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/Links:

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

Pecuniary interests:

None

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

A. Ivison, Parent governor, sister.

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

PEN Portrait:

I have been a governor at Easington Lane Primary School since 2012, starting as a Parent Governor and then elected Chair of Governors when the previous holder left at short notice.  I have lived in Easington Lane all of my life and I currently have two children at the school Chloe and Sam. I work for as a Civil Servant with HM Passport Office in Durham where I co-manage a team of 24 staff.

I have previously trained as a primary school teacher before I decided on a different career.  Despite this my passion for education has not left me and I am committed to the success of this school.

Mrs Sarah Nordstrom

Mrs Sarah Nordstrom

Head Teacher

Term of Office:

On going

Appointed By:

Governing Body / Local Authority

Committees:

  • Resource Committee
  • Challenge Committee

 

Pecuniary interests:

Nordstrom Timber

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None

Governors role in other educational institution:

Hetton School – Governor

PEN Portrait:

I started teaching in 1991, and worked in numerous schools across the north of England.

January this year saw the 10th anniversary of my headship at Easington Lane Primary.  I am very proud of our school, the children, staff and community for which we serve.  There have been many challenges over the years; the school has continued to embrace national agendas, ever increasing thresholds, and the children’s outcomes improve year on year.

I have experience of working for the Local Authority at Leadership level. I supported the Director of Education in the absence of the deputy director. I have also spent a year serving as a head teacher in a school placed in Special Measures in Sunderland. Both opportunities, although daunting, provided me with amazing CPD!

I mentor newly appointed head teachers to the city, and am currently involved in the training programme for NQTs. I am a governor at our local secondary school, an opportunity that helps both schools develop greater links.

I am married with three grown up sons. I have many interests, but my favourite time is walking my Sprocker, Charlie.

Mrs Jane McKeown

Mrs Jane McKeown

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Governing Body
Committees/Links:

  • Challenge Committee
  • Personnel Appeals Committee

Pecuniary interests:

None

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None

Governors role in other educational institution:

Assistant Head teacher and Governor at Hetton School

PEN Portrait:

I am Assistant Headteacher of Hetton School and lead in the area Student Welfare which includes Safeguarding.

I graduated from the University of Durham with BA Hons in Geography in 1994. I returned to education several years later to complete my PGCE at Sunderland University in Geography Education and then joined Hetton School in 1997 as a teacher of Geography.  I have remained at Hetton School for over 20 years and am committed to educating the young people of our local community. I progressed to Senior Leadership following roles as Subject Leader for Geography and Leader of Humanities Department.

I reside in Sunderland with my husband and two teenage daughters and have experience as a parent of children in both primary and secondary education. I welcome the opportunity as governor to support ELPS to fulfil its aims and ensure that every child in their care makes the best progress they can.

 

Mrs Amy Balmer

Mrs Amy Balmer

Parent Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years

Appointed By:

Governing Body

Committees/Links:

  • Challenge Committee

Pecuniary interests:

None

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

PEN Portrait

“I welcomed the opportunity to join the existing dedicated governors to support the school in its vision for every child to reach their potential. I work as part of the health sector as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. My previous roles have included working as part of the school nursing team and as a children’s nurse. I have supported many families within the local area and I acknowledge the value of the close community that surrounds Easington Lane Primary School. I have two school aged children and like all parents I would like the very best for all children in their education and learning journey. I have been overwhelmed by the dedication of the Senior Leadership Team and as part of my role I strive to offer support and encouragement to all staff, parents and children of Easington Lane Primary.”

 

 

 

 

Miss L Goldsmith

Miss L Goldsmith

Staff Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Staff of the school
Committees/Links:

Pecuniary interests:

None

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

PEN Portrait:

 

Ms Julie Ellis

Ms Julie Ellis

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:

4 years
Appointed By:

Governing Body
Committees:

  • Resources Committee
  • Challenge Committee

Pecuniary interests:

Sunderland College

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

PEN Portrait:

“I am currently a Placement Assessor at Sunderland College working with Child Care students. For the past 35years I have worked in various educational settings in many different roles including, Nursery Nurse, Teaching Assistant, Senco Assistant, Deputy Manager, Manager of a Day Nursery and Safeguarding Lead. This has allowed me to gain knowledge and experience of Child Development and Learning.

I have previously been a Parent Governor/Staff Governor and I am looking forward to returning to the Governor role at Easington Lane.”

Mrs Donia Burdon

Mrs Donia Burdon

Parent Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Governing Body

Committees:

  • Challenge Committee
  • Personnel Appeals Committee

Pecuniary interests:

None.

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None.

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

Pen Portrait

“I am a parent governor of two children who attend Easington Lane Primary School, in both KS1 and KS2.  I currently work for the NHS and  have previously trained and qualified as a HLTA.

I am a highly motivated, reliable and conscientious person with a friendly disposition.  I am polite, courteous, a good communicator and look forward to joining the team of governors to represent other parents to make sure that school provides the best possible opportunities and experiences for all our children.

I feel I can bring life and energy into the role and creative ideas on aspects of fundraising and events. I have excellent organisational skills and use these in my work and home environment.  I have always had an interest in education and look forward to joining the team.”

 

Mrs Ashleigh Ivison

Mrs Ashleigh Ivison

Parent Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Parents of the school
Committees/Link:

  • Safeguarding 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. Trevitt, Chair of Governors, brother.

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

Pen Portrait

“I have been a school governor now for 3 years.  I have had 3 children in the school with one leaving in 2018.  I work part time for HMRC and am also a member of the board at the local community centre ELCAP (Easington Lane Access Point).

I like to see how the school is run and want to see it deliver the best outcomes possible for all of our children.  I hope to give the parents perspective in the meetings and I am always keen ask lots of questions of he senior leadership team.”

Mrs Louise Trevitt

Mrs Louise Trevitt

Parent Governor

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Governing Body

Committees/Link:

  • Challenge Committee

 

Pecuniary interests:

None

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

Spouse to Ian Trevitt and relative to Ashleigh Ivison

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

PEN Portrait

“I’m a newly elected parent governor and have two children (Chloe and Sam) in the school, both in KS2.

Unlike many others on the governing body I haven’t lived in Easington Lane all my life, however I’m inspired by the strong sense of community and that was the driving factor behind putting myself forward for the role.  I want to be that critical friend to the school to ensure there is a consistently high provision of quality education for all our children and that each and every one of our children leaves the school with rich and enjoyable educational experiences.

I currently work as a senior leader within the civil service, having built many skills which are transferable to the role of parent governor.”

Ms Samantha Mason

Ms Samantha Mason

Parent Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Governing body

Committees:

  • Challenge Committee

Pecuniary interests:

None

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

PEN Portrait

“As a parent of a child in KS2 at Easington Lane Primary with special needs, I felt drawn to apply to join the team of School Governors. My current job of 4 years, is Housing Coordinator for a very special Charity/resource centre, that specializes in supporting people with long enduring mental health conditions. I manage a small team of two staff, Supported accommodation, Floating support in the community and also a Hospital discharge scheme. We support with daily living skills, housing/ homeless issues, benefits, and general advocacy and well-being.

As a result of this I have a keen interest in general Health and Mental health, especially the welfare of our children, who need to be given tools to live in this fast changing world.

I enjoy and have done a lot of training and qualifications in relation to working with people, as prior to this job I was a Senior Home carer for 10 years. These include Mental Health first aid and Awareness, ASSIST(suicide prevention), Safeguarding, Medication, Dementia, Deafened support, Autism, Motivational interviewing, First aid, Equality and Diversity, amongst many others.

I have a Certificate in Higher Education in Health Sciences with the Open University and more recently I am doing a Management qualification, also with the Open University which will result in Chartered Managers Institute Level 5. I have NVQ’s in Health and Social Care, Team Leading and Customer Care.

I have many hobbies and love camping, caravanning, music, festivals and been outdoors, walking my Cockapoo, Oreo. We have an allotment, with chickens and I really enjoy gardening and growing my own fruit and veg. I also volunteer at local theatre/drama groups as my daughter loves to be on the stage.”

 

Mr M Snaith

Mr M Snaith

Co-opted

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Governing body

Committees:

  • Resource Committee
  • Challenge Committee

Pecuniary interests:

Chair of Directors – Vision Education Trust

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None

Governors role in other educational institution:

Chair of Governors – Vision Education Trust

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.”

 

Attendance

Click this link to see when Governor Meetings were held and who was in 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)

 

Governing Body Information Attendance at Governor Meetings 2015-2016

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