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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 2023

 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 six 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!  

Hayley Monaghan

Co-opted Governor

 18 September 2023





Alex McCarthy

 Co-opted Governor 

 20 November 2023

 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.

 Anne Blaney

Co-opted Governor

 June 2023









Gus Kennedy

 Co-opted Governor

 10 March 2023

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!

Alan Bowes

 Co-opted Governor

 30 September 2023



Simon Walker

 Co-opted Governor

 30 September 2023


My name is Simon Walker and I have been a governor for four years. I have two sons  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 (Vice Chair)

 29 November 2020

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, (Year 2, and Year 4). 

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.

Deborah Pearson

Co-opted Governor 



 January 2022

 My name is Debbie Pearson and I have been a co-opted Governor since January 2018 for St Bees Village School. I have lived within the Parish of St Bees for over ten years and I have a son at the school.


I feel very privileged to be offered the role of Co-Opted Governor for the school and as such have undergone all the Governors training required to support this role.  I am also allocated Governor for Safeguarding and Finance on behalf of the School.  My professional life sees me working within the Nuclear industry for the past 28 years undertaking Commercial/Legal/ aswell as Strategy/Stakeholder Management.


A lot of my spare time is spent within the school supporting activities with the Younger years which I enjoy from a parental perspective aswell as getting to understand the core of the school and getting to know all the children. I am an advocate of “its never to late to learn” having myself achieved my 2nd Degree in my 30’s. 


I look forward to supporting the great team of individuals who work tirelessly every day to make St Bees Village School operate to the high standard that it is achieving and in taking on its many challenges in a bid to achieve “Outstanding” status.

Clair Spedding

Staff Governor

 29 November 2020

Hello every one!

My name is Clair Spedding and I am employed as the Manager of St Bees Pre School. During my time at the Pre School, 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. 

Becky Gibbs

 Co-opted Governor

October 2022





Claire Mason

Co-opted Governor

20 November 2023




Victoria Dixon

Parent Governor

10 July 2023




Nicholas Clarke

Parent Governor

20 November 2023




Amelia McCabe

 Clerk to Governors


My name is Amelia McCabe and I have been employed at St Bees Village School for the last three years. I have completed two apprenticeships in Administration with the school, both Level 2 and NVQ Level 3. I am currently completing my School Business Professional Level 4 HNC qualification. I am proud to say I work at St Bees Village School and that I love my job!

In 2018 I began training to take over the role as Clerk to the Governors from Mrs James. I love learning new things and I am excited for the new responsibilities I will inherit.

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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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