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Governance at St. Margaret's

The Governors at St. Margaret's are at the heart of the school and a real strength in making things happen and the school 'outstanding'.
Our mix of staff, parents and community governors brings a great variety of knowledge and personal strength which are put to good use.

The full governing body meets once or twice each term to discuss matters relating to the school. The Finance committee, Foundation Governor committee, Children and Community committee and School committee also meet once per term. Other committees and working parties meet as required.

Governing Body Formation

Parent Governors:

  • Mrs Worrall
  • Mrs Sludden
  • Mr Jumani
  • Mr Halford

Co-opted:

  • Mrs Cole (Chair of Governors)
  • Mr Berriman (Vice Chair of Governors)
  • Mrs Lamb
  • Dr. Kiran

Foundation:

  • Mrs Lyons
  • Fr Barnaby
  • Mrs Barthel

Head teacher - Mrs H. McDaid

Staff Governor - Mr A. Baker

Local Authority Governor - Mr. M. Parker

Associate:

  • Mrs Bell
  • Mrs Smurthwaite (Chair of Foundation)
  • Mrs Alsop (Chair of Finance)

 

Meet the Governors

Mrs S Cole (Chair)

My motivation to join the team of governors stemmed primarily from being a parent of two girls in the infants at St Margaret’s.  I therefore have a strong commitment to the school, the staff and the young people  of  St Margaret’s  to support its persistent efforts to continue to be one of the leading schools in Durham and beyond. 

My professional role as Senior Lecturer in Education offers me opportunities to work in primary and secondary schools, teacher education, the Arts and Design Technology education. I am fortunate to see amazing practice regionally and nationally and hope to use such experiences and opportunities to support the on-going developments of St Margaret’s already respected expertise in the arts. With arts mark gold and a successful annual arts week as well as regional recognition that the team offer Professional Development to teachers region wide, I consider it a privilege to be involved and record the excellent practice that takes place and be part of the continuing expansion of the high quality offer to our young people.

I have been Chair of Governors since September 2014. I am a parent governor, a member of the active Children and Community Committee and  have ‘Special Responsibility’  for ‘Child Protection and Safe Guarding’ and ‘The Arts’. 

Mr. M Berriman (Vice Chair)

I became a parent governor for the school in 2003, and with all 4 of my children also attending St. Margarets, this was my original motivation for being a governor.  In 2007 I became a Community Governor and in 2010 I became Vice Chair, which is my current position on the board.  I currently run a Geo-Environmental Consultancy, which is located in Durham City and is primarily involved in the construction industry.  Professionally, I am a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist and outside of work, as a qualified Rugby Union Coach and Referee, I help coach various mini and junior age groups at Durham City Rugby Football Club.

My current areas of special interest for the school are Health and Safety and ICT & E-Safety which allow me to bring in skills and experience from my commercial and non-education background.  I am Chair of the Children and Community Committee , the Headteacher’s Performance Review Committee and First Committee/Pay Review, and I am also a member of the Capability, Finance and Personnel Committees.

Mr. Jumani

St. Margaret’s School remains in my opinion the best learning environment for children in County Durham. It encourages engagement and is a well presented and well-resourced school. I have always been intrigued in the life of learning in children. The School plays an essential role in nurturing this. I have two children who attend St. Margaret’s my eldest is in year 4 and youngest in reception. I have always worked directly with people as a part of my job in the healthcare sector, I’ve learnt how to be kind and direct, being held accountable for my decision making and clearly always ensuring to work as part of a team. I think these skills would help me be an approachable parent governor, and parents would be more able to talk about their views and wishes. I am hoping that in the limited time I have available, I could support the school to become a teaching school. I am an ENT Surgeon and work closely with children in the hospital. I’ve learnt what a positive experience the early school years can be, and how much of a potential influence it has upon the development of our children and that we as parents and teachers must ensure we get it right for them. As a school St. Margaret’s have retained the essential ingredient of simply ‘having heart’, the teachers and staff are very approachable and show a lot of warmth to the children and appear to listen to the parents, I would like to help as a parent governor to ensure that these relationships continue to thrive.

 

 

Mrs D. Barthel

My background is in Primary Education. I taught for many years in Bradford, working chiefly in Church of England Schools where I found it a privilege to work alongside Christians and people of other faiths. My areas of responsibility included RE, Worship and Music in Key Stage 1, as well as a period working with SEN children, which I found richly rewarding. My association with St. Margaret’s began in 2003 when we moved to Durham and I began to work regularly as a supply teacher in the infant department, at the invitation of the Rector. As my daughter was already teaching at St. Margaret’s, I was very aware of the character and ethos of the school.

I have been a member of the congregation at St. John’s Church for many years and at present serve on the PCC. I was delighted to be asked to consider becoming a Foundation Governor as I believe that as a church school, St. Margaret’s has something very special to offer every child and indeed the whole school community. As a new Foundation Governor, I am interested in the links between school and the church and am a member of the Foundation Governor Group. I am a member of the School Committee and am the Governor with special interest in RE.

Father B. Huish

 

Dr. M. Kiran

I am a Child Psychiatrist and have always felt privileged working with children and their families. I have often thought about how I could return all that I have learnt from them and being a school Governor seemed one way in which I could do this. My son studied till the last academic year at St Margaret’s and therefore I knew how good it was. As a governor I hope to help and support school in maintaining its traditions of excellence. My understanding of child development and emotional health would possibly be of help in this. 

As a new Governor I am still to take on any significant area of responsibility. I am sure with help of the school and the governing body will be able to identify and take on appropriate responsibilities.

Mrs. S. Lyons

I am a primary teacher and sometimes do supply in St. Margaret’s.  I have worked across both key stages and have been able to witness at first hand the dedication of the staff and the effort they put into creating inspiring learning environments for their classes.

I have been a member of St. Margaret’s Church for over fifteen years, serving on the PCC and other committees and as Church warden for the last six years.

I became a Foundation Governor in 2006 and my two children both attended St .Margaret’s. It was important to me that they attend a school with a caring, Christian ethos and St. Margaret’s has more than fulfilled that brief! I am currently part of the group working on the core Christian values for the school.

I am on the Children and Community committee and am the governor with special responsibility for  Collective Worship . I try to come to each class-led Act of Worship so many of you may recognise me from your visits to the school to watch your child take part in these. I also act as Governor link to the School Council. This involves attending some meetings and reporting back to the Governing body on some of the issues highlighted by the School Council.

Mrs. E. Mulholland

I am mum to two boys at school, in Y6 and Y3, and have been interested in supporting St Margaret’s through a governor role for some time. I am a primary teacher and have worked in schools for several  years, building up experience in key areas such as the development of language and literacy. I am currently working for Education Support Services as an advisory teacher for SEN, but have also managed to keep a day a week for teaching. I love working with children and take great pleasure in building positive relationships with them and seeing them thrive.  Over the past few years in my advisory role I have enjoyed working alongside families and teachers in many of the County’s schools to help support the progress and well-being of pupils. As a new governor I look forward to working with the school for the next four years, and hope that I can offer my support in whatever way it is needed.

Mrs. J. Sludden

I am Mum to three children (one that left the school in 2011 and two still at St Margaret’s – one in the infant and one in the juniors).  Being new to Durham at the time we visited the school and decided straight away that this was the one for our children.  The friendly approachable staff, the facilities in the building and the surroundings all meant that it seemed like a fantastic place to learn and we have not been disappointed.   I have been involved in the Friends for a long time and am the current Chair.  In 2010 was I was voted onto the Governing body as parent Governor.  I wanted to get more involved in the running of the school and help maintain its excellent reputation.

I work in the Northern Institute for Cancer Research at Newcastle University, where I conduct research in the laboratory that is used in conjunction with data from patients to determine if new treatments are effective.   My knowledge of science is used alongside a great understanding of mathematics in my job.  This is why I am the Governor with a special interest in numeracy.   Having observed numeracy lessons in the school I can report that maths is taught very well in school which is reflected in the achievement data.   There are extensive resources available to aid in the teaching of numeracy and these are put to great use in lessons to make them fun.  I also sit on the School Committee where we review school policies and look at the school’s annual development plan.

Mr. W. Halford

As a Parent Governor with a child who entered St Margaret’s in 2016, I have a vested interest in the immediate and long term development of the school. I have a background in business, running two successful companies in the building and manufacturing industries. I also have a keen interest in sports development, having previously worked for 8 years in a Sports National Governing body which worked closely in creating links and fostering sport as part of the curriculum and the local community.


While I am relatively new to the role, I hope to play an active part and to help build good relationships between the school, teachers, parents and the Governors. I am regularly at the school and am willing to listen to views, suggestions and ideas as to how we can continue to strengthen the school and the opportunities for the pupils at all ages.

 

Mrs. K. Worrall

I have been engaged in the life of the school for four years, since my daughter started in reception, by helping out in school and on trips, acting as Treasurer for the Friends of St Margaret's, and most recently as a Parent Governor (February 2015).

I bring experience of the private, public and charity sectors where I have acquired skills in Managing Change, Administration, Finance and Project Management. I have been increasing my understanding of the primary education sector through attending several Governor Training Courses so that I am better equipped to apply my skills in this context and make a positive contribution to the Governing body of the school.

I am now serving on both the Finance Committee and the Schools Committee. I also have special responsibility for 'Most able and talented'..