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Nigel Gair – Chair of Governors -Leadership and Management / Performance Management  / Safeguarding  / Health and Safety


Stacy Richardson - Parent Governor - Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)


Christine Sowerby  - Staff Governor - EYFS


Lucy Woodhouse - Parent Governor - Behaviour and Pupil Welfare


VACANCY - Trust Governor - Pupil Premium and Sports Premium




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Chair of Governors - Nigel Gair

I have lived locally for the last ten years and have grown to understand the importance of of Darton Primary School to this community. Building on previous experience as Chair of Governors at a Primary School in North Yorkshire I was delighted to take up the role of Chair of Governors here in January 2019. Professionally, I have recently retired from a career of 35 years in the Civil Service where I gained skills in understanding people as well as technical skills in Finance and HR. . Our children are our future and our role is to support, nurture and guide them to make their future the best possible. 

Mrs Christine Sowerby


My name is Christine Sowerby and I am the Parent Support Advisor at Darton Primary School and Queens Road Academy. I am currently the appointed staff Governor for Darton Primary School.

 I have recently been appointed the Early Years Governor within school, which is where my passion is. My role will be to work alongside Mrs Nash our EYFS leader and the whole of the Early Years team to support and continue to develop a rich learning environment within the Foundation Stage unit, making sure every child receives a firm foundation to build on throughout their school life.

I have previously been a Governor for 8 years at the Primary School where my own children attended. 4 years as a Parent Governor and 4 years LEA Governor.

The experience I bring to this role is my knowledge and understanding of Early Years, being a qualified Nursery Nurse in a previous job, health and safety and also safeguarding.

My skills I believe are varied, due to my previous jobs.

  • I am a fully qualified First Aider and also trained to deliver basic First Aid to children and adults.

  • I believe that I am a very diplomatic communicator, with a passion for pastoral work and looking at the holistic child and their emotional and social wellbeing.

  • I have been on several counselling skills courses to enable me to help support children and adults deal with difficult situations such as bereavement, anxiety and separation.

  • I am qualified to help lead within safeguarding and able to deal with situations confidentially and with sensitivity, making sure that children and adults kept safe. I am fully up to date with all the latest statutory guidance and procedures.

  • I am a team player and believe that working together is paramount to achieve, aim high, be successful and move forward.

  • I am qualified to teach parenting skills using Webster-Stratton strategies

I am fully committed to supporting Darton Primary School because I believe we have the potential to be an outstanding school. The leadership, staff and governors are working together to drive the school forward as a cohesive team. I personally want the best for every child that comes through our school and very much want to be a part of creating lots of happy memories, helping children to reach their full potential, enabling them to go onto secondary and beyond. All children have a right to a firm foundation of an excellent education, having been taught vital life skills such as mutual respect, good values, sensitivity, understanding and care for others and have a sense of belonging and pride in their achievements and self-worth. Every child matters!