Mr Alan Craft
Chair of Governors
I became Chairman of governors in summer 2016, having recently retired from 40 years of work as a consultant paediatrician in Newcastle. I have lived in Embleton since 1992 and understand the importance of a good primary school to the village and surrounding area as well as the importance of children getting the best educational start in life.
Mrs Sarah Coxon
Dep Chair of Governors; Chair of Strategic Policy and Direction Committee
A mother of four, now grown up, children I really appreciate how important it is to have a happy and supportive school close on hand. After twenty years of nursing I now work for a health charity in Newcastle and run a Sure Start family hub, including a pre-school of 40 children. Embleton School is a key part of a living village and brings our community together to support our children in fulfilling their potential both as individuals and as members of the community.
Mrs Jan Ainsley
An Embleton resident since 1999, I founded the community magazine, the Whinstone Times
and now lead its editorial team. Before having children, I worked in hospital Haematology.
Later, I ran a branch of the RSPCA, setting up its Aylesbury shop and serving on the
charity’s national governing council, before qualifying and working as a pet behaviourist.
Our three children began their education at a school very like Embleton Primary. This
convinced me that young children best enjoy their early school days when home is nearby.
Proud to be one of the school’s governors, I’m conscious of the responsibility we have to
ensure that the school provides the best possible education and thrives as a vital part of the
Rev Alison Hardy
I am the Vicar of Embleton and delighted to be a foundation governor at our village school. I am keen to develop strong and happy relationships between Church and school and believe that the future of Embleton as a thriving community depends on having our school at its heart. I am proud to continue the legacy of my predecessor, Rev Vincent Edwards believing that Christian values provide a supportive framework for our children as they learn to play their part in making a better world.
Mrs Christine Hunter
Children have been a very large part of my life. I have a large extended family, and four grandchildren.
Education has been close to my heart for all, once received it cannot be taken away.
I have enjoyed a variety of career changes in my life, working in medical laboratories, town council and British Coal offices and have also sold houses. However I have spent most of my working life as a nurse working in hospitals and in the Community as a Nursing Sister, later as a Public Health Nurse (last 20 years), more usually known as a Health Visitor. I have enjoyed working in many teams aiming to improve the health, development and safety of families within local communities. Education is a big part of health and development and it works well when families learn together in a calm, welcoming, and safe place. Village schools can provide that and we all share that duty willingly to sustain our school.
I became Church Warden for Holy Trinity Embleton, St Peters Craster and St Mary’s Newton By the Sea last year and I am very happy to be a School Foundation Governor maintaining the strong link between Vincent Edwards C of E Primary School and the Church.
Ms Helen Wood
I was educated at Embleton Vincent Edwards as was my Mother and Grandmother, so my commitment to the school runs deep. After beginning my education here in Embleton I drew it to a close by studying Accountancy at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. I worked for a firm of Chartered Accountants for eight years and a Holiday Park for three years, before beginning my own business as an Accountant and Administrator.
My daughter is now in her last year at this school and I could not be happier with both her progress and the maturity she has gained within our school environment.