List of Governors

Head Teacher:

Mr Robert Adams

I have been Head Teacher at South Gosforth First School since September 2019 and I am so proud to be part of such a supportive, collaborative and successful school family. It is my job to report to governors on the latest school initiatives which we are working on, to update them on pupil progress and teaching and learning and to involve them in key decisions about the strategic direction of school. In return, the governors dedicate their time to provide valuable feedback and support, not just to myself, but to everyone in school in order to ensure that we maintain high standards and remain accountable to the community that we serve. I am excited to continue to work with the governing body of South Gosforth First School to see what we can achieve together in the future.    

 

Deputy Head Teacher & Foundation Governor:

Mrs Jill Whitehouse

I have been Deputy Head Teacher at South Gosforth First School since 2013 and been on the Governing Body since I very first started in post. It is my job to work alongside Mr Adams to report back to governors on a whole range of things. As part of my role as Deputy Head, I am 'Quality of Education' Leader, so I am really keen to involve governors in all things 'curriculum' and to contribute towards decisions which will improve provision for all of our children. We have worked really hard as a team of staff to create a curriculum which is progressive, engaging and ambitious, so I enjoy hearing feedback from governors (particularly the curriculum committee) when they come in for visits and see the children's learning for themselves.

 

Parent Governors:

Mrs Jan Browne

I have been a parent governor at South Gosforth for three years now. It has been really interesting to observe and support from the 'other side of the table' having come from a teaching background. 
Recently, I have had the pleasure to spend some time in school, finding out more about how things work. My passion is Inclusion, and I believe that all children should have access to an inclusive, supportive and creative education. I have been able to spend some time looking at paperwork, meeting children, asking questions to staff and being part of some really interesting discussions around inclusion. 
 
As a parent governor, I feel that it is really important to mention to everyone in our school community that the governing body is there to listen to you, support you and offer a link between yourselves and school. Please do find me on the playground or get in touch via the school office if there is anything at all that I can help with.
 
 

Mrs Amy Hopper

I am one of the parent governors within the governing body. I have one child at SGFS in Year 2 and one who has just moved on to middle school, and they both absolutely love the school. I moved from the South East with my husband in 2010 and we have lived in Gosforth ever since. I have been a stay at home Mum since having my daughter in 2011.

I wanted to become a governor to help the school to be the best it can be and to utilise my skills from studying and working in Human Resources. I am a member of the Resources & Finance committee.  

 

Mr Allister Hogg

I am a former International rugby player. I have played professionally for 16 years, 8 years with Edinburgh Rugby and 8 years with Newcastle Falcons. As well as this, I gained 48 international caps for Scotland. I am currently working at Barclays Bank as a Wealth Manager. I have 2 daughters at the school - one in Year 2 and one in Year 4. I have enjoyed working alongside the other governors and helping with the management of the school, in particular sharing my knowledge and expertise around finance. I am a member of Resources & Finance committee.

 

Co-opted Governors:

Mrs Zoe Hunt

I am the Chair of the Governing Body at South Gosforth First School and I am also on the Curriculum committee. I have one child at the school and one at Gosforth Central Middle School (the middle school feeder for SGFS.) I grew up in South Gosforth, so I have strong links to the local community. I work as a planning inspector and I wanted to be a governor of the school as I felt that my professional background meant that I would have a lot of useful skills that I could contribute to its governance. I also felt that I wanted to play an active role in supporting the school and contribute towards many different aspects of school life.

If you would like to contact me about anything, then please do so by getting in touch with the school office, either by telephone or by email and I will get back to you as soon as I can. You can also talk to me in the school yard either before or after school, as I can be found there a few times a week dropping off or collecting my child. I look forward to continuing to work alongside school and the whole school community to maintain the high standards at South Gosforth First School in the future. 

 

Mrs Jo Fields

I started my teaching career briefly in my home city of Lincoln but was drawn back to the North-East where I had studied for a BSc in Psychology and a PGCE in Primary Education. I have been teaching at South Gosforth First School since September 2008 and during this time have had experience of teaching from Reception all the way to Year 4. In September 2016 I was appointed as Assistant Head Teacher and SENCo. In 2018 I additionally took on the new statutory post of Designated Teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children. I believe that all children should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential and be equipped with their 'roots to grow and wings to fly'. I am confident that my roles in school and as a governor can support in both our pupils and staff to achieve this.

 

Mrs Kate Gingles

My name is Kate Gingles - I have been a member of the governing body since June 2016 and I have just renewed my membership for another term. I live locally to the school with my husband and two children. I am an Early Years Education Development Advisor for Durham County Council, so I have a particular interest in what is happening with the youngest children in our school. Prior to this, I was a Primary School teacher for 10 years and an Assistant Deputy Head of an outstanding Primary School in West London. I chair the Curriculum Committee and am really looking forward to supporting school with all things relating to teaching and learning in the future. 

 

Mrs Sharon Coull

I am a co-opted governor with one child at SGFS and another at Gosforth Central Middle School. I chair the Resources & Finance sub committee, a Director of Gosforth Schools’ Trust and one of the Vice Chairs of the Governing Body. I currently work with a couple of businesses based in Newcastle as a Finance Director, so I am able to use my finance background to provide the right level of support and challenge on the financial management of the school. I value the role that school plays in my children’s lives and I became a governor to contribute to the ongoing improvement and leadership of the school.

If you would like to contact me, please do so through contacting the school office by telephone or via email and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I can also be found on the school yard dropping off and collecting my child on certain days, so feel free to grab me for a chat there.

 

Staff Governors:

Mrs Liz Dixon

My name is Liz Dixon. I am the Senior Admin Officer for school and work in the main office. I have worked at South Gosforth First School for over 30 years and my two children attended before that. I am a staff governor. I have served on the Governing Body for two separate periods with a one year break in between, the most recent from 2004 to the present day.

I currently sit on the Resources & Finance Sub Committee but I also take minutes for all of the Sub Committees and for some full governing body meetings as well.

I can be contacted through the school office from 8.30am until 5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week.

 

Local Authority Governors:  

Mr David Dargue

I joined South Gosforth First School as a Local Authority Governor in 2019. I live in Gosforth with my family and I have two children at SGFS. I initially worked in financial services, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, before retraining for local church ministry. I offered to serve as a governor to positively contribute towards the school’s values, aims and ethos, believing that there is great value in having committed stakeholders who want to support in all areas of school life. If any members of our community would like to contact me, please get in touch through telephoning or emailing the school office. 

 

Mrs Karen Graham

I was originally elected as a parent governor, but now my children have moved on to the middle school, I am a local authority governor. I am one of the vice chairs of the governing body and I am link governor for safeguarding, policies and the website. I am a trustee of the 'Friends of Gosforth Central Park' and a volunteer walk leader. I work for Home Housing Group, leading on safeguarding and complaints. I became a governor to help with the management of the school my children loved attending and to help to ensure that links to parents and the local community are maximised as much as possible. If you would like to contact me about anything then please do so through contacting the school office by telephone or via email.