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Meet the Governors

 

Andrea Dickinson-Back: Foundation and Chair of Governors

I worked in scientific research for 14 years before entering teaching. I have 21 years’ experience in education and my final post before retirement was as Principal School Improvement Adviser for Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. I am a Foundation Governor at the Heritage Coast Federation of CE Primary Schools and at Ruswarp CE VC Primary School. I have been a school governor at various schools since 2011. 

 

Donna Kettle: Vice-Chair/Co-Opted Governor

I was born and raised in Robin Hoods Bay and attended Fylingdales C of E Primary School from 1969 to 1976. I have worked in education throughout my career after training as a teacher at Durham University. After three Primary Headships I became an Education Adviser in the South working with schools in challenging circumstances. I have also worked as an Adviser in a Multi-Academy Trust before moving back to Fylingthorpe in 2016. I now run my own independent consultancy business working with Local Authority schools and Multi-Academy Trusts. I have particular interest in Early Years education, teaching and learning and overall school performance. I hold governor responsibility for these areas within the Heritage Coast Federation. My interest in governance is borne out of my passion and commitment to supporting school leadership and staff, enabling them to enhance and enrich learning for all children in both schools.

 

Julie Matthewson: Parent Governor

I am a parent governor. I have one child currently in Year 5 in school and another in year 1. I feel very lucky that my children have the chance to go to such a friendly village school, within the federation, in an amazing location. I have been a primary school teacher since 1995 - working in a range of schools in a variety of roles. Currently I work part time as Music Specialist for a large primary school in Whitby.

 

Fabienne Bailey: Parent Governor

I am Parent Governor with 2 children at Hawsker School.  In my work life, I am the Managing Director of an educational charity that works with all parts of the education sector to develop qualifications, apprenticeships and accreditation to support learners to progress in life and work.  I started my career as an English teacher and have worked in teaching and management roles in schools, colleges and local authority services for the past 18 years.  I am passionate about lifelong learning and aim to support the Federation in providing the best learning experiences for all children and in continuous quality improvement.  I am also a link governor for the Community 

 

Wendy Weekes: Co-opted Governor 

I live in the village and have been a governor for many years and have also previously worked at the school as an after school club assistant.  I support the Headteacher with safeguarding and health and safety and also come in to listen to reading in the Early Years.  I often help out with school trips too and have seen the school through many changes.  I think it is a privilege to be involved with  both schools. 

 

Jo Morris: Foundation Governor

I have lived in the village for seven years. My family attend St. Stephens, where my husband and I are both members of the PCC. My granddaughter, who lives with us, attends Fylingdales School and has flourished both academically and socially in the three years that she has been there. It is a delight each evening to hearing her retell the events of the day. I work part time teaching young adults with learning difficulties enabling them to earn qualifications and empowering them to live independent lives. Prior to that, I was Principal of a Residential Special Need's College for girls in Staffordshire. I have spent over 30 years in mainstream, independent and special education.

 

Stephen Hinchcliffe: LA Governor

Stephen lives in Whitby . His career has involved working in research work in j then , the photolithography industry , before teaching Biology/Science and Mathematics for 35 years , mainly in Leeds in large secondary schools. He holds the professional Headteacher qualification. His skills are education management ,finance and development planning . Since retirement from teaching , Stephen has jointly run a gardening business in West Yorkshire and since returning to Whitby in 2011 he has been a governor of two local primary schools and a public governor on York Foundation health trust. He joined Hawsker -cum -Stainsacre governing body in 2017 , and now the new Heritage Coast Federation governing body. He enjoys walking and swimming .

 

 Andrew Fiddler: Co-opted Governor

I am a local businessmen for the area of both schools. I am completely independent as I have no family connections with either school. My main drive and purpose of being on the governing body is to raise the profiles of both schools, alongside raising performance levels following government guidelines. 

 

 

 

 

 

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