Helping Children progress and succeed
The Governing Body of Hartside Primary School has a strong
focus on its three core strategic functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Meet the Governors
Mrs Margaret Compton
Chair of Governors
Mrs Emma Blackett - Parent Governor
I have been a parent governor at Hartside for 11 years. I have three children, 2 daughters which have been through the school and 1 son going into year 6. I have worked in schools in County Durham for over 28 years and enjoy working with children of all ages. I have to say my heart lies within the early years which fits nicely with my area of interest here at Hartside. In my years of experience there is never a dull moment within the Early Years! Every child deserves the best start in life and I as a parent governor want to ensure that this happens here at Hartside.
Mrs Elaine Mills - Staff Governor
I have been a Staff Governor at Hartside Primary for about a year and have worked within the school for three years as a Teaching Assistant. I have three children, two grown up sons and one daughter, they have all attended Hartside. Before I came to the school I worked as a Pharmacy Checking Technician for eighteen years. I really enjoyed my job in pharmacy but my real passion was to work with children, so I decided to take the plunge and retrain. I’m so pleased I did as it’s such a rewarding and satisfying job to do.
I know what a dedicated and hardworking team we have here at Hartside and I am very proud to be part of it.
Miss Carrie Jackson - Co-Opted Governor
I am a co-opted (previously community) governor at Hartside, I now also have two children in the school.
I feel strongly that we all should contribute to our local community in order to create a better place for our children to grow and prosper. I have seen many positive changes since I joined the governing body and I am very proud of our school and all of the staff and children within it.
I look forward to continuing and contributing to the Schools journey to achieve recognition as the outstanding school we all know it is.
Mrs Lisa Little - Parent Governor
I have been parent governor at Hartside for 5 years now I am vice chair.
My aim is to make sure that the supportive, nurturing atmosphere which we promote in school is upheld. Every child is an individual and will be supported and guided along their journey here. My ares of special interest include PE and Literacy
I enjoy being part of a dedicated team with the drive to provide outstanding education for the children in this community.
Cllr. Patricia Jopling - LA Appointed Governor
The Governing Body of Hartside Primary School is made up of 1 Head Teacher, 1 Staff Governor, 1 LA Governor, 6 Co-opted Governors and 5 Parent Governors.
The Full Governing Body meets once per term. We have two sub committees. One covering Standards and Effectiveness and a second discussing resources. In addition an Appeals, Head Teacher’s Performance and Pay Review Committee meet when they are required.
Mrs Tracy Thompson - Parent Governor
I have been a Parent Governor here at Hartside Primary since my eldest son was in Reception class. He's now about to leave Year 6. I also have a daughter in Year 5 and a little boy in the school nursery.
I first applied to become a School Governor because I was interested in being a part of my own childs education. I became part of a dedicated team who work together to ensure that Hartside Primary is the best possible school it can be for all of its pupils.
During my time as Governor I have seen the school go through a number of positive changes. My own role has also changed as I became a member of staff. The two positions together have enabled me to see the school from every angle and appreciate much of what is needed to maintain the current standard and continue our journey to being recognised as the outstanding school we are.
Mr Warren Iveson - Parent Governor
Mrs Anne Hanlon - Parent Governor
I joined Hartside Primary School's governing body in 2013 as a parent governor when my eldest daughter started reception class. My youngest daughter is now also at the school and had the benefit of being able to start in the nursery.
I wanted to become a governor to make a difference to the education of all the children at Hartside and I am proud to be part of a committed governing body, helping our children be happy, confident and giving them a positive start to their education.
I am currently the governor with responsibility for SEN and creativity.