Governance

Jo Warner – Chair of Governor
Assistant Director of Education for the Joint Education Team, Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle

I am delighted to be the new Chair of Governors at Northern Saints Church of England Primary School.

I started teaching over thirty years ago, as a teacher in an inner-city primary school. I have been very fortunate to work as a headteacher of four schools in the North East – a region I was brought up in, and am very proud of.

I have always loved working with children and young people, and I see my role in shaping their future as both a privilege and of course at times, a challenge. I am passionate about education and the role it plays in developing young people with strong values, spiritual and moral awareness, and excellent skills and knowledge to enable them to grow and develop into outstanding citizens in our world.

For me the relationships between families and school is key to a successful school. As governors we need to be approachable and accessible so we can work closely with you and the school to celebrate success and find solutions to any concerns. As a parent myself, I know how important it is that school gets it right to meet the individual needs of all our children – something I know is central to all the staff in our school.

I hope we can work together to ensure we provide the best learning opportunities and life skills we can for our children at Northern Saints.

Olivia McCoy – Foundation Governor

I have been a part of Northern Saints Governing Board since 2018. During this time, I have been responsible for supporting the Resources Committee, upholding the Christian ethos of the school and becoming an active Link Governor for Pupil Premium.

Having two young children myself and spending most of my career in Finance, I am passionate about education and ensuring the children get the most they can from their time here.

I am proud to be a part of your amazing community. I am openly contactable should any of the children, parents, teachers or staff need support.

Eileen Watson – Chair of Resources Committee

After a 25 year career in teaching, mostly in a large Junior school, I became an independent music consultant helping to develop the music curriculum in primary school classrooms across many schools in Sunderland and beyond. This also led to involvement with Sunderland and Northumbria Universities providing training sessions to student teachers and supervising them during their placements in schools. My beliefs are closely aligned to the school ethos that all children should have the same opportunities. Since retiring, my interest in education has been continued through the school governorship when not otherwise occupied by involvement in Bishopwearmouth Choral Society.

Claire Robson – Associate Governor

I believe my current role gives me the skills to be able to make a difference as a governor. Currently I am Head of nursery operations for an early years provider overseeing 45 nurseries ensuring they are Ofsted Good/Outstanding, delivering quality and commercial targets. I am a strong operator with a wrath of Early years knowledge, quality and experience. I am very passionate about better outcomes for children, and able to deal with challenging situations calm and collectively. I am approachable, always willing to offer support and advice where I can for the better good.

I work effectively within a team and using my own initiative, I have taken the lead on many projects to support in delivering our strategy on a page.#

I am a confident person who can challenge positively and constructively while remaining professional to ensure the best outcomes for the children, families and teams.
I am a parent of 1 boy and value my family time. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, shows, music, concerts, ice-skating and football.

Emma Maxfield – Staff Governor

I’m Miss Maxfield: the Staff Governor here at Northern Saints. This is my sixth year at Northern Saints, during that time I have taught across both Key Stage One and EYFS. Currently, I am Phonics Lead and responsible for the development of Early Reading across the school. This is something I have a particular passion for and something which I will continue to develop and progress further.

In addition to this, my love of outdoor activities has allowed me to take part in many of the school’s outward bound programmes. This is something I believe is integral to the children’s wider learning: providing opportunities and experiences which otherwise would not be possible.

Stephen Murphy – Parent Governor

I joined the board as a parent governor in September 2019. My daughter Olivia attends Northern Saints and my son Elliot will be starting in September 2021. I have a background in administrative and quality management in further education. I am enjoying learning about what happens behind the scenes in the school and I’m looking forward to contributing to the schools success long term.

Jennifer Bradshaw – Foundation Governor

I am Jennifer Bradshaw one of the governors and also one of your local vicars!

Working with children has always been a big part of my life – I love seeing people grow and develop into the person God made! Being a governor offers the chance to support some of the most important years of a child’s life and support the staff who will inspire and encourage them along the way.

Gary Wallis-Clarke – DBE Foundation Governor
School Improvement Consultant and National Leader of Education

Having taught in the North East since 1992, I am delighted to be a member of the Governing Body of Northern Saints CofE Primary.

I grew up and went to school in Sunderland and was fortunate to have had a wonderful education that allowed me the opportunity to train as a primary teacher with specialisms in music and design technology in Lincoln. I have taught in schools in South Shields, Blyth, Fulwell, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, West Denton and Jesmond over the past 29 years.

I have been the Head teacher of two very successful primary schools in Newcastle and was Head of Primary Education for South Tyneside Authority. I have led a National Teaching School and am accredited as a School Improvement Partner and National Leader of Education.

I want the education of children at Northern Saints to be exciting, inspiring and broad; so they have many opportunities to explore all areas of the curriculum and find their passion, whether that be maths, singing, football or painting. I want the children to be secure in their own identity and individuality and also aware of the wonderfully diverse world we live in today, alongside the proud history of our region.

As a step-father to two wonderful children, I know how important the primary years of education are and will work tirelessly to support the school and the staff to achieve the very best for your children.

Tina Murphy – Foundation Governor

I have been involved in School Governing Bodies for the past thirty five years. I am currently an established Headteacher in a neighbouring local authority. I am also a National Leader of Education.

I care passionately about improving the life chances of all children through the provision of high quality primary education. I look forward to continuing to support Mr Jones and his team of dedicated staff throughout the coming year.

Richard Bell – Foundation Governor

Local resident in the school area, former local City Councillor for 18yrs, have been a governor since, the body was reformed after coming out of Special Measures, Redhouse Primary to Northern Saints, and the longest serving governor from the old Redhouse School. Have a strong commitment to good education being a governor of numerous schools over the last 25yrs.
Currently the Chair of Governors of Redhouse Nursery School, rated by OFSTED to be an outstanding school, which is part of the feeder arrangements to Northern Saints, which is showing, educational improvement, from dark day’s, and meeting the needs of the Pupils.
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