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.
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 for Village School Primary.
Both of my “children” (now nineteen and fifteen) attended Village Primary School and during that time I became a parent governor (in 2013).
I have really enjoyed my time at Village, and within that time, I have seen the school steadily progress and achieve both high standards and expectations which have been maintained, improved and strengthened in recent times. This was evidenced within successive OFSTED reports and visits.
The school has a very special, friendly atmosphere, and a staff team (both recent and long term) that, in my experience, puts the children’s welfare, safety and development right at the top of their priorities, along with fun, adventure, stimulation and exploration; guiding and nurturing them throughout their early school years with genuine care and professionalism. It’s always a pleasure to visit as I always get a warm welcome from both children and staff.
I work for Stockton Borough Council as a Support Worker; working for Day Options at “The Youthy” based at Thornaby Road, coordinating and supporting activities with people of all ages who have diagnosed disabilities.
During my spare time I attend local community forums (set up by Stockton Borough Council) to put forward my opinions and ideas into helping local people (such as loneliness or obesity) within our community and supporting the local volunteers, support and action groups and the people who carry out local activities, provisions and services.
I am a season ticket holder at Middlesbrough FC and love going to home and away games. (when we win!) I am also a keen jogger and walker and I am really lucky that I live near the riverside, where there are great views and surroundings, which help me unwind, relax and think.
Hello, I’m Anne-Marie Swales, one of the Parent Governors at the Village Primary School. I’m married and have 2 children. My son attended the Village School and has since left for secondary school, my daughter currently attends and is in key stage 2.
I live locally and attended local schools, the Village being one of them! As a former pupil of the school I have a passion for supporting the school in any way I can. I want to see local children succeed by having the best possible start in life.
My career background is in Marketing and Office Administration. Outside of work I enjoy spending time volunteering in the local community. I’m also a long standing member of the school’s fantastic PTA.
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, I’m Lisa Davies. I’m new to being a Parent Governor and having been doing the role for a few months so have been spending my time listening and understanding to help me make a difference to the school community.
My little lady, Isabelle is in year one at Village Primary and that was my motivation to volunteer to become a Parent Governor. I want to support the school in the welfare of the children, staff and for the school to excel in the local area.
Outside of being a Parent Governor and a Mummy, I work full time as an Independent Education Welfare Officer in schools in across Teesside. This gives me some experience and understanding of the challenges schools have. I know the importance of Safeguarding and attendance in schools, and I will bring this into my role of Parent Governor.
In my spare time I like to bake and decorate cakes, this comes in handy with my role with the school PTA. I make yummy cakes for the school fayre and occasions – it is rewarding to help boost funds for the school PTA so the children can enjoy special events.