Meet the Governors
Jenny Davidson (Chair)
I have been a governor at Grange since 2015 when I joined as a parent governor, I am currently the Chair of the Governing body, I also chair the Finance and Premises Committee. I have three children, Sam (13) and Alfie (10) both of whom attended Grange and Arthur (4). I first became a governor to support the great work that is going on at the school and because I hoped that I could use some of the skills and knowledge from my day job to help the school to grow and flourish. I currently work as a lecturer at Newcastle University Business School but have spent most of my career working for the company that run Heathrow Airport.
Alison Crow (Staff Governor)
I have been a member of staff at Grange for twenty years and have worked from Nursery through to Year four. I have spent the last thirteen years in Reception class. I joined the governing body over twenty years ago, serving as a community, co-opted and staff governor. I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Admissions Committee. It has been very interesting seeing the school develop and grow to a two form entry school. I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and I am passionate about high quality education and each and every child reaching their full potential.
Michelle Jones (Parent Governor)
I am a Trust Governor and have previously been a Parent Governor. I have enjoyed my time serving the community since 2012. Initially I focused on Early Years but for the last 5 years I have invested my energy in Inclusion and Pupil Premium. I am on the Curriculum Committee and Staffing Committee. I have one child at Grange, with an older child now in the middle school. I am proud to support the welfare and development of the children and work with the school to deliver many opportunities ensuring every child receives the best school experience. Outside of school I am an Entrepreneur and Social Activist and believe that I am able to bring the passions and experiences from my personal and professional life to our work on the Governing Body.
Frances Cameron (Vice Chair of Governors)
I have been a co-opted governor on the governing body for 4 years. I expressed an interest in becoming a governor in Gosforth and the Council linked me up with Grange. During that time I have served on the Teaching & Learning Committee and have been the link governor for Arts. I have two very young children, who are 2 and 8 months old, so I’m often seen at the governors’ meeting with a baby in a sling or car seat! Outside of school I am an employment / Human Resources solicitor and specialise in advising companies on how best to deal with employees. I do use my skills as a solicitor for our work on the governing body, for instance, I have reviewed school policies and procedures before. I would like to pursue this further by helping the school with recruitment in the future.
Caroline Roberts (Parent Governor)
I was elected to be a Parent Governor and started my post in September 2018. I have two children who attend Grange First and I am pleased to work hard in supporting and contributing to our school’s continuing progress and achievements. I am particularly focused on ensuring that we achieve the best provision and outcomes in SEND and that we develop and support both our children’s and our staff’s wellbeing and resilience. I serve on the Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee and I represent our school as a Director of the Gosforth Schools Trust. I used to work as a Speech and Language Therapist for the NHS before moving to Newcastle University where I worked in Research and Clinical Education. I am now re-training to be a Counsellor. I bring experience from these roles to the Governing Body, along with my current experiences as a parent at the school.
Beverley Kidd-Scannell (Co-opted Staff Governor)
I have been the Deputy Head and Reception teacher at Grange for 13 years and during this time I have been privileged to serve on the Governing Body. I have seen the school grow to double its size and been part of its growth and development. I serve on the Teaching and Learning and Finance committee. I take an active role in the local community and work closely with schools within our trust.
Vanessa Tingle (Staff Governor)
I have been a class teacher at Grange First School since September 2015. I have served as a staff governor since September 2018 and I also sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee. I feel incredibly proud to work at Grange and strive to bring a teacher’s perspective to the governing body. Outside of school I’ll most likely be found in the kitchen as I love to bake and keep our staffroom well stocked with goodies!
Iain Ross (Parent Governor)
My name is Iain Ross and I’ve been a governor at Grange since September 2018, along with being a parent governor I’m also the link governor for safeguarding and English, helping to maintain the high standards Grange have already achieved in these areas. I also sit on the finance and staffing committees. I have a daughter at Grange, currently in Year 3 and outside of school I’m a consultant electrical engineer.
Andy Hicken (Parent Governor)
I'm Andy Hicken. I am a parent governor, member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and Link Governor for Curriculum. I have a son in Year 4 and another who has started in Reception this year. In addition to my connections to the school, I am also a secondary teacher of Computer Science so obviously have a keen interest in education. In my own time, I enjoy quizzes, puzzles and reading and as anyone who knows me will attest, I do a lot of running.
Paul Edwards - (Parent Governor)
This year will be my third year as a parent governor for our school; I am a member of the Finance Committee and have been the link governor for maths. I have two children who attend Grange and the parent governor role enables me to have a deeper understanding of the school improvement plan and to review and challenge progress against this plan which is intended to create a safe and friendly environment where all the children can fulfil their potential. I have worked in the financial services sector for over 15 years and head the conduct risk function for a regional building society. My role involves providing effective risk management and oversight of the culture, conduct and behaviours of the firm, all of which are transferable skills to my role as parent governor at Grange.
Matt Ward (Headteacher)
I am very proud to be the headteacher of Grange First School. I joined the school as Headteacher in 2011 having previously worked as a leader, advanced skills teacher and teacher in a range of schools in Newcastle and abroad since starting my teaching career over 25 years ago. Working together, the governors, staff and community of Grange First have developed and grown our school over the last five years whilst at all times trying to keep the family atmosphere that we think makes us special. It is a great privilege to work with our dedicated and creative team to strive to improve every day and to provide the very best educational experiences for our children