Fell Dyke Primary School

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Our Governors

Reverend Dorothy Snowball

I am co-opted governor and enjoy very much being involved with the school and follow the amazing work that goes on at the school. It is not only the children who work very hard but also all of the staff who help to make learning an exciting and interesting experience. I am a priest in the Church of England and it is good to be among the children, staff and parents who work together to develop a strong learning environment to bring a round education for all. The governing body gives an opportunity to spend time in school and to feel very much apart of the development and learning experience.

Jen Reay

Hi, I’m Jennifer Reay. I hope that my degree in Education will support me to support our children, their families and staff at the school. Being both a private tutor and a keen linguist, I will be very interested in championing our MFL provision in school. Both through being a governor elsewhere in the borough and through being a qualified peer mentor, I have experience safeguarding vulnerable children and supporting learners with SEND statements – my absolute key focus in any role I hold. I am really looking forward to working with our children and families and will seek to promote community cohesion and school-family relationships at every opportunity.

Guy Brown

Guy has been a Governor at Fell Dyke since 2017. Guy is Campus Director at Northumbria University and previously Head of Department and Principal Lecturer at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. He has previously held roles in the public and private sector in the areas of strategic marketing and economic development. Having lived in Gateshead all of his life, Guy is an active member of the local community alongside being a committee member and contributor for a range of national organisations including the Association of Business Executives and National Association of School Business Managers.

Richard Lund

A governor at Fell Dyke since 2018, I have worked in education for more than forty years, principally in the university sector as Undergraduate Programme Director in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at Northumbria University. I worked in the independent sector for 2 years with children of primary school age and have been an in-class volunteer at Fell Dyke since 2013. A firm supporter of MFL as a distinctive communication skill, I enjoyed promoting MFL in various secondary schools locally and regionally, and welcome its teaching at Fell Dyke. Believing in a broad, inclusive and high standard of education for children at every stage, I am keen to ensure and assure their smooth transition from primary to secondary school. My own interests are geared very much to travel, culture and sport.

Alex Storey

My name is Alex Storey and I am thrilled to be apart of Fell Dyke’s governing body. I am currently teaching in Year 5 (Jade Class) and I am now in my 5th year teaching at Fell Dyke. I have a very keen interest in maths, sports and technology. Being a teacher at Fell Dyke is the best job in the world, I absolutely love working with our amazing and hardworking children everyday and helping them learn and achieve. I am looking forward to working with the governors to continue the progression, development and achievements of the children and staff at Fell Dyke.

Christine Smurthwaite

Hi, I’m Christine Smurthwaite newly appointed to the board of governors. I look forward to working with my fellow governors, the teachers and the children to help to deliver the school vision statement ensuring that all of the children reach their full potential by becoming content, confident and competent learners.

I am recently retired with a background in the financial sector as a business change manager and I believe I have many skills which are transferable and will support me in my role as a governor.

Karen Strassheim

My name is Karen Strassheim and I am delighted to be a newly appointed governor. Following a career as a Civil Servant for 23 years I decided to change career path and become a teaching assistant, getting my first job here at Fell Dyke nine years ago and can honestly say I have never looked back. I am currently working across year 5/6 and thoroughly enjoy working with all staff and the amazing children to help them reach their full potential and be the best they can be. I’m looking forward to working with the governing body to continue supporting the children in every aspect of their learning and wellbeing.

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