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Hadrian Primary School

"An outstanding school where children make excellent progress" Ofsted

Meet the Governors

Meet the governors of Hadrian Primary School


Mr Jack Brown - Chair of governors

I retired as Director of Housing for South Tyneside MBC in 1994 after 25 years.

a. Governor of Hadrian Primary School for past 20 years, 15 as Chairman.

b. Chairman/Vice Chairman of the Mission to Seafarers in South Shields for past 10 years.

c. Chairman of Gentoo Housing Assoc. in Sunderland.
d  Board member of Arts for Wellbeing who deal with people with mental health problems.

The last Company and the school are negotiating  with staff from the Roman Fort to improve to improve leisure and art facilities on the site-this should improve our application for the Arts Charter mark.

I am also link governor for PE and Health and Safety.


Mr Bryan Blake - Vice Chair of governors

Retired Civil Engineer and Magistrate

Chairman of Finance, Performance and Pay Review Committees

Subject Link Governor – Art and Design, PSHE

Having been a Governor for over ten years, I have grown, developed and improved - alongside the children of this school. My previous knowledge and experiences of working within a large Council’s Technical Department, involved in the professional management and delivery of people’s needs, has helped me to meet the ever changing and challenging requirements of a modern-day school.

As always, the children needs come first. It is my governor’s role and wish that all pupils are given every opportunity to perform to the best of their abilities, utilizing the finest of teachers in an enjoyable environment.

Being a proud Governor, I am aware that it is not by accident that Hadrian Primary School is classified as an “Outstanding” school. It is the result, inter alia, of continuous and dedicated applications towards the management of all resources to meet the highest levels of a demanding “performance-based” education. Ongoing Governor Training has been essential together with careful Staff selection and working with parents and local community.

Likes: Durham Cricket Club, Barcelona FC and walking on the Moors.


Cllr Fay Cunningham - Co-opted

I have been a Governor at Hadrian Primary School for over fifteen years and take great pride in the School's 'Outstanding' OFSTED status.

I am link governor for History.

I am a South Tyneside Councillor for the Bede Ward in Jarrow; am Chairman of Cancer Connections and Low Simonside Community Association, Honorary Secretary of the Mission to Seafarers, Arts for Wellbeing and Jarrow Normandy Veterans and a Board Member of Action Stations and Hindu Nari Sangh.


Mrs Stella Matthewson - LEA Governor

I was a school governor at Marsden Primary School for five years before transferring to Hadrian Primary School in 2015.

I am link governor for Early Years and Literacy and attend Hadrian School each Tuesday morning as a volunteer reading to Year 2.

I am also a Trustee on South Tyneside CVS and I am a volunteer at South Tyneside Cancer Connections.

OFSTED has classed Hadrian as an 'Outstanding' School and the Board of Governors work hard to maintain that category and provide the very best education possible for our pupils.


Mr Abbey Muquith - Co-opted

I joined the governorship of Hadrian Primary School in 2015, as a parent governor. All my children have attended Hadrian School as have I and my siblings, cousins and friends.  Therefore I have a very long and fond connection with the school.

Whilst I have no direct experience in the education sector, my employment history has encompassed many different fields.  These include several years in the civil service, voluntary sector and local government.  I have also been involved in private business, having worked in and run ‘Indian’ restaurants.  Currently I am self-employed.

During my previous employment roles, I have been involved with information, advice and guidance, helping people into training, education and employment.  Therefore over the years I have developed an interest in learning and education.

My daughter and sons have done very well at school, and continue to do so, and we believe this is because of the excellent foundation that was instilled into them whilst they were at Hadrian School. However, the school is not able to do this on its own as it is vital that parents are actively involved in their children’s education, and that both work in partnership for the positive development of the children.

I look forward to playing my part to help the children and school develop as much as they can.


Rev Phillip Bullock - Co-opted

I am a minister in the Church of England and I have been the Priest in Charge of St Stephen’s Church, Mile End Road and St Jude’s Church, Laygate for the past four years. Before this I served and lived in Coventry in the West Midlands.

I joined the Governing Body in 2016 and I am a link Governor for Religious Education and Community Cohesion.

I have always enjoyed working alongside Schools and children where, both here and in Coventry, I have participated in School life by visiting and speaking at school assemblies and serving as a member of the governing body. Over the past four years it has been my privilege to be associated with Hadrian’s Primary School and I have always been impressed by the high standard of education found here and the strong community ethos that is found throughout.


Mrs Farzana Khan - Parent governor

I am a parent governor at Hadrian Primary school and the reason I wanted to become a governor is to regularly support the school to ensure its development. I take great pride in helping out in the school. I have volunteered for multiple events and, since I am bilingual and a qualified interpreter, I often translate for our ethnic community and the school. I am trained as a teaching assistant so the support I give includes: helping out at the nursery, assisting school trips, helping children with their reading, etc. Being a member of ‘Friends of Hadrian’, I am always working at my best for several events we hold throughout the year to raise money for the school. I also organise the food for one of our wonderful occasions, ‘Carols by Candlelight’ which makes the night more enjoyable for everyone. 


Mr Henry Pearce - Parent governor

I have been a Parent Governor since 2010 and though my son has now left the School I am pleased to have had the opportunity to continue in the role. As well as attending termly meetings I am also the Link Governor for Science and ICT.

In my working life I am a business change & systems analyst (healthcare), which means ensuring that new fangled technology actually delivers demonstrable benefits to how our organisation works and the patients we serve. 

I have found it a privilege to contribute and make a positive impact, if only in a small way, to the transformation of very small children into polite, well rounded exemplary model citizens.


Mrs Lisa Smith - Parent governor

I was elected to the Governing Body of Hadrian Primary as Parent Governor in December 2009 when my eldest daughter was in Year 1.  She has now moved on to Mortimer Community College and my youngest daughter is currently in Year 5.  I took up the post as I was very interested in becoming more involved with the school having been a pupil here myself.  I am link Governor for both Maths and Healthy Schools which fit perfectly with my areas of interest and expertise.

In 2010 I gave up my career as a Management Accountant to run my own business – Fruit to Suit. Since then I have trained the last 7 years of Year 5 children at Hadrian to operate their very successful healthy tuck shop.  They have raised many hundreds of pounds during that time.

In 2014 I founded Friends of Hadrian to act as a support group for parents and to fundraise for the school.  To date we have contributed over £3000 towards school projects.


Mr Scott Brown - Head teacher

I have been the Headteacher at Hadrian Primary School since April 2006. I have been teaching since September 1994 and have taught in two other schools in South Tyneside. I was also Executive Headteacher of Laygate Primary during the Autumn term of 2013.

I am driven to ensure that Hadrian Primary School and all those who attend achieve their potential academically and experience the very best opportunities that are on offer.


Mrs Sharon Welch - Co-opted

My involvement with Hadrian Primary School began in 1998 when my eldest son Sam attended nursery here. As he progressed throughout the school my daughter, Amy and second son Matthew, followed him.

I initially volunteered as a parent helper in the infant department, then secured a teaching assistants position in September 2001, and as I furthered my education I specialised in Early Years. In 2006 I achieved HLTA status and was promoted within the school.

I first joined the governing body in 2004 as a parent governor, in 2008 I became support staff governor and I am now a co-opted governor with a link to the Geography and History co-ordinator.

I feel my extensive knowledge and experience of the curriculum and management of the school, from Foundation stage through to upper key stage 2, helps me greatly in my role on the governing body.


Mrs Phillipa Baxendale - Staff

I have worked at Hadrian since 2008, initially being the Lead teacher for EAL, working full time in school. In 2013, I became the Nursery teacher and have worked in Nursery since then. My areas of responsibility in school are English as an Additional Language; Modern Foreign Languages and Continuing Professional Development. I love working in our happy, culturally rich school.


Mrs Susan Azim - Co-opted

I have been a Co-Opted governor at Hadrian School for approximately 18 years. I currently serve on the Staffing Committee. My reasons then and now for wanting to be a governor are to develop a better understanding of how a school operates and contribute to the decisions made to improve our children's achievement to aspire to fulfil their full potential. As a governor I feel like my views are listened to and my contributions are valued.
I have a long association with Hadrian starting back in 1995 when my daughter first attended the school nursery. I helped out regularly as a volunteer in my daughter's class so I could understand a little of what she was experiencing. These days I help the whole school by baking cupcakes to sell for Children In Need and at the school Christmas Fayre. I am a housewife now but for many years I was employed in administration. Baking and cake decorating are a hobby of mine
as well as volunteering at the historic St Paul's Church and Monastery in Jarrow.


Mr Shakeel Azim - Co-opted


I am a retired Merchant Navy Officer, having been in the maritime industry for 40 years where I have served as a Navigating Officer and finally as a Chief Officer.

Presently I am a volunteer with the North East Maritime Trust where I am involved with the restoration of Henry Frederick Swan a national historic boat built in 1917. I also am a volunteer at The Mission to Seafarers in South Shields.

I joined Hadrian School Governing Body in June 2017. This is my first time being a Co-Opted Governor and I am looking forward to working and contributing my help to the transformation of this very good school.

I am a link governor for Health and Safety and Equality & Diversity.