Each school in DDMAT has a local governance committee called the Academy Council (AC). The membership of the AC is made up of at least 11 councillors who are either ex-officio, appointed, co-opted or elected to the Academy Council. All councillors bring specific skills and knowledge to the role.
The AC meets half-termly and is responsible for the following functions:
- Strategic planning of the school;
- Monitoring the progress of the school’s priorities for improvement identified in the School Improvement Plan;
- Holding the school’s senior leaders to account for the outcomes and progress of pupils;
- Monitoring the school’s budget.
All Academy Councillors declare any interests at the beginning of the school year and this is recorded and kept on file.
Our Academy Councillors
|Dr. Sarah Haynes, Chair|
As a Church of England School, Stanhope Barrington has three Foundation Governors who are nominated by the Church. I became a Foundation Governor of Stanhope Barrington School about 19 years ago, when my daughter was in nursery and I was pregnant with my son. Although they’ve both left, I’ve stayed on!
I have been the Stanhope Church secretary throughout, and one of my aims has always been to encourage good links with the Church. It has been good to see this build and develop, together with the warm ‘family’ atmosphere fostered within school, a living embodiment of ‘love thy neighbour’.
I am on the Finance committee and also take part in recruitment and regular health and safety inspections.
|10.02.21||Foundation||Health & Safety, Child Sexual Exploitation, EYFS|
|Ms. Saskia Callaars-De Gruyter, Vice Chair|
I have recently joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor (April 2018) and I am the Link Governor for Modern Foreign Languages. I am excited and grateful to have received the opportunity to support the school and the children in my community.
I have two children at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School. I love hearing their stories of what they’ve done, made, learned, discovered and enjoyed during their day, and watching them develop friendships at school is fantastic, too.
I believe it’s important for a school to have many different people share their time and experience to support it and I’m proud to be part of this.
|20.03.22||Parent||Numeracy, Modern Foreign Languages|
|Mr. Shaun Myers, Head Teacher|
When I was a Deputy Headteacher I supported the previous Headteacher at Governing Body meetings and had experience of ‘acting up’ as Headteacher in her absence. I also gained experience writing Headteacher Reports for the Governing Body meetings during this time. Since September 2013 when I became Headteacher, I have become fully involved in the roles and responsibilities relating to the Governing Body. I enjoy working with the team of Governors who each bring a different skill set to our school. I am very proud of our Governing Body who are all proactive and supportive and have the children’s best interest at heart.
|Mrs. Deb Cross, Deputy Head Teacher |
I was appointed as Deputy Headteacher in September 2013 and since then have been an Associate Governor, supporting the Headteacher at meetings and preparing Headteacher Reports. I have also given a number of presentations to the various committees to keep them up to date with changes and developments. I believe an ‘Outstanding’ school needs parents and Governors to be actively involved in the life of the school and our Governing Body are very much involved in our school community.
|Ms. Sarah Ingwersen|
I have been a Governor since June 2012, first as a Parent Governor and more recently as a Foundation Governor. As a Foundation Governor, I support and develop the Christian ethos of the school. Ensuring the school is a compassionate, supportive and enjoyable place to learn, where every child feels valued and empowered, is my primary focus.
I have three children, with two currently attending Stanhope Barrington. I am the Link Governor for Art/Design Technology and Religious Education.
My other interests include drawing, painting, reading, hiking, swimming and herpetology. I value the opportunity to contribute my time and experience to help make Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School an outstanding place to learn.
|31.01.20||Foundation||Art/Design Technology, R.E & PHSCE|
|Mr. Julian Haynes |
I am a Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee. I have been a Governor at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School for many years.
|Mrs. Sarah Stancliffe|
My husband and I moved to Stanhope in retirement; I had been a school governor for 15 years in Salisbury and was delighted to be asked to join the Governing body at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary. I am a Foundation Governor, which means I am appointed by the Diocese of Durham and share responsibility for securing the Christian ethos of the school with other Foundation Governors and the staff. We aim for close links with the local church and a strong Christian ethos without being too ‘churchy’.
My Special Needs role means that I attend some class lessons and also staff interviews with parents to make sure that children with Special Needs get the help and support they should to progress and thrive. I am also the Link Governor for Music. My other interests include: cooking, languages, singing and my eight grandchildren.
As Governors, our role is to be critical friends to the school; we are blessed with a headteacher and staff who welcome comment and suggestions.
|Mrs. Carol Stidwell|
I came to Stanhope in 2002, challenged with the task of creating and developing a new and exciting approach to teaching 3 to 5 year olds. We know this today as the Early Years Foundation Stage. I am as passionate today as I was then in ensuring that every child has the best possible start in school life. With the support of an excellent team, I continually strive to provide a happy and stimulating environment in which our young children flourish.
My role as an Early Years educator is of the utmost importance to me. In my spare time I love to go on long country walks with my little dog, Millie. I’m also an avid reader, I just love books…I have moved with the times however, and recently acquired a kindle!
|Mrs. Hannah Stembridge|
I have been a Co-opted Governor since April 2018 and I am the Link Governor for Literacy. My two children come to school at Stanhope Barrington and when we transferred mid -year I was struck with how friendly, welcoming and caring the staff, governors and pupils were and decided to become as involved with the school as I could.
I live in Stanhope and run my own creative design business but I originally trained as a primary teacher and I have also worked in heritage education. In my spare time I love reading, drawing and being outside in beautiful Weardale. I am excited to help Stanhope Barrington continue to be an outstanding place to learn.
|Mr. Jonathon Emerson|
In July 2019, I was elected a Parent Governor at Stanhope Barrington Primary School. I live in Stanhope and my son is currently a year 1 pupil at the school. I grew up in the farming community of Weardale and I am a former pupil of Stanhope Barrington. I attended Wolsingham Comprehensive School and then went on to graduate from the University of Liverpool. I work at the sportswear brand 'inov-8' based in Crook where I am employed as Head of I.T. I look forward to the opportunity to support the school in all areas with a focus on computing, data protection and finance.
|Mrs. Liz Johns|
Mrs Liz Johns
I recently joined the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor.
I have 3 small children - the eldest of which joined reception in September 2018. I have been very impressed with the education he has received so far and the school as a whole - the staff are always friendly and very approachable and it is clear they strive to ensure the children reach their full potential. Because of this I would like the opportunity to be more involved in the school and to support them to continue to be the outstanding school that they are.
I work full-time as a Manager for Durham County Carers Support which is a large charity supporting family Carers. I love spending time with my family and together we enjoy being outdoors, exploring new places and looking after our pets. I am excited to be involved in the future of Stanhope Barrington.
|Mrs. Angela Johnson|
I was born in Darlington, where I grew up with my parents, two sisters and several animals. I moved to Weardale in 2006 to a derelict house, which my husband and I renovated. I have a son who is 8 years old and attends Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School. I enjoy walking the dog, reading, crafts, cooking and helping at the school where I became a Co-opted Governor in March of 2019. I look forward to contributing my skills to continue to make Stanhope Barrington and outstanding place to learn.
|GOVERNORS WITH TERMS THAT HAVE ENDED IN THE PAST YEAR|
|Mr. Paul McArdle||Resigned||Parent|
|Ms. Laura Percival||Resigned||Parent||Topic|
|Mrs. Dianne Wilson||Term ended 2019||Co-opted|
|Mr. Bill Hobson||Term ended 2019||Co-opted||Looked After Children|
Record of Academy Councillor Attendance 2020/21
|Tuesday, 30 June 2020; 5:30pm||Tuesday, 20 October 2020; 5:30pm||Tuesday, 1 December 2020; 5:30pm||Tuesday, 9 February 2021; 5:30pm||Tuesday, 23 March 2021; 5:30pm||Tuesday, 18 May 2021; 5:30pm||Tuesday, 6 July 2021; 5:30pm|
|Dr. Sarah Haynes (Chair)||Attended (Zoom)|
|Ms. Saskia Calaars-De Gruyter (Vice Chair)||Attended (Zoom)|
|Mr. Shaun Myers (Head Teacher)||Attended (Zoom)|
|Mrs. Deb Cross (Deputy Head Teacher)||Attended (Zoom)|
|Mr. Julian Haynes||Attended (Zoom)|
|Ms. Sarah Ingwersen||Attended (Zoom)|
|Mrs. Carol Stidwell||Resigned|
|Mrs. Sarah Stancliffe||Attended (Zoom)|
|Mrs. Hannah Stembridge||Attended (Zoom)|
|Mr. Jonathon Emerson||Attended (Zoom)|
|Mrs. Liz Johns||Apologies|
|Mrs. Angela Johnson||Apologies|
Record of Governor Attendance 2019/20
|23 September 2019 5 pm- Finance Committee Meeting||15 October 2019 3:30pm- Curriculum Committee Meeting||22 November 2019 9:30am - Budget Review Meeting||26 November 2019 5:30pm- Meeting of the Full Governing Body||3 February 2020 5pm - Finance Committee Meeting||9 March 2020 3:30pm-Curriculum Committee|
|Mrs Sarah Haynes (Chair)||Attended||Cancelled||Attended||Apologies||Attended||Attended|
|Mrs Saskia Callaars- DeGruyter||N/A||Cancelled||N/A||Attended||N/A||Attended|
|Mr Shaun Myers (Headteacher)||Apologies||Cancelled||Attended||Attended||Apologies||N/A|
|Mrs Deb Cross (Deputy Headteacher)||Attended||Cancelled||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|Ms Sarah Ingwersen||N/A||Cancelled||N/A||Attended||N/A||Attended|
|Mr Julian Haynes||Attended||Cancelled||Attended||Attended||Attended||N/A|
|Mr Paul McArdle||Apologies||Cancelled||Apologies||Apologies||Attended||N/A|
|Mrs Sarah Stancliffe||N/A||Cancelled||N/A||Attended||N/A||Attended|
|Mrs Carol Stidwell||N/A||Cancelled||N/A||Apologies||N/A||N/A|
|Mrs Hannah Stembridge||N/A||Cancelled||N/A||Attended||N/A||Apologies|
|Mr Jonathon Emerson||Apologies||Cancelled||Attended||Attended||Attended||N/A|
|Mrs Liz Johns||N/A||Cancelled||N/A||Attended||N/A||N/A|
|Mrs Angela Johnson||Attended||Cancelled||Attended||Attended||Attended||N/A|
Shadow Leadership Team
At the beginning of each Academy Council meeting members of our Pupil Voice Shadow Leadership Team give a presentation to the Full Governing Body on varying topics affecting our school. To view their presentations please visit the Pupil Voice Shadow Leadership Team page.
How to become an Academy Councillor
If you are interested in joining our Academy Council then please contact the clerk to the DDMAT who will give you further information on how to do this. The contact the clerk by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Statutory Guidance for the Academy Council
As a member of Durham Diocesan MAT, Stanhope Barrington CE Primary School has due regard to the guidance issued by DDMAT in relation to the operation of the Academy Council. The school also has due regard to the statutory guidance from the Department for Education in relation to the publication of information about governance on the school website.
For further information, please view or download DDM’s Scheme of Delegation for the school which is the primary governance document for the school’s Academy Council.