Meet the Governors
Andie has been a governor for 8 years originally as a Parent Governor but since 2010 as a LEA Governor. He has been chair of Governors for 6 years and has undertaken the full Governor Development programme. He is Governor with special interest for Health and Safety and ICT. Andie has 4 children and two grandchildren and has lived in Gainford for 16 years. Andie has also been a Parish Councilor since 2008 and acts as a link between the two community groups. Andie is Technical and Commercial Manager for Stockton Borough Council Community Services Section. As a â€śveryâ€ť mature student Andie graduated in 2010 from Teesside University with a Masters Degree in Business and Administration proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks! When not at work Andie sleeps and sometimes spends time working on his mad DIY projects at home. Andie thinks Gainford CofE is the best Primary school any child could have the privilege of attending.
Has been the Headteacher of the school since September 2002. As the headteacher he is responsible for the day to day leadership and management at the school but as a full governor is also responsible for corporate strategic decision-making. He is a member of most of the sub-committees of the Governing Body as well as the full Governing Body. He started his teaching career in 1986 at West Rainton Primary on the Durham / Sunderland border before being appointed to Crook Primary as Deputy Head in 1997 and thence to Gainford CE Primary He enjoys gardening, taking walks in the countryside and travelling in his motorhome.
Jill is a retired primary school headteacher hoping to use her knowledge and experience of primary education to support Gainford Primary School in the role of school governor. Jill is a Co-opted governor and a member of the Finance and Curriculum sub-committees. Gardening, textile work and three lively grandchildren keep her busy
Eileen was installed as the Vicar/Priest-in-charge of Gainford and of Winston on 10th June 2016. She enjoys being with children and young people, and has 4 years of experience taking collective worship, and leading after school and lunch clubs. Eileen enjoys music, and sometimes her husband Brian, who has had a career in Teacher Training, Music Education and Education Studies, has helped with piano accompaniment at assemblies. Eileen has a wide and varied occupational background managing hospitals, advising government institutions and international business organisations, governing prisons, and in teaching at primary and secondary levels. But her focus now is to share the love of God, and hopes that the school (and all the children and families associated with it) and church would thrive with a lively and fruitful relationship.
Emma is a parent governor and has enjoyed this role since 2015. Emma has a daughter who attends the school, she is a Positive advocate for the school and actively supports and contributes to the school where possible. Emma brings to the governor body experience in safeguarding children, working with early years children and working in multi disciplinary teams including policy and strategy development. Emma is the lead governor for safeguarding and looked after children. Emma is also qualified at Masters level in Leadership and Management.
Melanie joined the Board of Governors in spring 2016. She lives in Barnard Castle and is a business psychologist, working as a consultant developing leaders in a range of organisations in the UK. Sheâ€™s worked with leaders in engineering, in food production, in nuclear energy, in oil and gas, in banking, and in education. Melanieâ€™s children are now grown-up and pursuing very different career paths; she believes that education is about helping a child to unlock their own particular strengths and aspirations and giving them the confidence to follow their dream. Melanie was an Army wife for over 20 years, and so has lived in many different places â€“ in England and abroad. She is a keen runner, and believes that sports and exercise are important to our psychological as well as physical well-being. She also loves walking her dogs, being in her garden, and enjoying life! She is very much looking forward to working with the other Governors and helping the school.
As a mum and grandma, itâ€™s a pleasure to be a governor at Gainford School. I work full time as a receptionist for the NHS in Urgent Care and A & E. I lived in Gainford for 20 plus years. I have three daughters, who all attended Gainford School, some 20 years ago, and Iâ€™m delighted to say, my grandchildren also attend the school at present. I began volunteering at Gainford School a year ago, and feel proud to be part of such a wonderful organisation that encourages children to grow, with understanding and compassion into independent thinking young people.
My name is Laura Saunders-Jerrom and I have two children, one who is now 15 but attended Gainford School from reception to the end of year 6. He thoroughly enjoyed his infant and junior education. I also have a little girl who is currently in the juniors. I am a parent Governor and hope that I might be in a position to contribute to the school by giving the parentâ€™s point of view concerning all of our children. I take this role seriously and I am delighted to represent the parents and children in this way.
Jo Kidd teaches Class 4 : Y5 and Y6. She is the English and PSHE subject leader and is responsible for the School Council. Jo was born in Teesdale, but worked in London for fifteen years. She returned to her roots, following the birth of her two (now grown-up) children. Before becoming a teacher, Jo worked as a buyer in the music industry. In her spare time, Jo enjoys dog walking and exercising her horses. She is an avid reader and enjoys going to the theatre.
Neil retired to Gainford from Lincolnshire 5 years ago. Prior to retirement he was a parish priest and Chair of Governors of a primary school in Stamford. He and his wife, Kathy, a retired NHS Manager, enjoy a busy life in Gainford, as well as finding time to go to the theatre, concerts and visit their 2 daughters and families in Stockton On Tees and Glasgow. Neil sings with Scherzo, Gainford's community choir, and is a member of the folk band Gegenforde. He plays the accordion, whistle/recorder, autoharp and keyboard, although, he admits, not to a high standard. He is Secretary of the Village Hall. He comes into the school for collective worship and to work with individual classes when needed and is enjoys sharing his love of music and singing with the children.
Paul Place has been a Parent Governor since March 2014. Living in Gainford, Paul has a young son Daniel, who attends the school. For many years Paul worked for International development charities, Comic Relief, Oxfam and ten years with Christian Aid. This took him all over the world eventually ending up in the North East of England with a huge career change overseeing the multi-million pound restoration project of South Park in Darlington! This involved setting up and developing a new Education Centre for local schools as well as developing an Environmental Education programme for school children. For the past five years Paul has been running his own photography business and he has also teaches meditation and mindfulness. He is currently doing a four year Masters Degree in Mindfulness Based Approaches with the University of Bangorâ€™s world-renowned Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. Away from work, studies and being a single dad Paul is guitarist and lead vocalist in a local folk band, he is also lead singer in a rock band (part of his enjoyable mid-life crisis) and he is tenor soloist for a regional choir, Northern Voices. He adores gardening, swimming and sailing, and enjoys travelling with his son, Daniel.
Sue has been a governor for five years. She was special needs teacher and later taught adults at LEAP Adult Education Centre in Barnard Castle. She is now retired, but active in village organisations. She is keen to maintain the strong links between the school and the church. The Christian ethos helps to make it a happy school. I have a special interest in Literacy and have been pleased to see the initiative to improve the childrenâ€™s knowledge of phonics and writing skills being so fruitful. I am also interested in Special Needs provision in the school. I was very impressed with the excellent support given to children on a recent visit.