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Meet our Governors

Joanne Smith Headteacher

I am a primary school Headteacher with over twenty-five years experience in education, 15 of these years as a senior leader. Breckon Hill is my second Headship. I have seen many changes in education policy and practice and thoroughly enjoy the world of education. My passion is to provide the best education for children and young people so that they fulfil their potential and enjoy learning.  My aim is is for us to make the most of every day for every child.

Carol Price Staff Co-opted Governor

I have worked at Breckon Hill Primary School since 2017 and really enjoy my role in the school office. When the opportunity arose in 2020 to join the schools governing body I grabbed it with both hands. Being a part of the governing body has enabled me to see the opportunities given to the children throughout their time here and to see the whole picture rather than just my role.

I have worked in education since 2012 in various schools, prior to this I ran my own business for 5 years teaching music to babies and toddlers. I started my career in the NHS, working my way up to my last role as Waiting List Manager at Birmingham Dental Hospital.

My responsibilities as a governor include attendance and SEND, my administration role has given me interest in both areas and I hope that my knowledge and family links allow me to carry out this role to the best of my ability.

Ian Mawson TRUST/Foundation Governor (Chair)

I have lived most of my life in Middlesbrough. I have been a governor at Breckon Hill since I retired in 2006 and for many years have had the privilege of being chair of the governors.

I qualified as a teacher in 1975 and ended having responsibility for behaviour and attendance in Middlesbrough. During my career in education I worked with most of Middlesbrough schools – both primary and secondary. 

I became a governor because I wanted to continue to help improve the schooling of our children. I am very proud of my involvement with Breckon Hill as I think it is a brilliant school. 

Jackie Lowe Co-opted Governor

I grew up in Middlesbrough and started my career with British Steel as a Trainee and I was very lucky to be sponsored by them to complete my Business Management degree.  I stayed within the Steel and Energy sectors moving both north to Scotland and south to Oxford before returning back to Middlesbrough and in 2013 changed my career path and moved into Education becoming the School Business Manager for Viewley Hill Academy.  I have taken my current school through an academy conversion and worked for the DFE through their School Resource Management Advisory pilot scheme.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside other schools and sharing best practice, so when an opportunity to become a governor for Breckon Hill arose I applied.  I feel that my finance and business background can help guide Breckon Hill through governance to allow their staff to provide the best education and environment that their children deserve.

Adam Cooper Co-opted Governor

I am Head Teacher at another local school as well as a governor at Breckon Hill.  I am passionate about  giving children opportunities, skills and tools to ensure they are equipped to be the best they can be and a good neighbour in society.

Rebecca Walters Co-opted Governor

I work at the local University in the education department, supporting students at higher education level to develop skills to provide high quality care and learning experiences for our youngest children .  I am passionate about education at all levels of an individual’s life.  I love being a governor at Brecken Hill, helping to support children in their formative years receive the best education to prepare them for life.

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