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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) Caroline Potter
Amanda Gledhill (HT) Andrea Jenkinson (SENDCo)
Celia Newton  Anna Potter
Father Robert Alan Weston
Terms of office
Register of interest 2019

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 Damian Chubb – CEO

Damian Chubb is the Chief Executive Officer for the Dales Academies Trust.

More information is available on the Trust website.

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.

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

Mrs Potter

Lesley Sweeting – Governor Clerk