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Governor Pen Portraits

Mr Alan Gibson

I am an ex Fire Officer. I bring a knowledge of health and safety and chairing skills to the school Governing body. I have lived in Burnhope all my life and believe our school is an integral part of the community. Sometimes I can be seen in the school grounds with the children planting and weeding. I also resemble Santa’s elf helper at Christmas.

Carolann Brooks

I have been a parent Governor at Burnhope Primary School for quite a few years, and am a member of the Friends of Burnhope School committee. I take a lot of interest in the running of the school as I have four children, of whom one is currently at Burnhope Primary School nursery and three have attended in the past.

Since last year I have taken on the role of Child Protection, Safeguarding, Looked after Children and SEND Governor, as well as attending committee meetings for those I am a member of. I fully support the Headteacher and staff that work at Burnhope Primary School.

Mr Ossie Johnson

Councillor Ossie Johnson B.Ed.M.Ed.

I had a long successful career in education, I am now retired and I am the County Councillor for Burnhope. I live in Lanchester with strong family ties to the village of Burnhope. I enjoy playing golf in my spare time. I appreciate the opportunity of being part of Burnhope School and will use my knowledge and expertise to have a positive impact on school development alongside the other governors.

Christine Dunn

I have worked at Burnhope Primary School for 29 years and have been a school Governor for about half of that time. I live in Lanchester but feel very at home in the community of Burnhope, where the school plays a central role for children and families alike. Being a Governor brings another dimension to my work in school and allows me to be part of a team that has the welfare, education and future development of the children at its heart. I have two grown up daughters and enjoy relaxing with a good book when I’m not at work.

Kay Winship

I originally became a Governor at Burnhope Primary School as a parent governor. When my daughter left for secondary school I stayed on as a community governor. I work in secondary education and therefore have experience of the education system first hand. My main interests are Maths and SEND, both of which I work with on a day to day basis. Being a Governor enables me to be part of a team that not only supports the school but also the local community.

Vikki Savage

I have been a co-opted governor in Burnhope Primary School since October 2020. I have lived in Burnhope for 16 years now and love the community and friendly atmosphere within the village. I have two children who attend the school and I’ve also recently become a Teaching Assistant in Early Years.

I volunteer for Little Treasures Autism Charity and have been running a stay and play support group for children with autism for over three years. I’m passionate about SEND and inclusivity and ensuring children have the right support to achieve their full potential regardless of need. I’m delighted to be on the curriculum and standards committee and enjoy being part of a governing body that support staff and want the best for every child.

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