Personal Statements:

Cllr Anne Hetherington (Chair of Governors)

I have been associated with Stanhope Primary School since 1977 and joined the Governing Body shortly after that firstly as a Parent Governor, and then as a co-opted member and now LEA Governor.

I am passionate about Stanhope and will continue to strive with my colleagues and the staff to make sure all our children reach their full potential and feel safe and happy during their time with us.

Harriett Judd (Co-opted Governor)

I have been a Parent Governor since 2015, when my daughter was in year 3, she is now in Year 6.  I work as a Network Performance Coordinator at Northumbrian Water and have worked there for 18 years in many different roles. I bring lots of experience in data analysis, people management, asset management, budget control, health & safety and workplace mediation.

I had no previous experience as a governor but I am enjoying the challenge of development and learning from the training courses that have been provided by the council and school. These courses have enabled me to understand what is expected of a governor and how a school should adhere to policies and run effectively.  I feel that as a governor I can cast an independent eye over the workings of the school for example, through my link visits and I can bring additional challenge to decisions made within the governors meetings.

I am very proud to be a governor here and just like every parent at Stanhope Primary School, I want the very best for my child hence I can always bring a parents perspective to every meeting. I feel it is important that every child at Stanhope is happy, safe, confident and strive to become the very best they can be. As parents we need to support the school in its journey to become outstanding but when necessary we should also put the school under tough challenge. I am not afraid to ask difficult questions and I am able to speak out and up for what is most important.

I’m always happy to have a chat so if you see me around and want to ask me anything, feel free (alternatively you can contact me via the school office).

John Hetherington (Chair of Resources Committee)

I attended Stanhope Primary school as did my daughter so have a great affinity and passion for the school. I joined the board of Governors in 2014 and I am proud to have been elected as chair of Resources.

I work closely with the Head Teacher and my Governor colleagues to make sure that the finances are well managed for the benefit of the children.

I have also worked with the Local Authority to, Head Teacher and Governors to achieve a balanced budget.

Abbi Adair (Safeguarding Link Governor) 

I have been a co-opted Governor since the summer of 2016.  I work as a children’s social worker for a North East children’s services, and have worked there for 17 years in a number of different social work roles.  I bring lots of experience in child safeguarding, people management, conflict management, multi-agency working, risk assessment and prioritising the needs of vulnerable children.  As the safeguarding link governor I have worked with the school to ensure policies are up to date with the latest guidance, and provide updates to governors at termly meetings.

The school and council continues to provide me with the opportunity to attend a wide range of training courses which supports my understanding of what is expected of me in my role as governor, and what policies the school must adhere to, to run effectively.  I am proud to be a governor of Stanhope Primary School, and want to strive to ensure every child who attends is safe, happy, and enabled to develop their full potential. In order to do this, I feel it is essential to support the school in its journey to become outstanding.  I encourage and welcome anyone who would like to ask me anything, to contact me via the school office.

Douglas Mather (Co-opted Governor)

I volunteer as the Secretary of the Durham light Infantry Association (South Shields Branch), this entails the day to day administrators and record keeping of the branch.

I am also on the executive committee of the D.L.I. Association which meets in Durham City. This committee runs the D.L.I. Association throughout the North East of England.

I also volunteer as a member of the Scrutiny Panel of South Tyneside Homes. The Panel scrutinise the services that South Tyneside Homes provide to the tenants of South Tyneside Council.

As the Secretary of ‘The Friends of the West Park, South Shields’, I maintain the minutes of all meetings also the financial records and the daily running of this group of volunteers.

Amy O’Brien (Co-opted Governor)

I have been a co-opted Governor at Stanhope Primary School since January 2018. I work at Newcastle University on projects related to widening access to higher education for young people. I am passionate about equality of opportunity in education and making sure that young people are supported to make the best decisions about their future. I also have experience of working with multiple stakeholders, marketing and communications, and project management.


I am also the Pupil Premium link Governor for the Governing Board and am keen to ensure that all pupils at Stanhope are supported to achieve the best that they can.