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 2017-18

Tuesday 26th September 2017 6pm

Tuesday 21st November 2017 6pm

Tuesday 23rd January 2018 6pm

Tuesday 20th March 2018 6pm

Tuesday 15th May 2018 6pm

Tuesday 10th July 2018 6pm

Our Governors-

Jen Palmer– Co-opted Governor

I joined Marine Park in 2009 as Year 4 class teacher and joined the Governing Body in 2011.  I moved into Year 2 in 2013 and took up the post of key stage 1 phase leader.  At that time, I also renewed my tenure as a Staff Governor and participate in the Finance and Staffing sub committees. In a previous life, I enjoyed a successful career as a manager in the publishing business sector. I believe that the skills acquired during that experience, coupled with my passion for education, make a positive contribution to our school.   Originally from the North East, I lived in the South from many years and returned to the live at the coast in 2001. This proved to be an excellent move as we all love living here. I am happily married to very supportive husband and we have two lovely children.

Sally Williams-Staff 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.

Shayne Elsworth–Parent Governor

I moved to the North East in April 2015. The move to Whitley Bay was to bring us closer to family and to maximise the opportunities our children have; we have not been disappointed.  I have four children whose experience at Marine Park has been exceptional. I know this is only possible through the commitment and hard work of the staff and I wish to give them my full support. I am a senior leader with experience in a range of schools and I have a track record of leading school improvement.  I hope to play a role in continuing to grow Marine Park as a community we will all continue to be proud of.  I enjoy running and cycling, particularly along the coast.  However, I would really like to make the most of being by the sea, perhaps learning to surf.

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!!

Sarah Bolam-Parent 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.

Ben Willcox-Co-opted Governor—Chair of Governors

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 though Olivia has 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.

Vacant –Co-opted Governor


Holly Scott–Parent Governor

I was born and raised in London but have strong ties to Newcastle because my Mum is a Geordie and as a child most of our holidays were spent here visiting family. I used to love visiting Whitley Bay and since moving here with my own family I have continued to love the place! Following my MSc in Criminal Justice Policy, I carried out a PGCE and qualified as a primary school teacher.  I taught in two inner London primary schools for over six years and I am currently having a career break to focus on raising our two children Gracie and Theo. I have a real interest in education and I believe my role of parent governor presents an excellent way of making an effective contribution to our local school community.  I am committed to the belief that education is the key to unlocking many elements of a child's potential and through the role of parent governor, I intend to make a valuable contribution to the work of our excellent school.

Jill Bates –Co-opted Governor

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 -Local Authority 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 LeSueur –Co-opted Governor

Previous to moving here, neither my husband nor I had any connections with the North-East.  When my husband got a post at Newcastle University, we wanted to live in a place that was near the metro, and that had good schools(!)  Whitley Bay was the place we chose, and we have never regretted that decision.  All the schools are good, but of course I think that Marine Park is the best! Initially I stayed at home to look after the children, but when my youngest started school I got a part-time post at Durham University, where I still work.

I have 4 children, all of whom went to Marine Park when they were younger, so I have had an association with the school since 1998.  I started as a parent governor 8 years ago because I wanted to give something back to the school, and then changed to community governor in order to make space for more parents on the governing body.  I am chair of the curriculum and communication sub-committee and  I serve on the staffing and finance sub-committees.  I am also the numeracy governor.

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.

Matt Baillie Smith–Parent Governor

Originally from the West Country, I moved with my partner Rachel to the North East in 2001 and to Whitley Bay in 2012. Our daughters Maia and Isabel were born in 2006 and 2010 and now both attend the school. We love living in the town, and the school has been a big part of that. We often wonder why it took us so long to move here. I am currently a professor of international development at Northumbria University, and have a particular interest in the ways education can help people engage with the local and global communities they are part of. I hope my experiences in this and as a dad can help me support the school to continue to offer a great experience for children in the town. Outside of work I like to spend as much of time as possible up mountains.

Rob May –Parent Governor

I was born in North Shields and lived in Whitley Bay for 18 years prior to completing my undergraduate at the University of Hull. Whilst in Hull, I worked in education for 4 years. Then, I had a career change and worked within health for the NHS. After getting married in 2009, I moved back to Whitley Bay in 2010 and worked for Northumberland County Council in Public Health. The draw of good educational schools and my wife’s love of the area instigated our move up North!  I am passionate about education and ensuring that all pupils have the best opportunities and experiences. I hope with my background in both education and health that it would help promote and develop holistic health within the school community. Recently, I graduated with a PG Certificate in Healthcare Studies at Northumbria University. I became a school governor when my son joined Reception in September, 2016. Furthermore, I am part of a local folk music group, love the outdoors, gardening and partake in the Links Park Run.

Rachael Blackburn-Co-opted Governor

I am Year 2 South class teacher and the science coordinator. This is my third year at Marine Park, 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!

Vacant –Parent Governor


Governing Body Visits Schedule 2017-18

James Morton –Parent Governor

Born and brought up in Southampton I went to Edinburgh University.  I migrated south to Whitley Bay with my wife in 2001 to take up a training post.  We have been at the coast ever since and have two fantastic boys, Angus and Fraser.  They love Marine Park and I am keen to help the school continue to provide the best possible education for local children. I work for the NHS as a hospital consultant physician and also hold a management role.  The skills I have from my clinical and management experience I feel will translate well to the role of a Parent Governor. In the odd spare moment I grow veg in my allotment  on one side of the ice rink and play cricket in the field on the other side.

Text Box: Marine Park First School


Half Term

Suggested Date and Time

Suggested Theme

Lead Governor/Member of Staff

Governor signed up

Report Received

Half Term 2 

Friday 17th  November 2017: 1.15-2.30 p.m.

How we monitoring and evaluate the effectiveness of the school and how this links to OFSTED and the School Improvement Plan

Stephen Easton

S Bolam

Yes-circulated at meeting on 23.1.18

Half Term 3 

Thursday 18th January 2018:1.15-2.30 p.m.


The role of support staff

Kath Morris

R Sutcliffe


Thursday 25th January 2018:11.30-1.30

Universal Free School Meals

Kath Morris

Pamela Carter

Carol Lynch

S Elsworth

J Bates

R Sutcliffe

H Scott


Half Term 4

Thursday 22nd February 2018:9 a.m. –12 p.m.

A morning in Key Stage 1 including phonics

Jen Palmer

R Le Sueur

J Bates


Thursday 22nd February 2018:1.15 p.m-3.15 p.m.

An afternoon in EYFS including the 30 hour offer

Susan Foreman

B Willcox


Monday 26th February 2018:9-11.15


A morning in Key Stage 2

Chris Harrison

M Baille Smith


Thursday 22nd March 2018:10.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m.

Embedding Formative Assessment– what are teacher learning communities and how do they work to improve teaching and learning?

Stephen Easton

Panel of teaching staff

R May


Monday 26th March 2018:10.30 a.m.. –12.30 p.m.

Talk for Writing in Action

Jen Palmer

J Bates

B Willcox


Half Term 5

Monday 14th May 2018:1.15-3.30 p.m.

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

Phase Leaders+ Stephen Easton

S Elsworth

R Le Sueur

H Scott


Half Term 6  

Tuesday 5th June 2018:9-11 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

H Hearn

J Bates

R Sutcliffe