Please find below a list of our Governing Body here at Hartburn Primary School:

Head Teacher
Mrs Claire Park  – 01/09/20 –

I am an experienced Head Teacher and was employed as Head of School at Hartburn in 2020. I feel incredibly privileged to lead such passionate staff and to grow determined and motivated children who love to learn. Our Hartburn Hopes encompass the virtues that are important to us in our school community: honesty, resilience, respect, ambition, compassion and integrity. I am proud of the bespoke curriculum that we are developing at Hartburn which fosters a deep knowledge and love of our local heritage; Children at Hartburn are very proud and respectful citizens of Teesside. We enjoy lots of strong links with local schools and businesses. Children can recognise and talk about local landmarks, the development of our region and the opportunities it can offer.

There is a deep desire in our school that all children gain a sense of self and a sense of place to develop resilience and an understanding of heritage. Skill development such as oracy, reading, writing, critical thinking and reasoning across the curriculum are a key focus to enable children to access knowledge so they can grapple and debate. Children need to understand that they can make a real difference and they need to know what matters now, locally, nationally and internationally.

I am incredibly excited about our school development; my role on the local governing body galvanises positive change to improve outcomes for all of the children at Hartburn Primary School.

Staff Governor

Mr Mark Whitecross

My name is Mark Whitecross and I was elected to the governing body as staff governor in January 2021. I am an experienced teacher who has worked at the school for the past 12 years. I currently teach in Year 2 and am also the school’s PE lead, an area of the curriculum which I am very passionate about. I have three children, the eldest of which is a student at Hartburn Primary School. I am passionate about playing a part in the continuing improvement of the school and giving the pupils the best possible opportunities to thrive.  

Associate Member

Mrs Lindsey Wain

My name is Lindsey Wain and I have the pleasure to work alongside the Head of School and governors as Deputy Teacher. I joined the governing body as an Associate Governor in January 2021, following my appointment to Deputy Head.  I am a link governor for Maths and work with Carolyn Yule, the link governor for Foundation subjects and Claire Berry, who is the link governor for Health & Safety have been at Hartburn since September 2015, first as a teacher in Year 6 and leader of Key Stage 2, and then subsequently as a deputy head.  I enjoy working with our governors to help facilitate our motto of ‘Life-long Learning’.  I am especially passionate about offering a broad and balanced curriculum, and am proud of the bespoke broad and balanced curriculum that Hartburn has to offer.  Whilst I am a Designated Safe-guarding Lead, I am also a Designated Mental Health Lead, charged with supporting and leading the Wellbeing of staff and pupils – a successful school relies on the wellbeing of its school community.

Parent Governor

Ann-Marie Wilson

I am a Mum to two children in the school, currently year 2 and year 4 and my aim is to be able to represent other parents to make sure that school provides the best possible opportunities and experiences for all our children. I have been a Local Authority Lawyer for over 15 years , specialising in child protection issues, along with some education areas such as school appeals. I hope that my experience can prove useful as a member of the Governing body.

Co-opted Governors (voted in by full Governing Body)
Mrs Kay Steven – Chair – 29/06/15 – 
Mr Gavin Hatton 24/04/19 – 23/04/22

Parent Governors (voted in by pen portrait and ballot to all parents in school)
Mrs Carolyn Yule – 15/03/17- 30/09/22
Mrs Claire Berry – 12/12/99- 11/12/23
Mrs Ann-Marie Wilson 16/12/19 – 15/12/23

Miss Emily Cheesman


Chair of Governors
Mrs Kay Steven

Vice Chair of Governors
Mrs Carolyn Yule

Chair of Resources Committee
Mrs Kay Steven

Safeguarding Governor
Mrs Kay Steven

SEN/DDA/Inclusion Governors
Mrs Kay Steven

School Improvement Governor
Mrs Carolyn Yule

Membership of sub-committees

Resources Committee
Mrs Kay Steven, Chair
Mrs Claire Park
Mr Mark Whitecross
Mrs Carolyn Yule

School Improvement Committee
Mrs Kay Steven
Mr Mark Whitecross
Mrs Carolyn Yule
Mrs Claire Park

Co opted Governor Vacancy June 2021
Governors 2021
Articles of Association
Register of Governor Interest
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