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
  • 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

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:

  • Finance
  • Personel
  • Challenge

 

 

 

 

Pecuniary interests:

Nordstrom Timber

Relationships between other governors/school staff:

None

Governors role in other educational institution:

Hill View Infant Academy – Vision Learning Trust

Mrs Jane McKeown

Mrs Jane McKeown

Co-opted 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:

Assistant Head teacher and Governor at Hetton School

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 S Johnson

Miss S Johnson

Staff Governor

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Staff of the school
Committees/Links:

  • Challenge Committee

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.”

Ms Julie Carlin

Ms Julie Carlin

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:

4 years
Appointed By:

Governing Body
Committees:

  • 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 Safe Guarding 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

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:

  • 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. Trevitt, Chair of Governors, brother.

Governors role in other educational institution:

None

Mrs J Merton

Mrs J Merton

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Governing Body

Committees/Link:

  • Community Cohesion 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 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.”

Mr M Snaith

Mr M Snaith

Co-opted

 

Term of Office:

4 Years
Appointed By:

Governing body

Committees:

  • Personnel Committee
  • Chair of Finance Committee
  • Challenge Committee

Pecuniary interests:

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

Attendance_Sept-15-Aug-16

Role of the Governing Board

 

 

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