School Governors – Pen Portraits

Co-opted Governor, Wendy Pattison, has a wealth of experience to bring to Bamburgh

I am currently the Business Director at Framwellgate School Durham, and was previously Business Manager at Sandhill View School in Sunderland. I previously managed a team of finance liaison officers for Sunderland City Council, supporting financial management in 118 maintained schools. My personal caseload included schools in difficulties. I have worked very closely supporting head teachers, governing bodies and school based finance staff across all sectors.

As well as my Business Director role, I am a specialist leader of education (SLE) with Harton Teaching Alliance,  in the area of financial management.

Our Vice Chair, Kelly Crews, talks about her role as a governor.

I became a governor in 2015, appointed by the Local Authority. I am now a co-opted governor following the reconstitution of the Governing Body. I am currently acting Vice Chair and sit on the Resources Committee.  I am also link governor for Business Enterprise and Careers and Education, as well as curriculum.

I am extremely committed to Bamburgh School and feel privileged to be involved in decisions that help pupils within the school excel and succeed both academically and personally. I feel that my skills and experience that I have gained over a 20-year period, which includes working with adults with learning difficulties supporting them into training and employment opportunities, along with experience in regeneration, energy and service improvements, enables me to make a positive contribution to the education of another generation of children.

My motivation as a governor is to ensure Bamburgh School provides the best possible education for every child in a safe and supportive environment, and I feel privileged to be involved as a governor working with the pupils and staff of the school, helping to ensure the best possible learning environment allowing each child to flourish and achieve their full potential.

One of our staff governors, Chris Bingham, talks about his background and why he became a governor.

My name is Chris Bingham and I am a staff governor at Bamburgh School. I have taught at Bamburgh School for 4 years, and have over 12 years teaching experience working in SEN schools and have previously acted as staff governor for 3 years at my previous school. At present, I am a pastoral tutor to a year 10 nurture class, as well as teaching maths and English in keystages 3 and 4, although I have a range of teaching experience in keystages 1, 2, 3 and 4.

I am passionate about providing opportunities for our pupils to excel both academically and socially, and have a particular interest in pupil and staff wellbeing, as well as pupil’s social and emotional development. As part of my staff governor role, I am part of the staff wellbeing committee, which I was instrumental in setting up.

I sought to become a school governor as I feel I have both the experience, skills and desire to make a positive impact on the continuing success of the school, and play an active role in the school community. Examples of this include organising the Send My Friends to School campaign and delivering whole school assemblies on issues such as Fairtrade and child poverty as well as taking part in whole school Christmas productions. I have also delivered staff CPD on behaviour for learning as part of staff in service training – this is an area that I am extremely passionate about.

Read our Governors Annual Statement here.