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The Governing Board at Hexham First is made up as follows:

Name                        Status                                        Date of Appt    Term of Office Ends

Fiona Armstrong       Chair / Community Governor       22.04.2013          08.01.2020

David Watson           Vice Chair / LA                                  11.02.2015           10.02.2019

Rebecca Jackson      Headteacher Governor                     01.09.2015

Natalie Harrison       Teacher Governor                             01.09.2014           31.08.2018

Jemma Baty              Parent Governor                                14.03.2017             13.03.2021

Helen Taylor             Parent Governor                                24.01.2017             27.01.2021

Alison Cessford         Parent Governor                               01.05.2014            30.04.2018

Alison Forster           Staff Governor                                    11.02.2015             10.02.2019

Gail Weatherson     Community Governor                        10.03.2016            09.03.2020

Ros Bagnell              Community Governor                        28.09.2016            27.09.2020

Clare Crow                Staff Governor                                    11.02.2015            10.02.2019

Linda Papaloannou             Non-Voting Clerk                              01.04.15

Helen Strevens         Parent Governor                                15.05.2012          14.05.2016 resigned

Fiona Armstrong Chair of Governors

Lives and works in Hexham. Her children have both been pupils of Hexham First School.

Fiona enjoys being part of the Hexham community. A teacher herself she firmly believes that all children should feel safe, happy and secure at school as well as having access to a high quality, rich and varied education. Something that is expertly deliverd at Hexham First School.

David Watson

I am an ex-Teacher and Head Teacher who retired two years ago. I remain committed to working as part of a team to best provide quality education for all children. I enjoy cycling and the great outdoors as well as spending time with my now extended family.

I am also Chair of Governors at Corbridge Church of England First School.

Becky Jackson

I qualified as a teacher in 1991. During my teaching career I have worked with a wide variety of ages – from nursery to Year 5. I spent many happy years as a class teacher and completed a masters degree whilst teaching. I have also worked with children excluded from school and have been involved in training teaching assistants. Prior to becoming headteacher at Hexham First I was acting headtecaher at Wylam First School and headteacher at Slaley First School.

I am committed to ensuring that every child at Hexham First receives the very best that education has to offer them – ensuring that they leave us happy , healthy and aiming high.

Natalie Harrison

I have been a teacher for 12 years and have been a class teacher in every year group from Year 1 to Year 6. I am proud to be the Deputy Headteacher at Hexham First where I am committed to providing all children with the very best education. As a teaching Deputy I enjoy being in class where I can see our pupils succeed in all aspects of our curriculum.

Jemma Baty

University Graduate in Childhood Studies, Guidance and Counselling with a vested interested in all children’s emotional well being, who has three children that attend the school.

 Helen Taylor

I am a parent governor at HEFS and have two children who attend the school. I come from an education background, having worked as a Science teacher in secondary schools for ten years. I now work with children with Special Educational needs through my role as a Portage Home Visitor and specialist teacher for children with Down Syndrome.

 Alison Cessford.

My two sons are in Reception and Year 2 and enjoy every aspect of the school day at Hexham First . I am a PE teacher and SENCo at Tanfield School in County Durham and have a passion for all children to have a healthy, active lifestyle and to attend a school that has a strong inclusive ethos that differentiates and caters for the needs of children as individuals.

 Alison Forster

I am a Staff Governor at Hexham First . I am also a class teacher (Year 3) and SENCo. I am committed to improving outcomes for all children. I enjoy working as part of a team to support and challenge all children to aim high.

 Clare Crow 

I am the year 2 class teacher and have been teaching since 2003. I am a French specialist and have taught from year 2 to Year 6. Prior to teaching I worked In France for Proctor and Gamble.

Governors regularly visit the school. their visits are linked to areas of the schools development plan.

To see the timetable for this year’s visits click on the link below:

Governor visit timetable 2017

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