Our Governors

Governing Body Members

Mrs. L StaffordCo-opted (Chair)Lisa became a parent governor of Hetton School in 2018. She is responsible for governor oversight of Mathematics and is Chair of the governing board. She believes that effective governance can improve the educational provision for students at Hetton School. Outside of school, Lisa lives in Easington Village with her husband and children. Her interests include going to Jupiter Gym, reading and being on board of Women in Social Housing, North East.
Mrs. A TinklerCo-opted (Vice-chair)Angela became a co-opted governor of Hetton School in 2019 and a Vice-chair in 2020. She is responsible for governor oversight of Careers Education, Information and Guidance. She believes that effective governance can ensure that the school is well run, and continues to improve to achieve the best outcomes for all students. Outside of school, Angela lives in Hetton. Her interests include walking and trying to keep fit!
Mrs. P Morgan Co-opted (Vice-chair) Philippa became Vice Chair of Governors for Hetton School in 2020 but has been on the governing board since 2013 first as parent governor and then as a co-opted governor.  She is a link governor with responsibilities for Safeguarding and SEND. She believes that effective governance is important as the governors are there to ensure the school provides a high quality of education to all its pupils providing them with the skills, qualifications, and career aspirations to successfully move on to the next stage in their life. Outside of school, Philippa lives in Hetton with her husband and family and her work has given her a lot of safeguarding knowledge that she brings to her link governor role.
Mrs. S BellCo-optedSusan became a co-opted governor of Hetton School in 2019. She is responsible for behaviour and rewards. Susan believes that effective governance can support school leaders to be the best they can for the benefit of the whole school community. Outside of school, Susan lives in Fatfield with her family
Her interests include walking the dog, meeting friends and family events. She is the CEO of Balmoral Learning Trust and represents local primary schools on our board.
Ms. L Morlock Co-opted Lindsay became a co-opted governor of Hetton School in 2020. She is responsible for governor oversight of Science. She believes that effective governance can make a real difference to the quality of education young people receive, and thereby help strengthen the skills and opportunity available to the wider community. Outside of school, Lindsay lives in Sunderland with her partner. Her interests include running, cooking and reading.
Mrs. L WoodCo-optedLisa became a governor of Hetton School in 2020.  She believes that effective governance can offer challenge and support to school leaders to secure the best outcomes for young people. Outside of school, Lisa lives locally, in Hetton, with her husband and two children; both she and her husband attended Hetton School themselves.  Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and is a long-standing member of Houghton Brass.
Mr. J TurnerParentJulian became a parent governor in 2020. He is responsible for various governor roles. He believes that effective governance can make sure the school delivers a high standard of education and therefore hold the Headteacher accountable. Outside of school, Julian lives in Sunderland with his wife and three autistic children. His interests include walking, reading and he is a keen crafter.
Mr. M WatsonStaffMichael Watson became staff governor of Hetton School in 2019. He is responsible for bringing a staff viewpoint and perspective to discussions and leading English Language within the school. He believes that effective governance can significantly improve the lives and opportunities of students in our community. Outside of school, Michael lives in Gateshead. His interests include reading, film, and theatre.
Mr. C KnowlesStaffCraig became a staff governor of Hetton School in 2018, when he took on the Headteacher role. He had previously been an observer since 2010 in his roles as Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher. He believes that effective governance can provide the challenge and support school leadership needs to drive continuous improvement of the school for the benefit of its students and community. Outside of school, Craig lives in Tynemouth with his wife and two teenage children. His interests include tennis and football.
Ms. J. BainbridgeCo-optedAlthough I now live in Houghton Le Spring, I am an alumnus of Hetton School and was a pupil between 1982 and 1987. My working background is in higher education and I have a keen interest/passion in supporting the development of education and supporting the school in its development.
Mrs. S Keable Parent My son is currently in Year 8 and my eldest son left Hetton School in the Summer of 2021 with great GCSE results. I am keen to have the opportunity to consider, review and influence strategic aspects of how the school run and provide a voice from both a parental and student angle.
My working background lies in Strategic Housing Association Governance where I have worked as a Governance Regulation Lead for seven years.
VacantCo-optedThe school has advertised for this role. Anyone interested should email william.harrison@togetherforchildren.org.uk or contact the schoo.


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Governor Information Documents and Links

Governor InformationView
Governing Body Current Terms of ReferenceView
Governors Interest Business and FinancialView
Governing Body Support Files View
Meeting AttendanceView
Register of InterestsView

“My eldest son left school in 2007 so there was never any question of which school my youngest would attend in 2012. However, what a huge difference I’ve found in the school from then until now. The school is very well led with the Head being a major presence, the staff are very well respected, approachable and helpful at all levels. Examination results continue to improve which is fantastic. Pupil moral is great with reward schemes, extra-curricular activities and school excursions open to all.”

Parent of Year 8 Student

"Parents and carers are broadly supportive of the school and its new leadership. They feel that their children are well cared for and supported"

Ofsted Quote

“As parents, we are always impressed with the way in which Hetton School staff listen to comments or concerns, and act quickly and effectively, particularly when relating to pupil progress and wellbeing. There’s a good community feeling. Hetton School has good systems in place to support students’ individual attainment. It offers good opportunities outside of the school day for pupils to progress further. We’re well aware that standards and results at Hetton School have risen in recent years and continue to do so.”

Parent of Year 7 and 10 Student

"Pupils are proud of their school and its caring, tolerant ethos".

Ofsted Quote

“I am very pleased with the pastoral support. Hetton School value the opinion of students and this can only help to build self-confidence into adulthood.”

Parent of Year 10 Student

"The quality of leadership and teaching in the local authority resource provision for pupils who have speech and language difficulties enables pupils to make strong progress".

Ofsted Quote

“I have been very impressed with how well my daughter has settled into Hetton School. She has made some very good friends, gets on well with her form tutor, enjoys her lessons and has made good academic progress. The school keeps me up-to-date with how she is doing and acknowledges when she has done something of particular merit. The Parents Forum gives us a voice to bring up any issues that arise and for the school to ask our opinion also. I would definitely recommend Hetton School to any prospective pupil or parent, and with a new build coming, Hetton will finally have the building this good school deserves.”

Parent of Year 8 Student
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