It is stated in the Governance Handbook that all boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

More information on the role and how to become a governor can be found by following Cumbria Governor Support Services link.

We use the Education Endowment Foundation to support our Governors knowledge and understanding of their roles and all governors complete training and support via the National Governance Association. Links can be found below for more information.

EEF Guidance

NGA Website

The term of office for all governors is 4 years and declaration of interests are submitted at each meeting. Due to the new structure of the board in 2023, responsibilities are fluid and training is based around personal interests.

We are committed to improving the diversity of our Governing board and are supported by ‘Governors for Schools’ to recruit a range of governors with varying skills and from diverse cultural backgrounds. Due to the small numbers of governors on our board we do not publish diversity data for data protection reasons.


Role Name End of Office Date Attendance 2023/2024
Chair (Co-opted) Sarah Guest February 2027 1/4
Vice Chair (Co-opted) Sue Richardson February 2027 4/4
Headteacher Jennifer Walker Ongoing 4/4
Staff Governor Adelle Buchanan September 2028 4/4
Local Authority Governor Kirsty Berry October 2028 1/3
Co-opted Governor Linda Armstrong March 2028 1/1
Co-opted Governor Vacancy    
Parent Governor Jordan Todd October 2028 1/3
Parent Governor Lara Brennand February 2027 1/3
Clerk to the Board Franki High N/A  

Previous Members of the Board within the last 12 months:

Role Name Resignation 
Chair (Parent) Maryam Yamamma February 2023
Vice Chair (Parent) Vicky McLuckie January 2023
Co-opted Governor Sandun Jaysundara July 2023
Staff Governor Jane Lawson July 2023
Local Authority Governor Amy Barclay December 2023
Co-opted Governor Jacki Sisson February 2024