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Meet Our Governors

Being a School Governor is a very important responsibility. The Governors work closely with the Headteacher to ensure that our children receive the best possible education.  All of our governors are volunteers and therefore give up their time to help Green Gates become the best school it can. So, who are these people?

Mrs Hilary Love, Chair Hello, my name is Hilary Love and I am currently the Chair of Governors at Green Gates. I have been a Governor for six years and have been privileged to be Chair for the last four years alongside a wonderful group of Governors. I am also a link Governor for SEN and Science. As a retired teacher, I have lived and worked for most of my life in Redcar. I love the area and all it has to offer. I have lots of hobbies including tap dancing, keeping fit, walking, cooking and watching Boro play. My decision to become a Governor at Green Gates was partly due to a desire to still be involved in education, but also to use the skills I had gained through my teaching career. As a very hands on grandparent, to four grandsons and a granddaughter, I am passionate about giving children the best start in life so that they can achieve, succeed and be happy rounded individuals. By working together with Mrs Lowe, her staff and the Governing body on shared goals and vision, I aim to do my best for Green Gates Primary School.

Mrs Katie Lowe, Headteacher

Hello. My name is Katie Lowe and I am proud to be the Headteacher of this wonderful school. Being Headteacher means that I am automatically on the Local Governing Committee. I really enjoy and am incredibly lucky to work alongside all of our governors who give up their valuable time to support both myself and the staff, as well as the children. Governors have built a very strong working relationship with the school and challenge me throughout the year, ensuring I do my very best to provide the best education for our children.

Mrs Christine Leaper, Vice Chair I applied to be a governor at this school as in my previous job, I worked for the Local Authority with links to Green Gates and was aware of what a great school it is, with hard working staff and wonderful children. So it was a natural progression for me, when I retired, to want to become a member of the governing team to continue to support the staff in helping all of the children to achieve their full potential through enriching experiences and outstanding teaching – all of us with the same purpose of making the school the best it can be! Now I am retired, I occupy my days with taking my two terrier dogs for long walks (with the aim of tiring them out, but this never works!) and being involved with local community groups. I also enjoy travelling and reading historical novels but HATE gardening. However, this year, I managed to grow my very first crop of tomatoes and they were delicious, proving that learning and achieving success is a lifelong process.

Mrs Mary Ovens, Vice Chair

I returned to the North East in 1981, settling in Redcar with my children who attended Green Gates Primary School. It was a big change from Dorset but we were all made to feel very welcome by the school community. Several years later, I was happy to become a governor appointed, by Redcar and Cleveland Council. Today, I see that all-inclusive, welcoming environment is still important to the school .
As a former teacher, I take a special interest in children's education. I am proud to be involved with this wonderful school, to work alongside staff and in particular, to be part of the safeguarding team looking after our most vulnerable pupils .
Ms Alison Coaker
My name is Alison Coaker and I have been a Community Governor at Greengates Primary School for 6 years. I am a Police Community Support Officer employed by Cleveland Police and I have worked in Billingham, Guisborough before being posted to Redcar police office in  July 2012, where I patrol the Kirkleatham Ward when on duty. When I was asked to be a governor at this wonderful school, I was delighted to accept the opportunity  to be part of the Governing Body. I was very happy to join the team as I lived and was brought up on the estate with my other siblings, and both myself and two of my brothers were pupils at Green Gates when the doors first opened in 1973. My daughter, Kelly, and son, Declan, both attended the school, with Declan currently studying in his third year at Teesside University. In 2013 I was involved with the 40thbirthday Anniversary Celebrations, where I managed to arrange for the police helicopter and horses to attend for the afternoon for the children’s enjoyment. I fully enjoy being part of the Governing Body which has good Community Links, with a committed group of staff and Governors who have the school’s best interests at heart.

Mrs Mary Dowson

Hello, my name is Mary Dowson. I am the Pastoral Coordinator for our school as well as being a governor for nearly two years. I started work here in 2014, first in the Support Unit then I transferred to the main school, in KS2 as a Teaching Assistant. In 2016, the school decided they needed a Pastoral Coordinator and, after internal interviews, I was lucky enough to be appointed.

I thoroughly enjoy my role. I work with children and teachers across the school, from nursery to year 6. I speak with parents, carers and outside agencies to give the children and their families help and advice. I really enjoy my time with the children and am a trained ELSA support assistant.

Before having a family, I worked in retail as a shop assistant and then manager. In 1992, after being a stay at home mum, I trained as a nursery nurse and from there trained in special needs for children. I have worked in education for approximately 13 years, in both secondary and primary schools and also as a learning mentor. I had a break from education for 7 years and worked for Cleveland Police as a PCSO before starting work here at Green Gates.

I am a mother of two boys and have a grandson. My hobbies did include hockey and squash but time, injuries and old age have taken their toll! I do enjoy walking, mountain biking, photography, reading and crafting such as card making, drawing, painting, sewing and knitting.

Mrs Patricia Taylor Hello. My name is Tricia Taylor and I have had the privilege of being a Governor of Green Gates Primary School since 2017. As a retired primary school teacher, I wanted to continue my commitment to the education of young children and this seemed an ideal way of doing it. I am the link governor for English, Modern Foreign Languages, Art and Design Technology. I have had many years’ experience as a parent, community and staff governor in both the primary and secondary sector. The thing I have enjoyed most about these roles is meeting our amazing young people here in Teesside. I have taught in primary, secondary and special education, specialising in English, Humanities and Special Needs. In my last role I was also Deputy Head Teacher of a primary school. When I am not involved in education you will find me doing a variety of things: at the gym, gardening, extending my knowledge of my family tree, reading, knitting or spending time with my family and friends.


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