Marlborough Road, Sulgrave, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE37 3BG

0191 4164311

enquiries@marlboroughprimaryschool.co.uk

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Mr John Robson (Chair of Governors)

Hello, my name is John Robson and I am the Chair of the Governing Body at Marlborough Primary School.

Why did I want to become a Governor?

I have been involved with school governing bodies since 2003. I started my journey by volunteering as a Parent Governor at my daughter’s primary school in Sunderland in 2003, on what I considered was a very successful and effective governing body.

At the end of my term in 2007, I was approached by the Local Authority to consider being an LEA Governor at another local Sunderland primary school which had some major challenges (incl. a Notice to Improve) and an absence of an effective governing body. I joined the governing body in Dec 2007 and within months I was Chair of the Governing Body. By Autumn 2011, the Headteacher had established the school as an Ofsted recognised ‘Outstanding’ school across the board for teaching and learning and I had secured the Governing Body an evaluation of ‘Good’ in the Ofsted.

Hence, having ‘steadied the ship’, established the procedures and processes for ‘Good’ governance, and developed a successful partnership with the Headteacher, I knew I needed to look ‘outwards’ to address the challenge of how to lead the governing body to become ‘Outstanding’. I realised that I would have to create links with other Chairs, School Improvement Partners and Headteachers to identify best practice and learning opportunities. In January 2012, I was elected as the Maintained Primary Sector Governor Representative on the ‘Sunderland School Forum’ which afforded me opportunities to network and gains a greater understanding of school finance and school improvement. Then in September 2012, I enrolled on the Chair of Governors Leadership Development Programme which facilitated interaction with fellow Chairs, established links with partner and support sources, explored and developed my own leadership skills and extended my awareness and learning of concepts and techniques for the role of the Chair, effective governance and school improvement.

In March 2016, I volunteered to join the Governing Body at Marlborough Primary School and I consider it a pleasure and a privilege to be both a Governor and the Chair of the Governing Body at Marlborough Primary School.

What is my role at Marlborough Primary School?

As Chair of the Governing Body I see myself as a ‘critical friend’ to the school. I want to challenge the school to exceed their own expectations. This may be in terms of the levels of performance in academic results, but more importantly through the value-added along the journey through school in terms of the quality of the pastoral support, the personal and social development of the children and the successful establishment of a learning environment that is welcoming, inclusive, creative, nurturing, harmonious and free of disruptive influences on the child’s focus and well-being. I believe our children at Marlborough Primary School are in a great place for them to achieve their potential, their personal and social development and their academic attainment.

However, we as parents, carers and governors need to work in partnership with the school to support the children to achieve and if you have any queries, concerns or compliments, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be contacted via the school office or in writing via the school address on this website.  I am particularly keen and grateful to hear from parents.

As Chair of the Governing Body, I would like to welcome you to Marlborough Primary School and I hope you enjoy your time at the school, whether you are here as a child, parent, staff, governor or a visitor.

I am confident that you will find your experience with the school enriching, enlightening and where-ever you are and what-ever you are doing, I know you will see a smiling, friendly face.

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Kathryn Brown

My name is Kathryn Brown and I have worked within education for all my working life. I started my career as a primary teacher in Washington. My next job was working for Sunderland Local Authority, first as an Advisory Teacher, then as a Consultant for Primary Mathematics. I worked within most schools in Sunderland providing support to teachers and management in the development of Primary Mathematics and providing training centrally for all school staff. I then joined “The National Strategies” as a Primary Advisor for Mathematics and worked across the 12 North East Local Authorities to improve Local Authority and school outcomes. I have been a governor for 30 years, firstly at a small rural primary where I was Chair for two years and then at a Middle school where I have been the Chair for the past six years. I am now retired.

What is my role at Marlborough Primary School?

I have been a governor at Marlborough Primary School for 6 years and was chair for 3 years I have over time chaired all the different committees but now I am a member of the “Curriculum and Pupils Committee” and the “Finance and Staffing Committee.” I am also the link governor for Mathematics, Science and Pupil Premium

Why did I want to become a Governor?

I was asked by the Local Authority if I would become a governor at Usworth Primary School, as it was then, as they were in special measures at the time and needed to strengthen the governing body. I knew the school and felt that I would be able to support the school to move forward to becoming a good school again, improving the educational outcomes and future success of children.

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Revd Julie Wing

I have been the Rector for the Parish of Usworth for two years and have been an ordained priest for ten years serving in Sunderland then Newton Aycliffe then here in Washington covering High Usworth and Sulgrave and I have two grown up daughters.

Before entering the priest hood I worked for the Education Social Work service in Stockton dealing with attendance issues and also ensuring children from families seeking asylum were placed into school. When my children were at school I was an active member of the governing body of their school and took up a voluntary position working to support parents of children undergoing special education assessment.

Why did I want to become a Governor?

I have always had a keen interest in the education of young people and see education as a vital part of children’s growth not only through the academic schooling but also for ensuring children become well rounded individuals through extra curricula activities and a rich variety of teaching methods.

What is my role at Marlborough Primary School?

I am currently the governor with responsibility for Anti-bullying, SEND, RE and Place2be. I thoroughly enjoy my time working in school and encouraging the children to take an active interest in the needs of the wider community through the schools links to the Washington Food Project of which a distribution point is based at St Michael and All Angels Church, Sulgrave, and during school holidays ensuring that there are always free activities at church for families to be involved in from making crafts to community activities.

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Mrs Kathy Anderson

I am from the local area and have lived here since 2012, having moved from Shiney Row in Houghton-le-Spring.  Four of my five children currently attend Marlborough Primary School and are spread across from reception to year 6.  I have recently started BSc Psychology at Sunderland University with the ambition of obtaining a PhD, specialising in mental health.  Particularly learning disabilities such as autism and dark personalities.  Previous to starting university I was attending night classes while looking after my youngest daughter, Kayleigh, during the day.  I have a strong desire to help those who suffer mental health problems due to past experiences.  I hope to make a real difference to those who suffer conditions and help them through their hour of need. 

Why did I want to become a Governor?

I wanted to become a governor to try and make a positive change within the school.  I want to make the other governors aware as to what parents think about the school and what other parents would like to see happening to make school more enjoyable than it already is.  Also, having an input from the children’s point of view and making everyone aware what they would like to see happening within their school.  I fully believe Marlborough Primary School is a great school, that has the children’s’ best interest at the forefront of any decisions made. 

What is my role at Marlborough Primary School?

I’m currently the link governor for English and music.  I have a keen interest in how English is delivered to children, especially to those with SEN.  Although this is mainly dependent on how the government require the education to be delivered to children.  I have been diagnosed with dyslexia and know how hard it can be for a child to understand what has been presented to them who have dyslexia.  I fully understand these children need a little extra time and guidance within English and Maths.  I hope that my input with this role allows dyslexic children as well as other SEN children to flourish and not being left to drown in a sea of information.  As well as providing a balance to those who do well and achieve.  I firmly believe that everyone can achieve if the right support network is in place, which Marlborough Primary School provide. 

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Mrs Wendy Buddle

I am Wendy Buddle and I am one of the Staff Governors at Marlborough Primary School.   I am employed full time at Marlborough Primary School as  the Deputy Head Teachers, SENCO and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.  

What is my role at Marlborough Primary School?

Since becoming a Governor in 2011, I have developed within this role and highly value this role, as I have a clear understanding of the school which enables me to contribute positively to the development of our school. As a staff governor, I serve as a useful link between our school staff and the governing body. As part of my various leadership roles, I have a key role in the strategic leadership of the school and liaise with Pupils, Staff and Parents/ Carers. As well as being confident within my Governor role, I am also an enthusiastic and committed supporter of Marlborough Primary School who strives to ensure the best outcomes for the young people of our community. 

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Mr Dean Laybourne

Hello my name is Dean Laybourne and I work as School Business Manager at Marlborough Primary School. 

What is my role at Marlborough Primary School?

I have been a staff governor since September 2015. My Governor role involves providing information to Governors on any school business matters that require Governors attention and I am also the link Governor for our PE and ICT provision. This involves liaison with the coordinators of these subjects to gain an understanding of the schools aims and goals in these areas and the steps that are being taken to continually improve in these areas. 

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Mrs Katie Mitchell 

I have worked at Marlborough Primary for 4 years in the school office. I have been a governor at Marlborough Primary since 2010 firstly as a parent governor then in September 2014 I became a co-opted governor.

Why did I want to become a Governor?

I first applied to become a parent governor as my youngest son was a pupil at the school.  I wanted to learn an understanding of the school and to gain knowledge of what is expected within education. I am committed in supporting Marlborough Primary School to establish strong parent and community links with the school.  Also to support the school in ensuring every child has the best education possible.

What is my role at Marlborough Primary School?

My role within the governors is Link Governor to Early Years and Looked After Children.