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




Term of Office

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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


Alex Nancollis

 Co-opted Governor (SENCo governor)

September 2019

Michael Rowell


 July 2019


Gus Kennedy

 Co-opted Governor

 March 2019


Dominic O Reilly

 Parent Governor

 September 2019


Alan Bowes

 Co-opted Governor

 September 2019


Simon Walker

 Co-opted Governor

 September 2019


Nick Smith

Co-opted Governor

 June 2019


Laura Storey

Staff Governor

 March 2019


Anne Blaney

Staff Governor

 April 2018


Clair Spedding

Co-opted Governor

 December 2019





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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