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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 / LA Governor                                   22.04.2013          08.01.2020

David Watson            Vice Chair / Community Governor          13.02.2019           13.02.2023

Natalie Harrison       HeadTeacher Governor                              01.09.2018

Kerry Keith                Staff Governor                                               01.10.2018           30.09.2022

Clare Crow                 Community Governor                                  13.02.2019           13.02.2023

Zoe Jones                   Community Governor                                  10.10.2018           09.10.2022

Jemma Baty              Parent Governor                                           14.03.2013            05.02.2021

Alison Cessford         Parent Governor                                           01.05.2014           30.04.2022

Rachel Shepherd      Parent Governor                                           08.05.2018           07.05.2022

Jade Wang                 Parent Governor                                           01.10.2018            30.09.2022

Gail Weatherson      Community Governor                                  10.03.2016           09.03.2020

Linda Papaloannou  Non-Voting Clerk                                         01.04.15


Past Governors

Helen Strevens         Parent Governor                                         15.05.2012             14.05.2016 resigned

Rebecca Jackson      Headteacher Governor                              01.09.2015           31.08.18 resigned

Alison Forster           Staff Governor                                            11.02.2015            31.08.18 resigned

Ros Bagnell              Community Governor                                28.09.2016           31.08.18 rersigned

Helen Taylor             Parent Governor                                         24.01.2017           31.08.18 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 delivered at Hexham First School.

David Watson

I am an ex-Teacher and Head Teacher now retired. 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.


Natalie Harrison

From position of deputy Head at Hexham first School, I am proud to be the acting Headteacher this year I am committed to providing all our our children with the very best education and school experience.

Jemma Baty

I am a past pupil of this school and still maintain very close ties to it with having one child in attendance. As a University Graduate of Childhood Studies, Guidance and Counselling I have a vested interested in all children’s emotional well being. I am an active member of the P.T.A. I enjoy contributing to the enrichment of the educational experience offered by Hexham First School.

 Alison Cessford.

My son is in Year 4 and enjoys 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.


 Clare Crow 

I am the year 2 class teacher and SENCO 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.


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