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Sugar Hill Primary School

'Learning and Growing Together'


Our Governing Body

Achievement and Standards:              Mrs L Cumming, Mrs M J Hindmarsh, Mrs P O'Rourke, Mrs S Russell, Mrs A French, Mrs D Raine

Appeals:                                                     Mr M Iveson, Mrs D Raine

First/Pay Review:                                     Councillor S Iveson, Mrs A French, Mrs L Cumming

Headteacher's Performance:               Mrs L Cumming, Mr M Iveson

Personnel:                                                  Mrs L Cumming, Mrs P O'Rourke, Mrs S Russell, Mrs K Snaith, Councillor S Iveson

Resources:                                                  Mrs L Cumming, Mrs A French, Mr M Iveson, Mrs P O'Rourke, Mrs L Ramsay, Mrs K A Snaith

Children, School and Community:       Mrs L Cumming, Mrs K V Legge, Mrs K A Snaith, Mrs D Raine, Mrs L Peart, Mrs S Russell

Governor Terms of Office                                 Special Interest Governors                              

Meet the Governors

Our Governing Body is made up of 7 co-opted governors, 1 authority governor and 1 staff governor, and the Headteacher.  Governors serve a four-year term and work to a Code of Conduct. We invite specialists to work with us, for example Janet Bennett, the school’s Education Development Partner, supports us with school improvement and professional development activities.

 Linda Cumming


Committee(s) Achievement and Standards, First Pay Review, Personnel, Resources, Children School and Community

Declaration of Interest: Family Member contracted to audit the school fund, former Headteacher at the school.


Linda Cumming – Chair of Governors

Before my retirement, I worked as a teacher, then head teacher, in many different schools but latterly in Sugar Hill. Working in education is both challenging and rewarding and over many years I have built up a detailed, specialist knowledge of the core values and issues in education - from the point of view of a parent, teacher, head teacher and governor.

During my working life at Sugar Hill, I became aware that this school is a very special and happy place to be and one which I was always incredibly proud of. Sugar Hill pupils are very polite, keen, and eager to learn and their behaviour is almost always exemplary. The dedicated staff at Sugar Hill work long and hard to accomplish great things and it was very pleasing to see this recognised by Inspectors during our Ofsted. I know also that parents are wholly supportive of the school ethos and try hard to encourage their children to be the best they can be.

Whilst I no longer work full time at the school, I still feel I have the strengths and support to offer on a part time voluntary basis and therefore have chosen to remain as a Community Governor, sometimes working with staff and children, but also attending meetings - specifically those connected to Standards and Achievement, Finance and Premises and ICT.  

 Committee(s) Achievement and Standards, Finance and Premises, First/Pay Review, Personnel and Staffing

Declaration of Interest: No Declaration of Interest

 Anne French –  Vice Chair - Co-opted Governor

I’ve been a Governor at Sugar Hill since 1993. My children and grandchildren attended the school and I continue to have strong ties with the school and the local community through my role as a governor. I have spent much of my working life in Finance, and bring this knowledge to my role as Special Interest Governor for maths. I really enjoy visiting the school, following how teaching and learning in maths is developing, and most of all working with children in classrooms.

 Cllr Sarah Iveson

Committee(s) Appeals, First/Pay Review.

Declaration of Interest: Elected Member of Durham County Council and Great Aycliffe Town Council.

 Cllr Sarah Iveson –  Local Authority Governor

I represent residents of Aycliffe East on Durham County Council, and have done so since 2005. I have been a Governor at Sugar Hill for over 10 years. I enjoy my role as a Governor - I believe it is important that we all do what we can to support our local area. I’m a member of the Inner Wheel club of Newton Aycliffe, and a mother and grandmother. To relax, I enjoy reading history, especially the Tudors and Plantagenet period.

 Cllr Malcolm Iveson

Committee(s) Finance and Premises, First/Pay Review.

Declaration of Interest: Elected Member of Great Aycliffe Town Council. 

 Cllr Malcolm Iveson –  Co-opted Governor

I am Deputy Leader of Newton Aycliffe’s Town Council and have experience serving as a Borough Councillor. I am a retired engineering manager, and have been a Governor at Sugar Hill for over 10 years. I have lead responsibility on the Governing Body for Health & Safety and premises. I am a member of two other Governing Bodies in the area: Woodham Academy and St Mary's Catholic Primary School. In my spare time I take part in a wide range of hobbies - I’m currently enjoying learning more about photography.


Committee(s) Finance and Premises, First/Pay Review.  

Declaration of Interest: No Declaration of Interest

 Linda Ramsay –  Co-opted Governor
 Paula O'Rourke

Committee(s) Achievement and Standards, Finance and Premises, Personnel and Staffing, School and Community

Declaration of Interest: No Declaration of Interest

 Paula O'Rourke –  Head Teacher

I have been Head teacher since September 2013, first in a shared headship and solo since September 2014. I love my job! I came here in 2008 as Assistant Head Teacher and teacher in Nursery, and have watched the school change and develop into what it is now, a good school with outstanding features.

Before I came here I worked in many schools, in a variety of roles and with all age groups, and I can safely say this is one of the best. The staff are all dedicated to the school and do the very best they can to ensure all children have the start in life they deserve. We endeavour to make life in Sugar Hill as exciting and motivating as we can while at the same time encouraging the children to challenge themselves in all that they do.

The Governors help us to make the school what it is. We encourage Governors to come into school as often as they can, not just for meetings but to see the children working and appreciate what the children and staff do on a daily basis.

As long as I am Head Teacher, Sugar Hill will remain my passion.


Committee(s) School and Community

Declaration of Interest: No Declaration of Interest

Kathy Legge –  Associate Governor

When I first worked at Sugar Hill Primary in the Spring of 2012 as an Advisory Teacher, the children I worked with were so enthusiastic to learn, it was not long before I looked forward to my weekly visits as much as they did! I soon realised the 'Sugar Hill Family' is so supportive of all children, staff and families and strong teamwork is at the heart of the school. As a visiting teacher I never dreamed I would be working here three days a week as Special Educational Needs Coordinator by September of that year, Assistant Head in just over a year and then full time as Deputy Head teacher by September 2014. Day in, day out, I witness first hand Sugar Hill's dedicated and hard working staff working tirelessly to make each child's 'Sugar Hill Journey' a success. I am so incredibly proud to be Deputy Head teacher at Sugar Hill working with Mrs O'Rourke, School Leaders, Governors, staff, parents and carers to inspire all our children to develop a love of lifelong learning from foundations built on high expectations and achievement for all.

I lead Working Parties in school and would be delighted to hear from any parent/carer who may like to become involved in shaping new initiatives across school.

 Kathryn Snaith

Committee(s)  Personnel and Staffing, Finance and Premises, School and Community

Declaration of Interest: Family member works as Teaching Assistant in the school.

Kathryn Snaith –  Co-opted Governor

I have worked at Sugar Hill for 16 years and they have been very happy years. I thoroughly enjoy working with the children here, especially seeing them grow in confidence and preparing them for their future in secondary school. Being a governor allows me to have a say in important decisions about our school and I value that.

 Michelle Hindmarsh

Committee(s) Achievement and Standards, Personnel and Staffing

Declaration of Interest: No Declaration of Interest

 Michelle Hindmarsh –  Staff Governor

I have taught across a range of ages during my time at Sugar Hill and I am fully committed to my profession. More recently I have become a member of the school's leadership team and I feel that my knowledge and expertise enables me to provide the governing body with sound classroom based knowledge when important decisions and information need to be shared.


Committee(s) Achievement and Standards 

Declaration of Interest: No Declaration of Interest

Sharon Russell –  Parent Governor


Declaration of Interest

Mrs L Peart - Parent Governor

I am new to Sugar Hill School as a Parent Governor, both my children attended the school and one of my grandchildren is starting her journey through the school. My interest in education has lead me onto wanting to learn more about the learning environment and share my knowledge and experience of working with individuals who have special educational needs. Within my professional role l am a trained Mental Health Nurse and l currently work as a Care Co-ordinator within a community learning disabilities team. This knowledge will help support my role as a Governor in particularly around Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs and Disability. I am really looking forward to engaging with the pupils, parents and staff within this new exciting role.


Declaration of Interest

Mrs D Raine - Parent Governor