Marine Park First School
Park Road
Whitley Bay
United Kingdom, NE26 1LT

Tel: 0191 2534343

[email protected]

Marine Park First School Governing Body Meeting Schedule 2019-20

Tuesday 24th September 2019 6pm

Tuesday 26th November 2019 6pm

Tuesday 28th January 2020 6pm

Tuesday 17th March 2020 6pm

Tuesday 19th May 2020 6pm

Tuesday 7th July 2020 6pm

Our Governors-

Amy Ord –Staff Governor

I have always lived in the North East and I joined Marine Park in 2014, after completing my NQT year at a first school in Northumberland. It is so nice to drive along the coast to get to work each morning! I am currently teaching in Year 3 East and co-ordinating science across the school. I feel very lucky to have the pleasure of working in such a nurturing, happy school, teaching fantastic children and having fun each day! I am proud to be part of such a supportive, encouraging staff at Marine Park and I hope that being a governor will allow me to contribute further, whilst seeing school life from a different perspective. Outside of work, I spend my time walking my beloved dog, trying to keep up with my fitness and most importantly, spending time with family and friends. 

Stephen Easton -Headteacher

I joined the school in September 2011, working previously as Headteacher at Grange First School in Gosforth and before that at Ravenswood Primary and Walkergate Primary in Newcastle. I feel very fortunate and am very proud to be the Headteacher at Marine Park First School. The school has an excellent reputation as a successful, large, friendly place to learn and work. I am committed to working collaboratively with a positive staff team, supportive governors, parents/carers and, above all, engaging children. I aim to promote achievement and the development of all our pupils whilst maintaining and building on the successes of the school.

Outside of my employment, I have lived in the North East since 1993 and enjoy spending most of my time with my family. I have a very patient and supportive wife and two sons. I enjoy running and try to complete parkrun most weeks. I also enjoy playing basketball but rarely have time to play and am getting too old to keep up!!

Melanie Burgess–Parent Governor

I’ve lived in Whitley Bay since 2015 and feel very lucky to live in such a vibrant area, where I get to see my son Alex grow and thrive as part of the Marine Park community. Having being a governor at a primary school for 3 years previously, I am delighted to now be a parent governor at Marine Park. I have twin passions for education and for the arts, having formerly worked in the museum sector and as a teacher. I now combine these by working for an organisation whose role is to connect arts organisations with schools. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring, crafting and café sampling, especially cake testing!

Vacancy-Co-opted Governor

 

Jill Bates –Co-opted Governor—Chair of Governors

I worked at Marine Park First School for many years before retiring in August 2014. I wanted to continue my association with the school and so joined the Governing Body as a Local Authority governor. I have seen many changes at Marine Park over the years, not least a school site move, however it has always been a successful, warm and friendly school that has kept children at the heart of everything it does. I look forward to contributing to the school in my new role. I am married to a local GP and have 2 (very grown up) children both of whom have continued into postgraduate education having started at Marine Park. I enjoy swimming, Pilates, reading and tea!

Helen Hearn -Co-opted Governor

I have been a Local Authority Governor at Marine Park First School since February 2008.   I am a member of both the Finance and Staffing sub-committees as well as having being linked with Early Years, Extended Services and School Meals.  My relationship with Marine Park started via my employment with the Local Authority and my links with the Out of School Club.  My work role involves supporting childcare and early education settings to ensure they are providing a high quality service for our children in North Tyneside, whilst ensuring they are meeting all relevant requirements and legislation.  I would like to think the knowledge and experience I have from my employment, as well as from my qualifications in relation to Early Years and School Business Management, help me provide a good service to your school.  I am married with three children and live in the Cullercoats area.

Ruth Sutcliffe-Co—opted Governor

I joined the governing body in 2013 when my son entered Reception. I moved to Whitley Bay in 2006, a few years after returning to the north-east from University in Sheffield. Living in Whitley Bay we have experienced a great sense of community, I am keen that the school continues to develop its relationships with the immediate and extended community, to benefit all. After working in Town and Transport Planning since 2001, both in public and private sector, I feel my experience can contribute to the functions of the governing body. I am also a member of the building sub-committee.

Rachael Blackburn-Co-opted Governor

I am Year 4 South class teacher and the science coordinator. I joined Marine Park in 2012, having worked in a primary school in Newcastle for 3 years.  I thoroughly enjoy working in such a busy, vibrant and caring school and being part of such a committed staff is a fantastic experience.  Having joined the governing body in September 2013 I hope to further contribute to providing the best education experience for every child at Marine Park.  Originally from Whitley Bay, I ventured down to Durham for university but a love of living by the coast has brought me back here.  Outside work I can usually be found playing netball, drinking tea and watching old musicals!

Alex Fowler –Parent Governor

I moved to Whitley Bay in 2011 and thoroughly enjoy it! I was born and bred in Middlesbrough (where I still visit the family and support the Boro) before studying Geography at Newcastle University. Alongside my wife we enjoy taking walks with our two children (Henry and Violet) frequented usually with several stops for cake! I enjoy working this off with running and cycling. I’m passionate about sustainability and would like to bring this to my work at our splendid School. 

Rebecca Wilson –Parent Governor

We moved to Whitley Bay in July 2019 to be closer to family and are thoroughly enjoying it. We have found it to be a warm and welcoming community and have settled well; our son is thriving at Marine Park and we are looking forward to our daughter starting.

I was brought up in the North West of England and taught in a primary school for 3 years before moving to the Turks and Caicos Islands. I met my husband there and after teaching for a further three years in a small primary school, we moved to Jamaica. From 2011 to 2019, we lived in the Cayman Islands where both of our children were born. Whilst there, I taught in a large international primary school.

I am currently taking a break from teaching to spend more time with my family and I have recently set up as an independent Usborne organiser which I am really enjoying. I feel that being a school governor is a great opportunity to support this wonderful school and utilise the knowledge and experience I have gained in education over the past 16 years.

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Philip Meikle –Parent Governor

My daughter has a fabulous time attending Marine Park, and so I became a Governor in order to learn more about the school and do my best to support the team which makes it a great place to be. I was brought up in Whitley Bay and am happy to call it home. My work is in transport; and when I’m not at work I’m music making in local orchestras and supporting our region’s future musicians as a volunteer at the North Tyneside Music hub.

Adam Clemerson –Parent Governor

I grew up in the North East before moving with my parents to Nottingham as an 11 year old. My heart always belonged up here and, as an adult, I moved back at the earliest opportunity. I'm passionate about education, having spent a good proportion of my working life employed in adult learning. When our eldest son, Max, started at Marine Park in 2016 I decided I would like to take as active a role in the school as possible and I really hoped I would get the opportunity to serve as a school governor; I was pleased to be voted in on my second application. Our younger son, Alfie, joined the school in 2018 so we will be a part of the school community for a few years yet! I now work as a project manager for a group of enterprise agencies where I support people to start and grow their businesses. I believe I can bring a wealth of skills and experience to the school. In particular I would be keen to develop the enterprising and entrepreneurial skills of the staff, PTA and pupils.

Lucy Ord–Parent Governor

I was born in the North East, then lived and worked in Manchester for many years. We moved back up north and chose to settle in Whitley Bay when our eldest daughter was born – drawn to all the great things this area offers families and children. I have two daughters, one a current Marine Park pupil, and one who has now moved to middle school. Both girls have gained enormously from the caring and challenging environment the school offers, which is why I wanted to support its continued success. 

I work for the NHS, where I specialise in coaching and change management - supporting leadership teams to work more effectively. I am particularly interested in diversity and inclusion, and lead a women’s leadership development programme. Outside of work, I love travel, design, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to working with you all. 

Sally Williams-Co-opted Governor

I have been a staff governor since 2008. I am employed as an HLTA which involves me teaching in class while teachers have time out for planning, preparation, assessment and management duties. I work from Reception right up to Year 4. I also run a Nurture Group and assist with Eco Club. I am married with 3 children (one girl and 2 boys) and a dog! In fact my history with Marine Park began in 1997 when my eldest daughter started in Nursery. I began working here in 2001 so I have experience as both a parent and a member of staff. Outside of school, I enjoy walking my dog, running, going to gym classes and socialising! I love Marine Park. My children had a fantastic, fun education here and I want to help make sure all other children do too.

Sarah Bolam-–Co-opted Governor– Vice Chair of Governors

I was myself a Marine Park Pupil, all be it a few years ago. My oldest 2 children attended the school and my youngest child is there now.  I have always had an interest in becoming a governor but was unable to look at the role due to my working commitments.  I now work part time and I feel that I can now offer the school the commitment it requires. I have been actively involved in many school activities including Christmas and Summer fayres and numerous school outings.  My working life has involved me working in and managing a team whilst dealing with targets and ensuring my team reach a financial target.  My main interest however remains with the children and their education and my approachability to parents and staff.

Kathleen Morris –Co-opted Governor

I grew up and studied in the North East and now live in Northumberland but have long standing ties with the Whitley Bay community, having lived here as a young teacher and working locally as Headteacher at Southridge First School for ten years until 2014. In 2014, despite having initially deciding to retire from school leadership, I took up the acting Deputy Headteacher role at Marine Park. I planned to stay for just one term – but stayed for four years until 2018! I absolutely loved my time at MPFS – it’s such an exciting, nurturing and happy place in which to teach and learn and I feel privileged to have been part of the team. I very much look forward to being a Governor, hoping that my experience and skills might support the staff and Governors to build on the school’s many successes and excellent reputation. 

Since retiring, I’ve retained my involvement in education. As a Link Tutor with North Tyneside SCITT, I am lucky to be able to visit many NT schools to support trainee teachers during their post graduate year.  Now that I have more free time, I also love to cook and go walking with my friends but above all, spend time with my lovely family. I’m also an avid but terrible golfer!

Hilary Waters–Parent Governor

I was lucky enough to grow up in Whitley Bay and after leaving for University, I just couldn’t stay away - returning home in my twenties. I now live in the heart of Whitley Bay with my husband and two children. My son is loving the warm, challenging and supportive environment at Marine Park and I am so happy to be able to play a tiny part as a Parent Governor for a school which provides the best possible start for local children.

I am a commercial litigation lawyer helping a wide range of clients solve a variety of problems and issues working alongside their legal, financial and HR functions. I am also a Trustee and Company Secretary for a national charity which works home and abroad supporting disempowered girls and women to challenge the injustice of inequality linked to poverty, violence and education. Known for my energy and enthusiasm,  I hope to bring these traits to my role. Outside work and my role as Trustee, I love spending quality time with my children, family and friends, especially outdoors. My other interests are my book and film club, travel and keeping fit, together with a new love of Lego!

Governor Visits 20-21

Half Term

Suggested Date and Time

Suggested Theme

Governor signed up

Half Term 1

Friday 28th August 2020 11. a.m.

Full Re-opening pre visit

Ruth Sutcliffe, Philip Meikle

Monday 5th October 2020 2.45.4.30 p.m.

30 hour offer and a session in Governor Led Out of School Club

Jill Bates

Wednesday 21st October  2020 9-11 a.m.

PHSE Deep Dive Governor Visit

Adam Clemmerson

Half Term 2

Wednesday Thursday 26th November 2020 9-11 a.m.

Maths and RE Deep Dive Governor Visit

Hilary Waters

Half Term

Wednesday 10th February 2021 9-11 a.m.

English Deep Dive Governor Visit

Hilary Waters

Half Term 4

Thursday 25th March 2021 9.45-12.00

How we monitoring and evaluate the effectiveness of the school and how this links to “Quality of Education” OFSTED judgement and the School Improvement Plan? A cycle of deep dives!

 

Half Term 5 

Friday 16th April 1.15-3 p.m.

Art and Science Deep Dive Governor Visit

 

Tuesday 11th May 2021 9-11 a.m.

Pupils with SEND: PIVATs, Thrive, Teaching Assistant Learning Communities (TALC)

 

Tuesday 11th May 2021 4-5.30 p.m.

Attainment and achievement visit– focus on progress comparison between gender and vulnerable groups

Using gap analysis to inform teaching

 

Friday 21st May Could be split into a.m. and p.m– two visits 10-12 and 12-2

Computing, DT, MfL, Music PE Deep Dive Governor Visit

Helen Hearn

Tuesday 25th May  1.15-3 p.m.

Geography and History Deep Dive Governor Visit

 

Half Term 6     

Thursday 3rd June 2020 9-11 a.m.

The pupil premium– who is eligible and how Marine Park uses the money to support attainment and achievement of pupils eligible for the pupil premium