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Our Governing Body

 

"The governance of the school:- Governors are keen supporters of the school.  They have a very good understanding of its strengths and weaknesses because they visit regularly and keep in close touch with parents, students and staff.  They make sure that students are kept safe and are well taught.  They ensure that the headteacher is set challenging targets to keep the school improving.  Governors are kept well informed about the progress students are making.  They are quick to spot through the recorded data when individuals' achievement seems to be slipping and they ask why and what is being done about it.  Governors keep a close check on finances, how extra money coming into school is being spent and to what effect"  

Ofsted May 2014

 

There are 11 Governors and 2 Associate Members:

 

  • 2 Parent Governors

  • 1 Local Authority Governor

  • 1 Staff Governor

  • 1 Headteacher

  • 6 Co-opted Governors

  • 2 Associated Members 

Governors are responsible for the strategic vision and aims of the school.  They agree plans, approve policies and make decisions on how resources are used.  Governors monitor and evaluate the performance of both pupils and staff and are accountable to to children and parents.

 

Governors' responsibilities are set in legislation, which can be found on the Department for Education website.  There is a full Governing Body meeting 4 times a year.  The Pupils, Staffing & Curriculum Committee and the Finance & Buildings Committee meet each term and report back to full Governing Body meetings.

 

 

Our Governors come from a wide range of backgrounds that work to lead the School and make it a better place, you can see their profiles below and make direct contact with them through the Clerk to the Governors by using the form at the bottom of the page.

 

Kris Williams, Head teacher

Attendance at meetings 2015/16 Full governors 4 of 4, Pupils, Staffing & Curriculum 3 of 3, Finance & Buildings 3 of 3

 

Brian Eaton, is a Parent Governor and Chair of Governors.

Term of office 09/12/2015 to 08/12/2019

Brian is an occasional University lecturer in Edinburgh and Hong Kong and is also a Governor at Bassenthwaite School.

Attendance at meetings 2015/16 - Full Governors 4 of 4

  

Canon Michael Manley is a Local Authority Governor and Vice Chair of Governors as well as Chair of Pupils, Staffing & Curriculum Committee.

Term of office 20/03/2014 to 28/03/2018

Married with 3 boys and a dog, Michael leads church youth club and children's work at Carlisle Cathedral and is also a Governor at Trinity School.

Attendance at meetings 2015/16 - Full governors 3 out of 4, Pupils, Staffing & Curriculum 3 of 3

 

Andy Coates, Co-opted Governor and is Chair of the Finance & Buildings Committee

Term of office 23/7/2013 to 22/07/2017

Born in Yorkshire, lived in Carlisle for the past 15 years.  Andy is a supermarket store manager with over 25 years retail experience.

Attendance at Governors meetings 2015/16 - Full Governors 2 out of 4

 

Carol Hull, Staff Governor and member of the Finance & Buildings Committee

Term of office 23/09/2014 to 22/09/2018

A senior teaching assistant in Key Stage 3 and has a daughter who is a teaching assistant in early years

Attendance at meetings 2015/16 - Full Governors 3 out of 4, Finance & Buildings 2 of 3 

 

 Jean Rhodes, Co-opted Governor and member of Pupils, Staffing & Curriculum Committee

Term of office 23/07/2013 to 22/07/2017

Jean has previously worked as a social worker with some of the pupils in school, is retired but self-employed as a teacher of yoga for adult education, she also has a daughter who is a supply worker in school.  Jean would be happy to chat with any parent or career by arrangement through school.

Attendance at meetings 2015/16 - Full Governors 2 out of 4Pupils, Staffing & Curriculum 3 of 3

 

Joanne Gill, Parent Governor and member of Pupils, Staffing & Curriculum Committee

Term of office 23/11/2016 to 22/11/2020

 

Jonty Hanlon Co-opted Governor and member of the Finance & Buildings Committee

Term of office 23/11/2016 to 22/11/2020

Jonty is a member of Bendles Solicitors and Director of Age UK Carlisle and Eden. 

 

William Alan Brown OBE Co-opted Governor and member of the Finance & Buildings Committee

Term of office 23/11/2016 to 22/11/2020

 Alan is a retired governor for HMP service and a director of William Alan Brown Ltd, a prison risk consultancy business. Alan is currently contracted to SERCO carrying out Risk Visits to their contracted prisons.

 

Dr. Arthur Paynter is a Co-opted Governors and member of the Pupils, Staffing and Curriculum Committee

Term of Office 04/04/2017 to 03/04/2021 

Arthur used to be the school doctor and has been a friend of the school for many years

  

Stephen Spencer, Co-Opted Governor and member of the Finance & Buildings Committee

Term of office 23/11/2016 to 22/11/2020

Stephen is open and approachable and endeavors to maintain fairness based on logic, but with an element of going with your "gut feeling". Stephen aims to achieve a balanced outcome to decision making and believes that humor is an important part of life.  His personal perspective is to ensure the best learning outcomes for the pupils and secure their enrichment in life.  

 

Sophie Dowling, Associated Member and member of the Finance & Buildings Committee 

Term of office 05/06/2017 to 04/06/2021

Sophie is a teacher in school.

 

Debbie Stafford, Associate Member and member of the Pupils, Staffing & Curriculum Committee

Term of office 23/11/2016 to 22/11/2020

 

Attendance at meetings for Governors who resigned during 2015/16

Martyn Hart, Full Governors 2 of 4, Finance & Buildings 3 of 3

Kerry Dunbobbin, Full Governors 2 of 4, Finance & Buildings 3 of 3

Robert Rennie, Full Governors 4 of 4, Pupils, Staffing & Curriculum 3 of 3

Nicola McInnes, Full Governors 1 of 4, Pupils, Staffing & Curriculum 1 of 3

Janet Beer, Full Governors, 2 of 2, Finance & Buildings 3 of 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor contact

Please complete this form to make contact with our Clerk to the Governors