List of Governors
The current governing body membership is as follows...
Mrs Joanne Elliott
Mrs Jill Whitehouse
Mrs Zoe Hunt
I am the Chair of the Governing Body and also on the Curriculum, Premises and Admissions Sub-Committee and the Governance and Management Link Governor. I will have two children at the school from September and grew up in South Gosforth so have strong links to the local community. I work as a solicitor at Newcastle City Council and I wanted to be a governor of the school as I felt that my professional background meant that I have a lot of useful skills that I could contribute to its governance and that this would be a good way for me to make my contribution to school life. If you would like to contact me about anything then please do so through the school email, governor services email or feel free to talk to me in the school yard as I am there several times a week.
Mrs Karen Graham
I am a parent governor on the Governing Body and I sit on the Curriculum, Staffing and Admissions Sub-Committees and I am the Early Years Link Governor. I have two children at the school, grew up in Gosforth and I am an active volunteer for the Friends of Gosforth Central Park. I work for Sunderland City Council as the policy lead for health and wellbeing. I wanted to become a governor to help with the management of the school my children love attending and ensure that links to parents and the local community are maximised. If you would like to contact me about anything then please do so through the school email, governor services email or feel free to talk to me in the school yard Mondays and Fridays.
Mr Stephen Maratos
I am a Parent Governor and am also on the Appeals and the Admissions Sub-Committees and am the SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) Link Governor.
I have two children at the school (years 3 & 4) from September and hope that my 1yr old son will join the school in due course.
I work as a solicitor, in heathcare law, and I wanted to be a governor of the school as I felt that my professional background and approach would help the school and contribute to its governance in a positive way.
If you would like to contact me about anything then please do so through the school email, governor services email or feel free to talk to me in the school yard as I am there several times a week.
Mrs Chris Ingram
After volunteering as a parent in schools in Bristol and South Gosforth, I completed my PGCE in Newcastle and started working at South Gosforth First in 2003. I have taught the mixed age Y3/4 class for 5 years before moving to Y1/2 for another 5 years and then on to Y3. I was initially the teacher governor from June 2012 and then became co-opted when the school took on Trust status. I sit on the curriculum committee and provide a staff point of view on matters arising in governance.
Mrs Kate Gingles
My name is Kate Gingles and I have been a member of the governing body since June 2016. I live locally to the school with my husband and our little girl. I am an Early Years Education Development Advisor for Durham County Council so have a particular interest in what is happening with the youngest children in the school. Prior to this I was a Primary teacher for 10 years, and an Assistant Deputy Head of an outstanding Primary School in West London. I am a member of the Curriculum Committee and am very much looking forward to being part of the South Gosforth community.
Ms Alison Smullen
I became a co-opted governor of South Gosforth First School in September 2015, shortly after relocating to Newcastle where I work as a solicitor.
My motivations for being a Governor are: to contribute my skills, passion and time to support South Gosforth First School and its leaders in doing the very best job they can for the Gosforth community and the school’s pupils.
I am passionate about the educational standards of children and believe everyone should have the right to the best possible education. In my “spare” time I therefore provide mentoring to undergraduate law students and also supervise undergraduate law students in providing pro bono legal advice to the public.
Being a co-opted governor I find that I can easily take a step back and take a view about what is in the best interests of the pupils of South Gosforth First School.
Mrs Sharon Coull
I am a co-opted governor on the Governing Body at South Gosforth First School (SGFS). I chair the Finance and Premises sub-committee and I am the Safeguarding Link Governor. I have a finance background which enables me to provide the right level of both support and challenge regarding the financial management of the school. I became a governor to contribute to the ongoing improvement and leadership of the school, I have two children at SGFS who are very happy here and I want to do the best that I can to support the school. If you would like to contact me, please do so through the school email, governor services email or feel free to talk to me in the school yard.
Mrs Liz. Dixon
My name is Liz Dixon. I am the Admin and Finance Officer for the school and work in the school office. I have worked at the school for almost 27 years and my two children attended before that. My role is that of Staff Governor. I have served on the Governing Body for two separate periods, the most recent from 2004 to the present day
I currently sit on the Finance and Premises Sub Committees but I also take minutes for all of the Sub Committees.
I can be contacted through the school office from 8am until 5pm weekdays.
Local Authority Governors:
Mrs Jo Fields
I attend Governor Meetings as an Observer. This means that I do not hold a vote but can contribute to meetings and discussions.
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 taught the mixed age Year 3/4 class, the mixed age Year 1/2 class and am currently teaching in Year 2. This has given me a good overview of the different year groups in school and the different learning needs of those children. In September 2016 I was appointed as Assistant Head Teacher and SENDCo and therefore in addition to my teaching role I support the school in a Leadership capacity as well as co-ordinating provision for those children in our school with special educational needs and disabilities.
I believe that all children should be given the opportunity to reach their potential and to shine and hope that my role as an Observer can support the school in achieving this for all those who attend South Gosforth First School.