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.
My name is Robert Birtwhistle and I have the pleasure to work with the governors as Head teacher. I have been involved with the governing body since 2012 when I was first appointed at Village Primary School. I enjoy working with governors to help facilitate effective, long-term school improvement, with children at the heart of everything that we do. Indeed, I am passionate about children being given the best quality education on offer to help them with their future happiness, career ambitions and to help towards social mobility.
In terms of my educational philosophy, I believe that children are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum of the highest standard where all children maximise the talents and skills that they need for the next stage of their lives. I believe that learning is best when it is hands on, closely modelled and built on outstanding relationships. At Village, we strive to provide children with a safe, stimulating and supportive environment where they can thrive.
I have worked in schools in various capacities since 1999 and have worked as a teacher since 2004. Throughout my teaching career, I have worked predominantly in Stockton, but enjoyed spells in North Yorkshire and Redcar and Cleveland. This has given me a broad range of skills and useful experiences of working within different catchment areas.
At present, I am completing my National Professional Qualification for Headship and this focuses on the key skills needed for the highest standards of leadership.
I am a Parent Governor and Vice Chair at Village Primary School.
I have two Children who attend the school (although one for not much longer) and have seen my children grow, develop and learn every single day at school. I am passionate about supporting the school and all of the children and staff here at Village.
I work in Human Resources and have done for 15 years; I bring my skills and experience in this field to the Governing Body.
In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and friends.
My name is Stephen Felgate, I am a community and SEND 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.
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 two 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.
I have worked at the Village for 5 years and I have recently joined as a staff governor. I am passionate about supporting the school and strive to continually improve and provide a great environment for the children.
I have a daughter and I enjoy spending time with her and doing arts and crafts. We also enjoy for going days out together.