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Throston Primary School

A Flying Start to Success

Meet Our School Governors

Mr. Andy Millward: Chair of Governors

I'm married and have a son who left Year 6 in July 2016. When I'm not at work, in school or ferrying my son all over (Dad's taxi!), I help run a weekly Toddler Play Group and the monthly Messy Church family service at a local church. I love all sport, despite being a lifelong Boro fan and regularly attempt a vague impression of playing local league Table Tennis. I became a Governor after wanting to be more involved with my son's school and it's a role I really enjoy.

Mrs. Sarah Alton: Vice-Chair of Governors

My name is Sarah Alton I am mum to Lucas (Year 3). I have worked in many areas for education for over 15 years; I become a governor as I have an interest in education and Throston Primary School.

I am also the chair of the PTA and enjoy raising funds for the school.


Mrs. Sonya Black: Co-opted Governor

I have the privilege of working at Throston as a deputy head teacher. I have worked across school in many different year groups and feel that during my time here, I have built up many strong relationships with the staff, children and parents. Throston is a wonderful place to work and a school that I am proud to say my two girls attended Throston. Every decision that is made is to benefit our lovely children and I wouldn’t want to send my children to another school. I work closely with the governors and staff to ensure that Throston provides the best possible education and learning experience for all those involved.


Mr. Jonathan Dunning: Co-opted Governor

I am a Co-opted Governor for the school. I presently have one daughter in the school and another has left to join High Tunstall after spending 8 happy years at Throston. I am an Estates Manager for an Academy Trust and have responsibility for Compliance, Maintenance and Investment in school buildings. Prior to my current position, I have been working in a management role in the construction industry for over 20 years and have worked on many schemes involving schools, including a number in Hartlepool. These include projects at the school, such as the external corridor and the part refurbishment of the hall, both of which are welcome improvements. My initial motivation for joining the governing body was to learn more about the education my children were receiving and to understand how the school delivered this, as I wanted a first class education in a welcoming environment for my children. This has evolved into a greater understanding of the Governor role, which has enabled me to contribute to the strategic development of the school. I thoroughly enjoy the role and responsibilities and I am certainly pleased to be associated with our fantastic school.


Mrs. Paula Hargrave-Dixon: Co-opted Governor

My name is Paula Hargrave-Dixon and I am a co-opted governor for Throston Primary School.
My youngest daughter, attended Throston Primary school and started in Reception when she was 5 and continued through the school until she left to go to High Tunstall.  I always had positive impressions of the school and my daughter’s education and time at the school gave her good foundations for her continuous education. Whilst bringing my two daughters up I was a manager of various petrol stations in Teesside and had my own franchise. During this time I was daily involved in running the business and working with staff and respecting the legalities and safety issues of the business. I have been involved in community projects and now am a foster carer and a childminder while I help my eldest daughter with my grandson. I have become involved with Throston Primary school as I want to be part of helping to keep the school achieving the high standards that it has worked hard to gain. It is an enjoyable task to work alongside people who are passionate for the school to do well. I am proud to know some of the children who attend this school and proud to share my spare time with the school.

Mr. Ben Holden: Co-opted Governor
I have recently been appointed as a Co-opted Governor at Throston and currently work as Head of PE at High Tunstall School and Senior Teacher responsible for Community Development.  During my time at High Tunstall, I have seen at first hand the great work that takes place at Throston School and I hope that within my role as Governor, I can continue to support with the outstanding transition work that takes place between the school and High Tunstall.  As a parent of two young children, I strongly value the role of Primary Schools in the development of young people and every decision we make as a governing body will be taken in the best interests of all children attending Throston Primary School.

Mr. Kevin Shears: LA Governor


Mrs. Julie Littlewood - Parent Governor

My name is Julie and I have four children. The oldest is in Sixth-Form College and the youngest is in Year 1 at Throston Primary.  I have been a parent governor for quite a few years. I volunteer at Throston as much as I can. I have worked with all classes and staff and love being a part of school life. I am looking forward to being able to share the views of parents at forthcoming meetings and will support the school in as many ways as I can.


Mrs. Adele Malone - Parent Governor

My name is Adele Malone. I was appointed as a parent governor in November 2019 and I have two children at the school. I am an accountant by trade and have over twenty years of working within finance and accounting. I have spent over a decade working in financial management within the NHS, which much like education, faces challenges of balancing performance, quality and financial control. I hope to bring my skills and experience into the governing team to assist the school in providing the quality of education which our children deserve.


Mr. Martin Pout - Parent Governor

My name is Martin Pout and I am a parent governor. I have twin sons who started nursery in September 2019. I come from an academic background and have lectured at a number of universities in the UK. Alongside teaching I also have extensive experience in the area of education management, for example I was a Dean and part of the senior management team at Teesside University for over a decade. My present role is at the University of Durham where I oversee international for two of the four Faculties. Alongside this role I am also a Trustee and a Non-Executive Director of a Multi-Academy Trust based in the Tees Valley.

 When my wife and I explored options for a nursery for our boys, we were bowled over by the welcome we received from Throston. The passion and dedication we saw from all staff members was incredible. My motivation for becoming a governor was to help support the Head and his amazing team in continuous improvement, to ensure that every pupil gets the best possible education and a flying start to life!


Mr. Mark Atkinson - Head Teacher Governor
I have been head teacher and governor at Throston Primary School since September 2008. Prior to this I was a primary computing consultant for the LA and a deputy head teacher and acting head teacher at another Hartlepool school.  I am always proud to say that the best thing about the school is our outstanding children, you only need to take a tour of the school to see this for yourself. I am very fortunate to have an abundance of very committed and experienced staff members, who have ensured year after year that we make fabulous progress. I enjoy working closely with our dedicated team of governors who provide challenge, support and advice. My aim is for the school to remain at the centre of the community and ensure every child has ‘a flying start to success’.


Mrs. Lynne Currell - Staff Governor

I have worked at Throston Primary School for eighteen years prior to this I worked in private day care, I am currently a keyworker within Early years a role I find very rewarding and thoroughly enjoy. I have been a staff governor for four years and have gladly committed to a further four as I relish the challenge it brings and I find it very informative furthering my knowledge within the whole school system. I am very proud to fulfil the role of staff governor representing my many colleagues. I work very well alongside governors and colleagues to achieve the best learning experience for our children as well as representing the staff of this hard working school.