Meet the Governors
Meet the Governors of Rickleton Primary:
Ruth Forster (Chair)
Now retired for almost 7 years, I worked for an international banking group for 37 years, ending my career after having worked in the plastic debit and credit card merchant payment sector of the group for 24 years, specifically dealing with multinational companies as a National Payments and Enquiries Manager. My family moved to Rickleton 33 years ago having returned to the North East after periods living and working in Nottingham and York (my husband also worked in the banking industry), and I was keen to get involved with my local community. Encouraged by my employer, I stood as a parent governor at Rickleton when my eldest son was 7 years old. He is now 36! My relationship as a governor with Rickleton has continued, first as a parent governor until my youngest son left in 1998, and then as a community governor for the last 22 years.
As you may guess I am very passionate about Rickleton Primary School, and believe it is, and has always been, the best school in the area. Over the years I have been a governor, I have seen many changes to both staff in school and in the wider national education field, the latter of which may not have always been for the best, but our school has continued to work for the best for the children, with staff supported by strong groups of governors with many skills. My background in finance has proved useful especially when coming to discussing budgets and the best ways to spend the money we receive to allow our children to receive the best of education and opportunities. As I am currently chair of the governing body, a position I have held since 1996, apart from a break for a couple of years from 2011, I continue to play an active part in the relationships between school, staff, governors and our parents. I am frequently in school, talking to staff and the children, and acting as a volunteer/helper for some out of school visits and activities, which of course have been curtailed and cancelled over the last few months! I also take great interest in the after-school activities, especially those involving singing, the arts and drama, and am always happy to talk to parents to listen to suggestions and ideas that would take the school forward on its journey to teach and support both the children and their families.
Louise Farthing (Vice Chair)
I am a staff Governor at Rickleton Primary school. I have worked at the school for just over 8 years now and I am currently teaching year 6 with the added responsibilities for UKS2 leadership and science across the school.
I wanted to be involved in the governing of the school as I was interested in how the governing body worked and I wanted to be involved. As part of the governing body I am able to work effectively with the other governors to make decisions to further develop the school and ensure its effective running.
Since my first year in teaching in 2001, I have always chosen to be a teacher representitive on the board of governors for my two previous schools. This has given me a good depth of knowledge of the impact that governors have on a school and, since joining the Rickleton governors in January 2020, it is clear that our governors have a very positive impact on all aspects of the school. From a personal perspective, I have spent 19 years mainly teaching in Year 6 and also previously worked as an Anglican school inspector bringing knowledge of the impact of values based education. My own enthusiams are sport, outdoor activity and ICT and I hope these interests can be very beneficial to the governing body and the pupils of Rickleton Primary.
As a newly appointed Parent Governor with a child who entered Rickleton nursery in 2019, I have a personal and vested interest in the immediate and long-term development of the school. I am a Chartered Manager working in the project profession and have a keen eye for organisational development. Being qualified in both health and safety, and the management of equality, diversity and inclusion, I have the best interests of our children at heart both physically and emotionally. My role as Parent Governor is to play an active part in the relationship between parents and the school. I am regularly at the school and am willing to listen to views, suggestions and ideas as to how we can continue to strengthen our school and the opportunities for the pupils at all ages. I look forward to developing relationships between the school and our parents and ensuring our children receive the best education and care, preparing them for a bright future.
I have recently started my second term as a Parent Governor, I have daughters just starting Reception and Year 5 who love being at Rickleton and bring home to me what a great community we have at the school. My professional life has been spent working in education as a Teacher and as a business owner, so I hope I bring understanding and perspective to the board. I am fortunate to be able to regularly make the school run with my girls and I am happy to listen to views, suggestions and ideas from other parents.
As a parent Governor with a child who joined Rickleton Primary School in 2017, I have a vested interest in the development of the School.
I am local to the area and manage my own Private Daycare Nursery business in Washington. With my background, I have a deep understanding and knowledge of the Early Years’ Foundation Stage Framework, while my business knowledge enables me to help support Rickleton School with policy planning and review.
I play an active part in my position as Governor and am always willing to listen to views and suggestions on how we can support the School and make it even stronger, building on its already excellent performance.