Meet Our Governors
Mrs Rachel Murphy - Chair and Parent Governor
I have been a Parent Governor since 2014 and became Chair of Governors in 2016. My son joined the school in 2012 and I also have two grown-up step-children. My passion as a Governor is to ensure our children develop into confident, well-rounded individuals that have fulfilled their potential, and to ensure Felton C of E Primary School provides a safe, supportive and inspiring environment for our children and staff. I am also focussed on communication with parents and carers and wider community engagement and am keen to represent the views and wishes of our families. Having retired from the Royal Air Force in 2012 we settled in Felton and I currently work for the Ministry of Defence in radar trial management and project support. I am also the Treasurer of the Felton School Friends Association and enjoy the outdoors, house renovation and being busy!
Hello there! I am really pleased to be a Governor at Felton Church of England Primary School courtesy of being the local Church of England vicar. I have been serving the church here in Felton – St. Michael & All Angels, since September 2014 and we enjoy an excellent relationship with Felton Primary school. The children come to the church regularly each year, particularly around ‘festivals’; a team of people from the church take assemblies each week, and we have a number of church members who support the church as Governors.
I am married with 2 children currently in secondary school, I have a passion for children and young people to reach their potential, and love to see all of us grow more into who we were made to be. Felton village has many thriving aspects to it and it is a joy to be part of Felton Primary school and seek to ensure both the school and the children are also thriving.
Mrs Elle Walter - Parent Governor
I am new to the parent governor role, having started in 2017. I have two children at the school. They both enjoy attending and I am hoping my role can help support the school in continuing to provide the best opportunities to learn and grow. I feel that school life is such an important part of our children’s world that making this time fun, safe, interesting and meaningful should be our priority, both as a school and as a parent. I’m hoping this role can help me be part of this even more.
I work in healthcare and have awareness of the how talking with others, sharing ideas and feedback can influence the way we work. Talking with children, parents and teachers – all those involved in the school, will be part of this role I will particularly enjoy and look forward to the years ahead.
Mr Richard Burroughs - Parent Governor
I have two boys and the youngest still attends Felton C of E Primary School. I have been part of the Governing Body since 2013. My family moved to Felton in 2011 after living in Liverpool for 12 years and thoroughly enjoy all that the Northumberland area has to offer particular the outdoor life. I work in a very successful school in South Shields as Director of 6th Form and a PE teacher but am very passionate about learning and encouraging the next generation to flourish both within the curriculum and through additional opportunities and trips. I have enjoyed being involved in the life of a village school and witnessing the commitment and hard work that the staff invest in making the learning journey as rewarding as it can be. I look forward to supporting the school and helping in any way that I can so that Felton Primary School can continue to develop and thrive.
Mr Steven Johnson - Local Authority Governor
I am a Local Authority Governor and have been on the Governing Body at Felton C of E Primary School since October 2013.
I graduated from the University of Northumbria in 1997 with a B.Ed (Hons) Primary Education degree and have had the pleasure of working in four middle schools in Northumberland, including as Head of School at Chantry Middle School, until August 2019. Since then, I am working as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Northumbria. One of my main responsibilities is to support and monitor students on placement for the postgraduate PGCE & PGCE flexi courses and the undergraduate BA course. I am passionate about Initial Teacher Training and the role of our schools in educating our future teachers.
It is a very interesting time to be part of the Felton C of E Primary School Governing Body as we continue on our journey to become outstanding, in light of the new OFSTED schedule and the licence to plan and deliver a challenging broad and balanced curriculum and exciting learning experiences, to prepare our pupils for success in the next stage of their education.
Mr Mel Nicholls - Co-opted - Community Governor
I feel privileged to have served as a Governor since my election in 2008. My son has since left Felton School to go to Middle School, but I will stay as a Parent Governor until the end of my term. I chair Committee 1 that covers resources, staffing and finance. I am also on the Policy and Strategic Direction Committees.
I am an ecologist by training, and have worked with natural and cultural heritage for 35 years. I have applied my skills as a resource planner in New Zealand and Zimbabwe as well as in the UK. I currently lead a small team for the Marine Management Organisation, based in Newcastle, with responsibility for production of England’s marine plans and stakeholder engagement. I am passionate about participation and widening input from just the “usual suspects”.
Being a Dad is a demanding job in itself, but when I do have some spare time I follow my team Burnley, and enjoy wine, films and walking. I also indulge my fondness for old things and a healthy dislike for disposable consumerism through hanging-on to my ageing Triumph saloon.
This is an exciting time for our School. With my fellow Governors I will strive to support the School, its pupils and staff as we face the challenges on the journey towards becoming a Primary School. Not to mention playing my part in the quest we all share to have our wonderful School recognised as outstanding!