Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA).
Our School Governors are responsible for raising school standards by:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
|Name||Category||Appointed By||Committee(s)||Responsibilities||Term of Office Start Date||Term of Office End Date|
|Mrs Eileen Grimes (Chair of Governors)||Co-opted||Gov Body||First/Pay Review, Headteacher Performance, Finance Premises and Staffing (Chair)||Early Years (Nursery/Reception), EYPP, Assessment, Most Able and Talented||15/04/17||14/04/21|
|Mr Alan Wilson (Vice Chair of Governors)||Co-opted||Gov Body||Appeals (Chair)||Art & Design Technology, Music, Cultural Education||27/03/18||26/03/22|
|Mr George Burlison||Co-opted||Gov Body||Appeals, Headteacher Performance, Finance Premises and Staffing, Pupil Discipline (Chair – Pupil Discipline)||Safeguarding, Looked After/Previously Looked After Children, SEND||08/12/15||07/12/19|
|Mrs Lisa Cook||Co-opted||Gov Body||Finance Premises and Staffing, Pupil Discipline||Physical Education, Sport Premium||12/10/15||11/10/19|
|Dr M E Gressmann||Co-opted||Gov Body||Curriculum Committee, First/Pay Review, Headteacher Performance||R.E., Cultural Education||28/03/18||27/03/22|
|Mrs J Cooper||Co-opted||Gov Body||Finance, Personnel||History & Geography, Rights Respecting||28/03/18||27/03/22|
|Mr Mark Kirkup||Local Authority||Gov Body||Curriculum, Finance Premises and Staffing, First/Pay Review, Pupil Discipline (Chair – Curriculum)||Computing, GDPR, Data Protection||27/03/17||26/03/21|
|Mrs Alison Cowell||Parent||Parents||Curriculum||Science||29/09/17||28/09/21|
|Mrs Vanessa Hewitson||Parent||Parents||Appeals, Curriculum||English, PSHCE, Rights Respecting||21/03/17||20/03/21|
|Mrs Andrea Summerson||Parent||Parents||Finance Premises and Staffing, Appeals||Maths, Pupil Premium||28/09/17||27/09/21|
|Mrs Caroline Hodgson (Headteacher)||Staff||Not Applicable||Curriculum, Finance Premises and Staffing||Not Applicable||Not Applicable|
|Mrs Helen Grainger||Staff||Staff||Curriculum||23/03/17||22/03/21|
|Mrs Anne Hattersley||Co-opted||Gov Body||12/10/15||11/10/19|
Governors who have resigned/reached term of office end date within the last 12 months.
|Name||Category||Date of Resignation/Reached Term of Office End Date|
Committee Voting Rights
All Governors on the above committee(s) have the same status and are eligible to vote when required.
Register of Governor Interests
Governors are asked to complete a Register of Governors’ Interest form on an annual basis. The following Governor(s) have registered an interest:
Mr Mark Kirkup – Durham County Council employee, Information Communication Technology Services.
Mrs Andrea Summerson – Durham County Council employee, Finance Section
None of our governors are governors at another school.
Record of Governor Attendance
Schools are now required to display a record of Governor attendance at meetings for each school academic year.
|Meeting||Attended||Apologies Accepted||Did Not Attend|
|19th Sept 18 – Full Governing Body Meeting||C Hodgson, E Grimes, G Burlison, A Wilson, L Cook, V Hewitson, H Grainger, A Cowell, M Kirkup, Dr Gressmann, A Hattersley||A Summerson, J Cooper|
|9th Oct 18 – Pay Review Mtg||C Hodgson, E Grimes, M Gressmann, M Kirkup|
|9th Oct 18 – Finance Mtg||C Hodgson, E Grimes, L Cook, A Summerson, A Hattersley||J Cooper|
|1st Nov 18 – Curriculum Mtg||M Gressmann, M Kirkup, A Cowell, C Hodgson, H Grainger||V Hewitson|
|8th Nov 18 – Full Governing Body Mtg||J Cooper, M Gressmann, A Summerson, A Cowell, L Cook, A Wilson, G Burlison, M Kirkup, H Grainger, A Hattersley, P Mee, E Grimes, C Hodgson||V Hewitson|
Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies
Esh Winning Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools.
How To Become A School Governor
If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.
Meet Our Governors
Mrs Eileen Grimes
My name is Eileen Grimes and I am currently chair of governors of Esh winning Primary school. I have been a member of the governing body for approximately 19 years. Initially I was appointed when I was an elected councillor for Esh winning and then transferred to a community governor. Prior to my marriage in 2007 I lived in Esh Winning and I care passionately about the education we provide for our children. I became a governor to support staff and parents to provide the best education for our children, underpinned by strong values and principles so that when children leave our school they go forward in life with the best education, confidence and integrity, able to make their own choices on their chosen path.
Mr Alan Wilson
I was asked to be a school governor some years ago in the role of ‘Community link governor’.
I was secretary and youth leader of the community association at the time of being asked and was delighted to be offered the role as we organised mutual events between the school and the centre with the aim being, all benefit.
The role of the community link governor meant that I could represent the community and promote the services of the community association to the school, as we played an important part in providing youth clubs, children’s discos, parties and fund raising events for the children who attended our school as well as the other schools in the village.
This created a strong bond between the two parties of which was shared until the centre closed.
I like to feel that I still have the community at the centre of my being a governor as many of the children who attended our centre have now grown up and indeed their children are now attending our school.
Mr George Burlison
I joined Esh Winning Governors when our daughter started school and over the past 36 years continue to see our school as a key partner with parents and carers in determining our children’s future. As one of a team of Governors and along with the whole school staff working hard to provide a safe and strong environment. As a Governor having influence and opportunity that our school is not only a place to promote our children’s learning but also has an important role in our local community and beyond, ensuring each child is given every opportunity to maximise their full potential. A place where children can make friendships, develop their personalities and to create and offer experiences that will nurture their growing confidence and independence. Providing not only a place of learning but a place for fulfilment and happiness.
Mr Mark Kirkup
I became a school governor to help make a positive difference to the education of the children of Esh Winning. Being an ex-pupil myself and having three children who attended the school meant I already had links to the school and I was keen to get a better understanding of the workings of day-to-day life at Esh Winning Primary. I became a governor in 2006 when I was appointed as a parent governor, once my children had left the school to attend comprehensive, I continued on in the role of Local Authority governor due to my work links with Durham County Council. I specialise in ICT Support Services for DCC and hope my experience in this area brings a positive influence to ICT within the school. I am also part of the Curriculum & Personnel Committees and enjoy the opportunity to be involved in key decisions made within these groups. I hope to continue my work as a school governor at Esh Winning Primary for many years to come.
Mrs Andrea Summerson
I am the mother of two boys, Joe who is 12 and attended Esh Winning Primary school from 2007 until 2015 and Harry. I wanted to be a governor as I am passionate about the local community, my family has lived in Esh Winning for over 50 years and I had a real desire to make a personal contribution to helping the local school for the benefit of the children of Esh Winning.
I have an interest in all aspects of education but particularly Maths, having worked in finance for most of my career and currently in Resources Finance, for Durham County Council. I have excellent planning and organisation skills and experience in interviewing and budget management, which is beneficial in my role as governor. I am a strong advocate of the school and work with the governors and teaching staff in the continual development of our children and improvement of the school. It is a privilege to be a governor at this fantastic school.
Mrs Alison Cowell
Hello my name is Alison and I am a parent governor at Esh Winning Primary School. I became a parent governor as I wanted to make contributions to the children’s education and school standards. This is a role that I really enjoy, being involved with my children’s school.
Mrs Vanessa Hewitson
I am delighted to have been elected to stand as a Parent Governor at such a fantastic school. I am a very proud mother to two boys; my youngest is currently in Year 2 and my eldest left for Durham Johnston secondary school last year.
I am a dedicated teacher within the primary sector and I am very passionate about my job. I enjoy being able to make a positive difference to the education of local children. I am delighted to be able to work with both the staff and the governors at Esh Winning Primary School and continue on the school’s journey to provide the very best learning experience for the children of the Esh Winning community.
Mrs Lisa Cook
I was asked several years ago by our previous Head Teacher if I would be interested in becoming a School Parent Governor. At that time both my children attended our school, which I had also attended myself and both my parents before me. I have a great passion to see the pupils of our school thrive and to be happy and successful in their education.
I was very keen to take on the role to help have a positive influence in our school. I am now a Co-Opted Governor as both my children have left the school. I do work closely with our Student School Council and our FEW Group ( Friends of Esh Winning ) to actively promote ideas from Pupils, Parents, Grandparents, Family and Carers to help bring the community into the school.
Dr Marie Gressmann
Hello my name is Marie and I have been part of the community of Esh Winning all my life; I attended primary school in this village. When I left school, I went to work in a local hairdressers, before training to be a nurse for people with learning disabilities. I now work in education, as a university lecturer at Teesside, where I teach health, social care and leadership to a range of students at a professional level, including nurses from all specialities, occupational therapists and doctorate students. As well as being dedicated to teaching others, I have also gained broad experience of curriculum development and educational standards.
I believe in lifelong learning and have a strong passion for supporting learners from all backgrounds and abilities, to be the best they can be. I have also helped develop the skills and confidence of individuals who face challenges to achieve in education, for example people with dyslexia and also individuals on the autistic spectrum. My commitment to caring, kind and compassionate approaches and respecting individuality has always been at the heart of what I do. I am proud to have the opportunity to be part of the governing body of your school and work with the staff and others, to help the children have a fulfilling and happy experience at Esh Winning Primary school.
Committee Terms of Reference
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