Mrs K Charlton - Head Teacher

Mr S Laing - Chair of Governors

I am the Head Teacher of Burnside Primary School. I became Head Teacher in March 2021 and feel very fortunate to be leading such a special school community. 

I find all aspects of school life interesting and being able to play an active role in supporting the children to learn and grow is amazing! 

My overarching aim is to ensure that all children leave Burnside with resilience, the basic skills needed to progress and a passion to reach for the stars.

I value collaborative work with all stakeholders and the wider community and enjoy working with the Governing Body in achieving our strategic vision.

Outside of school, I enjoy finding new and muddy walks to explore! 

I am the Chair of Governors. I am extremely proud of our school and the wider community. Our school supports the children to be the best they can be and, as a Parent Governor, I have first hand experience of how our school helps the children to flourish. My interests outside of school are walking and riding my bike. 


Mrs S Witty - Parent Governor

I'm Sam Witty and I've been a parent governor at Burnside now for around 2 years. I have three sons who have all attended the school since nursery. I also help with Friends of Burnside.


My background is Science, I have a degree in Medicinal Chemistry and masters in Drug Chemistry. I also hold a teaching degree and taught science apprenticeships for 10 years. I am passionate about education, particularly STEM and making science accessible to all.


My youngest son is profoundly deaf so I gave up my career 4 years ago to become his full time carer. Since then I have developed an interest in SEN and how schools manage the challenges associated with these. 


I also have a huge interest in mental health and wellbeing, not only of the young people of Burnside but also the staff and wider school community too. 

Mr K Bell - Parent Governor


Mrs J Richardson - Co-opted Governor

My name is Jean or better known as Miss. Jeanie to the children. I've been a school governor for the last 12 years as well as a Lunchtime Supervisor. As part of the Governing Body, my area of interest is The Foundation Stage. At home, I enjoy reading and have recently rediscovered my love of crocheting. 

Mrs P Renwick - Staff Governor

Cllr. C Marshall - Co-opted Governor

Rvd. A Dart - Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair

Mr J Kane