Kirklevington Primary School

Governor Biographies

Mr David Redhead

I have been a parent governor at Kirklevington since January 2015 and form part of the School Improvement committee and the Finance committee.  As a parent of 2 children that attend this wonderful school, I thoroughly enjoy actively shaping their education and meeting the challenges that the governor role brings.  Being a governor at Kirklevington is about working hand-in-hand with the fantastic team of teaching and support staff, as well as the parents to ensure we consistently deliver high educational standards to each child in a safe and welcoming environment.

My 17 year career has been in the Financial sector  and for the last 6 years I have been in Risk, Governance and Control.  A large part of my job involves ensuring that the business delivers on its obligations to the customer and the regulatory bodies by reviewing & shaping practices, processes and policies.  I believe the skills I have from this field really complement my role as governor at Kirklevington in helping to focus on what is important for the children whilst supporting  the school to exceed the expectations of parents, the Local Authority and Ofsted.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my two fabulous kids, travelling and cooking/eating good food.  I am also a keen fundraiser for good causes and have raised over £10000 since 2011 by completing the Great North Run, a Skydive, freefall abseils from the Transporter and Forth Rail Bridges and the Stockton River Rat Race.

Mrs Justine Moralee

I have had the honour of being Head Teacher of Kirklevington Primary School since September 2012. Prior to this I worked as Deputy Headteacher at Roseberry Primary and Bewley Primary Schools, both large schools in Billingham, following a number of years at Preston Primary School in Eaglescliffe.  During my career I have taught across all phases (Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2) and have held various positions of responsibility such as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Team Leader, Subject Leader and Designated Teacher for Child Protection.  I hold the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH); have an MA in Education; am trained as the Designated Officer for Child Protection and in Safer recruitment.  I am also a member of Campus Stockton’s Teaching School Alliance as a member of the Workforce Development Group and the Initial Teacher Training Group.

At home, I am a mum to a lively 8 year old boy, resulting in spending evenings and weekends at tennis and swimming lessons, reading and helping with homework, as well as visiting parks, zoos and other child friendly activities. I enjoy reading, running, swimming and spending time with friends and family.

I work with all committees and the Governing Body to determine the strategic direction of the school.

Mr Steven Newton

I have been a governor at the school since 2012 and I am currently Chair of the Finance and Staffing Committee.

I qualified as a solicitor at the grand old age of 36 and I am currently employed by a local authority as Assistant Director of Governance with responsibility for managing legal, human resources, elections and democratic services teams. Prior to that, I worked in various legal roles within the local authority specialising in employment law, litigation and adult social care law.

I am married with two children who attended the school from nursery right through to secondary school and who were both very happy during that time. My wife has also worked in school for a number of years as a teaching assistant, so involvement with Kirklevington really has been something of a family vocation for the past 12 years or more.

Mrs Vanda Sherwood

I have recently retired after having spent fifteen very happy years as a class teacher at Kirklevington Primary. I have been a staff governor at the school for the last ten years and am now returning to the governing body as a co- opted governor. I look forward to continuing my involvement with the school.

Mrs Vikki Leaper 

I am proud and privileged to have joined the Governing Body of Kirklevington Primary as Staff Governor in January 2016. I began my Deputy Head Teacher role at Kirklevington in January 2014, but first and foremost, I am a classroom teacher, who believes that every child has the entitlement to an excellent education. We have a very happy school that benefits from a supportive team of staff who, I believe, are passionate about giving our children the very best.

During my career, I have taught across all Key Stages, in all year groups, and I have been Key Stage Two Team Leader for a number of years in different schools. I believe it is important to keep up to date with my own learning, hence my MA in Education, and I am keen to continue to improve my skills, for the benefit of the children.

I am married, with two lovely boys, aged eight and four, so my weekends are spent with swimming lessons, attending football and tennis clubs and playing superheroes! In my spare time (when I’m not marking!) I enjoy reading, catching up with friends, visiting the spa and eating cakes!

Mrs Ruth Mazonas

My name is Ruth Mazonas and I am a Community Governor. Having worked in a Support Base for some 18 years which gave support for pupils with learning difficulties and special needs, when I was asked to become a governor, I felt that my experience could be put to good use.  I have taken the role of SEN/Inclusion Governor.   I am also Parish Clerk to the Parish Council and take an active part in Kirkfest which the school also takes an active role in.  3 of my 5 grandchildren attend Kirklevington Primary School.

Mrs Natalie Preece

I am pleased to be joining the board of Governors at Kirklevington Primary School.  I have worked in the Education sector for 17 years and currently work in Secondary Special Needs. I have held a number of senior positions and also led on Inspections in Further Education and Higher Education.

As a parent of three children (two are pupils at the school) and a resident in the village I am keen to support the school in its strive for continuous improvement.

I am proud of the school and the improvements it has made year on year, this is evident in the happy well rounded learners who are ready to progress In their next steps in life.

Miss Natalie York

I am pleased to have been selected for the Governing Body of Kirklevington Primary as a Parent Governor in October 2016. I have loved being been a TA at the school for my third year now and my twin boys have just joined nursery here. I can’t wait to represent the parents of our wonderful school.

I enjoy being outdoors with my children, exploring nature and collecting objects for arts and crafts at home.

My background and education is teaching dance of several genres including contemporary. I enjoy spending time with family and friends.