Meet the Governors
Mr David Watson
Chair of Governors
Staffing and Finance Committee
Curriculum and Standards Committee
Retired Headteacher with over 23 years experience
I have been a Headteacher in four schools and in different areas of Northumberland. My roots are firmly planted in Tynedale where I live with my wife and where our 2 children were brought up.
I know that Corbridge C of E First School is a rapidly improving school and I am very pleased to be a part of this. We have a strong Governing Body with a comprehensive set of skills and experiences which benefit leadership and management. I believe firmly in the concept of partnership within education where parents, teachers, support staff and governors work together for the very best education for the children.
Mr Andrew Neal
Vice Chair Of Governors
Parent Governor living in Corbridge
Staffing and Finance Commitee
I have 2 children at the school, Archie in Year One and Harrison in Nursery. It is my wish that through hard work, focus and determination they and all the children at our school can have the best educational experience in their time at Corbridge First School in a safe and enjoyable Christian environment.
We are also committed to drive the school forward as a trained and open Governing Body.
Miss Jennifer Ainsley
Rev David Hewitt
Foundation ex-officio Governor
Vicar of Corbridge
Member of Curriculum Committee
Key Skills: Originally trained as a teacher, worked as an adult educator for most of Ministry
Mrs Monica Philbrick
Parochial Church Council Foundation Governor
Originally from the south east, I trained as a teacher, and taught for 5 years before the arrival of the first of my two daughters. I started working for Traidcraft as a volunteer, very much supporting the fair trade ethos of the company as a practical expression of my Christian beliefs. Then – with my family –I moved to Newcastle to work for the company. I’ve developed materials for primary and secondary schools, run exhibitions and been part of several successful bids for EU and DFID money. Latterly I worked with “developing world”, and European colleagues, to support craft and food producers achieve fair trade compliance.
We moved to Corbridge in 2001, and with 4 grandsons under 8, I’ve revisited my interest in education.
Mrs Ruth Forster
Chair of Curriculum Committee - Foundation Governor
Mr Michael Collins
A Corbridge resident for 18 years.
Occupation: Chartered Credit Manager
A sidesperson for several years at St Andrews Church; now Churchwarden.
PCC appointed governor serving on, Finance, Property and Staffing Committee.
Mr Andrew Patton
I have been a parent governor sitting on the Staffing and Finance Committee since March 2015, and I am also the Science Governor. My son Oliver Patton is in Year 2 and is really enjoying his time at the school.
I want to support the school so that the children can be inspired to fulfil their potential. The following areas are of particular interest to me: to understand how the individual needs of children with their different learning styles are being met, how to best introduce and excite children in Science, strategies to develop/coach all staff, and how to develop the facilities to inspire learning.
For the last 18 years have worked in Research and Development in Procter and Gamble developing branded products in the Consumer Goods Industry. Over the years I have coached and managed many teams, individuals and over 100 intern students. I also have lead number of volunteering positions. Previously I was a STEM ambassador, and I continue to partner with the school how best to bring science to life. I have been part of the First Teach initiative coaching 2 teachers. I am a currently a Trustee of Tyneside Vineyard Charity, my role is primarily to manage the finances in addition to governance, and in addition I help to lead Kids Church for the 3-5 year old group. I believe I can offer the school a business perspective on strategy, leading change, delivering through others and budget management.
Mrs Laura Horn
Local Authority Governor
Staffing and Finance committee
As a Teacher in Northumberland and as a parent of 2 children at Corbridge First School I have a passion for education and fully believe in supporting the school as part of the governing body to be the best it can be.
Mr Craig Johnston
I have been involved in education for 24 years. I am currently working as an ICT Consultant for Newcastle Schools.
Miss Louise Storey
Teaching Staff Governor