Governors

 Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and the work that we do.

 

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Emma Sharp

Head Teacher

 

My name is Emma Sharp and I am the Head Teacher of St Bees Village Primary School.  I have been Head here since September 2015 and before that was Head at another school for 5 years.

I have been connected to St Bees all my life.  Being brought up in Branthwaite, my parents used to bring me to St Bees most weekends for a play on the beach.  I’ve always loved St Bees, it conjures up many, many happy childhood memories, so when the headship was advertised, I couldn’t resist!

Obviously as Head, I’m interested in all areas of school life, but my priority is always the children; their welfare and their education.  I am Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead and English Subject lead.  I am passionate about the curriculum and providing the best opportunities for all of our children and that’s why we’re constantly striving to move our curriculum on, plan memorable and exciting day trips and residential experiences and invite a wide variety of visitors into school.

I sit on each committee of the Governing Body, as I like to have a finger in every pie!

My vision for St Bees Village Primary School is that we become;

‘An outstanding primary school, that promotes: a caring and stimulating environment where each child can reach their potential through a broadly based curriculum; which caters for the individual’s learning needs and interests and; encourages the development of confidence and independence.

We’re doing well on that journey and I am determined that we will achieve our goals as a Governing Body & school team with your on-going support.

Laura Storey

Deputy Head Teacher

 

Co-opted Governor

March 2019

 My name is Laura Storey and I am the Deputy Head teacher and a co-opted Governor for St Bees Village School. I have been a Governor for four years and now sit on each of the committees. I have always wanted to be a teacher, ever since my own first day at school.  Fourteen years ago I achieved my dream when I qualified as a teacher!  I began my career at Gosforth school, covering a maternity leave for two terms.  I then moved on to complete my first year of teaching whilst covering a maternity leave here at St Bees Village School in Reception and I have been here ever since!  During my time here I have taught Reception, Year 3 and now Year 2.  I became a member of the Senior Leadership Team  7 years ago, taking on the roles of KS1 and Early Years co-ordinator and also Health and Safety co-ordinator.  Last year I was extremely proud to become the school’s Deputy Head. 

The village of St Bees and the Village School are a huge part of my life - not only as my place of work. I grew up in St Bees for the latter part of my childhood and teenage years and I now live in St Bees with my husband and two sons – both of whom attend St Bees Village School.  My children both love the school and as a parent I am happy with the knowledge that my children are in a safe and caring environment where every child is valued and given a huge range of opportunities to enhance their school life.  I am very passionate about education and providing every child in our school with stimulating and exciting learning experiences which bring learning to life!  

 

Helen Sharpe

Co-opted Governor

(Chair & Safeguarding governor)

March 2019

 My name is Helen Sharpe, I am Chair of Governors for St Bees Village School.  I have been a governor for four years and Chair for three of these.  Both my boys attended the school and have both successfully moved onto their secondary education at Keswick School. I have been involved with the school for many years; being involved with the VSA and the Pre-School as my children went through them. Although not from Cumbria originally, I have been here for 25 years having worked at Sellafield for the first 18 years, then St Bees Private School as the Marketing Director for 2 years before joining my husband’s company at Coombe and Sharpe Landscaping where I look after all of the customer requirements as well as the HR, Training, Health and Safety, Environment and Transport requirements.

I am passionate about our local community; St Bees has been a fantastic place to raise my family and I want to provide the best opportunities for the children of St Bees.  Our school offers a safe, stimulating learning environment where our children can strive to do the best they can to achieve the best they can, we have a dedicated and experienced staff body who deliver a high-quality level of education.  I am very proud of our school and the staff and pupils in it and I look forward to supporting the school on it’s journey to being an outstanding school over the next few years.

Alex McCarthy

 Parent Governor  (Vice Chair)

 September 2019

 My name is Alex McCarthy. Since September 2015 I have been a Parent Governor and became Vice Chair of Governors in 2016 for St Bees Village Primary School. I moved to Cumbria in 2001 and have lived within the St Bees Parish since 2003. I have worked within the nuclear industry during this period, undertaking operational, engineering, and commercial management roles.  I have two children at the school.

I am passionate about education and believe it is fundamental in preparing children for their later lives.  I am very proud of our school, the staff, and pupils. I look forward to continuing my support to the pupils in achieving their potential and achieving outstanding school status along the way.

Alex Nancollis

 Co-opted Governor (SENCo governor)

September 2019

I have been a co-opted governor since September 2015 when my eldest child left St Bees Primary School after completing all of her primary education here.  I still have a child in the junior part of the school so have been involved with the school since 2008.

In my day job I am involved with children, young people and their families as a Speech and Language Therapist in the west of the county. I also have a county wide role working for the health services interfacing with the Local Authority with regard to the health needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

I am happy that I am able to bring my knowledge of systems and processes in Cumbria to my particular role on the governing body relating to SEND. The governors have to produce a statement each year saying how they are identifying and supporting children with SEND at all levels within school to ensure that we are aware of and planning for the needs of all children within our school community.  I am also on the Personnel sub-committee.  I have Cumbria safeguarding training up to level 3.

I am pleased to have to the opportunity to work with the dedicated staff and governors at St Bees Village School as we strive to make it an outstanding school for our children to attend.

Vacancy

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Gus Kennedy

 Co-opted Governor

 March 2019

My name is Fergus Kennedy. I moved into the Village permanently in 2005 and became a Parish Councillor the following year. In 2008 I became the Parish Council representative on the governing body of St Bees Village School. Prior to retirement , I was headteacher of an inner city Primary school in Liverpool. Outside  school I was involved with Matchbox Theatre and Merseyside Young People's Theatre. I have been able to continue my love of Drama here in St Bees by my involvement in a number of community theatre projects.
For the past six or seven years I have enjoyed coming into school to teach drama to a number of classes, mainly Year 6.


I am a strong believer in offering children as many opportunities and experiences as possible,  through a broad and balanced curriculum . I would be sad to see the curriculum narrowing, turning Primary schools into exam factories.


I  have felt privileged to come into St Bees Village School to work  with children without the time consuming paperwork associated with a class teacher's job!

Dominic O Reilly

 Parent Governor

 September 2019

My name is Dominic O'Reilly, I have been a Parent Governor since 2015 and my two children are pupils here. Currently, my son is in year 4 and my daughter is in her second year of pre-school.

I am a local West Cumbrian with an Engineering background who, having moved away from the area to live and work elsewhere in the UK and abroad, made the decision, along with my wife to move back home in 2009, as we feel there is no better place for our children to start there journey in life.

I believe children should be given the best possible start in life. Key to this is the quality of education provided and the environment they are educated in, providing a broad and varied learning experience for every child tailored to there abilities.

I am lead governor for Science and More Able children within the school, and Chair of the Premises committee.

I am pleased to be able to assist our school in achieving and maintaining an outstanding level of education for all our pupils.

Alan Bowes

 Co-opted Governor

 September 2019

 

 

Simon Walker

 Co-opted Governor

 September 2019

 

My name is Simon Walker and I have been a governor for two years. I have a son at the school and another who spent seven happy years there and is now happily settled at West Lakes Academy. Rather longer ago, I also went to the school, when it was about two thirds of its present size.

I grew up in St Bees and after moving away for university, I stayed in London and the south east of England for sixteen years, moving back to Cumbria and eventually back to St Bees twelve years ago.

I currently work for National Nuclear Laboratory and for Rosehill Theatre, two very different organisations, but surprisingly similar roles. This builds on my varied career in which I have been the project manager on an arts centre in London and worked in community and economic regeneration roles.

I am convinced that we should stop thinking of sciences and arts as two cultures and think of them as two parts of the same culture, often overlapping much more than people think and I think that that attitude can be encouraged from an early age.

I am very pleased to be involved with the village school which plays such an important part in our children's growing up and I hope that I bring some useful skills to the mix on the governing body and will be able to help in some way, the very talented staff, in their inspiring jobs.

Nick Smith

Co-opted Governor

 June 2019

I was co-opted as a school governor in September 2016; as well as the overarching Board, I currently sit on the finance and personnel sub-committees and am the lead governor for modern foreign languages.

I have two daughters who attend the school, both in key stage 1 (Reception, and Year 2 at the time of writing).

I have lived in Cumbria for most of my life, currently in St Bees. I work as a Technical Manager with additional experience in finance and stakeholder management.

I believe our school offers a safe, friendly, and stimulating learning environment with excellent staff and resources to empower our children to achieve the very best they are able thereby providing a strong and stable foundation for secondary education and beyond.

I look forward to supporting the school on its journey to becoming outstanding over the next few years.

Vacancy

Staff Governor

 

 

Clair Spedding

Co-opted Governor

 December 2019

Hello every one!

My name is Clair Spedding and I have been employed as the Manager of St Bees Pre School for the last three years. During this time, the Pre School has increased dramatically in the number of children attending and we have had to complete necessary works to accommodate the increase in demand for high quality child care and education. Additionally, The Pre School has made the transition from charity status to a Governor Lead Community Run Pre School which initially inspired me to become a member of the Governing Body. 

I am really passionate about education, particularly about Early Years and the Foundation Stage and have worked previously as an assistant manager in a private nursery and  in primary education as a senior teaching assistant as well as an unqualified teacher. My career spans just over 28 years (showing my age now) and I can honestly say it is one of the most rewarding and varied jobs anyone can do - there has never been two days alike! 

I am a big believer in that "It's never to late" and think that even as adults we learn new things everyday - education and learning is life long. As a member of the governing body and as a member of staff I believe that if we can give our children at St Bees Village School the best possible start to their education as well as encouraging them to adopt our school ethos of when believing in themselves they can achieve the best they possibly can! I really think that the school is at the heart of the village community and this is evident in the amount of positive support from families, community members as well as the staff working in school. I can honestly say that I am proud to be a member of a team that is committed, supportive and has the passion and drive to move positively forward in raising standards for children in their learning. 

Vacancy

 Co-opted

 

Karen James 

 Clerk to Governors

 


At St Bees Village School our governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. 

The purpose of our governing bodies is to support the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.

The governing body will have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance Arrangements

The full Board of Governors meets at least once each term with supporting committees to consider different aspects of the school in more detail. At St Bees Village School we have committees that look at; finance, personnel, curriculum and premises. We align each governors skill set with the committee of most relevance to encourage full involvement from governors.

To download the full document 'Annual Governance Statement Sept 17' click here.

To download the full document 'Annual Governance Statement Dec 16' click here.

To download the 'Governor Responsibility Document' click here.

To download a full copy of 'Attendance Record of Governors' click here.

 

The Board of Governors was newly constituted in May 2014 in line with the Statutory Guidance on School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012. 

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