Governor Pen Portraits
Mr Peter Johnson - Chair of Governors
I have been a governor since July 2019. Before retiring I was the Head of a large Special School in London. I moved to Northumberland in July 2014. I am very supportive of inclusive education, giving every child the opportunity to blossom. I have a masters degree in the education and Psychology of children with special educational needs. I have two grown up children and a grandson born in 2017.
Mrs Rachel Shiel - Parent Governor
Many moons ago I attended Seahouses First School, as did my father before me, so, when my son joined the school five years ago I felt I’d like to contribute and became a Parent Governor. I’m a storyteller by trade and began that journey as a child at this school, so I feel very passionate about learning and literacy in particular. This is both a challenging and exciting time for our school and I truly believe that if we all work together our school can be outstanding.
Mrs Shirley Rutter - Safeguarding Governor
I worked at Seahouses First School for 26 years as Office Manager and I have represented the school staff on the Governing Body since 1998. My children attended Seahouses First School and now my grandchildren are attending. I have seen huge changes in the way schools operate over my time on the Governing Body, and the challenges now, have never been greater. I truly believe that all children deserve the very best education and as Governors we continue to strive to ensure that is what they get.
Ms Julia Keenan - Staff Governor
I’ve been working in education in Northumberland for over 10 years now. I particularly enjoy teaching English. During my time at Seahouses Primary I have taught across Key Stage 2 and Key stage 1 and currently teach in a mixed year 3 and 4 class. I believe that my role as staff governor gives me the opportunity to bring a different dimension to the discussions in the governance team as well as maintain effective links with the staff voice.
Mr Gary Parnaby - LA Governor
I am the Headteacher at Shilbottle Primary School and have worked alongside Seahouses Primary for over five years. We have always worked closely on joint projects which benefit the children, such as, shared educational visits. I have a real belief in the ethos of Seahouses Primary and during my many visits to the school, and work with the children, I have always found it to be an inspirational learning environment with staff who have a real passion for the children in their care.
Mrs Corrina Palmer-Roy
Originally from Newcastle my husband and I moved to Northumberland 13 years ago and my little boy attends Seahouses Primary. My professional background is in town planning with a legal specialism but my passion is and always was for reading. I have found so much pleasure in books in my lifetime and I see this passion emulated in the core values at Seahouses Primary. I firmly believe that excellence in literacy underpins absolutely every academic foundation and it all begins here in primary education. I am thrilled to be selected as part of the team and hope that my commercial experience coupled with my enthusiasm for learning can prove useful to the ongoing success of the school.