Meet the Governors
Mrs Vanessa Foster
Chair of Governing Body, Local Authority Governor, Strategic Direction Committee, Resource Management Committee, Responsible for Pupil Premium, Early Years
I am currently a School Improvement Advisor for North Tyneside Council. I work with teachers and support staff across a range of schools in North Tyneside to offer support and guidance about early years practice. I am also a school development partner, and I work with a range of head teachers and senior leadership teams to offer support and challenge in promoting and securing the best possible outcomes for children. I lead the moderation programme for the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile across North Tyneside and support early years practitioners to make accurate judgements. I plan and deliver central and bespoke training for phonics, early reading skills, observation, planning and assessment, alongside other key areas.
I have 10 years experience as part of a senior leadership team within an outstanding primary school, (4 years as deputy head teacher, 6 years as an assistant head teacher) and this has allowed me to develop a thorough understanding of the all key aspects and current issues in primary education.
Mrs Tanya Mason
Vice-Chair of Governing Body, Co-opted Governor, Strategic Direction Committee, Resource Management Committee, Responsible for Attendance
I live in Bedlington and my two children attend West End First School. I have a strong interest in the local area and the success of the school.
As a parent governor I seek to utilise my personal experience and skills to support the school and help the development of local children by providing great education, in a safe and happy environment.
I have a degree in Chemistry and I am a manager in a locally based, global pharmaceutical manufacturing company. Within my role I have developed comprehensive skills in the areas of finance, strategic delivery and leadership, along with strong communication skills.
Mr Karl Green
Co-opted Governor, Resource Management Committee (Chair), Responsible for Finance, Assessment
I am currently the Bank Manager of TSB Morpeth. I have worked for the bank for over 30 years and feel it’s important that our local schools have the support of the local businesses and the community to help and support the children to become the best they can be.
Mrs Christine Taylor
Co-opted Governor, Resource Management Committee
Dr Zheen Ramzi
Parent Governor, Resource Management Committee, Responsible for Safeguarding, Health and Well-being, Arts
Mrs Angela Markham-Lee
Co-opted governor, Resource Management Committee (Clerk)
I am usually the first person to greet you at the school reception with a welcoming smile. I hold the role of School Business Manager and Co-opted governor.
I support the Head teacher, staff, parents and children and my role covers everything from budgets to baking!
As School Business Manager I am responsible for the financial management and administration of the school.
I love keep fit and holidaying in America. I have held this role for seven years and I love it.
Miss Karen Porter
Staff Governor (Deputy Headteacher), Strategic Direction Committee (Clerk), Responsible for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
I entered teaching relatively late, when I was 27, having completed a 2 year, school-based PGCE in 1993. I have been passionate about education ever since. Prior to coming to West End I worked for 11 years in the school where I completed my PGCE. This was a very large Primary School in the Docklands area of inner city Hull, which had its challenges. I worked in Year 1, 2 and the Early Years over this time and co-ordinated PE across the school. Before I left I had moved on to take the lead in the EYFS and joined the leadership team. I moved into the same role at West End and have since taken on the role of Deputy Headteacher, and previously SENCo.
In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, and particularly, travelling holidays around the world, which include plenty of outdoor experiences. My other hobbies include reading and listening to wide a range of music, which I enjoy going to see live. I also like sports cars, motorbikes and traditional pubs with a log fire and a good pint of cider!
Mrs Jane Bushell
Staff Governor (Headteacher), Strategic Direction Committee, Resource Management Committee
I have taught in the North East for over thirty years, initially in North Tyneside and then in Northumberland where I was lucky enough to be appointed Deputy Headteacher of West End First School in 2006. I was appointed Headteacher in 2008 following the retirement of my predecessor. I believe that it is the job of the school to make sure every child has the chance to become a confident, thoughtful, considerate, respectful and well-rounded individual who is ready to take his or her place in the world responsibly. I also think that a school should be full of laughter and friendship.
As a mother of two daughters and wife to a very patient husband I value my leisure time and enjoy spending time with my family at the theatre, sporting events and on holiday.
Mrs Bronwen Foster
Parent governor, Strategic Direction Committee
Mrs Claire Cheesman
Associate Governor, Strategic Direction Committee, Responsible for Pupil Voice