Our Governors

Mr E Bartley

Chair of Governors

I'm Ed Bartley,  Chair of Governors, and a number of you will have seen me in and around school. I regularly attend meetings and enjoy visits to classrooms and attending assemblies and other events.   I'm retired now but my working background was as an English teacher across schools in the region and lastly as a Head Teacher in Gateshead.   So I have a pretty good understanding of how schools work, which I hope helps me make a contribution to your 'outstanding' school.

I'm married and have two grown up children so I have an understanding of what it is to be a parent and of the anxieties and aspirations you have for your children.   I enjoy family life and my interests outside of education are pretty much the same as everyone else - watching TV, shopping, meals out, day trips and holidays, and unfortunately football,but I blame my dad for that.   I also enjoy going to concerts, most recent Jeff Lynne's ELO at the Arena and visits to the theatre,most recent Jersey Boys.

If you see me around the school please have a word, it's always nice to speak to parents and families.


Mrs M Walton

Co-opted governor

My name is Margaret Walton   and I have three children, two daughters and a son.   All my children and grandchildren have attended Brandling Primary School.  I have been a governor for the past 13 years and I have enjoyed being involved in the whole life of the school.

I have been a lunchtime supervisor for 16 years and a cleaner for the past 5 years.  I believe that I have a good understanding of how the school works. 

I know how important it is for parents and school staff to work in partnership for the best outcomes for all children.  I am involved in projects in the wider community.

Mr L O'Neill      

Co-opted governor                                                                  

My name is Lee O’Neil and I’m an ex -pupil of Brandling Primary school.   During my early years at infant school at Brandling Primary, I enjoyed the teaching and learning I received. I believe that I’m the person I am today, thanks to the family I became part of at school when I was young.   I couldn’t wait to give something back to the school which helped me build the foundations of my life today.  That’s why I become a Governor to ensure every other pupil receives the same kind of care in a wonderful learning environment that I did, to help me understand my own goals and aspire me  to be the best I could be to develop and achieve my many ambitions in life.

 My two children Caitlyn & Taylor were both pupils at Brandling Primary and now wish to progress with a future in teaching.   All thanks to a day and a life of being part of a fantastic school. I am proud to be a serving Governor of Brandling Primary School and will always ensure that I help bring the best to your child’s future in every aspect I contribute to the school.


Mrs L Johnston

 Staff governor

My name is Lesley Johnston, I am very proud to be the School Business Manager at Brandling Primary School and have been here since 2006. I have been an active staff governor now since 2010 and I chair the Health & Safety committee. The best part of being a governor and a member of the Senior Leadership Team is being able to make a positive difference to the lives of all the children and their families at Brandling.

I am originally from York but have lived in South Tyneside since 1992 with my husband and 2 daughters, Sophie age 18 and Lucy age 12.


Ms Sonya Dickie

 LA  governor

My name is Cllr Sonya Dickie and I represent the Felling Ward. I am interested in education and became a Local Authority Governor at Brandling Primary School during 2015. I have been a governor on two other local Primary Schools since 2013. 

Miss Kirsty Wilson

Parent Governor

Hello my name is Kirsty Wilson and I am a parent governor for Brandling Primary school.   I have one son called Connor Roy who attends Brandling Primary School. I am also part of the friends of brandling who organise activities in school for your children.   We try to do many during the year so the children can have something back for their hard work.

Being a governor is exciting because it means I can see how things work and how it benefits the children of this school. I enjoy being part of a dedicated team of teachers, governors, children and parents.

I thank everyone who has made me feel welcome. The children are a pleasure to work with and the school has a great atmosphere all round.

Outside of school I like going for bike rides and cooking up new things in my kitchen.  I am very proud to be a governor.


Mrs Leanne Ord

Parent Governor

My name is Leanne Ord, I have two sons at Brandling primary school Adam and Ethan who are 7 and 4 years old.   I have been a parent governor at the school for the last 2 years I really enjoy this role and believe it really helps to be able to play a proactive part in my children’s education.   I am passionate about the local community and the futures of the young people and hope to make a positive contribution to them especially having grown up in Felling, attended Brandling primary myself and also worked in the local community for many years.

I am a Senior Youth and Community worker based in Dunston working for a private charity which gives me a good understanding of the needs children and young people have and the need for staff to feel supported by the parents.   My children have progressed extremely well with the outstanding support and teaching they have received at Brandling and are very happy and settled here.   I couldn’t ask for a better school !

Mrs Louise Wilson

Staff Governor

My name is Louise Wilson and I am Assistant Head Teacher at Brandling. I have taught for 19 years and have spent fifteen years as a governor both at my previous school and at Brandling. I have been a school governor at Brandling for five years. I wanted to take on this role because I am passionate about the education of the children at Brandling. Being on the governors enables me to put a teacher’s point of view across when new initiatives are introduced to schools by the local authority or central government. I love being a governor as this enables me to work closely with others to make Brandling a great place to be.


Cllr W Dick                                                                                                    Mr D Napier

Co-opted governor                                                                                  Co-opted governor

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 Ms Carol Hosie                                                                                     

Co-opted governor     

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