Meet the Govenors

Meet our Govenors

Our Governing Body

What is it?

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Head teacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the Head teacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

Who are we?

In September 2014 the governing body elected to reconstitute, in keeping with statutory guidance from the Department for Education. We took this decision as it allowed us to change the numbers and types of governors we have and to appoint more people on the basis of the skills they could bring.

The governing body now consists of:

  • The Head teacher
  • One elected staff governor
  • One appointed local authority governor
  • Five elected parent governors
  • Five co-opted governors

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The chair of governors is Mrs Janet Meek, who can be contacted via the school office.

Much of the work of the governing body is done by 2 termly meetings as well as some smaller committees. At East Rainton Primary, we have the following committees:

  • finance
  • personnel
  • premises
  • pupil discipline
  • complaints
  • selection
  • performance management

 

 Read more to find out about our Govenors. 

 

The governing body of East Rainton Primary is currently:

Mrs Janet Meek, Chair of Governing Body

  • Co-opted governor until January 2017
  • Chair of personnel, complaints and finance committees.
  • Governor attendance 2014-15: 6/6 full Governing Body meetings;
  • Register of interests: previous LA role 

Mr Austin Carney, Vice-Chair of Governing Body

  • Co-opted governor until 2017
  • Sits on the following Committees Finance, premises and selection. He also Chairs the premises committee
  • Governor attendance 2014-15: 4/4 full Governing Body meetings.

Mrs Sara Toole, Headteacher

  • Since 01/09/2006, a member of the governing body by virtue of position in school
  • Sits on all committees
  • Governor attendance 2014-15: 6/6 full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of interests: Peter Toole sign and design

I gained a B.ed. (Hons.) at Leeds University before moving to the North East in 1990, after been offered a post at Richard Avenue Primary School, Sunderland. I moved on to Belmont Infant school to take up the position of Deputy Head teacher in April 1998. From there I moved to Gilesgate Primary School to gain a broader experience as a Deputy Head teacher. Finally moving to East Rainton Primary in September 2006 to become the first female Head teacher of this school. I have worked in a wide range of school in terms of size, location and catchment. During my teaching experience I have taught across the whole range from Nursery to year 6 as well as holding a range of coordinator roles. My area of interest during my studies was Religious education and multicultural education. I wrote my dissertation on the National Curriculum helping to provide structure for children from the traveler community.

My passion is sport as children can develop in all aspects through opportunities sport can provide.

Mrs Margerat Curry, Staff Governor

  • Elected staff governor 2014
  • Governor attendance 2014-15: 6/6 full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of interests: none

“I am a staff governor, currently the Year 4 class teacher. I joined East Rainton Primary School as a newly-qualified teacher (NQT) in September 2014, after completing a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at University.

Mrs Hackett

  • Parent governor from 2014
  • Governor attendance 2014-15: 4/6 full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of interests: none

“I was a parent governor of a child in Year 3.

Mr Hellens

  • Co-opted 2014
  • Husband of Mrs Hellens (class teacher)
  • Governor attendance 2014-15: 6/6 full Governing Body meetings.
  • Register of interests: none

“I am married to Mrs Hellens, class teacher and both my children have attended this school and are now at Kepier School. As a local business man I am able to provide support to the school with finance.

Mrs Parker

  • Co-opted governor 2014
  • Governor attendance 2014-15: 6/6 full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of interests: none

“I have been a parent governor at East Rainton Primary School although both my children now attend Hetton Comprehensive school. I work at a local secondary school within an administration role but previously I worked for school and governor support.

Mr Cummings

  • Co-opted governor  2014
  • Governor attendance 2014-15: 4/6 full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of interests: none

“I am a local Councilor for Hetton Town council.

Mr Hind

  • Parent governor from 2013
  • Governor attendance 2014-15: 4/6 full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of interests: none

“I am a parent governor with a son who has passed through the school, a daughter currently attending.

My name is Keith Hind and I have been a parent Govenor for nearly 3 years. My background is nearly 25 years in Engineering and I currently hold a position as a manufacturing manager at a company in Washington.

I have lived in the local area all my life and have a great understanding of the community and the surrounding areas. I am also heavily involved in Junior Football. Through my govenor role I have direct link to year 1 and have recently volunteered to support the school's provision strategy.

Mrs Burlinson

  • Parent governor from 2015
  • Governor attendance 2014-15: 4/6 full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of interests: none

I am a parent governor of a child in Year 3

Mrs Robson

  • Parent governor from 2013
  • Governor attendance 2014-15: 4/6 full Governing Body meetings

I am a parent governor

Mr Cox

  • Parent governor from 2015.
  • Governor attendance 2014-15: 4/4 full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of interests: none

“I have been a parent governor since January 2015, and my son attends East Rainton Primary School.

I am a 43 year old father of two, with my eldest son currently in year 2 of East Rainton Primary. I am in a management role within a large multinational pharmaceutical company and I became govenor of the school as a recognised the importance of the role that my sister fulfilled as a parent govenor during the time her children attended the school.

Just like every other parent at East Rainton Primary School, I want the very best for my children. I want them to be happy, confident and achieve to the best of their potential. As parents we need to support the school, but when necessary we should ensure we ask the right questions to keep the school moving forward and improving. During my career I hve been through many difficult and challenging situations, including external audits which will allow me to utilise my skills and knowledge to help to ask the right questions to ensure we are improving and raising standards. I believe there is nothing more important than our children.

East Rainton Primary School is a fantastic local school and just like every other parent, I want it to continue to suceed and improve further. I believe the role of parent govenor is a big responsibility and I would like to take the opportunity whilst I am on the governing body, to assist the school so that it continues to deliver a high quality, broad education for all.

 

 

Mrs Wallace

  • Co-opted since March 2015.
  • Governor attendance 2014-15: 2/2 full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of interests: none

I am Co-opted Govenor and have been since March 2015. My background is in education and I have 22 years experience of working in this sector. I specialise in quality assurance of training programmes.

I have previously had the role of parent Govenor and have carried out classroom observations and interviews.

By working as part of the Govenor's team, means we can all share in the vision of school improvement. As Govenors we can monitor and evaluate how well progress is being made againt the school improvement plan.

On my day off I attend the school as a reader for Year 4 and enjoy listening to the children read and seeing how well they progress with their literacy skills during the year.

Beverley Parker

Co-opted Governor

Literacy Link governor

Member of Premises committee, personanel appeals committee and performance management Governor.

Register of interests- none

I have been a governor at East rainton Primary for over 9 years. I was a parent governor whlist my two children were at the school and more recently when my children have left the school to go to secondary, I have taken on a Co-opted Governor role. I am link governor for literacy and a member of the premises committee and personnel appeals committee. Whilst my children attended East Rainton Primary I enjoyed being involved in helping to raise funds for the school. I am employed in a large secondary school as the Administration and Health and Safety Manager.

Adele Burlinson

Parent Govenor from January 2015

Sits on the personnel appeals commitee

I am a married mam and have two girls, both of whom attend East Rainton Primary School. I am very passionate about the education of all our children. 

I am a 'Billing Officer' for the City of Sunderland Council where I have worked for the past 19 years. During my time with the local government I have gained numerous NVQ's and IRRV (Institute of Revenues and Rateable Valuations) qualifications.

I am a registered First Aider and am heart defibrilator qualified.

I have represented the Council in various campaigns and joint working mixing with both internal and external companies.