Marine Park First School
Park Road
Whitley Bay
United Kingdom, NE26 1LT

Tel: 0191 2008723

[email protected]

Marine Park First School Governing Body Meeting Schedule 2018-19

Tuesday 2nd October 2018 6pm

Tuesday 27th November 2018 6pm

Tuesday 29th January 2019 6pm

Tuesday 19th March 2019 6pm

Tuesday 21st May 2019 6pm

Tuesday 9th July 2019 6pm


Our Governors-

Jen Palmer– Co-opted Governor

I joined Marine Park in 2009 as Year 4 class teacher and joined the Governing Body in 2011.  I moved into Year 2 in 2013 and took up the post of key stage 1 phase leader.  At that time, I also renewed my tenure as a Staff Governor and participate in the Finance and Staffing sub committees. In a previous life, I enjoyed a successful career as a manager in the publishing business sector. I believe that the skills acquired during that experience, coupled with my passion for education, make a positive contribution to our school.   Originally from the North East, I lived in the South from many years and returned to the live at the coast in 2001. This proved to be an excellent move as we all love living here. I am happily married to very supportive husband and we have two lovely children.

Sally Williams-Staff Governor

I have been a staff governor since 2008. I am employed as an HLTA which involves me teaching in class while teachers have time out for planning, preparation, assessment and management duties. I work from Reception right up to Year 4. I also run a Nurture Group and assist with Eco Club. I am married with 3 children (one girl and 2 boys) and a dog! In fact my history with Marine Park began in 1997 when my eldest daughter started in Nursery. I began working here in 2001 so I have experience as both a parent and a member of staff. Outside of school, I enjoy walking my dog, running, going to gym classes and socialising! I love Marine Park. My children had a fantastic, fun education here and I want to help make sure all other children do too.

Shayne Elsworth–Parent Governor

I moved to the North East in April 2015. The move to Whitley Bay was to bring us closer to family and to maximise the opportunities our children have; we have not been disappointed.  I have four children whose experience at Marine Park has been exceptional. I know this is only possible through the commitment and hard work of the staff and I wish to give them my full support. I am a senior leader with experience in a range of schools and I have a track record of leading school improvement.  I hope to play a role in continuing to grow Marine Park as a community we will all continue to be proud of.  I enjoy running and cycling, particularly along the coast.  However, I would really like to make the most of being by the sea, perhaps learning to surf.

Stephen Easton -Headteacher

I joined the school in September 2011, working previously as Headteacher at Grange First School in Gosforth and before that at Ravenswood Primary and Walkergate Primary in Newcastle. I feel very fortunate and am very proud to be the Headteacher at Marine Park First School. The school has an excellent reputation as a successful, large, friendly place to learn and work. I am committed to working collaboratively with a positive staff team, supportive governors, parents/carers and, above all, engaging children. I aim to promote achievement and the development of all our pupils whilst maintaining and building on the successes of the school.

Outside of my employment, I have lived in the North East since 1993 and enjoy spending most of my time with my family. I have a very patient and supportive wife and two sons. I enjoy running and try to complete Parkrun most week. I alos enjoy playing basketball but rarely have time to play and am getting too old to keep up!!

Sarah Bolam-Parent Governor

I was myself a Marine Park Pupil, all be it a few years ago. My oldest 2 children attended the school and my youngest child is there now.  I have always had an interest in becoming a governor but was unable to look at the role due to my working commitments.  I now work part time and I feel that I can now offer the school the commitment it requires. I have been actively involved in many school activities including Christmas and Summer fayres and numerous school outings.  My working life has involved me working in and managing a team whilst dealing with targets and ensuring my team reach a financial target.  My main interest however remains with the children and their education and my approachability to parents and staff.

Ben Willcox-Co-opted Governor

Born in Bolton, Lancashire I moved up to Newcastle University to study and never left the North East. I married Susan in 2007 and moved to Whitley Bay with our daughter, Olivia.  Our second daughter, Eve, was born in 2009.  Both girls attended the school but have since moved up to Middle School.  I used to be a regular Bolton Wanderers supporter but with two young children the opportunity to attend matches is very limited so I console myself with  pub quizzes and a Park Run on Saturday mornings. After University I trained as a teacher before becoming an accountant.  I am now a Chartered Accountant working in industry and hope that I can use my skills to assist in the governance of the school.

Shoiab Miah –Co-opted Governor

I am a British Bangladeshi.  I am a Muslim and I am the Chair Person for N.T.B.C. Ass.  (North Tyneside Bangladeshi Community Association). All my children grew up in North Tyneside and their journey started at Marine Park and Coquet Park respectively.  As a chair person for N.T.B.C. Ass. I am responsible for the Islamic teaching of about 70 children at different categories.  I understand the importance of education and encourage the children to think out of the box.  I have a Foundation Degree in Community Partnership and A.B.A. Honours Degree in Applied Management.  I hope to bring my knowledge and leadership to the role of school Governor.


Jill Bates –Co-opted Governor—Chair of Governors

I worked at Marine Park First School for many years before retiring in August 2014. I wanted to continue my association with the school and so joined the Governing Body as a Local Authority governor. I have seen many changes at Marine Park over the years, not least a school site move, however it has always been a successful, warm and friendly school that has kept children at the heart of everything it does. I look forward to contributing to the school in my new role. I am married to a local GP and have 2 (very grown up) children both of whom have continued into postgraduate education having started at Marine Park. I enjoy swimming, pilates, reading and tea!

Helen Hearn -Co-opted Governor– Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a Local Authority Governor at Marine Park First School since February 2008.   I am a member of both the Finance and Staffing sub-committees as well as having being linked with Early Years, Extended Services and School Meals.  My relationship with Marine Park started via my employment with the Local Authority and my links with the Out of School Club.  My work role involves supporting childcare and early education settings to ensure they are providing a high quality service for our children in North Tyneside, whilst ensuring they are meeting all relevant requirements and legislation.  I would like to think the knowledge and experience I have from my employment, as well as from my qualifications in relation to Early Years and School Business Management, help me provide a good service to your school.  I am married with three children and live in the Cullercoats area.

Ruth LeSueur –Co-opted Governor

Previous to moving here, neither my husband nor I had any connections with the North-East.  When my husband got a post at Newcastle University, we wanted to live in a place that was near the metro, and that had good schools(!)  Whitley Bay was the place we chose, and we have never regretted that decision.  All the schools are good, but of course I think that Marine Park is the best! Initially I stayed at home to look after the children, but when my youngest started school I got a part-time post at Durham University, where I still work.

I have 4 children, all of whom went to Marine Park when they were younger, so I have had an association with the school since 1998.  I started as a parent governor 8 years ago because I wanted to give something back to the school, and then changed to community governor in order to make space for more parents on the governing body.  I am chair of the curriculum and communication sub-committee and  I serve on the staffing and finance sub-committees.  I am also the numeracy governor.

Ruth Sutcliffe-Co—opted Governor

I joined the governing body in 2013 when my son entered Reception. I moved to Whitley Bay in 2006, a few years after returning to the north-east from University in Sheffield. Living in Whitley Bay we have experienced a great sense of community, I am keen that the school continues to develop its relationships with the immediate and extended community, to benefit all. After working in Town and Transport Planning since 2001, both in public and private sector, I feel my experience can contribute to the functions of the governing body. I am also a member of the building sub-committee.

Matt Baillie Smith–Parent Governor

Originally from the West Country, I moved with my partner Rachel to the North East in 2001 and to Whitley Bay in 2012. Our daughters Maia and Isabel were born in 2006 and 2010 and now both attend the school. We love living in the town, and the school has been a big part of that. We often wonder why it took us so long to move here. I am currently a professor of international development at Northumbria University, and have a particular interest in the ways education can help people engage with the local and global communities they are part of. I hope my experiences in this and as a dad can help me support the school to continue to offer a great experience for children in the town. Outside of work I like to spend as much of time as possible up mountains.

Rachael Blackburn-Co-opted Governor

I am Year 4 South class teacher and the science coordinator. I joined Marine Park in 2012, having worked in a primary school in Newcastle for 3 years.  I thoroughly enjoy working in such a busy, vibrant and caring school and being part of such a committed staff is a fantastic experience.  Having joined the governing body in September 2013 I hope to further contribute to providing the best education experience for every child at Marine Park.  Originally from Whitley Bay, I ventured down to Durham for university but a love of living by the coast has brought me back here.  Outside work I can usually be found playing netball, drinking tea and watching old musicals!

Alex Fowler –Parent Governor

I moved to Whitley Bay in 2011 and thoroughly enjoy it! I was born and bred in Middlesbrough (where I still visit the family and support the Boro) before studying Geography at Newcastle University. Alongside my wife we enjoy taking walks with our two children (Henry and Violet) frequented usually with several stops for cake! I enjoy working this off with running and cycling. I’m passionate about sustainability and would like to bring this to my work at our splendid School. 

Governing Body Visits Schedule 2018-19

James Morton –Parent Governor

Born and brought up in Southampton I went to Edinburgh University.  I migrated south to Whitley Bay with my wife in 2001 to take up a training post.  We have been at the coast ever since and have two fantastic boys, Angus and Fraser.  They love Marine Park and I am keen to help the school continue to provide the best possible education for local children. I work for the NHS as a hospital consultant physician and also hold a management role.  The skills I have from my clinical and management experience I feel will translate well to the role of a Parent Governor. In the odd spare moment I grow veg in my allotment  on one side of the ice rink and play cricket in the field on the other side.

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Philip Meikle –Parent Governor

My daughter has a fabulous time attending Marine Park, and so I became a Governor in order to learn more about the school and do my best to support the team which makes it a great place to be. I was brought up in Whitley Bay and am happy to call it home. My work is in transport; and when I’m not at work I’m music making in local orchestras and supporting our region’s future musicians as a volunteer at the North Tyneside Music hub.

Adam Clemerson –Parent Governor

I grew up in the North East before moving with my parents to Nottingham as an 11 year old. My heart always belonged up here and, as an adult, I moved back at the earliest opportunity. I'm passionate about education, having spent a good proportion of my working life employed in adult learning. When our eldest son, Max, started at Marine Park in 2016 I decided I would like to take as active a role in the school as possible and I really hoped I would get the opportunity to serve as a school governor; I was pleased to be voted in on my second application. Our younger son, Alfie, joined the school in 2018 so we will be a part of the school community for a few years yet! I now work as a project manager for a group of enterprise agencies where I support people to start and grow their businesses. I believe I can bring a wealth of skills and experience to the school. In particular I would be keen to develop the enterprising and entrepreneurial skills of the staff, PTA and pupils.

Half Term

Suggested Date and Time

Suggested Theme

Lead Governor/Member of Staff

Governor signed up

Report Received

Half Term 2  

Thursday 8th November 2018

9 a.m. –12.15 p.m.

A morning in Key Stage 2

Chris Harrison

Sarah Bolam

Yes– shared on 29.1.19

Thursday 8th  October 2018


Universal Free School Meals

North Tyneside Catering Service

Carol Lynch

Jill Bates, Ruth Sutcliffe


Summary shared on 29.1.19

Half Term

Wednesday 30th January 2019

9 a.m. –12.15 p.m.

A morning in Key Stage 1 including phonics

Jen Palmer

Jill Bates, Adam Clemerson

Yes– shared on 21.5.19

Half Term 4

Thursday 28th March 2019


Embedding Formative Assessment– what are teacher learning communities and TALCs and how do they work to improve teaching and learning?

Stephen Easton

Panel of teaching staff

James Morton

Yes– shared on 21.5.19

Half Term 5 

Friday 3rd May 2019

Thrive and Teaching Assistant Learning Communities (TALC)

Stephanie Armstrong

Jill Nicholson

Jill Bates, Ruth Sutcliffe

Not yet

Tuesday 14th May 2019

4-5.30 p.m.

Attainment and achievement visit– focus on progress comparison between gender and vulnerable groups

Using gap analysis to inform teaching

Phase Leaders+ Stephen Easton

Adam Clemerson

Yes– to be shared on 9.7.19

Thursday 23rd May 2019 9-12

Mastery in Maths

Chris Harrison, Rachel Heslop, Stephen Easton

Ben Willcox, Ruth LeSeuer

Not yet

Half Term 6     

Thursday 6th June 2019

9-11 a.m.

The pupil premium– who is eligible and how Marine Park uses the money to support attainment and achievement of pupils eligible for the pupil premium

Stephen Easton

Stephanie Armstrong

Jill Bates, Helen Hearn


Thursday 6th June 2019

1.15 p.m-3.15 p.m.

An afternoon in EYFS including the 30 hour offer

Susan Foreman

Helen Hearn


Thursday 6th June 2019

2.45.430 p.m.

A session in Governor Led Out of School Club

Jill Nicholson, Maria Hancock

Helen Hearn, Jill Bates, Ruth Sutcliffe


Friday 14th June 2019 TBC

School Meals– Revisited

North Tyneside Catering Service

Carol Lynch

Jill Bates

Ruth Sutcliffe