot, we will run this using an online voting form, via the email address we have registered for parents in the school database (please contact us if you want to check or update this information).

If you cannot vote online, you will still be able participate by coming into school and voting in person. We will send more details to you about how to vote online or in person when voting is about to start. A copy of the Rules and Procedures guiding the election of parent governors and further copies of the nomination form can be found by clicking on the links below.

Yours sincerely

S. Rose     M. Gillott

Steven Rose                                                                                         Martin Gillott

Headteacher                                                                                         LGB Chair


Charlton Primary School Rules and Procedures for Parent Governor Elections

Notice of Election and nomination form

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