The only first school in THE WORLD to be awarded School of Character status!

Meet the Governors

David Comb

Chair of Governors

My name is David Comb and I am the Chair of Governors here at Morpeth First School. My job is to enable Mrs. Fielding, the Senior Leadership Team and the other Governors to deliver the “strong visionary leadership” for which they have been praised by the Association of Character Education.

I am also a Governor for the Pupil Premium because I want every child at our school to get the most from learning in a warm and values led environment.

Away from school I am a Dad to two boys and a barrister, practising criminal law.

Paul Lawrence

Vice Chair

I am a retired Executive Headteacher of the Three Rivers Learning Trust, a former School Improvement Partner and National Professional Qualification for Headship tutor at Newcastle University. I am the grandfather of two girls who attend Goosehill and have been a local authority governor since 2019. I am committed to school improvement and offering a high quality provision for all.

Craig Appleby

My name is Craig Appleby and I am currently a senior leader in secondary education with 14 years teaching experience. My background is predominantly centered around pastoral care and support, behaviour, attendance, Pupil Premium, internet safety and transition. I hope I can use these skills to support and challenge the school accordingly to be the very best it can be in these areas. I am a proud parent to one girl who currently attends the school and I look forward to watching her and all of the other children grow and develop in such a thriving and positive environment.

Bryony Roff

I am an architect working mainly on historic buildings in the North East. I am a parent to two boys, both of whom went to Morpeth First School, one is now at KEVI, the other attends Newminster Middle, so I have had many years of association with Goosehill. I have been a governor since 2016, first as a parent governor, now as a co-opted governor.

Nicola Darrington

I am a mum of two boys at the start of their school experience with Morpeth First School. We live locally and I am a part time GP at one of the local surgeries. I enjoy spending time with my family exploring new things and laughing together. I love nature and enjoy spending time outdoors, but if inside I also enjoy craft and baking. I am passionate about ensuring every child is given the very best opportunities to learn and develop and I am therefore very grateful for the opportunity to be on the governing board for Morpeth First School.

I have the pleasure of being a Governor Lead in the areas of Nurture and Eat Well to Learn Well. These areas dovetail together nicely with oversight for how school meal provision and how nutrition/healthy living is embedded within the curriculum; as well as emotional wellbeing provision within the school. I am fortunate also to be a Governor Lead for Character Education, something in which I believe passionately, as it supports the qualities I hope my children and in fact future colleagues/neighbours would possess, for the enrichment of society.

John Ryder

Originally from Teesside, I fell in love with the area and settled here in 2008. I have deep rooted interest in the school because two of my children attend Morpeth First School, with a further two to follow. As such, you'll often see me in the playground during school pick-ups and drop-offs.

As an entrepreneur, I bring 20 years of business and technology experience to the Governing Body, and I'm particularly interested in how culture & values can play such an important part in the education and development of children. I enjoy exploring and developing this interest as one of the Governor leads for character education.

Jean Stafford

My name is Jean Stafford. I became a Governor at Morpeth First School because I am interested in the education and nurturing of young children. I believe a positive foundation in a cooperative and caring environment will enable a child to grow emotionally and physically towards responsible adulthood. These interests are reflected in my Governor Leadership roles, in the areas of Outdoor Learning and Eating Well to Learn Well.

I am a retired Police Superintendent and since retirement I have re-qualified in adult education and enjoyed teaching at Northumbria University.n I have lived and worked in Northumberland and Morpeth most of my life and feel privileged to know this area well.

Jacqui Molloy

My name is Jacqui Molloy. I have been a governor at Morpeth First School for over 7 years. My background is in teaching, with a specialist interest in Reading and Literacy. Before retiring, I was teacher in charge of Morpeth Reading Centre and have also
been a SEN Coordinator and a class teacher.

At Morpeth First School I hope to bring not only my teaching experience, but also a deep seated enthusiasm for all aspects of school life and the importance of empowering children through education.

I am a regular visitor to Morpeth First School and I thoroughly enjoy being actively involved in school life, offering support to teachers in my area of specialism and helping children to flourish in their learning.

Alison Healy

My name is Alison Healy and I am a staff governor at Morpeth First School.
I am a governor lead for Outdoor Learning and the Forest School, in addition to being a staff lead. I consider this to be an important aspect of the curriculum at Morpeth First School as it supports a broad and nurturing experience for all who attend the school. I also sit on the Resources Committee, where I bring a staff perspective to policy decisions.

Amy Moody

I have been part of the staff at Morpeth First School for 14 years. I am also a mum of two boys and live locally. I love spending my time exploring the outdoors, mainly walking and cycling. I coach a local rugby team and my other interests include science and lots of creativity.