Red Hall Primary

Red Hall

Primary School

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Governor Biographies

Debbie Barrigan is married with 3 school age children and lives in Darlington.  Debbie has worked for the civil service for over 20 years in various roles and currently works for the Department for Education in the academies programme leading on all operational matters for the local authority areas of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  Debbie’s hobbies are keeping fit to be able to be a “taxi service” to all of her children.  Debbie joined the governing body in March 2017 and is proud to be Chair of Governors for such an amazing school. Debbie was elected Chair in September 2018.





Sarah Small lives in Darlington with her partner and little girl, she has worked across the North East for the past 18 years in the field of Playwork and Community Development, leading on safeguarding in a variety of roles. Sarah holds a BSC (Hons) Degree in Child Psychology and qualifications in Playwork, Inclusive Practice, Forest Schools and Beach Schools.  Sarah has worked on Red Hall for 16 years working with both children and adults from the community and is proud to run the Red Hall Dance Company in a voluntary capacity.  In Sarah’s spare time she delivers Rainbows and Brownies and loves spending time with her partner, daughter and her little dog kilo!  Sarah feels privileged to be joining the governing body for such an amazing school, where the children are the heart of the school.



Deb Foster is a mum to 6 children ageing from 28 years to 9 years old, who put herself through college at the age of 35 and has worked as a voluntary TA for a few Primary schools ranging from Redcar to Darlington, she was part of a team for an after school art group and is a qualified Teaching assistant, she has a ittle knowledge of sign language and she has completed a Special Educational Needs course and a Mindfulness course.  Deb loves learning and is very proud to be part of the team for Red Hall primary school which she feels is an excellent very individual school; where the Children are put first.  She feels lucky to work with such lovely devoted staff.  Deb loves Arts and crafts and is always looking for new ideas, she is very approachable and looks forward to listening to Parents/children idea’s and thoughts on improving anything they feel needs improving. 



Mark Houston was born in Darlington and has lived and worked in the town all his life.  He is married with two grown-up daughters.   Mark is a civil servant and has worked for the Department for Education for over 20 years.   He joined the governing body in September 2018 and is Vice Chair.  He also sits on the Standards & Curriculum Committee and is the lead governor for Teaching and Learning and SEND.   Mark’s aim is to use his skills and experience to benefit all the children at Red Hall Primary School.



Hilary Lucas has lived in Darlington for over 30 years and has two grown up children and a beautiful dog.  She was elected as a Councillor for Red Hall and Lingfield in May 2019 and is passionate about issues that concern the local community, especially children and young people.  She is a Busy Reader and volunteers every Thursday with The Bread and Butter Thing in school.  Hilary is a Sunderland supporter which means she’s used to disappointment which she finds character building.


Kaye Jagodzinski and her partner and four children have lived on Red Hall for over 20 years.  She has both worked and volunteered on the estate at the school, community centre and local shop.  She is a qualified Teaching Assistant and also holds level 1, 2 and 3 in British sign language. She also holds certificates for domestic abuse awareness, adverse childhood traumas and emotional health, and online grooming prevention. 

Her younger children currently attend Red Hall Primary school and she has taken this opportunity to be more involved with their school and their education and also be the voice for other parents and caregivers.  She is excited for this new chapter within this amazing school.


Andrew Buckton works for the Department for Education, in a capital programme assurance role based in Darlington. Prior to his current role he taught in Higher Education for over twenty years. He is a father to a school aged son.   Andrew joined the Governing body in December 2021, is now Chair of the Finance Committee and is the lead for Link Governor Role of Nurturing.   Andrew aims to use his background and skills to help support the fantastic progress that the school is making and hopes to  be part of its bright future.



Sharon Mennell lives in Darlington and currently works at Reid Street Primary School and has done so for over ten years. Sharon specialises in Speech and Language and English as an additional language., she also delivers support for children with social and emotional difficulties and Sensory regulation programmes.  Sharon thoroughly enjoys her role working with the children and seeing the progress they can make. 
Sharon is currently studying with Sheffield University, a postgraduate Language and Communication Impairment in Children course which is really useful for her role, she has completed the eight stages of Makaton training and is currently in a Makaton Choir which she thoroughly enjoys.
Sharon also has a son and partner and are really enjoying family times and creating new memories and is very excited to be welcomed into such a lovely school.