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Jill Bowe

Headteacher at Villa Real School.

Suzanne Bailey

I was a parent Governor from the first year my youngest son Matthew started at Villa Real, age 4, he left after 6th form in 2019.  I am a Children’s Physiotherapist by profession and worked in Newcastle and Durham for 20 years. I have 3 children and now 3 grandsons. I am Chair of Governors, visiting school regularly and work closely with the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team. I have worked alongside staff and pupils in most classes and am constantly thrilled to see the children’s personalities shine through. 
I am part of the Staffing committee and the Finance and Premises sub committee and as with all my Governor colleagues, I am committed to working with school and taking it forward for the benefit of our children.

Ivan Jewell

During my past career I worked for thirty years in the Further and Higher Education Sectors. I have a genuine interest in education, and the opportunity for children and young people to reach their full potential.
I have been a Governor at Burnopfield Primary School for over 20 years and am a Board  Member of the New College Academies Trust. I would like to share my knowledge and experience  and I am committed to working with  Villa Real School, and assisting it to move forward for the benefit of the children and young people. I am Chair of the Finance and Premises sub committee.

Lindsey Robinson

I became a Parent Governor in October 2020, shortly after my daughter, aged 6 joined Villa Real. I also have a son aged 2. I work part time for a Global Energy Company and have experience in project management strategy, business improvement, audit and quality systems. I really hope that in my role of Parent Governor I can use my skills and experience to support the school to ensure our children have the best possible experience at Villa Real School. I also hope that I can learn some new skills and increase my understanding of the education sector. I am currently Vice Chair of the Governing Body.

Alan Granton

Currently a teacher and part of the Middle Management Team at Villa Real, I am delighted to be a teacher governor.  My previous occupations have included electrician, working for Northumbria Police and a Religious Studies teacher. Speaking as a teacher I am passionate that every student is given the opportunity to develop their skills and interests in a supportive and challenging way. My goal, when students leave Villa Real School,  is they have the skills and understanding to give them the best future possible and to ensure they are equipped to make good decisions in later life.  Young people constantly amaze me of their capability, positive attitude, and ability to shape the future. I hope to be a supportive, positive influence on your child in their learning journey through Villa Real School.

Gemma Scott

I became a Parent Governor in 2020, I have 4 children, and one of my sons has attended Villa real for over 10 years.  I have been actively involved in supporting the school wherever possible, and successfully raised funds over the years, which have been used to develop areas of the school and buy equipment.
 I am the Managing Director of my family company, this role requires correspondence with clients, liaising with other professionals and arranging training and billing. Previously I worked as an Educational Development Manager within an Alternative Education provision, and also several years as a Learning Support Assistant within a SEN provision.
 I have a wealth of knowledge in supporting children and young people who attend alternative education facilities and SEN provisions, and as a parent of a child who has extra needs, I am dedicated to helping develop opportunities for the pupils of Villa Real, and supporting the work of the staff.

Kathryn Rooney

I’m a married mother of three grown up children. I was a hairdresser from leaving school, progressing to salon manager in several local salons. I later trained as a teaching assistant and senior support in various schools in the area. I was a youth worker until recently, and I also do shifts with an agency with vulnerable adults and children.
I was elected as councillor for Consett North ward in the last local elections, it is a role I find very rewarding.

Caroline Spence

I’m a busy working mam of 1 son and 2 stepsons. My son and my stepson are both diagnosed with ASD one of which attends Villa Real. My day job is as a data and systems analyst, specifically around the financial reporting, within the water industry and I hope I have skills from that which will be of use in my role here as a Parent Governor. I’m very excited to be a part of the School’s future.

Jamie Daniels

I am new to being a Governor here at Villa Real, but am really looking forward to being involved in such an amazing place. I am the Senior Pastor (minister) at County Durham Christian Life Centre, a modern Church in Consett and also work for St John’s College in Durham University training Church ministers. I have previously run a Christian charity working with young people across the North East and have a real passion to see them get the absolute best in life. I have a wonderful wife, who is a secondary Art Teacher and a wonderful little boy called John. In my spare time I love sports, especially watching F1 and Football (the mighty Newcastle United) and used to play Field Hockey at a fairly decent standard.  As well as sports I have a love of cars and have a couple of classic cars myself.  I hope and pray that my experience and skill set can help Villa Real School and I can’t wait to see all that can be achieved over this next season.
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