Mr Robert Adams
I have been Head Teacher at South Gosforth First School since September 2019 and I am so proud to be part of such a supportive, collaborative and successful school family. It is my job to report to governors on the latest school initiatives which we are working on, to update them on pupil progress and teaching and learning and to involve them in key decisions about the strategic direction of school. In return, the governors dedicate their time to provide valuable feedback and support, not just to myself, but to everyone in school in order to ensure that we maintain high standards and remain accountable to the community that we serve. I am excited to continue to work with the governing body of South Gosforth First School to see what we can achieve together in the future.
Mrs Amy Hopper
I am one of the parent governors within the governing body. I have one child at SGFS in Year 2 and one who has just moved on to middle school, and they both absolutely love the school. I moved from the South East with my husband in 2010 and we have lived in Gosforth ever since. I have been a stay at home Mum since having my daughter in 2011.
I wanted to become a governor to help the school to be the best it can be and to utilise my skills from studying and working in Human Resources. I am a member of the Resources & Finance committee.
Mr Allister Hogg
I am a former International rugby player. I have played professionally for 16 years, 8 years with Edinburgh Rugby and 8 years with Newcastle Falcons. As well as this, I gained 48 international caps for Scotland. I am currently working at Barclays Bank as a Wealth Manager. I have 2 daughters at the school - one in Year 2 and one in Year 4. I have enjoyed working alongside the other governors and helping with the management of the school, in particular sharing my knowledge and expertise around finance. I am a member of Resources & Finance committee.
Mr Jamie Dalrymple
I joined the Parent Governor team in January 2022, as a member of the Resources & Finance committee. I have worked all over the UK in the last 20 years for Santander in Business and Commercial Banking, with my current role involving trying to assist struggling customers as part of their Restructuring team. Being a local Newcastle lad (born and raised just over the other side of Jesmond Dene!) I’m very proud to see my daughter currently developing so well in Year 1 at SGFS, with my son also due to join reception in September 2022. In terms of the role, I’m hugely looking forward to playing my full part in the running of the school going forward.
Mrs Zoe Hunt
I am the Chair of the Governing Body at South Gosforth First School and I am also on the Curriculum committee. I have one child at the school and one at Gosforth Central Middle School (the middle school feeder for SGFS.) I grew up in South Gosforth, so I have strong links to the local community. I work as a planning inspector and I wanted to be a governor of the school as I felt that my professional background meant that I would have a lot of useful skills that I could contribute to its governance. I also felt that I wanted to play an active role in supporting the school and contribute towards many different aspects of school life.
If you would like to contact me about anything, then please do so by getting in touch with the school office, either by telephone or by email and I will get back to you as soon as I can. You can also talk to me in the school yard either before or after school, as I can be found there a few times a week dropping off or collecting my child. I look forward to continuing to work alongside school and the whole school community to maintain the high standards at South Gosforth First School in the future.
Miss Catherine Clark
Having recently joined the Governing Body at South Gosforth First School, I am looking forward to being part of a group of people who continue to drive forward the school’s vision and to share in its continued success. I have 15 years teaching experience, including six years at Deputy Head Level. During this time, I have worked within both Primary and First School settings, in various local authorities and a Multi Academy Trust. The majority of my teaching career has been spent in schools undertaking significant improvement journeys. It is my firm belief that having an expert teacher in every classroom is the best way to ensure every child gets a great education. I understand the importance of governance within a school and providing challenge in a friendly and supportive manner. I am excited to see what we can achieve together this year.
Mrs Rebecca Harle
As a teacher, who has held a curriculum leadership role in a secondary school for 16 years, I am conscious of the disruption which the pandemic has caused all schools and am more keen than ever to help SGFS in achieving its goals. I have extensive experience of managing large teams and the associated budgets. I have regularly been tasked with drafting and developing improvement plans and analysing student performance. I believe these skills will transfer well to the work of school governance, helping the school to identify and work effectively to enhancing all aspects of school life.
In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I also have acted as an educational consultant, supporting local schools to raise the quality of planning and achievement. I have considerable experience in preparing to be OFSTED-ready and in liaising with inspectors.
My academic and professional success was built upon my excellent education within the Gosforth School system. I fully support the school’s vision and its dedicated staff who work hard to support our children. I am proud to be part of a governing body which nurtures children and helps them to achieve their academic and personal potential.
Mrs Catherine Burnett
I have been teaching at South Gosforth First School for 22 years and, throughout that time, have taught across all Key Stages and led several different subjects. As a staff, we have recently worked hard to design a creative and ambitious curriculum and, through my current roles as Literacy and EYFS lead, I have been able to work closely with governors to share the new developments in these areas.
Being involved in the whole school and wider community is something that I consider an important aspect of my role and I hope to further develop this through my position on the Governing Body.
I am extremely proud to work at South Gosforth First School and I am looking forward to working alongside the staff, governors and the whole school community as the school moves through exciting changes and developments over the next few years.
Foundation Trust Governors
Mrs Kate Gingles
My name is Kate Gingles - I have been a member of the governing body since June 2016 and I have just renewed my membership for another term. I live locally to the school with my husband and two children. I am an Early Years Education Development Advisor for Durham County Council, so I have a particular interest in what is happening with the youngest children in our school. Prior to this, I was a Primary School teacher for 10 years and an Assistant Deputy Head of an outstanding Primary School in West London. I chair the Curriculum Committee and am really looking forward to supporting school with all things relating to teaching and learning in the future.
Mrs Jill Whitehouse
I have been Deputy Head Teacher at South Gosforth First School since 2013 and been on the Governing Body since I very first started in post. It is my job to work alongside Mr Adams to report back to governors on a whole range of things. As part of my role as Deputy Head, I am 'Quality of Education' Leader, so I am really keen to involve governors in all things 'curriculum' and to contribute towards decisions which will improve provision for all of our children. We have worked really hard as a team of staff to create a curriculum which is progressive, engaging and ambitious, so I enjoy hearing feedback from governors (particularly the curriculum committee) when they come in for visits and see the children's learning for themselves.
Local Authority Governor
Mr Mike Howard
I joined the Governing Body of South Gosforth in November 2021. I am an ex Headteacher, and worked in Primary Education in Newcastle for thirty-three years. This has provided me with lots of experience of school governance, and I believe that an effective Governing Body can make an important contribution to a school, supporting it in meeting the needs of all children and achieving success in the broadest sense. I am currently a member of the Resources and Finance Committee.
Mrs Amanda Logan
I have worked at South Gosforth First School as a Class Teacher since 2016 and joined the governing body in September 2020 as a Staff Governor.
I really value how we provide a creative, broad and balanced curriculum for our children and I am on the curriculum committee which meets to monitor and evaluate subject/curriculum delivery and impact. As a class teacher, delivering the curriculum daily, I feel I am well placed to contribute to its implementation during meetings.
I feel passionately about the development of our school and take a great deal of pride in my role as staff governor, supporting the governing body to make strategic decisions that enhance our provision and engage our whole school community.