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Minutes of the governing body meeting are available on request from the clerk –

You can contact the Chair of governors at:

 The Governing Body

David Bowes (Chair) Liz Edwards(Vice Chair)
Amanda Gledhill (HT) Leon Midson
Andrea Jenkinson (SENDCo) Caroline Potter
Father Robert Fraser Mcleay
Alan Weston Celia Newton
Terms of office
Register of interests

Register of Interests

Register of Interests

Miss Amanda Gledhill – Headteacher

I was delighted to begin my appointment as the Headteacher at South Otterington Church of England Primary School in September 2017. Every day I am very thankful to work in our fabulous school, where everyone is so committed to ensuring that our children have an engaging curriculum and fantastic opportunities every day.

Mr Damien Chubb – CEO

Mr David Bowes – Chair

I was a Civil Servant for 30 years in the Department of Social Security and HMRC.

I first became a Governor almost 40 years ago at St Francis CE Junior School in Newton Aycliffe.  St Michael’s CE Primary School is another of my schools and together with Evenwood CE Primary School formed a hard federation in May of 2019.

As something of a change I am also a member of the Governing Bodies at Victoria Lane Academy, Coundon and Dene House Primary in Peterlee.  Both of these schools are members of Tudhoe Learning Trust, of which I am a member, Director and Vice Chair.

I am also a Member, Director and Chair of  1 Excellence Multi Academy Trust based in Stockton.

For the past 6 years I have been a National Leader of Governance.

Mrs Liz Edwards – Vice Chair and Lead governor for School Improvement

I am a committed parent governor with two children at South Otterington in Years 2 and 4.  Being a governor has been an interesting and stimulating experience and I have been able to gain a privileged insight into primary school education as well as making a valued contribution to the continued development of our school.  Our school is an exciting, thriving and creative environment where the staff are always striving for the best for our children.  The commitment of the staff and fellow governors has been a highlight of my governor experience and I always look forward to spending time in the school with children and staff.

As the school improvement lead I have been involved in recent recruitment activities, a role I particularly enjoy and which is one way I can help to ensure the school continues to develop in line with our aims and mission.  I have also been working closely with Mrs Parker as literacy link governor and class governor..

Leon Midson – Foundation Governor

I’ve been a Governor at South Otterington church school since 2013. As a Foundation Governor (representing York Diocese) I have a particular role in encouraging and supporting the development of the school’s Christian ethos. It is a pleasure and a privilege to visit the school, which I do regularly. There is always a lovely atmosphere and it is great to see the children developing as they progress through the school. We are very fortunate that we have such an outstanding school. As a Governor my aim is to do all I can to help the school maintain its high standards, continue to develop and provide a great start in life to current and future pupils. I also particularly enjoy supporting the School Council.

Father Robert Williamson – Foundation Governor

As a school governor I have always seen it as a privilege to serve as part of a team to make decisions that are in the best interests of the children. Having been a governor for over 38 years, in both primary and secondary schools, I can honestly say that I have never been at a school with a clearer vision of how the children, that is each individual child, can be encouraged to shine with their own unique light, and grow both in knowledge and in wisdom.

Every decision, from heating to health and safety, puts the best interests of the children at heart. Through times of acute pressure on teachers and staff, governors have an important role in supporting them, as well as listening to any issues raised by parents. All of this is a huge privilege, and most of the time a huge joy!

Mrs Andrea Jenkinson – SENDCo

I have been working in Early Years education for thirty six years initially as a nursery nurse in Sunderland and North Tyneside and currently as the EYFS Lead and SENDCo.

I have two children Peter and Illy, Pete is a mechanical fitter working for a bus company in York and my daughter Illy has just returned to university in London where she is training to be a teacher herself. I am super proud of both of them and their achievements.

I am very proud to be part of the South Otterington team as we move the school forward with our aspiring vision.

Mrs Caroline Potter

I was delighted in January 2014 to be invited to become a Community Governor at South Otterington CE Primary School. I have recently retired, but my professional background is in primary education. I was a class teacher at Applegath Primary School, headteacher at Knayton CE Primary School and headteacher at Leeming RAF Community Primary School. I have worked for the LA as a Consultant Headteacher and as an Education Development Adviser. Now that I have a little more free time, I look forward to learning some new skills – as a governor.

Mr Weston

Mrs Newton

Mr McLeay

Fraser is Professor and Chair in Marketing and Head of the Marketing, International Enterprise and Strategy Division (MIES) at Sheffield University Management School. He has also held senior roles as Associate Pro Vice Chancellor of Strategic Planning and Engagement, Associate Dean of Business and Engagement and Head of Corporate Development for the Faculty of Business and Law at the Faculty of Business and Law at Northumbria University.

Fraser also has over ten years of practitioner experience, holding senior management and leadership positions globally. While working in industry, Fraser has assisted over 250 businesses in more than 60 countries to implement successful start-up, commercialisation, business expansion, marketing, branding, strategic planning and new product/service introduction strategies in industry sectors that vary from education to renewable energy, engineering, agri-food and graphene. His clients range from SMEs to MNEs and have included Nestlé, Royal Numico, Parker, Gripple,Thomas Swan, Bank of Montana, Sage, UKTI, Nexus and Greggs, plus organisations such as the World Bank, USDA, and EU. Fraser has also held academic positions at Lincoln University (New Zealand); Newcastle University (UK); Northumbria University (UK), Macquarie University (Australia) the University of Montana (US), and Peter the Great St Petersburg University (Russia).