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Governing Body Information

Our Governing Body

The governors at Golden Flatts have a very important role in our school community, and it is important that parents and carers know who are representing them and their children. If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the governing body, or would like to become a governor, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Sharpe.

The DFE sets out the purpose of the Governing Body;

  • The purpose of the governing body is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Its three core strategic functions are:
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 Meet the Governors!

Mrs Sue Sharpe, Staff Governor
(Portrait by Cameron, age 7)

Hello, my name is Sue Sharpe and I have been Headteacher at Golden Flatts since January 2007. I started my teaching career in Billingham 24 Years ago. However, I have mainly taught in Hartlepool and have worked at Rift House, Brougham and Golden Flatts. Prior to my appointment at Golden Flatts I spent 6 years working as the Deputy Headteacher of Brougham Primary School. As a class teacher I taught from nursery to Year 6. I am very committed to ensuring that we carter for the needs of all of the children in our care and I have been the special educational needs coordinator at three different schools.

I am passionate about children’s learning and ensuring that all children in our school achieve their very best. Ultimately we want them to be happy, assured, independent young people ready to start on their next stage of education with self-confidence, knowing that they are fully equipped to take on new challenges and be successful.

I have three children of my own. My youngest two children are at primary school and my eldest is in secondary school just about to choose her options. As you can imagine life outside of school is very busy and I don’t get a lot of free time! As a family we love to go walking and we often spend Sundays out in the country side exploring new places.


 Mrs Alison Barnes, Parent Governor
(Portrait by Lucy, age 9)


My name is Alison Barnes and I am a Parent Governor at Golden Flatts Primary School and I have 2 children who attend this school.

I became a School Governor when my eldest child started in Reception Class (5 years ago) and now I am in my second term. I became a Governor to be more involved with my child’s education and to learn about how the school works.

I now work in a School Office and in my spare time I enjoy visiting the cinema, love holidays and exploring new places. The majority of my spare time is spent sat at swimming pools watching my children swimming and competing in galas. I am a volunteer for Grand Central Trains and also with Friends of Seaton Station, both of which I have been committed to for many years.

Mr Alan Shillaw, Co-opted Governor: Chair of Governors
(Portrait by Coral, age 10)

I am married with 4 children and have lived in Seaton Carew nearly all my life. I and my children attended Golden Flatts Primary School and I have been a Governor for 10 years and Chair of Governors for almost 2 years. I feel very passionately about giving our Golden Flatts pupils the very best start in their education and providing them with the skills and confidence to realise their potential.

Mrs Sue Garrington, Co-opted Governor
(Portrait by Mason, age 7)

My name is Sue Garrington and I am a Co-opted governor.  I am the manager of Seaton Carew Library and my connection with Golden Flatts stems from being involved with class visits to the library,  I enjoy all aspects of my role as governor and it is a pleasure to visit the school and participate in events and activities involving the children.  Outside of work, I am a keen cook and gardener and an avid music fan.  At weekends I enjoy walking with friends and family.

Mrs Vicky Folland, Co-opted Governor
(Portrait by Evie, age 7)

Hello I’m Vicky Folland
I’m a co-opted governor at Golden Flatts primary school, part time driving instructor and busy Mam of two, both of my children attend Golden Flatts primary school.
I approached my daughter’s teacher when she was reception class to ask if I could become a governor as I had previously been a governor at her nursery school.   I wanted to be a governor to find out more about the runnings of the school. I love being a governor and find it very rewarding and especially love the visits into school to see what the children have been up to.
A lot of my spare time is spent taking my children to lots of after school activities and walking our dogs.  I’m also the secretary of my daughters dance school committee.  We all love spending time as a family making crafts, watching films and reading books

Mrs Louise Harriman, Parent Governor
(Portrait by Emily, age 10)

My name is Louise Hariman. I am the mum of three children and two of my children currently attend Golden Flatts. I have been a governor here since April 2012. I have recently started my second term of office. I became a governor so I could learn more about how the school works behind the scenes. I am keen to be involved with the school and I help out at Breakfast Club. I also work in the café at Hartlepool 6thForm College. My family love animals and I have recently started to foster dogs for Spaniel Aid UK.

Mrs Pauline Sotheran, Co-opted Governor
(Portrait by Lucy, age 9)

I worked as a Business Manager for 24 years in a Secondary school, and I am now retired.  I became a Community Governor for Golden Flatts Primary School in 2014. My reason for being interested in becoming a governor in a Primary school was to become familiar with the differences and/or similarities of running the business side of both types of schools i.e. the budget, the premises and personnel,. This then gave me the opportunity to be able to contribute if and when necessary. Even though I am now retired I am still very interested in the education of young people and the different ways the teaching staff use to guide and enhance these children’s futures by giving them the best possible opportunities.

Miss Grace Simpson, Staff Governor
(Portrait by Trinity, age10)

I have been a staff governor at Golden Flatts Primary School for the last five years. This is a role I thoroughly enjoy because it’s allowed me to gain brilliant working relationships with both teachers from partner schools and parents.
I have worked at Golden Flatts for the last six years since I was an NQT. In this time I’ve worked in both Year Four and Year 6. Over the last year I’ve become a member of the schools leadership team and have just applied to become the Maths Coordinator.
In the little spare time I have, I enjoy going to the gym and walking. I also love to travel.

Mrs Janet Henderson, Local Authority Governor; Vice Chair
(Portrait by Emily, age10)

I have spent the majority of my working life in education albeit in the further education sector initially as a lecturer and progressing to a senior management role.  In addition for a period of time I was a part-time Ofsted Inspector.  My interest in and passion for education has always been to motivate and help students to reach their full potential regardless of age or background.  I understand the pressures staff are under and the need for support and training.  On retirement I wanted to retain my link with education and as I have 2 grandchildren my interest in primary education motivated me to become a school governor.  On a personal basis I love to travel, spend time with my family and friends and be able to do all the things I never had time to do when I was working full-time.


Governing Body Dates 2016-17

Register of Governors’ Interests 2016-17

Golden Flatts Committee Structure Nov 16

Register of Governors

Golden Flatts Committee Structure Nov 15

Instrument of Government 2015

Governor Training Record


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