Our Governors



Alison is the Head Teacher at Hurworth Primary and ex officio member of the governing body. Alison has been in education for 21 years following a career change (she told us it’s the best decision she ever made!). Alison has taught in schools across Darlington and Durham before establishing her roots in Hurworth in 2003. During this time, Alison has worked as class teacher, Early Years Lead, Assistant Head Teacher and Head of School before her appointment as Head Teacher. She has loved working at Hurworth Primary for eighteen years. Alison has seen many changes but the one constant is the sense of community and togetherness. Hurworth Primary is a family and it is her pleasure and privilege to be the Headteacher of such a wonderful school where passion, dedication, hard work and commitment, ensures every child thrives and achieves their potential.



Caran has worked in Primary education for over 18 years. She has recently retired from full time teaching, but remains passionate about children and education. Before retirement, Caran was a member of the Senior Leadership Team and SENDco for a Primary School in Redcar and Cleveland. Caran enjoys spending time in her allotment, fell walking, cooking and socialising with friends.


Rebecca has been part of Hurworth Primary since 2014, teaching in KS1 and KS2, and has been a staff governor since May 2020. Currently, she is Deputy Head Teacher at Hurworth and leads on the wider curriculum, English, Geography and MFL, as well as supporting students from Durham University in her role as School Training Centre Co-Ordinator. Rebecca feels very privileged to work at Hurworth as its vision and ethos for educating the whole child and helping learners feel safe, happy and valued matches her own. Outside of school, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her three children, going for walks in the countryside and reading children’s literature.



Sarah joined the board of governors in 2020. Sarah’s background is in the legal profession. She is a Barrister and is the Director of her own legal firm. She is also actively involved with a number of charitable organisations locally giving free legal advice to service users, such as the British Red Cross and Justice First. Outside of work Sarah enjoys the theatre and going to concerts and music events. She also indulges her creative side by making hats and fascinators.



Emma became a governor in May 2018. She has worked in Primary Education for over 11 years as a teacher. She is currently taking a break from the profession whilst her three children are young. She wishes to use the knowledge and experience she have gained over the years to support Hurworth Primary School. Emma has lived in the village for 10 years and two of her sons attend the school. Emma enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym and socialising with friends.



Kirsty Has been a governor since November 2018. She has lived in the village for 13 years and has 3 children. The 2 older children have both attended the primary and have since moved on. Her youngest child has just started in Foundation stage at the primary. Kirsty has been a local GP in Darlington for over 15 years and has also spent some time on the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board for Darlington. She has a lot of experience in children’s safeguarding and also working alongside the local authority and other agencies in this area. Kirsty enjoys running, swimming and biking in her spare time.



Mary joined the board of governors in March 2020. She has two children who have attended the school and has lived in the village for 9 years.  She is a qualified accountant and has worked as Chief Financial Officer for a multi academy trust in Middlesbrough for 5 years. Prior to this she acted as an auditor and advisor to academies for a regional firm of accountants. She is also an accredited Schools Resource Management Adviser for the ESFA.

Outside work Mary enjoys horse riding and spending time with family.



Dorothy is a retired schoolteacher. Whilst teaching she achieved her NPQH (National Professional Qualification of Headteachers). In her last role she was a senior manager with oversight of the curriculum and management of KS1 and EYFS.
Since retiring she has taken up crafting full time and runs many crafting workshops on a variety of subjects.
One of her passions, that she has been able to pursue since retiring, is story writing. To date she has nine published books, six children’s books and three adult novels, with the seventh children’s book ready for publication. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of writing in school as an author during book weeks.
She was recently widowed but enjoys the company of her two adult children and her four grandchildren.


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