|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.
|Children's & Curriculum, Finance & Premises, Personnel, First/Pay Review (Chair), Headteacher Performance||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.
|Appeals, Children's & Curriculum||20.03.22||Parent||Numeracy, Modern Foreign Languages|
|Mr Shaun Myers, Headteacher|
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 Headteacher |
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.
|Children's & Curriculum||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.
|Finance & Premises (Chair), Headteacher's Performance, First/Pay Review||27.04.22||Co-opted|
|Mr Paul McArdle|
As a Parent Governor for the last four years, I have witnessed both of my children flourish during their time at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School. I am a member of a number of committees within the Governing body, but my particular skill set is within Finance committee, given my professional background. I have changed careers and retrained as a Teacher in a Secondary School, so I take a keen interest in how Stanhope Barrington staff motivate and use the curriculum to inspire the children to achieve their full potential.
Having moved to Stanhope in 2000, I have witnessed some fundamental developments – all of which have contributed to the continual improvements within the school. The endless time and dedication of all of the staff never ceases to amaze me – as parents we should not forget how privileged and fortunate we are to have such an outstanding school on our doorstep.
|Finance & Premises, Appeals (Chair)||22.07.20||Parent|
|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.
|Children's & Curriculum, Appeals, Headteacher's Performance||Indefinite||Foundation||SEND, Music|
|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!
|Children's & Curriculum||23.09.21||Staff|
|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.
|First/Pay Review, Personnel (Chair), Children's & Curriculum||23.04.22||Co-opted||Literacy, P.E.|
|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.
|Appeals, Finance & Premises||Parent||Computing|
|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.
|First/Pay Review, Personnel||Co-opted|
|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.
|Finance & Premises, First/Pay Review||Co-opted||Science, Humanities|
|GOVERNORS WITH TERMS THAT HAVE ENDED IN THE PAST YEAR|
|Ms Laura Percival||Children's & Curriculum, Staffing||Resigned||Parent||Topic|
|Mrs Dianne Wilson||Finance & Premises||Term ended 2019||Co-opted|
|Mr Bill Hobson||Appeals, Finance & Premises, Staffing||Term ended 2019||Co-opted||Looked After Children|
|Mrs Annabel Gascoigne||Children's & Curriculum, Appeals, Finance & Premises, Staffing||Resigned||Co-opted||P.E.|
|Mr Graham Prior||First/Pay Review, Children's & Curriculum, Staffing||Resigned||Parent||Maths|
|Mrs Dorothy MacDonald||First/Pay Review, Headteacher's Performance||Resigned||Local Authority|
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|
|Mrs Sarah Haynes (Chair)||Attended||Cancelled||Attended||Apologies|
|Mrs Saskia Callaars- DeGruyter||N/A||Cancelled||N/A||Attended|
|Mr Shaun Myers (Headteacher)||Apologies||Cancelled||Attended||Attended|
|Mrs Deb Cross (Deputy Headteacher)||Attended||Cancelled||Attended||Attended|
|Ms Sarah Ingwersen||N/A||Cancelled||N/A||Attended|
|Mr Julian Haynes||Attended||Cancelled||Attended||Attended|
|Mr Paul McArdle||Apologies||Cancelled||Apologies||Apologies|
|Mrs Sarah Stancliffe||N/A||Cancelled||N/A||Attended|
|Mrs Carol Stidwell||N/A||Cancelled||N/A||Apologies|
|Mrs Hannah Stembridge||N/A||Cancelled||N/A||Attended|
|Mr Jonathon Emerson||Apologies||Cancelled||Attended||Attended|
|Mrs Liz Johns||N/A||Cancelled||N/A||Attended|
|Mrs Angela Johnson||Attended||Cancelled||Attended||Attended|
Record of Governor Attendance 2018/19
|15 October 2018 3:30pm- Curriculum Committee||15 October 2018 4:30pm - Special Meeting of the Governing Body||31 October 2018 5 pm - Finance Committee||7 November 2018 5pm - Special Meeting of the Governing Body||27 November 2018 5:30 pm - Meeting of the Governing Body||4 February 2019 - Finance Committee||11 March 2019 3:30 pm - Curriculum Committee||26 March 2019 5:30 pm - Meeting of the Governing Body||2 April 2019 5:30 pm - Special Meeting of the Governing Body||26 April 2019 10:30 am - Finance Committee: Budget Setting||20 May 2019 5 pm - Finance Committee||10 June 2019 3:30 pm - Curriculum Committee||2 July 2019 5:30 pm - Meeting of the Governing Body|
|Mrs. Sarah Haynes (Chair)||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Apologies||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|Mr. Bill Hobson (Vice Chair)||N/A||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||N/A||Attended||Attended||Apologies||Attended||N/A||Attended|
|Mr. Shaun Myers (Headteacher)||N/A||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||N/A||Attended||N/A||Attended||Attended||N/A||Attended|
|Mrs. Deb Cross (Deputy Headteacher)||Attended||Attended||Apologies||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||N/A||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|Mr. Julian Haynes||N/A||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||N/A||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||N/A||Attended|
|Mrs. Sarah Stancliffe||Apologies||Apologies||N/A||Attended||Attended||N/A||Apologies||Attended||Attended||N/A||N/A||Apologies||Attended|
|Ms. Sarah Ingwersen||Attended||Attended||N/A||Attended||Attended||N/A||Attended||Attended||Attended||N/A||N/A||Attended||Attended|
|Mrs. Annabel Gascoigne||Apologies||Apologies||Apologies||Apologies||Apologies||Apologies||Apologies||Attended||Attended||-||-||-||-|
|Mr. Paul McArdle||N/A||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||N/A||Apologies||Attended||Apologies||Apologies||N/A||Attended|
|Mr. Graham Prior||Apologies||N/A||N/A||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Ms. Laura Percival||Attended||Attended||N/A||Apologies||Attended||N/A||Attended||Attended||N/A||N/A||Apologies|
|Mrs. Hannah Stembridge||Apologies||Attended||N/A||Attended||Attended||N/A||Attended||Attended||Attended||N/A||N/A||Attended||Attended|
|Ms. Saskia Callaars-DeGruyter||Attended||Attended||N/A||Attended||N/A||Attended||Attended||Attended||N/A||N/A||Attended||Attended|
|Mrs. Dorothy McDonald||N/A||N/A||N/A||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Mrs. Carol Stidwell||Attended||Apologies||Apologies||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Apologies||Apologies||Attended||Attended|
|Mrs. Dianne Wilson||N/A||Apologies||N/A||N/A||N/A||Attended||Attended||N/A||N/A||N/A||Attended|
|Mr Jonathon Emerson||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Attended - Appointed||Attended||N/A||N/A||N/A||Attended|
|Mrs Liz Johns||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Attended||N/A||N/A||N/A||Attended|
|Mrs Angela Johnson||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Attended||N/A||N/A||Attended||Attended|
All Governors declare any interests at the beginning of the school year and this is recorded and kept on file.
Shadow Leadership Team
At the beginning of each Full Governing Body 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 A School Governor
If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.
Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies
Stanhope Barrington CE Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools.
For further information please view or download the full document below.