The Chair of Governors can be contacted via Rebecca Tills, the Clerk to Governors at firstname.lastname@example.org, Laidlaw Schools Trust, Suite 2, 3rd Floor, St Nicholas Building, St Nicholas’ Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RF or 0191 6622416.
Chair of Governors
Sam has worked within the education sector since qualifying as a primary school teacher in 1998. She spent the first 12 years of her career teaching in schools in County Durham, both in rural and challenging socio- economic areas.
Sam has taught across the primary age phase and was a Deputy Headteacher for 4 years before completing NPQH and taking a one- year secondment to High Force Education SCITT. She led and managed the institution through an OFSTED inspection to achieve an outstanding judgement. Upon completion of the secondment she was successfully appointed to Programme Leader at Gateshead Primary SCITT and was responsible for the recruitment and training of over 200 primary teachers in the north east. During the 7 years she led the programme, the SCITT was inspected and judged to be an outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Education.
As a teacher and Deputy Headteacher Sam has gained first- hand experience of global education systems including Ghana and Mauritius as part of connecting classrooms. She has spoken at an international conference in Spain to share class- based research on the use of interactive technologies in the early years. She has used this knowledge and experience in her own practice and with trainee teachers.
For the past 13 years have lived in blakelaw. Both children attend/ed Thomas Walling both starting at Nursery with my eldest leaving Thomas Walling to go to Secondary school in 2019 while my youngest still attends Thomas Walling.