Chair of Governors
I have been a Governor at Village Primary for 10 years. I have 3 children- all boys- who have all attended or still attend our school. I started as a Parent Governor when my eldest son was moving into Yr 2. He has recently left school and I have seen many changes over the years but one thing that remains, my immense pride to be part of our school to help shape the lives of our future community, to give our children aspirations and high expectations in life, so they truly believe they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up.
We currently have 2 vacancies and are seeking volunteers from our local community. You don’t need to understand how a school works or what a rich varied curriculum is, these things you can learn. What we want is people who are passionate about our local community and can commit a couple of hours every month to support the school.
Please contact the school with any nominations.
Area of responsibility: Art
Class Governor for: Year 3
I am a recently retired school administrator who has a great interest in education. I live locally and want to see the children of Thornaby get the best start in life. I have many interests, mainly crafts, gardening and running. I am a very keen lace maker.
My name is Erica Avison and I have been a Parent Governor for over 3 years. As a Parent of 2 young boys who attend Village Primary School I am extremely passionate about supporting the school as we strive to continually improve and provide a safe and happy environment for all children and staff.
I work in HR for the Local Authority and have over 14 years HR experience, I believe my skills and experience in the area help to support the Governing Body of the school. In my spare time I enjoy spending as much time as I can with family and friends.
My name is Stephen Felgate, I am a community Governor at Village Primary.
Previously, I was a parent Governor for over six years, as both my children attended the school.
My main employment is with Stockton Borough Council as a Support Worker on the Community options Team, where I am based locally at the”Youthy” on Lanehouse Road.
I also work for MAIN a charitable organisation that supports children and adults who are on the autistic spectrum.
Recently, I have joined the Eastern locality forum: a body that was set up by Stockton Borough Council to improve local people’s lives in our area.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching movies and following Middlesbrough FC ( I have been a season ticket holder for twenty one years).
Hello, I’m Anne-Marie Swales, I’m married and I have 2 children that attend the Village Primary School. I live locally and attended local schools, the Village being one of them! As a former pupil at the school I have a passion for helping and supporting the children and school in any way I can. My career background is in Marketing and Office Administration and I’m an active member of the PTA. I hope to bring this experience to my governing role to support the school and get the very best for the Village children.
My name is Robert Birtwhistle and as Deputy Head Teacher I have been working with the governing body for a number of years now. I enjoy working with governors to help bring about school change and improvement in children’s lives. I have worked at Village Primary for six out of the last seven years as I am very passionate about children in Thornaby receiving a broad, well-rounded education. I have enjoyed being the Deputy Head here for the last three years, bringing experience of five different schools, over a teaching career spanning fifteen years, to the school. In school, I am responsible for English Subject Leadership, Key Stage Two Leadership and many other exciting portfolios.
Hi, my name is Sarah Carr. I’m a married mum of 4 amazing children, 3 of which currently attend here at Village Primary. My eldest son has Asperger and Sensory Processing Disorder which has been a learning journey for us as a family.
I am passionate about my children’s learning experiences and believe that all children matter, they have a voice and if they believe they can achieve.
Village Primary provides a safe, caring and challenging community in which your children will strive and flourish like i have witnessed with my own. This is what makes me passionate and enthusiastic in my role as a Parent Governor.
I give my support to the school and its Governing body and i look forward my own learning journey as part of this passionate team.