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Hartside, County Durham Crook DL15 9NN

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Helping Children progress and succeed

The Governing Body of Hartside Primary School has a strong

focus on its three core strategic functions:


  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Meet the Governors

 Mrs Margaret Compton

Chair of Governors

.I have been a Governor at Hartside for several years and vice chair for the four years prior to my appointment as Chair in 2017.

I love the school and everything it stands for. I am very proud of our achievements both academically and in the variety of sports we compete in. I love to be involved with the children in school and enjoy the hour every morning for breakfast club, plus helping with school productions.

I have lived in Crook since 1987 when my late husband Roy and I moved into the Uplands Hotel. My daughter was a pupil at Hartside from 1988 and on leaving Parkside she joined her two brothers in the Royal Air Force. She commissioned from Cranwell in 1992.

Outside of school, I enjoy reading and travel and am an active member of Inner Wheel. I enjoy spending as much time as possible with our children and 9 wonderful grandchildren.

I am very keen to get to know parents and we are going to hold regular Governors’ Surgeries. Unfortunately the first one in November was not supported but I hope that we can encourage parents to call in the next one we arrange if only for a chat about the school and a ‘cuppa’.

Governors are an important part of the school and we feel that parents would probably like to know exactly what the role of a School Governor is. I can be contacted at any time through the school and would be delighted to answer any queries you may have.

 Mrs Emma Blackett - Parent Governor

 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

Cllr. Patricia Jopling - LA Appointed Governor

My name is Patricia Jopling, I am married with 2 Children and 4 Grandchildren. For 35 years, my Husband and I were self-employed Hoteliers and Restauranteurs.

Since that time, I have been a District Councillor and a DCC Councillor for 8 years. I am a current serving County Councillor for the Crook Division, I am also an active member of the 3 Towns Partnership, who are heavily involved with Schools,

The reason I wanted to become a School Governor is: I feel Education is vital in the formative years, and want to help in any way to progress the School with its ambitious programme and Academy Status. I am looking forward to getting to know more Parents and Children at the school, and taking part in the School activities, which I have enjoyed to date.

I do hope that with all my experience from business, and my years as a Councillor will be off asset to the school.

Governance Arrangements

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

Mr Warren Iveson - Parent Governor


 Mrs Anne Hanlon - Parent Governor

 Cllr. Anne Reed - Co-Opted Governor 

Hello my name is Anne Reed.  I was born in May 1961.  I live in Crook.  I am married to Steve

I have 2 grown up sons and grandchildren.  I was elected as County Councillor for the Crook Division in May 2017.  My Religion is Church of England.  I enjoy meeting people and listening to their life experiences.  My favourite colour is yellow.  My favourite female singer is Tina Turner.  My favourite male singer is Rod Stewart.  My favourite group is Queen

My great granfather was a founder member and manager of Crook Town AFC and therefore I like to hear of how they are doing.  My Favourite food is Lasagne.  I enjoy visiting Low Barnes Nature Reserve.  My Favourite hot and cold drinks are Earl Grey Tea and I like Lemonade

My Ideal holiday destination is Sorrento in Italy