|Sylvia Crane (Chair of School Governing Board)|
|I have lived in Rothbury most of my life and my two sons were raised and educated here.
I worked in Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School office for over forty years and then spent ten years working in the office of our local member of parliament.
I am an elder of Rothbury United Reform Church.
|We came to live in Rothbury over a decade ago having no connections in the area and have been warmly welcomed by the wonderful community.
I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to be an Academy councillor for Dr Thomlinson School and to become part of the Three Rivers team. I hope my knowledge, skills and experience in learning and development, leadership and organisational development from a commercial environment across many countries, will add value and provide support in achieving our goals.
|I am a retired veterinary surgeon, having practiced in the Coquet Valley for thirty-one years, and live in Rothbury. I am a trustee for a veterinary charity. My three daughters all attended Dr Thomlinson Middle School and I was previously a governor of Rothbury First School which they also attended. My wife is a retired teacher, and taught for a period at Dr Thomlinson's. The school is an integral part of the valley community and I am honoured to serve on it's governing body.|
|Graduated from Edinburgh University in 1972 with BSc. Hons. in Agriculture and subsequently obtained a P.G.C.E at Reading College of Technology. After 4 years as Lecturer in Agriculture became a farmer. For the last 40 years have been sheep-farming near Longframlington. Three children, now adults, progressed happily through the 3 tier system (Swarland First to Rothbury Middle and then KEVI). I am fascinated by the politics and processes of Education. My interests are rugby, ballroom and Latin American dancing and speaking Spanish.|
|My career working with children & young people spans over 30 years at local, regional and national level.
For 16 years I was Youth Ministry Adviser for the Diocese of Durham Board of Education, where I gained much knowledge and experience in collective worship, organising large youth events, writing training material, child & adolescent development, bereavement, loss & grief in young people, safeguarding, curriculum, governance, finance and buildings, which I am able to bring to the role of school governor.
Since 2016, I have served as Chaplain to 3 schools (now part of the Cheviot Learning Trust), where I specialise in one to one support of both pupils and staff. I am also a trustee of Broomley Grange outdoor activity centre near Stocksfield.
|I have lived in the Coquet Valley since 1982 and my children attended Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School which prepared them very well for KEVI. I believe that Dr Thomlinson Middle School is a very good school (as endorsed by Ofsted, SIAMS and SATs results) and am proud to support it in my role as School Governing Bodylor.
I have spent my working life in Education; mainly in teaching, which culminated in being Headteacher at Harbottle C of E First School for 13 years, and more recently mentoring, and inspection roles in the Coquet Valley but also County wide. I believe that the skills and experience I have gained, together with my understanding of the challenges faced by schools in such a rural area will help me support the development and continued improvement of Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School.
I have great interest in teaching and learning and in particular the impact that the school’s core Christian values have on staff, pupils and the ethos of the school.