Governor Pen Portraits
Mr John Scott
Chair of Governorsjohn.firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair of Governors from November 2023, Vice Chair of Governors previous role.
Mrs Maureen Bickerdike
Maureen Bickerdike - Chair of Governors (until November 2023) & 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 Carolyn Letts
Co-opted Governor - SEND and Pupil Premium Lead from Nov email@example.com
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 David Hume
LA Governor (Nov 2023)firstname.lastname@example.org
I have lived in Felton since 1985. My children went to school in Felton and Alnwick. Following a career in architecture and teaching, I worked for Northumberland LEA initially as Humanities Advisor and, from 1990 to 2000, as the Head of School Improvement. I subsequently worked as a self-employed Leadership and Management trainer/consultant, working in the education sector from Early Years to Universities, and in the wider public and private sectors. My work took me across the UK, Europe and the Far East. I retired (more or less) in 2012.
My main personal interests now are my family, music, writing and climbing.
I hope to bring some of what I’ve learned to support Swarland Primary School. I am particularly interested in the wider, creative curriculum, and in children’s mental health. I believe that small rural schools are ideally placed to offer safe, happy and meaningful opportunities for children, and are at the heart of bringing together local communities.
Mr Phil Eastlake
Mental Heath & Well-being - Co-opted Governorphil.email@example.com
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 Emma Garland
Literacy Lead - Parent Governoremma.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Mrs Elizabeth Hilton
SEND & Pupil Premium Lead - LA Governor (until November 2023 resigned)email@example.com
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 Nicola Morris
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.
Miss Suzannah Knight
Mrs Sandi Clark