Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA).
|Cllr Audrey Willis||Authority Governor||08/03/2021||Curriculum & Standards, First/Pay Review and Performance Management,||Science Governor||None|
|Mrs Tracy Bell||Authority Governor - Chair of Governors||23/09/2019||Finance & Buildings, First/Pay Review, Performance Management and Personnel||Attainment & Progress, Safeguarding and Pupil Premium Governor||None|
|Miss Michaela King||Elected Parent Representative||06/01/2019||Appeals, Curriculum & Standards and Personnel||PSHE Governor||None|
|Dr Mike Leddra||Co-opted Governor||17/01/2022||None|
|Mr Chris Gowland||Elected Parent Representative||18/10/2020||Personnel||Literacy and Phonics Governor||None|
|Mr Oliver Seaton||Co-opted Governor||05/05/2022||None|
|Mrs Danielle Kershaw||Elected Support Staff Representative||17/01/2021||Literacy, SATs and History links||None|
|Mrs Karin Laybourne||Elected Parent Representative|
Vice Chair of Governors
|06/10/2019||Appeals, Curriculum & Standards and Finance & Buildings||Personal Development and SEND Governor||None|
|Mrs Julie Potts||Elected Parent Governor||27/03/2021||None|
|Mrs Lynda Carr||Community Governor||18/10/2020||First/Pay Review||Interventions & SEND, PSHE and Marking Governor||None|
|Mrs Laura Snowdon||Headteacher||Safeguarding, Pupil Premium. Data and SEND links||None|
|Mrs Judith Lees||Community||06/10/2019||Finance & Buildings, First/Pay Review and Performance Management||Critical Thinking and Maths Governor||None|
Governor Pen Portraits
|Name of Governor||Role of Governor||Pen Portrait|
|Mrs Tracy Bell||Chair of Governors||My name is Tracy Bell and I am Chair of the Governing Body at Bournmoor Primary School. I originally started as a parent governor when my child was five, eleven years ago. I have endeavoured to provide support and challenge to Bournmoor Primary over this past decade. I take my role as chair very seriously and have worked very hard to reach this position. I am also on the Finance Committee and together we make decisions to continue school improvement, for example the recent addition of improved school fencing and additional classroom space. My role involves dealing with all aspects of the running of the school and ensuring safety standards are maintained for all pupils as well as my focus on pupil attainment. I am married and have one daughter. We live locally and have been part of the community for the past twenty years. I am self-employed which allows me the free time to come into school to monitor and discuss school issues.|
|Mrs Karin Laybourne||Vice Chair of Governors||I joined the Governing Body in 2016. I have one child who is currently in Key Stage 1.
As a parent governor, I work with the headteacher and governors to make strategic decisions, which contribute to the continuous improvement of the school. I am a member of the Finance Committee and Curriculum and Standards Committee and have recently become the Link Governor for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). I enjoy contributing new ideas, and supporting the school in trying out new initiatives. I also work carefully with other governors to provide an assurance role in setting budgets, monitoring expenditure and the school’s performance as well as helping to decide how the school’s budget is best spent. I have a great appreciation of the hard work of the children and teachers and do all I can to learn more about the education system to ensure that all pupils have the best opportunity to reach their full potential. In my working life, I am a Corporate Business Manager in Durham County Council, where I manage complex strategic projects and work to deliver aspects of the authority’s transformation programme. I have experience in the voluntary, public and private sectors, to include regeneration, town and country planning, sustainability, waste and energy management, countryside management, environmental education and business development. I am married and love spending time with my family and friends, as well as walking, running, Zumba and gardening (when I can!) and have a keen interest in wildlife and our local environment.
|Mrs Laura Snowdon||Headteacher||I first joined Bournmoor Primary School in September 2011 when I was appointed as Deputy Headteacher. In 2013 I was appointed as Headteacher, a role I am proud to undertake within the local community. I enjoy the challenge of being headteacher as no two days are the same and I very much appreciate the daily interaction with parents, staff and pupils. Together with the governors, I have strived to make many school improvements since my headship began. These are driven through pupil discussion as I am keen to give children a voice e.g. through School Council and Rights Respecting Champions. The addition of new play equipment and an outdoor stage has been through listening and taking views of all concerned to get such a great end result i.e. through our Friends of Bournmoor and listening to what the children want. I am married and have two sons. My youngest son is at primary school and my eldest is at university so I am still actively involved in the education system as a parent. I work closely with our governing body to ensure that we constantly strive to get the best outcomes for children. I believe that education gives you choices and I work to ensure that all our pupils are given a range of opportunities to help them become confident young people.|
|Dr Mike Leddra||Community Governor||My name is Dr Mike Leddra. Before I retired in 2017, I spent 10 years as the STEM Enrichment and Enhancement Coordinator for Durham and the Tees Valley as part of the national STEMNET initiative. My role was to encourage schools to engage with industry and other educators to encourage their pupils (KS2-KS5) to achieve their full potential, particularly with regard to the STEM subjects. I also organised and led geography and earth science fieldtrips and lessons for primary and secondary schools across our area. Prior to that, I was a Senior Lecturer in Geology and the University of Sunderland for 15 years. During my time at Sunderland, I also spent five years working on a number of widening participation initiatives, which included helping to develop and lead the universities Bright Sparks, schools science club and then I had a major input into developing their Junior Bright Sparks club, which was specifically designed for primary school children. I also undertook and passed my QTS so that I could better understand the needs and demands of teachers and pupils in order to make my work with schools as useful as possible. Before going to university, I spent seven years working as a cartographer at, what was then Department of Energy in London. Back to more recent past, as part of my STEM role I was, and am a STEM Ambassador – a volunteer who works in schools to encourage children and young people to follow the STEM subjects. In the last four years, I have really enjoyed delivering lessons in earth science and history at Bournmoor Primary school and so was delighted to be invited to become a Community Governor at the school.|
|Mrs Danielle Kershaw||Staff Governor||I was lucky enough to join Bournmoor Primary in September 2013 as a class teacher. I have taught in both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, and I currently teach Year 6; a role which I find extremely rewarding. One of my jobs within the school, is that that of Literacy Co-ordinator. This role allows me to explore a subject that I love and to instil my enjoyment of the subject to others, especially when organising visitors and activity days such as World Book Day. An additional responsibility is that of History Co-ordinator, which means I can travel through time on a regular basis! I am a new governor this year and I will give one hundred per cent to ensure that I meet the needs of the Governing Body to ensure the best for the school and its pupils. I feel extremely proud to be part of the Bournmoor team and very lucky to teach our fantastic pupils|
|Mrs Lynda Carr||Community Governor||I was delighted, in July 2016, to be invited to become a Community Governor at Bournmoor Primary School. My professional background is in primary education, having spent 30 years + in teaching, management and leadership roles across the whole primary age range, within a variety of social, educational and geographical contexts at school and Local Authority level. My current role involves me working across the NE region, in schools of all phases, to make and verify school based judgements, based on actual and documentary evidence, against national standards. I am committed to continuous improvement within school and my experience has taught me the value of teamwork and team building in making things better. I would like to think that the skills I have developed can contribute to the current good work of the Governing Body. I look forward to working with the headteacher and staff, alongside the local community, in aiming to make Bournmoor Primary School an outstanding place of teaching and learning for all concerned.|
|Mr Chris Gowland||Parent Governor||I joined the governing body in September 2016 as a parent governor. As a school leader myself, I like to think that I can be of assistance to the governing body – and indeed the wider school - with many of the complex issues that primary schools are currently facing. My role includes monitoring aspects of the English curriculum in school, specifically phonics and GPS (grammar, punctuation & spelling) which involves meetings with the staff members with responsibility for these areas. I’ve lived in the area now for the past 6 years with my wife and daughter who is currently in Key Stage 1|
|Miss Michaele King||Parent Governor||My daughter has attended Bournmoor Primary School since 2011 and I have very much enjoyed being part of the school community with her. I was delighted to be elected as a Parent Governor in 2015 and enjoy the challenge of the role. I welcome the opportunity to work with a number of very dedicated individuals at the school and use my skills and experience to represent the views of parents. As a senior manager of a private training organisation delivering apprenticeships to students in post 14 education and with over 25 years early years experience, I am able to use my skills and knowledge in supporting the school to provide the best possible opportunities and experiences for all our children and to ensure they achieve to their full potential.|
|Cllr Audrey Willis||Local Authority Governor||My name is Audrey Willis and I am the local councillor for Lumley Division (Lumley, Bournmoor and Woodstone Village). My work as a local councillor involves helping members of the community in a variety of ways. I am also a member of three local school governing bodies so I have extensive experience of school governance. I enjoy working with local schools and have particularly enjoyed my journey with Bournmoor Primary School. During my time as school governor there have been many positive changes that I have been part of. For example, I was on the interview panel for the current Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher and have enjoyed working with them on school improvements. In my role as Science governor I was proud to be part of the successful application for our Primary Science Quality Mark Gold award. I continue to support in this area through Science monitoring and close working with the Science co-ordinator.|
|Mrs Judith Lees||Community Governor||My name is Judith Lees, I joined the Governing Body in 2011. Born in Burnmoor (it didn’t have a letter ‘o’ in then) and now retired, my background includes almost 40 years in education, as class teacher, deputy head and finally, for 15 very happy years, as a primary school headteacher. I then spent 3 years half-time working with children with special educational needs in Bournmoor Primary School, and doing supply and voluntary work in the same school. It is a privilege to serve as a governor, and be part of the evolution of the school over the years. Living locally and responsible for the management of a youth project I meet children and families out of school also, and value these connections. I have two children, one a counsellor, and one who spends his spare time helping in the running of a local football club for young people. Four of my grandchildren are in education, two at secondary level, one at university and one an apprentice, so I feel in touch with educational issues from a personal point of view. My spare time is spent with three colleagues working on a reading project in Ghana for the last 15 years, and locally as church organist, and as a trustee of Durham, Shopmobility.|
|Mrs Julie Potts||Parent Governor||My name is Julie Potts and I am parent governor at Bournmoor Primary School. I currently run two businesses one of which is a student management company. The other is a pre-school activity centre in the local community. This means I have a good grasp of strategic planning and financial management as these are core requirements of both businesses that I run. I am committed to the education of young people, hence opening a local pre-school centre which offers a fully inclusive learning environment where children learn through play. My skills in this area ensure I understand the needs of the pupils within a school and I am able to bring this knowledge into my role as governor. In my other role as a student property manager I liaise with the council, work with building planners, organise the financial side of the business as well as dealing with issues and challenges. I am able to transfer these skills into my governor role through understanding of financial management, data analysis and forward planning. I am a sociable person and enjoy meeting others and sharing experiences. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children (2 of which are at Bournmoor Primary), walking my dog and reading.|
Register of Governor Interest
Select the link below to view our Register of Governor Interest.
- Register of Governor Interest at Bournmoor Primary School 2015-16
Register of Governor Interest at Bournmoor Primary School 2016-17
- Register of Governor Interest at Bournmoor Primary School 2017 to 2018
Annual Governance Statements
- Annual Governance Statement 2017 to 2018
- Annual Governance Statement 2016
Annual Governance Statement 2015
Governor Skills Matrix
Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies
Bournmoor Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools.
How To Become A School Governor
If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.
Ofsted inspected our school in June 2015 and made the following comments about our governing body…
‘Governance is effective. Governors are very clear about the future direction of the school and the need to build on the improvements which have already been made. They know the school well as a result of regular focused visits and the comprehensive information they receive from the headteacher. Consequently, they use their knowledge about performance and the quality of teaching to offer appropriate challenge when they have concerns, such as the need to address the decline that occurred in standards in mathematics in 2014.
Funding is used well to bring about improvements in the school. Additional funding to support disadvantaged pupils has been invested in employing extra teachers so that the curriculum could be reorganised to avoid any repetition and to provide targeted support to pupils where needed. As a result disadvantaged pupils are reaching higher standards than in the past, which are now closer to the national average.
Governors are committed to continually improving their effectiveness. Their expertise is well deployed and they attend training to ensure they are up to date and understand their responsibilities.’
Record of Governor Attendance
Schools are now required to display a record of Governor attendance at meetings for each school academic year.
✓ – Attended meeting
A – Apologies sent and accepted by meeting
N – Did not attend
n/a – Not a member of the committee
|Mrs T Bell||✓||✓||✓||N/A||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Mrs K Laybourne||A||N/A||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Mr C Gowland||✓||N/A||N/A||N/A||✓||N/A||A||N/A|
|Mrs D Kershaw||✓||N/A||N/A||N/A||✓||N/A||A||N/A|
|Mrs L Snowdon||✓||N/A||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Cllr A Willis||✓||✓||N/A||✓||✓||N/A||✓||N/A|
|Mrs E J Lees||✓||✓||✓||N/A||✓||A||✓||✓|
|Miss M King||✓||N/A||N/A||✓||A||N/A||A||N/A|
|Mrs L Carr||A||✓||N/A||N/A||✓||N/A||A||N/A|
|Mr O Seaton||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||✓||N/A|
|Mrs J Potts||✓||N/A||N/A||N/A||A||N/A||A||N/A|
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