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Welcome to our Governors' section. Here you will find out more about the Governors, their roles and responsibilities and the work they do throughout the year.  You will also be able to read our Governor newsletter for more information.

The Governing Body of Bacon Garth Primary School has the following constitution:


Co-opted Governors: 3

Headteacher: 1

Local Authority Governor: 1

Parent Governors: 3

Staff Governor: 1

Total Governors: 9


Bacon Garth Primary School Governors



Mrs Sue Burgess

Chair of Governors


Committee / Curriculum Area

Year 4 (Cohort 2019)

Leadership & Management

Curriculum , Standards & Pupil Welfare

Finance, Performance Review, Equalities, Educational Visits, Safeguarding

Curriculum Governor for History and Geography


"I've been a governor at Bacon Garth since 2009 and am currently Chair of Governors and I am on both the Leadership and Management and Curriculum committees.  Before I retired in 2016, I worked in the Education Inclusion Service in County Hall for 12 years.  I supported schools in the East Riding across all phases, offering advice and support when a pupil was at risk of, or had been, excluded.  My role also involved supporting pupils into a new setting after exclusion.  I worked with a wide range of agencies and professionals during my time in the Education Inclusion Service and I believe that this experience has greatly helped me in my role as a governor.  I thoroughly enjoy being part of the school community and always appreciate the welcome I receive when I go into class or join in an activity."


Cllr Geraldine Mathieson

Vice Chair of Governors

LA Governor

Committee / Curriculum Area

Year 3 (Cohort 2020)

Leadership & Management (Chair)

Curriculum Governor for Literacy

Governor responsible for Health and Safety and HTPMR


"I am currently the longest-serving governor, having started in 1998, and have many roles outside school.  As well as being a local councillor, I am an active volunteer with several community groups.  My professional work (when I have time for it!) is an informal type of teaching called heritage interpretation, specialising in industrial history.  My main passions are windmills and food history.  Within school, I enjoy working with maths groups in KS2, and have started an after-school debating society this term for pupils in years 5 and 6."


Miss Sarah Blow

Co-opted Governor

Committee / Curriculum Area

Year 5 (Cohort 2018)

Leadership & Management 

Curriculum Governor for RE and Music

Training Link Governor


"I am a community governor and am a representative from St Mary's Church, Cottingham.  I have a keen interest in improving and maintaining education.  For over 15 years, I worked in promoting careers to children and young people at Hull City Council, until recently when I went into IT implementation.  I am a member of the Open the Book team who come into school regularly to tell bible stories."


Amilee Collins

Co-opted Governor

Committee / Curriculum Area

Year 6 (Cohort 2017)

Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare, Performance Review officer, Equalities

Looked After Children/Previously Looked After Children

Curriculum Governor for Design Technology


"I am the governor for the children who are adopted and looked after.  I am also the year 5 governor this year.  I have been on the governing board for six years now and began as a parent governor when my children attended Bacon Garth.  I'm currently training to be a social worker and have years of experience in working with refugees, in a women's centre and in family support.  As the parent of a child with special needs I know the difference that a supportive, understanding and listening school can make.  I am proud to say that Bacon Garth is a school that knows the value of working with our families to provide the best possible support in school which can help children to have the best possible chances in life."


Ms Sally Crookes


Committee / Curriculum Area

Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare


"I am so pleased to be the Staff Governor and looking forward to the opportunities this will bring.  I have worked at Bacon Garth as a TA for over five years now.  I thoroughly enjoy my job: working with children in highly rewarding and entertaining!!  As a parent of a child at the school, I feel that I have a vested interest in keeping the school an amazing place to learn and work in.  Outside of work I enjoy baking, Zumba, walking and reading."



Mrs Lisa Barrett

(Parent Governor)

Committee / Curriculum Area

Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare

Year 1 (Cohort 2022)

Curriculum Governor for PSHE and PE


"I am a parent governor and have lived in Cottingham for about fifteen years with my husband, son and dog Daisy.  My son and niece attend Bacon Garth.  I work in health care in the local area and am passionate about education and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.  I am keen to support Bacon Garth in striving to achieve excellence in these areas and give our children a happy and healthy school life."



Mr Leigh Jackson


Committee / Curriculum Area

Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare

Class 2 (Cohort 2021)

Curriculum Governor for Maths and Computing


"I have worked in IT for over twenty years in Hull and prior to this was educated in Hull at the University of Lincoln and Humberside where I studied for a degree in Computing.  I have experience in strategic planning, marketing and IT.  I have a son at Bacon Garth Primary School.  In my spare time I enjoy watching football, playing badminton, travel and watching films.  I am also passionate about gardening and have an allotment in Cottingham and enjoy garden design."


Mrs Gina Ralph


Committee / Curriculum Area

Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare



"I am happy to be a parent governor at Bacon Garth Primary School. I have lived in Cottingham for 10 years and it was this School (and all the good things I heard about it) that made me want to move to the area and send my daughters here. My youngest daughter still attends and is in Class 2. My nephew and niece also attend the school. I am an active member on the PTFA and enjoy volunteering to organise events to fundraise for the school. In my spare time, I love to travel with my family and I have a passion for design and photography."



Mrs Lyndsey Grice


Committee/Curriculum Area

Leadership and Management Committee

Curriculum Governor for Early Years Foundation Stage and SEND

"I have lived locally to Bacon Garth School for forty years, my own children having attended there.  For the past thirty years I have worked as an Ofsted Registered childminder with special interests in Early Years and children with SEND, supporting both them and their families.  I worked in partnership with Cottingham Children's Centre, running a very successful playgroup for twelve years.  I also volunteered at Wolds Prison as a playworker with the PLA.  I am really looking forward to my role in school as the Early Years and SEND governor."



Mrs Elizabeth Fieldhouse


Committee / Curriculum Area

Leadership & Management

Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare


Hannah Daniel

Clerk to Governing Body

Contact Details:


Mrs S Burgess

Chair of Governors

Bacon Garth Primary School

The Garth


HU16 5BP


How to Become a Governor


When a parent governor reaches the end of their term of office, the school will write to parents of children in year FS2 to year 6 to ask for governor nominations.