School Governors

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

As the Chair of Governors for Easington Lane Primary School I would like to welcome you to our website.

Our role as governors is to provide a strategic lead and critical friendship to the school to ensure that there is a consistently high provision of quality education at the school. In line with the OFSTED inspection criteria we strive to deliver the three core functions of a governing body:

  • Setting vision, ethos and strategic direction, engaging stakeholders, and ensuring statutory duties are met.
  • Holding our Head teacher and the senior leadership to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety; challenging and strengthening leadership; contributing to school evaluation and assuring that the values of the Governing Body are observed throughout the school from Little Legs to Year 6.
  • Ensuring financial solvency and probity with effective management of financial resources, including the Pupil Premium, to raise standards.

Our aim is to ensure that every child who leaves us in year six does so after a rich and enjoyable educational experience and with a keenness for lifelong learning.

Our Governing body is comprised of a mixture of parents, staff and individuals from within the community whose principal purpose is to ensure that every child in our care makes the best possible progress they can.

The Governors and the school are committed to supporting an understanding of the school’s objectives, methods and policies which is why I am keen to speak to anyone who has any queries or would perhaps  consider standing for a parent governor in the future. I would encourage you to get in touch through the school’s main office.

On behalf of the Governorship I hope you enjoy our site.

Best Wishes,

Ian Trevitt Chair of Governors.

Our Governing Body/Committee Membership

Mr I Trevitt

Mr I Trevitt

Chair - Parent Governor

Term of Office:

3 Years

Appointed By:

Parents of school

Committees:

  • Attainment & Achievement/Pupil Premium
  • Curriculum matters
  • Leadership/Pupil Premium
  • Personnel Committee
  • Challenge Committee
  • Performance Management Governors
  • Pupil Discipline and Non-Attendance
  • Complaints
  • Finance

Pecuniary interests:

None

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

A. Ivison, Parent governor, sister.

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

Mr S Scott

Mr S Scott

Vice-chair - Parent Governor

Term of Office:

3 Years
Appointed By:

Parents of the school
Committees:

  • Financial planning
  • Challenge committee
  • Personnel committee
  • Finance committee
  • Pupil Discipline and Non-Attendance
  • Complaints

Pecuniary interests:

None

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

Mrs Sarah Nordstrom

Mrs Sarah Nordstrom

Head Teacher

Term of Office:

on going

Appointed By:
Committees:

  • Finance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pecuniary interests:

Nordstrom Timber

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None

Governors role in other educational institution:

New Silksworth Infant School

Hill View Infant School

Mr P Smith

Mr P Smith

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years

Appointed By:

Governing Body
Committees:

  • Leadership/Pupil Premium
  • Personnel Appeals Committee
  • Challenge Committee
  • Performance Management
  • Complaints
  • Finance

Pecuniary interests:

Jonathan Davies Associates

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

C Smith, governor, spouse.

H Wardle, teacher, sister-in-law.

Governors role in other educational institution:

Hetton School

PEN Portrait

“I am a parent governor who has lived in Easington Lane for most of my life and value the community spirit in the area. I am a full time Health and Safety Manager, Lecturer and Self Employed Consultant and have 20 years’ experience in the Manufacturing, Fire Service, Education, Construction and Housing industry. There are many articles published in the press relating to bad Health and Safety decision making in education where school management teams stop children from taking any risks. I am committed to sensible risk management and teaching staff and children how to assess and control risks effectively.

I have a particular interest in governance and compliance and I have been involved in school governance for approximately 9 years. I take an active role in providing the school leadership team with supportive challenge and taking on a role of a critical friend. I also have a specific interest in Human Behaviour, Motivation and Reasonable Adjustments in both the workplace and educational environments. I believe that my experience can be used to benefit Easington Lane Primary School and the local community. I enjoy working with the governing body and the leadership team at the school as they have a vast amount of experience, skills and community spirit to support the very best outcomes for our children.”

 

 

 

Miss S Johnson

Miss S Johnson

Staff Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Staff of the school
Committees:

 

Pecuniary interests:

None

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

PEN Portrait

“I am Assistant Headteacher at Easington Lane Primary School and my roles include teaching, designated safeguarding lead and SENCO.  I am also the designated teacher for looked after children and work with the SAFC Improving Futures Team to support families in our school.

After leaving college, I went to the University of Sunderland and studied Biomedical Sciences. I went onto the University of Ripon and York St. John to complete my Post Graduate Certificate in Education.  Following my studies, I worked for a short period of time in the Port Of Sunderland before beginning my teaching career at ELPS in 1997. I have taught in all years groups across the school and I’m currently teaching in our Little legs and nursery provisions.

In 2009 I was given the opportunity to take on the role of the school’s SENCO. In 2012, I completed my SENCO training and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination from the University of Cumbria.”

Mrs C Smith

Mrs C Smith

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:

4 years
Appointed By:

Governing Body
Committees:

  • EYFS Governor
  • Attainment & Achievement/Pupil Premium
  • Personnel Committee
  • Performance Management Governors
  • Pupil Discipline and Non-Attendance
  • Complaints

Pecuniary interests:

Jonathan Davies Associates

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

P Smith, Co-opted governor, spouse.

H Wardle, teacher, sister.

Governors role in other educational institution:

Head teacher of Hill View Infant School

PEN Portrait

“First and foremost, I am a parent of 3 children who have all attended and flourished at Easington Lane Primary School.

I have 20 years experience as a teacher in primary education, including roles of class teacher, middle leader, deputy head and also AST for Early Years during this time.

I have also had 3 headships, including my current role as Head Teacher of Hill View Infant Academy, which is an outstanding infant school within Sunderland. I am passionate about Early Years education, and feel that I have the appropriate skills to support and challenge all stakeholders in order to achieve the best outcomes at Easington Lane Primary School.”

Mrs S E Sawyers

Mrs S E Sawyers

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Governing Body
Committees:

 

Pecuniary interests:

None

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None.

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

PEN Portrait

“I became a staff governor in 2007 and I am now a Co –Opted staff governor. I have worked at Easington Lane Primary School for over 20 years.

I trained as a Nursery Nurse at Durham College and qualified in 1975. I worked in a children’s hospital for 2 years as a Nursery Nurse. I then travelled with my late husband. I went back to work after having my children and went on to work in various schools working with children with specific special needs. I have two grown up children and 5 grandchildren.

I am now an HLTA working with all age groups throughout the school and have responsibility for First Aid and the medical needs of the children.

I love being creative and enjoy sewing, gardening and cooking both in my spare time at home, with my grandchildren and also with the children in school.”

 

 

Ms A Ivison

Ms A Ivison

Parent Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Parents of the school
Committees:

  • Safegaurding Link Governor
  • Extended Services Link Governor
  • SEN Link Governor
  • Personnel Appeals Commitee
  • Leadership/Pupil Premium
  • Challenge Committee
  • Pupil Discipline and Non-Attendance

Pecuniary interests:

None

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

I. Ivison, Chair of Governors, brother.

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

Mrs J A Thompson

Mrs J A Thompson

Parent Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By: 

Parents of the school
Committees:

  • Safeguarding Link Governor
  • SEN Link Governor
  • Parental Partnership Link Governor
  • Challenge Committee

Pecuniary interests:

None

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

PEN Portrait

I have been a parent governor at Easington Lane Primary School for three years. I came to the school in 2004, and in 2007 I decided to gain extra qualifications undertaking a Access to Higher Education course then later returned.

I currently work within the school as a Teaching Assistant, with experience in Early Year, Key Stage 1 and Lunch Time Supervisory Assistant.  I take great pride in being part of a team working in Education ensuring that the needs of all children are met.

I live in the local community with my husband and four children who have all attended Easington Lane Primary School.

Ms K Marsh

Ms K Marsh

Parent Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Parents of the school

Committees:

  • Safeguarding Link Governor
  • Personnel Appeals Committee

 

Pecuniary interests:

 

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

 

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

PEN Portrait

“I am a parent governor with a child in KS1 at Easington Lane Primary School, and another child who attends a local private nursery.  I am a qualified teacher with 10 years’ experience and currently work as an SEN Specialist Teacher at Fellgate Primary School and Autistic Unit in Jarrow.  I chose to become a parent governor because I am passionate about supporting the excellent work of ELPS leadership and staff in obtaining high quality outcomes for children.  I believe that every child deserves the very best education and every opportunity to achieve their full potential.  I am excited to take up the role as co-link governor for Safeguarding and SEN.”

Mr M Snaith

Mr M Snaith

Co-opted

 

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Parents of the school

Committees:

  • Personnel Committee
  • Finance Committee

 

Pecuniary interests:

None

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None

Governors role in other educational institution:

Chair of Governors – Hill View Infant School

PEN Portrait

I am qualified as a chartered accountant and currently I am self-employed with my own accountancy practice. Previously I have been owner and finance director of a multimillion pound north east motor retail business.

From 1994 to 2013 I owned a private children’s nursery in Sunderland and have experience of early years childcare through dealing with both Local Authority regarding funding and with the NDNA, where I received their member champion award in 2011.

I am also currently chair of directors of a multi academy trust and have been involved as chair and a member of an infant school governing body for approx. 10 years.

 

Mrs J Merton

Mrs J Merton

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

 

Committees:

  • Community Cohesion Link Governor

 

Pecuniary interests:

 

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

 

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

PEN Portrait

“I have lived in Easington Lane all my life. Along with my siblings I attended Easington Lane Infants and Junior School, after passing the 11plus Exam I went to Durham Girls Grammar School. Both my daughters attended Easington Lane Primary School.

As a member of Easington Lane Independent Methodist Church, I have been involved in working with young people for many years. I became a minister of the above church in 2006. Since 2008 I have come into Easington Lane Primary School to take Monday morning Assembly on a fortnightly basis.

I believe education is of great importance and that every child should be given the opportunity and the encouragement to fulfill their potential, whatever that potential is.

It is my privilege to serve my community by being a governor of the local school.”

Attendance

Attendance

Contacting a Governor

Mr Trevitt is the Chair of Governors and can be contacted via the school office or through our Governors Clerking section.

Linda Jobson (0191 553 6996 ext 4)
(linda.jobson@wiseacademies.co.uk)

 

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