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Governor Profiles

Chair of Governors: John Moffat

I have been a Governor for 10 years now, with most of this time as Chair.

I enjoy supporting schools where I can: I use my engineering knowledge to provide the schools with expertise in IT and programming. I have helped to developed the IT/programming capacity in Schools.
In the role as Chair, I have led the GB to challenge the school as it moved on its journey from serious weaknesses to good. Outcomes for pupils improved, as did leadership and management. The school has grown in pupil numbers and is undergoing expansion.

As well as being the Chair of two full Governing Bodies, Westfield Primary and Northside Primary, I am also a National Leader in Governance (NLG) and undertake External Reviews of Governance (ERG) in other schools, providing peer to peer support for Governing bodies within West Cumbria.

Headteacher: Samantha Kidd

I am Executive Headteacher of Dearham and Northside. I hold NPQH and a Masters in Inclusive Education.
This is my fourth headship. I am a National Leader of Education, Ofsted Inspector and my other school is a National Support School.
Northside is a fantastic school and has been on a rapid journey to improvement. The pupils are polite and well-mannered and the parents are supportive. I am proud to be head of such a special place.

Parent Governor: Susan Oglanby

My name is Susan Oglanby, I am a Parent Governor with two children who attend Dearham Primary School, both are in juniors. I grew up and attended school in Seaton and moved to Dearham a number of years ago.

I have worked at a day centre for adults with learning and physical disabilities for the last 22 years, I also have recently started teaching Makaton, which is signing programme to help those individuals with communication difficulties. I am the only person on the North West coast registered and licensed to deliver Makaton, and the sole Safeguarding in Makaton accreditation holder.

I understand the important role school has on our children and hopefully during my time as parent governor I can contribute to this in some way. Because of my personal and working back ground I have an interest in those pupils who have Special Educational Needs.


Staff Governor: Grant O’Townson

I qualified as a teacher in 2007 and have been at Northside Primary School since 2012. I have spent most of my teaching career in Years 5 and 6, with the occasional year spent in Years 3 and 4 along the way.

In the past I have held leadership roles in MFL, PE, DT and G&T. I’ve been a Senior Leader and the Acting Headteacher of Northside Primary School. Currently I am the Deputy Head and the subject leader for English, Maths and Computing. I’m also the Year 5/6 teacher. Northside holds a firm place in my heart – the children give us their best and the parents have never been less than fully supportive of our aim in achieving the best we possibly can for their children.

Outside of the classroom, I am a Specialist Leader of Education for the primary curriculum. I hold NPQH and the Leading from the Middle qualification, qualifications in performance management, financial planning, Safer Recruitment and Safeguarding Level 3. I am also the proud father of 3 lovely children and husband to an amazing woman who inspires me every day.


Trust Board Appointed Governor: Gill George

I used to teach full-time in an infant school and love working with children. I now do supply work both as a teacher and in learning support – it is very interesting. My three children are all grown up and I have 4 grandsons. I am privileged to be a governor at Northside and getting to know so many delightful people in this wonderful school. You are very creative, keen to learn and have excellent manners. It is amazing to see the progress so many of you make, along with the pride in your achievements. My hobbies include walking, cycling and dancing. Mr George would add talking to that! I love to be outdoors and my favourite season is autumn. A lot of my clothes are in autumn colours! Now that I have more time I would like to learn a new skill – but I always seem to be busy!

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