Governor Pen Portraits

  • Mrs Maureen Bickerdike

    Chair of Governors Co-opted Governor

    maureen.bickerdike@swarland.northumberland.sch.uk

    Maureen Bickerdike - Chair of Governors & Co-opted Governor - Finance Lead

    My name is Maureen Bickerdike and I have been a Co-opted Governor of Swarland Primary School since 2015. I have been involved in education all my professional life and before retiring I was the Headteacher of two First Schools. I am thoroughly enjoying the freedom of retirement but my interest in education and in particular the education of young children has never diminished. I am delighted to be able to share my skills, knowledge and enthusiasm as a member of Swarland Governing Body.

  • Mrs Elizabeth Hilton

    SEND & Pupil Premium Lead - LA Governor

    elizabeth.hilton@swarland.northumberland.sch.uk

    My name is Elizabeth Hilton and I have lived in Swarland since 2012. Both of my children attended Swarland Primary School from Reception through to Year 6. I am originally from New York, and have been living and working in the UK for 22 years as an Electronics Engineer.

    Having previously been a Parent Governor, I am fortunate enough to remain on the Governing Body but now as a Local Authority Governor. I hope that anyone who has worked with me has found an approachable, honest, proactive and positive member who believes communication is vital between school and parents and the local community.

    My ongoing aim is to help Swarland Primary School continue to “be the best that it can be”, for every parent/carer and child.

  • Mrs Carolyn Letts

    Co-opted Governor

    carolyn.letts@swarland.northumberland.sch.uk

    I have recently retired as a lecturer in speech & language therapy at Newcastle University. Over the years, I have carried out clinical work as an SLT, helped to train SLT students and developed research. My particular interests lie with child language development and developmental language difficulties, and this has always involved working with schools and nurseries.

    We moved to Swarland in January 2002, and I have always very much enjoyed village life as well as walking in the surrounding area. I became a member of Newton on the Moor and Swarland Parish Council in February 2021 and part of my role as governor will be to represent and liaise with the parish council.

  • Mr Roger Brunning

    Maths lead -Co-opted Governor

    roger.brunning@swarland.northumberland.sch.uk

    I have lived in Swarland for 30 years.

    I have experience as a Police Officer, an air Traffic Control Officer in the RAF, the Local Authority and managing a company on Team Valley before retiring in 2008.

    I enjoy holidaying, model railways and running the School Code Club which is enormous fun and rewarding.

    Since being involved with Code Club, I have seen the commitment of the staff to the school and the happiness and pleasure the children get from such a learning environment. I aim to give a similar commitment to being a Governor, to ensure that the children get the best education possible and in most conducive surroundings.

  • Mrs Emma Garland

    Literacy Lead - Parent Governor

    emma.garland@swarland.northumberland.sch.uk

    My name is Emma Garland. I am a Mum of two children in Swarland Primary School. I am a qualified and experienced primary school teacher, with experience of both the two and three tier systems. prior to having children I was subject leader at a Northumberland Middle School, where I observed lessons, planned the curriculum, analysed data, applied for grant funding and controlled the budget. I also have experience in planning and teaching all subjects across the curriculum and have worked alongside Governors to write policies whilst working towards Healthy School Status.

    As well as class-based academic educational experience, I have worked in outdoor and environmental education settings. I feel that widening the children's experience beyond the curriculum is important and directly in line with the Forest Schools initiative.

    I would like to use my previous experiences and enthusiasm within the Governing Body to continue to improve the all round experience for the children.

  • Mr Phil Eastlake

    Mental Heath & Well-being - Co-opted Governor

    phil.eastlake@swarland.northumberland.sch.uk

    I was born in Portsmouth but moved to Northumberland in 1976 and Swarland in 1999. I joined the Board of Governors in 2018.
    Recently retired my career was in genetic analysis e.g. cancer profiling. After running my own company, I had senior roles in a US biotech organisation, travelling extensively, meeting prominent scientists and presenting scientific conferences.
    I have joined the Board of Governors' Finance and Staffing subcommittee and supporting Human Resources.
    Apart from being a Governor, I have other voluntary work as Treasurer of the Swarland Moor Local Heritage Group, helping with writing grants for local history projects and Exeter University. Travel is now for pleasure, I also enjoy birdwatching, playing chess, reading and gardening.

  • Mrs Nicola Morris

    Staff Governor

    nicola.morris@swarland.northumberland.sch.uk

    I currently teach in Key Stage One at Swarland Primary School. In addition to my teaching commitment, I am al a member of our Senior Leadership Team, KS1 & Early Years lead and subject lead in mathematics, history and geography. I am also a designated safeguarding lead and student mentor.

    I have been teaching since 2000 and have experience of teaching across the primary age range. I taught for fourteen years in inner city Newcastle. I have learnt a lot along the way from every setting but I particularly love the community, family feel of Swarland.

Andy Gill - Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair 

My name is Andy Gill and I was apoointed as a Co-opted Governor in September 2017. I have lived in Swarland since 2007 and have 2 children in Swarland Primary School. My working life has mainly been in Retail Audit and IT solutions supporting retailers across the globe to identify financial weaknesses within their P2P systems. I have been fortunate to travel with my work, experiencing multiple cultures witnessing first hand how resolute societies can be. I have a broad set of skills that are transferrable to add value to the school and its future plans. Away from work I like to ride my motorbike, cycle and spend time outdoors with my family.

 

Rachael Stocks - Staff Governor

My name is Rachael Stocks and I am entering my third year as teacher Governor here at Swarland School. In school I am the KS2 Leader, SENDCo and MFL co-ordinator.  I am passionate about everyone in our school community working together to achieve the very best for the children in our care.

 

Alice Barkes Local Authority Governor – Data Lead 

My work in primary education spans a period of thirty-five years. During my career I enjoyed working within many different areas of education, including classroom teaching, management, tutoring staff and mentoring other professionals. as a former Headteacher leading a large school rated Outstanding by Ofsted, I have a wealth of knowledge and experience to support my role as a school governor. Working extensively with The National College For School Leadership, I supported aspiring Heads and Deputies and mentored newly appointed school leaders.

The dedication and commitment of staff and Governors at Swarland was apparent from day one. As part of the school commmunity I will work hard to improve opportunities for pupils and promote enjoyment of learning.