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Governing Body

Our Governing Body consists of 9 members:

  • 2 parent governors
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 5 co-opted governors

We have two committees: Curriculum and Standards and Resources


Trevor Mitchell, Vice-Chair, Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor at Osmotherley CP school since September 2014.  I became chairman of the Osmotherley governing body in February 2015. 
My working life has been spent in education. I worked as a teacher in a secondary comprehensive school, a sixth form college and a further education college.  I was a staff governor on the governing body of both the latter colleges, spanning a period of 18 years.  For many years I was a trade union representative.  I appreciate the breadth of responsibilities a governor carries, including safeguarding, finance, achievement and staff relations, and the necessity for independence and scrutiny to be married to moral support of the head and staff.  I believe it is essential for governing bodies to subject themselves to regular scrutiny and evaluation. 
I have lived in Osmotherley since 1989, and been involved in a number of community organisations and initiatives, such as the Osmotherley Society and the (Civil) Parish Plan.  Both of my children spent the entirety of their primary education at Osmotherley School, leaving in 2001 and 2003. 
As well as an interest in grass roots education, I have knowledge of education policy at the national level.

Jane Bamber - Headteacher & Staff Governor

I have held the post of headteacher at Osmotherley Primary School since June 2018.  Prior to this, I was the early years and Key Stage 1 class teacher at the school before being appointed as assistant headteacher and then acting headteacher.  I am passionate about Osmotherley School and, as a teacher and as headteacher, I have been committed to striving for the best possible provision and outcomes for the children.  I have worked in a number of schools, both large and small, and I have experienced the many advantages of small schools but also the benefits of building links and working closely with other schools.

Anthony Hobbs - Governor

I am a retired secondary school headteacher and have lived in the village since 1989.  Two of my children attended Osmotherley Primary School before progressing to Northallerton College.  I have spent my entire professional life working in secondary schools, first in Birmingham and more recently in Stockton and in Redcar and Cleveland.  I am delighted to be able to continue in education through my appointment as a governor of Osmotherldy Primary School.

Naomi Edgeworth - Staff Governor

I have worked in various schools all over the country over the last 20 years but have worked at Osmotherley Primary School since 2007. I have seen many changes within the school during that time. I remain dedicated in helping with the continued success of the school.

Outside of school I run a large Guide unit taking them on many adventures including a trip to Mexico. I am also a keen snowboarder.

I have been the staff governor since 2017.

Heather Rowe - Curriculum and standards committee, link governor for EYFS and KS1

I taught in primary schools in London, Teesside and North Yorkshire for 30 years, the final 10 years as Headteacher of a 250 pupil school and nursery, before retiring in 2018.

I have lived in the village for 5 years and love the community, the environment and the facilities. We are so lucky.

I have close ties with Osmotherley Primary School as two of my grandchildren are in Acorn class, with the third attending preschool and am delighted to be able to support the school as a co-opted governor.

Alison Holland - Safeguarding Governor

I feel very fortunate to have lived in Osmotherley since 2016.

I am passionate about education and I started my teaching career working in secondary schools but worked mainly in Higher Education, lecturing in French Studies. During my career, I lived and worked for a number of years in France where I taught English. Later, my work became centred on academic leadership and strategic management.

Towards the end of my career, I took the opportunity to leave Higher Education in order to pursue my interest in dyslexia/ specific learning differences and became a specialist teacher and assessor. I continue to work as a consultant in this field.

Following my retirement, I now volunteer with the charity Darlington Assistance for Refugees, supporting families who are building new lives in the UK. In particular, I am collaborating with Darlington schools to produce a Guide to Inclusive Practice for Welcoming and Supporting EAL Learners and create an EAL Network.

Mr Sam Hutchinson

I am an ex-pupil of Osmotherley Primary School and my son started in Reception in 2023.

I have a HND in agriculture and moved away to Shropshire to study. I returned back to the area when leaving agricultural college and now mange our robotic dairy farm. I am faced with daily challenges of managing a business and am always looking for ways to improve productivity and efficiency.

I have young children and I take a keen interest in how they learn. Watching young children learn and develop is fascinating and the knowledge they collect will continue to amaze me.

I feel passionately about the school and am excited to see it succeed.

Mr Ryan Fraser Standaloft

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