Meet the Governors

  • Mr Simon Smith

    Chair of Governors

    I have had the pleasure and privilege to be a School Governor and Chair of Governors at four schools in South East Northumberland, before becoming a co-opted Governor and elected Chair of Governors at North Fawdon Primary School.

    I have worked in Higher Education for over ten years, predominantly in supporting research activity at Northumbria University. I also teach undergraduates in Leadership and Management.

    Apart from being a School Governor, I volunteer with the regional Athletics Association and I am a board member of both the European and the World Governing bodies for Snooker and Billiards. I enjoy the challenges and responsibilities of being a School Governor. It provides an opportunity to ensure that children are given the best possible opportunities for life, not only through receiving a quality education, but also in promoting personal and social development.

    As Chair of Governors, I am fully committed to ensuring that the leaders, teachers and staff empower and fully engage your children to get the most from their time at North Fawdon in a safe and caring environment that promotes learning.

  • Mrs Elliott

    Acting Head Teacher

    I have worked in the North East in education for over fifteen years. I started my teaching career in Morpeth, Northumberland where I was the computing and Assessment Lead. During my time there I was also a lead teacher in the Every Child a Writer project where I would worked with other teachers in schools to improve the teaching and outcomes in writing for children. I love teaching writing and it is still the area I love the most!

    I have always been interested in Special Educational Needs and during this time I also studied for a Masters in Autism.

    In the Summer term of 2010 I moved to North Fawdon to take up a position as Assistant Head and in the Spring of 2012 I was appointed Deputy Head. During my time here I have been English Lead, the lead for Pupil Premium and Assessment.

    During the 2017-18 academic year North Fawdon became involved in supporting Kenton Bar Primary school and I became Acting Head of School.

    Currently, I am Acting Head Teacher for North Fawdon Primary School.

  • Dr Shaun Bloomfield

    Vice Chair/Parent Governor

  • Mrs Sarah Hayes

    Co-opted Governor

    Sarah has worked in education for over 25 years, both in schools in North Tyneside and in Newcastle. In 1991 she took up a management post at Kingston Park Primary School and in 1993 she was appointed as Deputy Head within the school.
    In 2001, after three periods of acting Headship (two at Kingston Park and one at Byker Primary School), she was appointed as the Headteacher of West Denton First School. Sarah led West Denton through re-organisation from a First into a Primary School and also through two major building projects, before being appointed as Headteacher of Stocksfield Avenue Primary School in September 2010

  • Miss Maxine Pape

    Staff Governor

    I was seconded to North Fawdon Primary School in 2012 in the Summer term and have been a permanent member of staff since!
    I hold an Early years Specialism with BA Honours and I have my NASC award for leading Special Educational Needs across the school. I am also the Mental Health lead and promote well being for staff, children and our families.
    I have recently taken the role on as the Healthy Schools Coordinator where I aim to have a Healthy School status award by July 2019. I have been a Teacher Governor since 2014. Without any doubt, I am extremely proud to be part of the North Fawdon Family

  • Mr Keith Daniels

    Co-opted Governor

  • Dr Greta Defeyter

    Co-opted Governor

    Professor Greta Defeyter BSc (Hons) CPsychol FRSA FHEA FBPsS PhD
    Faculty Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor Knowledge Exchange
    Health & Life Sciences
    Northumbria University

    Greta has been at Northumbria University since 2003. She is the strategic lead for Knowledge Exchange within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences that incorporates the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing; the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health; the Department of Applied Science; the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation; and the Department of Psychology.

    In addition to her university role, she is also Director of the Healthy Living Lab at Northumbria University. The Healthy Living Lab is a multi-disciplinary lab and includes academic colleagues from disciplines ranging from education, health economics, nutrition, psychology, social work, sociology, sports science, sports psychology, and law. Her current research interests are food poverty, food insecurity, social and educational injustice and holiday hunger. She has received funding from the ESRC, the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust, Public Health England, the Mayor of London and the Big Lottery, as well as funding from local authorities and industry. In 2015, she published the first evaluation of holiday breakfast clubs and in 2016 published a paper based on a UK wide Meals & More programme. She is now a recognised expert in this area and is in demand around the world. In 2015, she was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

    More recently, she joined prestigious line up of award winners including Ed Balls and Jamie Oliver by winning a Food Heroes Award from Sustain for her research and evaluations on school breakfast clubs and holiday hunger. In 2017, the Healthy Living Lab won the British Psychology Public Engagement Award (North East) for knowledge exchange. She currently supervises a number of PhD student’s, post-docs and research assistants researching holiday hunger and educational inequality.

  • Mr Rob Carradice

    Co-opted Governor

  • Dr Nick Cott

    Co-opted Governor

    Dr Nick Cott is one of the local Councillors for Fawdon & West Gosforth ward. He has been a local Councillor since 2000, and in Fawdon since 2018.
    Nick was the Council cabinet member for Children’s Services between 2004 and 2011 and served on a ministerial advisory group in relation to schools and education (2011-12). He is currently Deputy Leader of the Opposition on the Council (2018-). Nick has recently been elected to serve on the Local Government Association’s national Children & Young People Programme Board.
    As well as being a governor at North Fawdon, Nick is also a governor of Newcastle City Learning, which specialises in education for post-16 and adults.
    Outside of his local authority role, Nick works in higher education and in online and distance learning. He works as an Associate Lecturer of the Open University and as a tutor for the Joseph Cowen Centre, a community interest company based in Newcastle.

  • Ms Sarah O'Malley

    Co-opted Governor

    I am a Parent Governor who has 2 children attending North Fawdon Primary School. I have 4 children in total including my daughter who has additional needs and disabilities. I have been a lone parent for many years and understand the challenges of this role first hand. I have had to take time away from work to attend my children’s needs and specifically my youngest who attends hospital regularly with her complex health needs.

    I am also a registered children’s social worker who qualified in 2003. I have had many years’ experience in my professional role, including working within children with disabilities teams and fostering as well as central safeguarding teams. I mainly worked throughout cities in the North West of England, however returned to my birthplace Newcastle upon Tyne, with my children approximately 2 and a half years ago. I feel my life and work experience are a representation of my commitment to seeing children achieve their full potential and I maintain a value base within my professional and personal life that promotes the best outcomes for every child and knows the importance of the voice of the child.

    Within the time my children have attended North Fawdon Primary School, I have witnessed my children’s confidence grow and in such a short time, they felt they had been in attendance at this school in their words ‘all their lives’. Their voices are heard and their individuality promoted while also learning in a positive environment, boundaries and skills that they will take with them for life.

    I have also felt confident in North Fawdon Primary School from the outset and I am humbled to now be part of their governing team.

  • Miss Tania Robinson

    Staff Governor

    I have worked for North Fawdon Primary School for over five years as a Support Assistant currently in Upper Key Stage 2. I currently work in Year 6 and I am extremely proud to be part of the North Fawdon family.

    My qualifications include - NNEB diploma in Nursery Nursing along with a Level 4 in Higher Level Teaching Assistant. I am working towards BA (Hons) in Education Studies (Primary).

    I have attended a Mental Health First aid course and I am the First Aid lead at North Fawdon Primary School.