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.

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, G&T, been a Senior Leader and Acting Headteacher. Currently I am the subject leader for English, Maths and Computing and the Deputy Head and Year 5/6 teacher. Northside holds a firm place in my heart – the children give their best and the parents have never been less than fully supportive of our aim in achieving the best learning possible.
Outside of the classroom, I am a Specialist Leader of Education for the primary curriculum. I hold the Leading from the Middle qualification and NPQH and I am in the midst of studying for a Masters degree in Educational Leadership. I am also the proud father of 3 lovely babies.

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