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
.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
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
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.
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.
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