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

Tel: 0191 2008723

[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-

Vacant –Staff Governor

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 week. I alos 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!

Ben Willcox-Co-opted Governor

Born in Bolton, Lancashire I moved up to Newcastle University to study and never left the North East. I married Susan in 2007 and moved to Whitley Bay with our daughter, Olivia.  Our second daughter, Eve, was born in 2009.  Both girls attended the school but have since moved up to Middle School.  I used to be a regular Bolton Wanderers supporter but with two young children the opportunity to attend matches is very limited so I console myself with  pub quizzes and a Park Run on Saturday mornings. After University I trained as a teacher before becoming an accountant.  I am now a Chartered Accountant working in industry and hope that I can use my skills to assist in the governance of the school.

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– Vice Chair of Governors

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. 

Governing Body Visits Schedule 2019-20

Vacant –Parent Governor


Text Box: Marine Park First School


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.

Vacant–Parent Governor


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

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


Vacant–Parent Governor

Half Term

Suggested Date and Time

Suggested Theme

Lead Governor/Member of Staff

Governor signed up

Report Received

Half Term 2  

Wednesday 13th November 2019

9 a.m. –11.30 a.m.

A morning in Key Stage 2

Chris Harrison



Wednesday 13th November 2019

11.30 a.m.-1.30 p.m.

Universal Free School Meals

North Tyneside Catering Service

Carol Lynch

Stephen Easton

Ruth Sutcliffe

Jill Bates

Philip Meikle


Half Term

Thursday 6th February 2020

9 a.m. –12.15 p.m.

A morning in Key Stage 1 including phonics (Read. Write Inc)

Rachael Blackburn

Ruth Sutcliffe

Jill Bates

Philip Meikle


Half Term 4

Thursday 26th March 2020


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!

Stephen Easton

Panel of teaching staff

Ben Willcox

Jill Bates


Half Term 5 

Thursday 30th April 2020

9 a.m. –12.15 p.m.

An morning in EYFS including Phonics (Read Write Inc)

Susan Foreman

Sarah Bolam


Tuesday 12th May 2020

9-11 a.m.

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

Stephanie Armstrong

Jill Nicholson

Jill Bates


Tuesday 12th May 2020

4-5.30 p.m.

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

Using gap analysis to inform teaching

Phase Leaders+ Stephen Easton



Wednesday 20th May 2020



Mastery in Maths

Chris Harrison

Rachel Heslop

Stephen Easton

Philip Meikle


Half Term 6     

Thursday 4th 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

Stephen Easton

Stephanie Armstrong



Monday 8th June 2020 p.m.

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

Jill Nicholson

Maria Hancock

Jill Bates