Learn more about our Governors
Learn more about our Governors
Name: Mrs A Des-Forges
Governor responsibility: Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor, Chair of the Finance, Premises and Staffing and Chair of the Performance and Curriculum sub-committees. Pupil Premium and Safeguarding Link Governor.
Experience as a Governor: Held role as a governor at Wyndham Primary School since January 2014, prior to this had the role of local Authority Governor at a Northumberland Primary School for four years with varying responsibilities such as link governor for Safeguarding, Early Years, SMSC and Health and Safety.
Experiences that support role as Governor: Mrs Des-Forge worked for Newcastle City Council in the education division for the past fifteen years. Roles have included Professional Assistant to Assistant Director of Education, Project Support and Management roles on the following projects: Newcastle PFI1 Schools, Newcastle Building Schools for the Future Phases 1 & 2, Workforce Remodelling, NHS Lifechecks.
Previously employed as a Policy Officer within the School Improvement Service working with Achievement Partners and School Improvement Advisers to support Newcastle Schools. Other experiences include working within the Local Authority's Press Office as a Communications Adviser (focus on Children's Services) and most recently as the Business Development Officer at Newcastle City Learning Centre. Mrs Des-Forges is currently employed by North Tyneside Council as their Services to Schools Manager.
Name: Mrs Laura Bell
Governor Responsibility: Vice-Chair of the Finance, Premises and Staffing and Vice Chair of the Performance and Curriculum sub-committees. Literacy Link Governor.
Experience as a Governor: Mrs Bell joined the Governing Body in September 2016.
Experiences that support role as Governor:
Since being at school Mrs Bell always saw teaching as her vocation. Whilst she studied for her BA Hons degree in English Language and Literature, she volunteered at a local Pupil Referral Unit in Sunderland and it was there that her passion for teaching and learning was ignited.
After studying for her English PGCE, at Durham University, Mrs Bell’s first teaching job was at Red House Academy in Sunderland where she joined the teaching and learning team and also found a new passion, promoting reading and supporting with literacy across the curriculum. Helping students to find joy in books and using them as a platform to succeed became very important to her. The role allowed Mrs Bell to fully understand the link between success in literacy and being able to access and succeed in the whole curriculum. In her role as Second in the English Department, with Responsibility for KS3, helped Mrs Bell to really understand the importance of a smooth transition between primary and secondary school, as well as the curriculum experience that they had enjoyed before KS3. Working closely with local schools helped Mrs Bell to ensure that her students are challenged and supported from first entry into KS3.
Mrs Bell’s love of teaching and learning then led her to apply to a school in Newcastle which had a very different approach to other schools that she had experience of. Studio West’s pioneering vision is to revolutionize the way our young people are taught and ensure they are properly prepared for work in a way which will enable them to smoothly transfer from the classroom to the workplace at whatever level they decide to enter employment. She had to be a part of it. Mrs Bell’s teaching role there is like no other she has had and it allows her to explore all different ways of engaging students, through project based learning, and ensuring that they leave my classroom with the skills they need to succeed in education and beyond.
Name: Miss K Coulter
Governor Responsibility: Teacher Governor. Member of the Performance and Curriculum sub-committee.
Experience as a Governor: Miss Coulter has been in role as the Teacher Governor at Wyndham Primary School for since 2009.
Experiences that support role as Governor: Miss Coulter is the Deputy Headteacher at Wyndham Primary School. She currently leads the Early Years Foundation Stage and her whole school responsibilities are Literacy, Data and Assessment. Miss Coulter also has responsibility for Teacher Training and Newly Qualified Teachers, Including School Direct Initial Teacher Training and NQT development. She has been part of the Leadership and Management Team since 2009. In July 2014 she also completed her Masters Degree in Leadership Practitioner Enquiry.
Name: Ms A Todd
Governor Responsibility: Parent Governor. Member of Performance and Curriculum sub-committee. Humanities Link Governor.
Experience as a Governor: Became a governor in October 2016.
Experiences that support role as Governor: Mrs Todd first became involved with Wyndham School when her eldest son began reception in 2017, he is the third generation of his family to attend the School. Within a short amount of time he has begun to flourish both academically and socially, this attributes to the great support he has received from the staff and his enriched surroundings. Mrs Todd hopes to make a positive contribution to the school and wider community so that the schools outstanding reputation can be upheld for more generations. Having over ten years employment within the education sector Mrs Todd has a diverse understanding of various roles which are undertaken within a School. She is currently employed as a Teaching Assistant specialising in Special Educational Needs. Through her career experience and parents perspective she hopes to challenge the school to attain their aspirations for the future.
Name: Mr E Nfon
Governor Responsibility: Parent Governor. Member of Performance and Curriculum sub-committee. Science Link Governor.
Experience as a Governor: Has been a Governor since September 2015, re-elected in October 2017.
Experiences that support role as Governor: Mr Nfon first became involved with Wyndham School when his elder son began there in 2010 after they moved to Newcastle, to be followed by his daughter and younger son. It has been a truly positive and happy learning experience to all three of them thanks to the teachers and the support staff. Mr Nfon hopes to make a positive contribution to the school and its community. Having completed a PhD in Applied Environmental Sciences in Sweden, he spent a considerable time in basic Research and environmental consulting. Mr Nfon is currently working as a Regulatory Scientist for a Corporate Research Organisation based in Harrogate. He is passionate about early learning and believes that he has some experience that will be useful in helping the school with its mission moving into the future.
Name: Mrs J Rowley
Governor Responsibility: Non-teaching staff governor. Member of Finance, Premises and Staffing sub-committee.
Experience as a Governor: Mrs Rowley has been in role as the Non-teaching staff governor at Wyndham Primary School since 2006.
Experiences that support role as Governor: Mrs Rowley has worked as a Nursery Nurse at Wyndham Primary School for fourteen years. She leads our Playgroup provision and has been the Playgroup Leader for 10 years. Her whole school responsibilities are leading ‘Managing Medicines’ throughout school, this is a role she has had for eight years.
Name: Mr S Ord
Governor Responsibility: Member of the Finance, Premises and Staffing sub-committee. PE and Sport Premium Link Governor.
Experience as a Governor: Became a governor in December 2017 although this is his first governor role Mr Ord has been attending governor meetings in his role as Assistant Principal at Kenton.
Experiences that support role as Governor: Mr Ord is Assistant Principal at Kenton School. He has been teaching for 8 years, having worked at Kenton in support roles from 2005, he was made Lead Teacher for RE in 2011 and then Head of Social Studies in 2014. He is responsible for the Post 16 provision available at Kenton, as well as the achievement and welfare of all Post 16 students. Mr Ord has supported his current role by taking key strategic decisions along with the headship team and governing body. He hopes to be able to make a contribution to the wider Newcastle school community, and Wyndham students in particular.
Name: Mr A Arshad
Governor Responsibility: Parent Governor. Member of the Finance, Premises and Staffing sub-committee Experience as a Governor: Became a Governor in March 2017 Experiences that support role as Governor: Mr Arshad lives close to Wyndham School which all three of his children have attended over the years, two of whom are current pupils. He has mentored graduates and coached newly qualified teachers via programmes run by Newcastle University and Teach First. Having studied Accounting and Financial Analysis at Newcastle University, he went on to become a Chartered Tax Advisor working in the profession since 1999. He currently leads the People Advisory Services team for a Big Four accounting firm in central Newcastle, advising organisations such as public sector bodies, charities, PLCs and football clubs on employment tax matters. He is excited to be taking on the role of a Parent Governor and believes his experience as a parent, coach and finance professional will assist the school in fulfilling its stakeholders’ expectations.
Name: Miss J Blench
Governor Responsibility: Parent Governor, Member of the Performance and Curriculum sub-committee.
Experience as a Governor: Became a Parent Governor in March 2017.
Experiences that support role as Governor: Jolene has three children in the school and is really passionate about theirs, and the other children in the community’s education, she feels all children should want to come to school as it is a fun, exciting and safe place to be. Jolene currently volunteers in the school and supports year 5 with reading and intervention sessions giving valuable feedback to the teacher to allow the children to focus on areas of development. She has received a great response from all the children and finds this really rewarding.
While working as an Account Manager for a FTSE 100 company Jolene managed a team of ten multi-discipline designers and was responsible for presenting their ideas to people at all levels of the business, influencing and negotiating along the way in order to get the best final result for the business. Jolene’s role also involved coaching and mentoring junior members of the team to encourage and support them in their career development. These skills allow Jolene to share her thoughts, ideas and aspirations for the school with confidence as a Parent Governor.
Name: Mrs L Fabian
Experience as a Governor: As Deputy Head at Kingston Park, Mrs Fabian has been an Associate Governor since 2010. As Acting Head teacher, she works directly with the Local Governing Body at Kenton Bar Primary.
Governor Responsibility: Co-opted Governor. Member of the Performance and Curriculum sub-committee.
Experiences that support role as Governor: Mrs Fabian is Deputy Head Teacher at Kingston Park Primary School. She has been teaching for 29 years, across the Primary Sector and has held a leadership role in schools since 1999, having previously been responsible for leading KS2 and Mathematics. She is Assessment Coordinator, NQT mentor and also leads Monitoring and Evaluation across the school. Mrs Fabian has supported Governors at Kingston Park by leading Monitoring and Evaluation activities with the Governing Body as well as promoting parental engagement and developing links with the wider community.
Name: Mrs C Gill
Experience as a Governor: Became a Co-opted Governor in October 2017.
Governor Responsibility: Member of the Finance, Premises and Staffing sub-committee. Link governor for Art and Design Technology.
Experiences that support role as Governor: Mrs Gill has worked for Newcastle City Council in Children's Services for around fifteen years. At Newcastle Music Service she supported provision of specialist music tuition, activities and experiences in Newcastle schools, including Wyndham. Currently she works in the council's Corporate Parenting team.